The ocean is our planet's heart. Its pulsating currents and tides drive the natural forces which control our weather and clean our atmosphere. And a staggering 80% of all the life on Earth is to be found hidden beneath the waves. But our oceans face huge threats.
The Green Party is working hard to see strong action on climate change, a good Oceans Policy, better protection for our marine mammals, and a more sustainable Fisheries Act.
Our ocean is slowly acidifying. It is absorbing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as our emissions grow. It is harder for shellfish and corals to create skeletons and shells. The cool ocean around Aotearoa is more vulnerable because colder seas absorb CO2 quicker. Without action, we face devastating effects on our marine life and fishing industry within decades.
Overfishing is taking its toll. Orange roughy is in long-term decline and Hoki is heading the same way. Our precious dolphins are dying in commercial set nets - an estimated 110-150 Hector's dolphins are killed every year. Fur seals, sea lions and albatrosses are also being killed in large numbers as by-catch. It's not good enough.
At the moment we are working particulary hard to protect our unique marine wildlife and beautiful beaches from the risks of deep sea drilling. Check out www.bestbeaches.org.nz to participate in our Green Party initiative to celebrate New Zealand beaches and protect the from the dangers of deep sea drilling.
Recent news about Marine and Oceans
A new study on increasing ocean temperatures released today highlights the urgent need for the Government to take action on climate change, the Green Party said today. More
We have an urgent need to shift to a much smarter and fairer economy and that will provide many opportunities in terms of export income, regional development, and jobs. In this term I am really pleased to pick up the oceans and fisheries portfolios, More
This will be the end of a disgraceful era that has persisted through successive Governments. More
Eugenie Sage represents the Green party at the North Canterbury branch of Forest and Bird political panel discussion on conservation and the environment More
Green Party representatives Eugenie Sage and Mark Servian presenting Green Party policies on the environment More
Eugenie Sage presents Green Party policies on conservation and environment issues at the Tararua Tramping Club political debate More
The Green party supports this Bill but does not think it goes far enough in protecting a very significant marine area. More
The Green Party today launched its plan to protect the world's smallest and most endangered dolphin, the Maui's dolphin.
The plan is the third component of the Party's environmental priority this election: clean rivers and beaches. More
We will stop Maui's being killed in the very sanctuary designed to protect them, by prohibiting dolphin-killing fishing methods, new oil and gas exploration and mineral mining throughout the West Coast North Island Marine Mammal Sanctuary. More
Does he stand by all his Government's policies? More
The Green Party today launched its plan to protect New Zealand beaches from oil spills.
The plan is the second component of the Party's environmental priority this election: Rivers clean enough to swim in again, and beaches safe from oil spills.
Catching a wave, building a sandcastle, sunbathing to the sound of the surf…whether you were born here, or you came here from another county - like me - these are the things that make New Zealand such a great place to live. More
The Green Party supports this Bill but laments the strange shape which will lead to the "edge effect" being markedly increased and the lack of scientific input into the design which will result in less biodiversity protection. More
Chatham Rock Phosphate Submission
Gareth Hughes - Green MP
Does he stand by all his Government's decisions? More