It was a privilege to visit Rātana Pā last week with fellow Greens’ Co-leader James Shaw, our Māori Caucus and senior staff to meet with the leaders of te iwi mōrehu, to strengthen the ties between the Green Party and the Rātana movement.
Over the weekend, Stuff.co.nz published a story titled “The Baby or the House” about how more and more young Auckland couples who want to start a family are putting it off because it’s too expensive to have kids and a mortgage. I think part of the problem is that renting rules aren’t very family-friendly. People […]
People who rent their homes have it pretty tough in New Zealand. Compared to lots of other countries, it’s pretty easy to get evicted or have your rent raised. You can get in trouble for something as simple as putting a poster on the wall.
Yesterday we told New Zealanders thirsty for a better country that change is on the way. Yesterday Labour and the Greens announced an historic agreement to work cooperatively to change the Government at the 2017 election. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between us commits us to working more closely together in Parliament and includes […]
This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.
I don’t know about you but I felt a bit sick watching Health Minister Jonathon Coleman eat supposed Dunedin hospital food last week. Dunedin people have tolerated a crumbling hospital, lower access to services, longer waiting times and gross food for too long. Does he really think that Dunedin people are so easily fooled by […]
We’re calling for a change to the way that Governor-Generals are selected. At the moment the Prime Minister decides, without needing to consult with any other party in parliament. This is a pretty old fashioned system that doesn’t reflect the modern MMP environment. It’s hard to see why we shouldn’t have a new, more democratic […]
Tūtira mai ngā iwi tātou tātou e Tūtira mai ngā iwi, tātou tātou e Whaia te maramatanga me te aroha e ngā iwi! Kia tapatahi, kia kotahi rā. Tātou tātou e Nei ra tōku aroha kia koutou te whānau e noho nei i raro i te kapua pouri i tēnei wā. Kei te mohio te […]
These art deco apartments were built in Mt Eden, Auckland in the 1930s, before there were zoning controls. They are large (85m2 at least), each have double exposition and are very quiet. There are eight apartments in each building, so 16 homes in the space of one 1/4 acre section. There is a shared […]
Metiria Turei is currently on a study tour in Europe, looking at green social enterprise and how we can deliver better social services. This is Olga Tarsalainen, Communications officer for Kela, the Finnish Social Insurance Institution. She manages the comms and production of the Maternity Package, the box of baby gear available to every parent […]
It seems like common sense that we should encourage freight to be moved by train rather than by ever-bigger super trucks that tear up our rural roads. But it turns out that the Treasury, the government’s key economic advisor, actually thinks we should be closing rail lines or even the entire rail freight network because […]
Child Youth and Family (CYF) has a troublesome history of underperformance and botched care and protection cases, the most recent being its abject failure, along with the Police, to address the Roastbusters sexual abuse allegations with any semblance of professionalism. So when Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced a high level review of CYF last […]
I have sat on the Māori Affairs Select Committee for most of the last 12 years. I love the committee, its work, its constituency and I especially love how it works differently than other committees, with a strong commitment to tikanga and a very collegial atmosphere. Even when Tau Henare chaired it (actually especially when […]
Students who sat NCEA level 3 history exams last week might be very worried to hear the Prime Minister tell a Radio Station that New Zealand was one of the few countries that was settled peacefully by Europeans. Those students who wrote about a bloody and violent settlement of Aotearoa in their NCEA exam; who wrote about the […]
Last week I took over the Feed the Kids Bill that Hone Harawira had introduced to Parliament. If passed, my Bill will provide government-funded breakfast and lunch in all decile 1 and 2 schools. Hungry kids can’t learn and are left trapped in the poverty cycle when they grow up. Let’s break that cycle, lunchbox […]
Earlier this week I was in Christchurch launching our newest policy to Warm Up Christchurch, and the rest of New Zealand, by reinstating the hugely successful insulation and clean heating programme Warm Up New Zealand, and by setting up special grants for Christchurch homes undergoing repair. It was an apt day to be launching a […]
Prime Minister John Key today told Auckland families, locked out of the housing market, to stop complaining and go look at Trade Me, saying there are more than 2000 sub-$400,000 homes they can buy. Even if that was the truth, Key’s glib response that there are plenty of cheap homes (and therefore no housing crisis) […]
