• Catherine Delahunty

    Race to the Bottom or a Fairer Society? - by Catherine Delahunty



    In a season when some small parties are indulging in competitive racism it is important to remind ourselves of the great gift of living in our country, a Pacific nation with a Treaty that affirms a peaceful negotiation. The Orewa speech by Don Brash did not win him substantial influence. In fact it showed that […] read more
    July 30, 2014 11:10 am - 8 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    National standards results 2014 - by Catherine Delahunty



    If ever we needed evidence of the corrosive nature of national standards it’s in the stories of teachers pressured to rank their pupils by their national standards results and then display each child’s ranking on the classroom wall. The Government can spin as hard as they like but the fundamental issues inherent in the imposed […] read more
    July 28, 2014 2:19 pm - 2 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Deep sea oil and love don’t mix - by Russel Norman



    Yesterday we launched our plan to keep New Zealand beaches free from oil spills. With Piha’s world-famous waves crashing in the background, we stood in the local surf club and announced that the Green Party will prohibit all deep sea oil drilling if in Government. We’ll do this because we love our beaches, and they […] read more
    July 28, 2014 12:10 pm - 35 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Exports continue to simplify under National - by Russel Norman



    Export data released today from Statistics New Zealand shows a continuing and disturbing trend in the New Zealand economy — we are exporting less high-valued manufactured goods (down 12.5 percent) and less high-valued manufactured goods as a proportion of total exports. The chart says it all: Compared to other small, developed economies — some of […] read more
    July 24, 2014 12:56 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand - by Russel Norman



    Russel Norman- General debate speech, 23 July 2014 Together, it is possible to build a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand. A New Zealand in which our rivers are clean enough to swim in and our precious beaches are safe from oil spills. A New Zealand in which every child has enough to thrive. And a […] read more
    July 23, 2014 3:54 pm - 7 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Israeli Ground Invasion an Aggressive Action - by Kennedy Graham



    My comment a week ago on the Israel-Gaza situation occasioned considerable comment, supportive and critical.  No surprise; on such an important and sensitive issue, personal opinions run deep, including mine. Comments in support take the long view – advocate a political re-alignment that reduces the US role as biased mediator; strengthen in various ways the […] read more
    July 18, 2014 2:09 pm - 26 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    In defence of strong women and freedom of speech - by Jan Logie



    A certain right wing blog WITH TIES TO National has tried to discredit Tania Billingsley because her friend has links to Rape Crisis and has had her photo taken with me. This blog was an extreme example of rape culture and was so incredibly offensive that it’s hard to know where to start, or imagine ever ending […] read more
    July 17, 2014 5:12 pm - 16 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Silver Fern Farms fails the Waimakariri River - by Eugenie Sage



    [UPDATED] Silver Fern Farms Ltd’s recent application to Environment Canterbury to discharge treated meatworks waste(3500 cubic meters per day) including fat and faecal matter into the Waimakariri River highlights why we need change of Government . We need the stronger national bottomlines for water quality and a network of protected rivers as the Green Party […] read more
    July 17, 2014 5:07 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    National’s innovation policy in three charts - by Russel Norman



    If Steven Joyce is such a believer in innovation, why is he planning to cut his investment in innovation so dramatically? Here, in three charts, is what National’s long-term commitment to innovation looks like: 1. National will cut their investment in science and innovation by 21 percent, in real terms, out to 2023/24. 2. The […] read more
    July 17, 2014 1:12 pm - 4 Comments
  • frog

    Christchurch Green Party office gets tested for asbestos - by frog



    Update from the Christchurch Office Staff We’ve certainly had an authentic “Christchurch earthquake experience” with our Green MPs’ Christchurch office. Like many others, our previous office was cordoned-off within the city red zone and has since been knocked down. Our next ‘office-home’ was in a campervan. The location-flexibility was great, and it enabled us to […] read more
    July 17, 2014 11:57 am - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    National’s constitutional quagmire - by David Clendon



    The High Court has ruled that the courts can look at whether prisoners should be allowed to vote. ‘Jailhouse lawyer’ Arthur Taylor took up the issue of prisoners’ voting rights and wanted a declaration that the current law, which bans all prisoners from voting, was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act (BORA).  However, the […] read more
    July 16, 2014 2:07 pm - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Coromandel meeting rejects TPPA - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last night more than 50 people crowded into a little hall in Tairua on the Coromandel and listened to global food and fair trade activist Andrea Brower from Hawaii and myself talking about food and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Andrea has written columns on these themes in both “The Huffington Post” and “Common Dreams“. […] read more
    July 15, 2014 4:47 pm - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Enough to live on? - by Jan Logie



