Posts by Denise Roche

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    Waste-free challenge, completed! - by Denise Roche



    Clearly living a waste free life takes continual effort and requires vigilance to monitor the use of resources that are used in creating stuff that will be thrown away. After a week of this I have become far more conscious of the everyday items I use that end up in the waste stream.  Today’s example […] read more
    March 28, 2014 4:01 pm - 2 Comments
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    Waste-free challenge, day 5: The joys of having a big handbag - by Denise Roche



    I’m travelling around with a bagful of stuff that I have to dispose of properly when I get home. This is because although many towns and cities have public place recycling bins that cater for plastic and aluminium and glass, and very few of them are for waste paper. And everywhere I go I seem […] read more
    March 27, 2014 3:58 pm - 2 Comments
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    Waste-free challenge, day 3: Plastic-coated plastic - by Denise Roche



    Day three of my waste-free week challenge and I realise that it takes quite an effort to minimise my own waste in this disposable world. Refusing single-use packaging and products takes a consciousness that I wouldn’t normally have. I normally run on auto like everyone else. Consequently I had some epic fails that happened while […] read more
    March 25, 2014 12:31 pm - 6 Comments
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    Waste-Free challenge day 2: Zero waste events and compostable plastics - by Denise Roche



    I went to the Teddy Bear’s picnic yesterday to support another local “towards zero-waste” event in our community. Waiheke organisations have really got the hang of reducing waste at public events. Earlier this month the island hosted thousands of visitors at the famous Onetangi Beach races. It was organised by Waiheke Rotary and! as they […] read more
    March 24, 2014 9:36 am - 3 Comments
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    Saturday – waste-free - by Denise Roche



    My first day of my waste-free week wasn’t too hard. I live on Waiheke Island and I started the day at the Ostend Market where I looked around at every stall with a waste-free lens. Our community has a proud tradition of waste minimisation which has been fostered for many years by community organisations like […] read more
    March 23, 2014 1:31 pm - No Comments
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    Wasted - by Denise Roche



    Tomorrow I start a week-long challenge to create no waste.  It’s primarily a fundraiser (feel free to sponsor me) however it is also an opportunity for me to look at my own consumer behaviour and how much I contribute to the growing amount of rubbish being buried in our landfills. I’m already starting to notice […] read more
    March 21, 2014 4:23 pm - 2 Comments
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    Workers productivity not matched by pay boosts - by Denise Roche



    The benefit of the so called rockstar economy to ordinary working New Zealanders is missing in action.  As labour productivity is surging the benefits are definitely not trickling down to workers. Statistics New Zealand points out that from 1996 to 2013, labour productivity grew more in Australia than in New Zealand, up by an average […] read more
    March 19, 2014 5:31 pm - 25 Comments
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    Did SkyCity make $1.4 million out of alleged money laundering? - by Denise Roche



    The New Zealand Herald reported today that the property and bank accounts belonging to Zhi Wei Yang, an alleged Auckland P dealer, has been seized under the laws around the proceeds of crime and that over a 19-month period this gentleman had a turnover of $14 million at Auckland’s SkyCity Casino. The Herald reported that […] read more
    March 7, 2014 4:29 pm - 3 Comments
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    Stifling democracy in the community and voluntary sector - by Denise Roche



    Earlier this week the Justice and Electoral select committee heard submissions on the Human Rights Amendment bill and learned from the  Auckland Domestic Violence and Disability Working Group  that its member not-for-profit  groups did not feel they could submit on the bill for fear that it would jeopardise their funding contracts if they were to […] read more
    February 26, 2014 3:22 pm - 1 Comment
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    Wages fail to keep up with productivity gains - by Denise Roche



    The Government has announced that from April 1 2014 the minimum wage will be increased by 50 cents to $14.25 per hour. read more
    February 25, 2014 3:15 pm - 12 Comments
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    Changing the channel on TV waste - by Denise Roche



    New Zealanders buy 300,000 new television sets each year, leaving a lot of old unwanted ones that need disposing of. So the Government should be commended for its TV TakeBack scheme, which has so far seen more than 200,000 TVs collected for recycling. There’s only one problem with the initiative. It’s temporary. It started last […] read more
    February 20, 2014 1:45 pm - 9 Comments
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    It’s time for an inquiry into safety in the forestry sector - by Denise Roche



    Last week two forestry workers were seriously injured and another killed in forests near Whakatane, Gisborne and Wairau. This comes on top of 10 deaths last year in the sector and another 90 serious injuries.  Despite this the government – and Labour Minister Simon Bridges – is still silent on supporting an inquiry and tighter […] read more
    January 21, 2014 5:25 pm - No Comments
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    Casino Laundromat - by Denise Roche



    Just for the record, I’m not opposed to gambling. Like most of us I have the occasional flutter. What I am opposed to is the harm caused by gambling and the deliberate strategies employed by the gambling sector to hoover as much cash as possible into their machines with no thought of where the millions […] read more
    December 11, 2013 1:59 pm - 1 Comment
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    Recognising the worth of volunteers - by Denise Roche



