New Zealanders vote for climate ambition of Jacinda Ardern and Greens

(Climate Home News, 19 Oct 2020) New Zealand’s voters overwhelmingly endorsed the ambitious climate policies of Jacinda Ardern and her Green coalition partners, in a general election on Saturday.

Ardern’s Labour Party received nearly 50% of the vote and 53% of the seats in parliament, allowing her to govern for a second term without relying on other parties. However, she may still include the Greens in her next administration.

For the last three years, Labour has relied on the Greens and the populist New Zealand First to govern. While the Green Party increased its vote share from 6% to 8%, the climate-ambivalent New Zealand First lost all its seats.

The main opposition is the National Party. Its vote share dropped from 44% to 27%. It opposed the government’s ban on new offshore oil and gas exploration. Party leader Judith Collins has argued New Zealand’s emissions are too low to matter globally and described ‘meat-free Mondays’ as “communism”.

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Climate Home News, 19 Oct 2020: New Zealanders vote for climate ambition of Jacinda Ardern and Greens