    Paula Bennett reckons people have enough to live on, and is trucking out averages as if it proves something, but on the ground, it’s not enough. Here’s some of the stories I’m hearing: A woman moved from out west to South Auckland because she’d found a house that met her needs for $100 less a […] read more
    July 15, 2014 12:02 pm - 17 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Rape Culture - by Jan Logie



    So there has been a bit of discussion over the last few weeks about whether we have a rape culture in NZ or not. Paula Bennett the Minister responsible for sexual violence denied rape culture in NZ “I wouldn’t say that we’ve got a rape culture or a sexual violence culture in New Zealand. Actually […] read more
    July 14, 2014 1:09 pm - 9 Comments
  • frog

    Tau Huirama- speech at launch of Green’s clean rivers policy - by frog



    Tau Huirama, co-convenor Te Roopu Pounamu speaks at the launch of Green’s clean rivers policy Banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton 13 July 2014 I would like to start my speech off with this thought…let’s think about how we can “replenish the source”. Replenish the nutrients in our waterways; replenish the spiritual dimensions in our […] read more
    July 14, 2014 12:11 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Israel-Palestine Round 2014: Mutual Assured Destruction not the correct recipe - by Kennedy Graham



    Israel-Palestine Round 2014: Mutual Assured Destruction not the correct recipe The latest round of violence in the Israel-Palestine saga reinforces a few timeless truths. They are: attempts at mutual slaughter achieve nothing but mutual slaughter; persisting with a politically-biased external mediator returns nothing but frustration; and an unreformed United Nations wringing its hands on the […] read more
    July 11, 2014 3:46 pm - 37 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Reckless” Abbott loses on carbon tax - by Kennedy Graham



    Today was a good day for the climate, but not such a good day for John Key’s counterpart across the Tasman. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s controversial attempt to repeal Australia’s carbon tax failed in a 37 to 35 vote in the Senate. This is a carbon tax that’s working. It has helped reduce emissions in […] read more
    July 10, 2014 4:27 pm - 6 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    TDB – More mining our protected places - by Gareth Hughes



    This is yet another example of National’s disregard for our treasured places, along with permitting drilling and seismic testing in the Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, and logging and mining in our conservation estate read more
    July 10, 2014 3:29 pm - 23 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    National’s last term, a review of domestic and sexual violence in numbers - by Jan Logie



    The Green Party, along with community organisations and the media, has put domestic and sexual violence on the political agenda. I have asked 7 questions in the House and made 27 speeches on these topics. I may be a bit like a stuck record but these problems cause so much unnecessary harm. Obviously we are […] read more
    July 7, 2014 5:34 pm - 5 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Animal cruelty systemic in factory farming - by Mojo Mathers



    On Sunday I was shocked by the follow up story to TVNZ Sunday’s investigation into pig factory farms in New Zealand. A link to the video can be found here. The footage aired was obtained by FarmWatch, who set up a surveillance camera on a random farm in the North Island. This was a different […] read more
    July 7, 2014 2:20 pm - 4 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Public funding for schools, and donations - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Green Party welcomes Labour’s announcement to provide $100 per student to schools who choose not to ask parents for donations. The burden of donations needs to be lifted from parents in a public education system and the lower decile communities and schools just don’t need the pressure. This policy will see more money going […] read more
    July 4, 2014 10:53 am - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Climate Change and Storms - by Catherine Delahunty



    There have always been massive rainstorm and floods on the Coromandel, it’s part of our history and geography. Cyclone Ita was the first huge event for some years and even then the effects were limited to certain areas of the Peninsula. But seeing the impact of this storm on the landscape of the northern Coromandel […] read more
    July 2, 2014 6:25 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Govt backs Green plan for a second internet cable - by Gareth Hughes



    I’m cautiously optimistic of news that the government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has signed a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new second internet cable. We announced in December 2012 our plan to fund a much-needed second internet cable. The Green Party plans […] read more
    July 2, 2014 3:54 pm - 19 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Christchurch cycleways heading in the right direction - by Eugenie Sage



    There was a sense of relief in the Christchurch Green Party office when word came through that the City Council changed their mind on the timeframe to complete the major cycleways project. It started off as a three year project, and then expanded to five years, then to eight years, and now it is back […] read more
    July 2, 2014 9:47 am - 1 Comment
  • Holly Walker

    Holly Walker to step down from party list - by Holly Walker



    With real sadness, I have decided to withdraw from the Green Party’s list for the 2014 general election and not seek a second term in Parliament. I will stay on as the Green Party candidate for Hutt South to campaign for the Party Vote in my community I am gutted to be leaving so soon […] read more
    June 30, 2014 1:01 pm - 3 Comments