    Today – December 5th – is International Volunteers Day. It’s a time to recognise contributions that thousands of volunteers make to our communities by giving their time, skills and resources freely for the benefit of others. Volunteer Day started in 1985 day as a United Nations initiative and is celebrated throughout the world.  Here in […] read more
    December 5, 2013 3:34 pm - No Comments
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    Dying for a job - by Denise Roche



    Three more workers lost their lives in forestry related deaths over the last 10 days and the government still sits on their hands and refuses an inquiry into health and safety in the industry. In February this year the NZ Council of Trade Unions embarked on a high profile campaign and petition to launch an […] read more
    December 5, 2013 11:06 am - No Comments
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    Campaign for pokie free hospitality launches - by Denise Roche



    Last Thursday I went to a pub in Manukau to celebrate the launch of a campaign called Our Place is Proudly Pokie-Free and heard from the proprietor how after a career in the hospitality industry, top of his list of criteria for the business he wanted to run was a family-friendly venue that didn’t have […] read more
    December 2, 2013 12:50 pm - 6 Comments
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    Reflections on leafleting for the Citizen’s Initiated Referendum - by Denise Roche



    I was one of those thousands of people who spent a lot of my spare time last year collecting signatures to trigger the referendum on the sale of our state owned assets. Now that the voting papers have been delivered to people’s letterboxes I’m not wanting to see all that work wasted so have spent […] read more
    November 26, 2013 3:23 pm - 5 Comments
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    The productivity-wage gap - by Denise Roche



    We used to be a country where a fair day’s work gave you a fair day’s pay, but the gap between what workers are earning and how much they are producing is growing larger by the year. The latest news from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (the OECD) reported on Radio New Zealand […] read more
    November 22, 2013 1:37 pm - 24 Comments
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    Green MPs clean up the House - by Denise Roche



    This morning there will have been a few tired MPs pulling themselves out of bed.  Seven Green MP’s  – Metiria, Gareth, Jan, Catherine, Julie Anne, Eugenie and I were joined by some Labour MPs and Brendan Horan last night to Clean up the House.  This event was organised to raise awareness of the hard work […] read more
    October 24, 2013 10:50 am - 1 Comment
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    Cardboard pokies take over Aotea Square - by Denise Roche



    This week we physically demonstrated just how big the pokies-for-convention-centre will be by installing hundreds of cardboard replicas in Aotea Square.  Over the day Aucklanders interacted with the pokies and wrote their messages about their opposition to the deal. The convention centre deal essentially sells our gambling law to Sky City and enables them to […] read more
    October 16, 2013 11:40 am - 2 Comments
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    Cleaning up the House - by Denise Roche



    I’m calling on all MP’s of whatever persuasion to help get a Living Wage for the parliamentary cleaning staff. The parliamentary cleaners have been in the media recently which has highlighted the fact that they get paid $14.10 per hour for their work while MPs salaries start at around $140,000 per year. The cleaning staff […] read more
    October 9, 2013 4:11 pm - 48 Comments
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    Qatar should lose football world cup unless worker exploitation stops - by Denise Roche



    The beautiful game is under attack due to claims that migrant workers tasked with getting Qatar’s footballing infrastructure up to scratch for the 2022 World Cup are being exploited. When Qatar won the rights to host the 2022 World Cup there were concerns about how footballers tasked with running around for 90 minutes would cope […] read more
    October 3, 2013 7:52 am - 3 Comments
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    The Living Wage will help the economy - by Denise Roche



    What is it with this government and their complacency about the hundreds of thousands of people who are living in poverty in this country? Yesterday the Prime Minister John Key ‘slammed’ the concept of introducing a Living Wage and suggested that introducing a better pay rate for low paid workers will be bad for the […] read more
    September 3, 2013 2:03 pm - 145 Comments
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    Fairness at Work – Why union members are rallying - by Denise Roche



    Today I attended the Auckland rally organised by trade unions in response to the latest moves from the government to drive down wages. Union members from the both the traditional white collar and blue collar industries – from the Public Service Association and the teachers unions to the Service and Food Workers union and the […] read more
    August 28, 2013 6:10 pm - 8 Comments
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    SkyCity looks to gobble up TVNZ site - by Denise Roche



    There was a good article by Matt Nippert recently outlining how poor a negotiator the Government had been over the SkyCity deal. Expect this shonky negotiation to continue as SkyCity looks to gobble up as much land as possible adjacent to its casino complex.  SkyCity particularly wants the land currently occupied by Television New Zealand. […] read more
    August 13, 2013 12:14 pm - 13 Comments
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    Parliament needs to curb gambling harm - by Denise Roche



    Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling (Gambling Harm reduction) Amendment Bill should be going through some of its latter stages in the House this week.  Sadly the Green Party is no longer supporting this legislation due to some pretty massive changes that were made at the select committee stage. The aims of the original bill to give […] read more
    August 7, 2013 1:33 pm - 3 Comments
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    Unpackit Awards are back - by Denise Roche



    I love voting. Well, I’m a politician – I would. But I particularly love voting for the annual Unpackit Awards. read more
    July 31, 2013 2:29 pm - No Comments
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    E-waste solutions backed by local government - by Denise Roche



