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VERNON SMALL
Last updated 11:26 27/01/2013
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The Greens want to use links built during the anti-asset sales campaign to build a wider political machine including non-party members.

The Greens gathered 185,000 of the signatures – more than half the total – seeking a referendum on the Government’s partial asset sales plans.

Green co-leader Metiria Turei in her ‘‘State of the Planet’’ speech today said the ‘‘I’m in – for the future’’ campaign would give people a chance to get involved in campaigns this year, starting with finishing off signature collection on the petition.

 “Building a modern on the ground campaign movement is a logical next step in the development of the Green Party. This step is about building a campaign machine that more effectively puts our modern political thought into action,” Turei said.

‘‘The Green Party will offer anyone who wants to, the opportunity to be part of our campaigns to change Aotearoa New Zealand for the better. Our challenge is to build a movement of like-minded New Zealanders who share our vision for a better future.’’

She said the Government knew the 2014 election would be close, so it was digging in now to deliver as many hard-line policies as possible over the next two years. 

‘‘We can’t wait until 2014 to stop bad change occurring.’’

Opposition to opening National Parks to mining showed it was possible to stop the Government when people acted together.

She said there was a new ‘‘tolerant and diverse majority’’ in New Zealand and the Greens spoke for them. 

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