22 Sep 2011

Green Party releases jobs policy

4:00 pm on 22 September 2011

The Green Party's plan for creating 100,000 jobs centres mainly on stimulating a renewable energy technology industry.

The party says even if New Zealand captures only 1% of the global market in clean technology, it could create 65,000 new jobs in the next three years.

The Greens would boost research and development funding to $1 billion over three years and encourage publicly owned energy companies to partner up with clean technology entrepreneurs to develop a $6-to-8 billion export market in renewable technology.

The party would spend an extra $350 million on insulating 200,000 more homes, which it says would employ 4000 people, and wants to build 2000 new state homes.

Other plans include mass forestry planting and a conservation corps to help preserve New Zealand's clean, green brand by cleaning up streams and rivers and controlling pests and weeds.

The Greens have costed their jobs, rivers and children's policies at about $4 billion and extra revenues from their policies at $8 billion.

That would include a Christchurch earthquake levy, cutting spending on new motorways and removing Emissions Trading Scheme subsidies.