    Local Government New Zealand supports a great solution for electronic waste. At the recent Local Government Conference AGM, Wellington Regional Councillor Paul Bruce won unanimous support for his e-waste remit which calls on central government to:          Declare electronic waste (eWaste) a priority product under the provisions of the Waste Minimisation Act (2008)          Set […] read more
    July 30, 2013 6:01 pm - 2 Comments
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    Sleeping rough - by Denise Roche



    Today is the morning after the Lifewise Big Sleep Out.  Last night I joined about 80 or so Aucklanders sleeping on a sheet of cardboard in the plaza at AUT. This is an annual fundraising event that also aims to raise awareness about homelessness in Auckland. This year’s event coincided with commissioners from the Auckland […] read more
    July 5, 2013 1:16 pm - No Comments
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    NZ Post must show more care for workers - by Denise Roche



    The announcement yesterday of nearly 500 redundancies to come at New Zealand Post means hundreds more New Zealand families will be facing  stress and uncertainty about losing their income.  Closures of sorting rooms in Hamilton, Dunedin and Wellington will hit the local economies in these regions hard. The reason for the redundancies is that there […] read more
    June 27, 2013 12:17 pm - 4 Comments
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    A strike is what happens when all other avenues have failed - by Denise Roche



    Earlier this month the first reading of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill was passed in the House by 61 votes to 58.  It’s a bill that drags us back to the nasty employment relations environment of the 1990s and is designed to undermine unions, reduce collective bargaining and as employment law specialists lawyers Buddle Findlay […] read more
    June 26, 2013 4:39 pm - 5 Comments
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    Gambling bill disappoints as SkyCity deal’s flaws scrutinised - by Denise Roche



    Maybe it was a coincidence that saw the NZ Herald’s two opinion pieces on the SkyCity convention centre deal yesterday appear the same day that the commerce select committee report back to the house a drastically watered down Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment bill that deals with pokie machines in pubs and clubs. Or maybe […] read more
    June 18, 2013 2:13 pm - 8 Comments
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    Bad news for SkyCity workers’ health - by Denise Roche



     There was some bad news for hospitality workers and their ability to operate in a smokefree environment at SkyCity casino today.  Two applications have been approved by the Gambling Commission allowing SkyCity to create new smoker-friendly areas. SkyCity is currently being sued by the Cancer Society for its loose interpretation of what counts as an […] read more
    June 7, 2013 2:14 pm - 9 Comments
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    Good charities, dirty money - by Denise Roche



    It’s a sad day in New Zealand when we have to rely on charity to feed children at school and provide shoes and raincoats because their families don’t have enough to live on. I agree with Brian Rudman’s column today where he connects the dots between yesterday’s announcement to allocate $2 million a year for […] read more
    May 29, 2013 6:17 pm - 7 Comments
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    Skycity gets compensation but we all pay the cost - by Denise Roche



    The agreement between the Government and SkyCity for the build of an international convention centre is a deeply dodgy deal. I’m launching a campaign called Gambling Laws – Not For Sale at which has an online petition and a hard-copy petition asking the Government to oppose any legislation to relax the existing gambling laws and  […] read more
    May 24, 2013 1:19 pm - 54 Comments
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    Pre-pay for recycling: it’s the way forward - by Denise Roche



    Today the Government is crowing about their TV Takeback scheme. While I am grateful that TVs are being diverted from landfill, this solution is the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff.  The programme collected 23,000 televisions in the Hawke’s Bay and the West Coast, which cost the taxpayer over half a million dollars. This […] read more
    May 8, 2013 6:01 pm - 11 Comments
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    Kudos to the Warehouse for pay move - by Denise Roche



    It’s great news that the Warehouse is making it a policy to lift wages. This move is partly inspired by the Living Wage campaign. The Green Party has been actively supporting this campaign that would see big employers sign up to pay a living wage.  This is the wage that would allow their employees to […] read more
    May 8, 2013 3:44 pm - 6 Comments
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    Bad employers get May day bonus - by Denise Roche



    It is ironic that the legislation re-introducing youth rates into New Zealand comes into play on a day normally associated internationally with workers celebrating their struggle for  better conditions. From today mean spirited employers have an opportunity to push down rates for young workers. One such employer actively cheerleading the re-introduction of youth rates is […] read more
    May 1, 2013 2:08 pm - 24 Comments
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    Fight for the living and mourn for the dead: Workers Memorial Day - by Denise Roche



    Sunday 28th April was Workers Memorial Day and in Auckland I attended the event that was organised by the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions to remember the people in the last year that went to work and never came back. This year’s event highlighted the appalling health and safety record of the forestry industry. […] read more
    April 29, 2013 6:26 pm - 4 Comments
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    Waste fund flowing offshore - by Denise Roche



    On Wednesday, the government announced it will use the Waste Minimisation Fund to finance a programme to deal with a type of hazardous waste from material that was banned from use in New Zealand nearly 10 years ago. While we absolutely agree with cleaning up hazardous waste we do have some concerns about who does […] read more
    April 26, 2013 2:36 pm - 14 Comments