Now the enviro-nazis have stolen the word 'green.'
Someone, please tell Phil O'Reilly that in the Clean green context, the word green refers to a colour. Compared with most other countries (Except the Emerald Isle) New Zealand is Green. It's not a dirty shitty arid reddy brown like much of Canada, USA, Argentina, Russia, India, Australia et al. The bloody place really is very very GREEN. Never can I forget the involuntary gasp each time I flew in over Aphitu from Australia during the seventies. I simply had forgotten what real green grass and bush actually looked like.
So how can we we be setting ourselves up to fail?
Try Googling "clean green New Zealand" and you'll find many recent critical entries pointing out instances where we are failing to meet the standard of "clean and green".
We can't somehow 'not live up to' the colour of the landscape. The fact of the matter is, compared to most countries Adolf has visited, New Zealand is cleaner and a damned sight greener.
Whose standard is it anyway? There are some nutters (many were at Copenhagen) who would consider we fail as long as we allow homo sapiens to reside here.
So Mr O'Reilly, I suggest you stick your chest out a bit and stop prevaricating. By all means tell your mates this country is a great place to live but tell them also is because the joint is so Green.