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Vote for Nature

This election year Forest & Bird is asking New Zealanders to show politicians how much they love and care about nature. You can be a voice for nature during 2020.

Why vote for nature?

New Zealanders love nature and want to protect it. It is part of our identity, the foundation of our economy, and what makes this country special. In fact, nature is at the heart of everything we do. 

But it has also reached breaking point. 

More than 4000 of New Zealand’s species are threatened with extinction, the oceans are depleted of life, once-mighty rivers are sick, and introduced predators are destroying New Zealand’s priceless taonga – our unique birds, bats, ancient frogs, and lizards. 

The climate crisis will make things worse. It will speed up the loss of wildlife and put livelihoods at risk.  

As we unite to recover from the impacts of COVID-19, we need to protect what matters most. Investing in conservation works for people and the planet. You can help restore our amazing natural world by voting for nature. 

We need nature, and right now nature needs you. 

What you can do today

Voters like you want better climate policies, a fairer economy, cleaner fresh water, more predator control, and stronger ocean protection! To get parties to act, you’ll need to tell them what you want and speak up for nature.

Here are three ways to use your voice:  

Activate your friends! Share our video on Facebook to show your friends you care about nature, and help to build a movement online. 

Write to party leaders. Use our website to send a quick letter to party leaders telling them you’ll be voting for nature this year.   

Donate to defend nature. Having an independent voice for nature has never been more important.  

Meet your local candidatesIf you’re attending candidate meetings please consider firing a few of the questions we’ve prepared at your local candidates. They cover all the main areas Forest & Bird work on – climate, land, oceans and fresh water. 

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How to vote for nature in 2020! 

Forest & Bird has drafted a practical and ambitious three-year plan for the next Parliament that will deliver on environmental priorities and more. It sets out a raft of key policies in five domains: climate, economy, land, freshwater, and oceans. 

Here’s a summary of what we’re looking for from all political parties:  

2020 Election Policy table

You can download and read the full policy document.  

If implemented by the next Government, these policies will bring fresh hope for nature and set our economy on a genuinely sustainable course. 

Progress has been made. Since 2017, the Coalition Government has given more funding for the Department of Conservation, passed the Zero Carbon Act, achieved freshwater reform, and banned plastic bags. 

But there is still so much more to do. Our country needs a plan to ensure our economic recovery cares for people and the planet. 

Nature needs your support

Supporting Forest & Bird is one of the best things you can do for New Zealand's environment. We need people like you to support us, so that nature will always have a voice.