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LETTER

At last we do have a Government.

Like it or not, we’ve got a Labour/NZ First/Green Party Government to take us through the next three years.

I am confident there will be many changes for the better.

Undoubtedly some unforeseen obstacles will get in the way — the legislative gunk of past governments to tidy up, and the possibility of financial crashes or other uncontrollable events.

For too long now, past governments have focused on the short term while ignoring long-term effects.

Future generations do not vote; they have no political or financial power; they cannot challenge our decisions.

Earlier this year Peter Dunne spoke about setting goals for the next 50 or 100 years, planning and thinking forward to make bold stands on behalf of future generations, not just today’s voters. Sadly Peter and United Future no longer have a voice in Parliament.

However, for the first time ever we have a Green Party voice in the Chamber. I’ll just touch on the new approach to climate and conservation.

Green co-leader James Shaw has drawn Minister for Climate Change (the most important job in my view). Eugenie Sage, MP, has got Minister of Conservation and Associate Minister for the Environment.

Mr Shaw said: “We have the chance to make real headway in the fight against climate change . . . a low-carbon economy . . . transform from the old business-as-usual approach, to being world leaders in this work.”

And also, make a real change in the lives of the most vulnerable and overlooked New Zealanders.

At last, our country is on the way to addressing the essential conservation issues that have, for a long time, been threatening our grandchildren’s futures.

My biggest worry is the short-term attitudes of opposition forces that may undermine any progress.

It is essential to put selfishness aside and back our new government to do the right thing for our futures.

Bob Hughes

At last we do have a Government.

Like it or not, we’ve got a Labour/NZ First/Green Party Government to take us through the next three years.

I am confident there will be many changes for the better.

Undoubtedly some unforeseen obstacles will get in the way — the legislative gunk of past governments to tidy up, and the possibility of financial crashes or other uncontrollable events.

For too long now, past governments have focused on the short term while ignoring long-term effects.

Future generations do not vote; they have no political or financial power; they cannot challenge our decisions.

Earlier this year Peter Dunne spoke about setting goals for the next 50 or 100 years, planning and thinking forward to make bold stands on behalf of future generations, not just today’s voters. Sadly Peter and United Future no longer have a voice in Parliament.

However, for the first time ever we have a Green Party voice in the Chamber. I’ll just touch on the new approach to climate and conservation.

Green co-leader James Shaw has drawn Minister for Climate Change (the most important job in my view). Eugenie Sage, MP, has got Minister of Conservation and Associate Minister for the Environment.

Mr Shaw said: “We have the chance to make real headway in the fight against climate change . . . a low-carbon economy . . . transform from the old business-as-usual approach, to being world leaders in this work.”

And also, make a real change in the lives of the most vulnerable and overlooked New Zealanders.

At last, our country is on the way to addressing the essential conservation issues that have, for a long time, been threatening our grandchildren’s futures.

My biggest worry is the short-term attitudes of opposition forces that may undermine any progress.

It is essential to put selfishness aside and back our new government to do the right thing for our futures.

Bob Hughes

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Ray Hill - 23 days ago
Well said Bob, you are bang on. What we need now is to have a five-year term in office, as it is going to take more than three years to repair the roads and rail let alone anything else.
We have been let down by National, as we have been by National governments in the past.
It is time for a little bit of hurting before the medication takes effect.
Go Labour.

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