Today we released the initial draft of our party list. We have an exciting line up of talented and experienced people going into this year’s general election. The Green Party has a strong, dynamic team in Parliament and we’re looking forward to growing our numbers to make even more positive change. That we have, in […]
This talk was delivered by Metiria at the TEDxhomeBushRdWomen event in Wellington, 7 December 2013. I had an eclectic, sometimes impoverished childhood. We moved house a lot. But when I was about 3 my family lived in a big old house called Hillcrest flats. Out the back was a garden and a long row of […]
Yesterday in Parliament I asked Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce about the SkyCity deal, and whether the Government would delay the bill in the House until after John Banks’ court case was resolved. As some of you may have seen or heard, it was pretty interesting. Not just because of Steven Joyce’s answers and the […]
This week I gave a keynote speech to the Public Health Association’s Conference in New Plymouth. Here is the speech I gave. INTRODUCTION Legend has it that Albert Einstein once described insanity as the practice of repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results. Funnily enough, Mark Twain and Benjamin Franklin […]
Green MPs and staff are mourning the disappearance of Matthew Wootton – a UK Green Party activist who was aboard the Nina schooner with six others who have not been seen since May 29, 2013. The Nina left Opua in the Bay of Islands bound for Newcastle, Australia, and is now believed to have been […]
I dont believe that the question Rachel Smalley asked of Hekia Parata: “How Maori are you”? was in anyway appropriate. I have a huge amount of respect for Brian Edwards and have read his blog which justifies Rachel’s question on the basis that was relevant to “Parata’s childhood and upbringing in a Maori family and […]
A good start for all Kiwi kids is a can do. KidsCan is once more stepping into the breach left by the Government and trying to plug gaps to help our most vulnerable children get a good start in life. The charity, which has led the charge on food in schools, is now looking at […]
I am compelled to consider it after this week of Air NZ and the Ta Moko debacle, and yesterday’s racist cartoons and then reading this morning of Dunne’s new program to help reduce the rate of suicide among Maori and Pacifica peoples. Yes, they are connected. Our kids saw those cartoons and saw the Air […]
This is my complaint to the Human Rights Commissioner. I emailed it to the HRC at 12.26pm and received an acknowledgement at 2.26pm. I’m not sure what information the HR Commissioner was using when she said her office had received no complaints by 1pm, especially as the Mana Party had also complained and received acknowledgement […]
You might think that the idea of financial sanctions on the very poorest children in New Zealand because of their parents’ behaviour would be an anathema to anyone who cares about the welfare of children. Its cruel, at best, and downright dangerous at worst. So when the Minister of Social Development decides that the income […]
Charter schools are no joke. What’s funny, however, is John Banks’ referring to the opponents of charter schools as “Cassandras”, seemingly unaware that back in the day, poor old Cassandra was famous for her prophetic insight and the fact that her accurate warnings were ignored. John Banks probably didn’t intend to suggest the Green Party […]
Schools can be the heart of their communities. In the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes, schools played a stabilising role not just for students, but for parents and staff as well. Now though, the Government has ripped the hearts out of some of the hardest hit communities.
Yesterday we announced that I will become the party’s education spokesperson and I am really looking forward to Catherine and I working together to stop the Government’s attacks on our public education system. Im also pleased that Labour agrees with us, that Charter schools have no future in NZ and that together we will remove […]
How can we, as this country’s leaders, address the inequity that has grown up amongst us? How can we build a nation where we trust and look after one another- where we are our brother’s and sisters keeper – not their bitter rival?
There is nothing in today’s speech that offers tangible solutions to the big issues facing everyday New Zealanders. Worse, the direction set out by this Government does not reflect the intrinsic character of New Zealand or the underlying values of New Zealanders.
Metiria Turei’s speech to the annual gathering to celebrate the birthday of the prophet, Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana 24th January, 2013 Tēnēi au e tu whakaiti nei i raro i a Ranginui, i runga i a Papatuānuku, e titiro kau ana ki ngā maunga whakahi me ngā tini uri o Tane. Ki Te Temepara Tapu, ki […]
How interesting is it for most people that Ministers who earn fat six figure pay-packets played musical chairs with their jobs today? Commentators have labelled John Key’s Cabinet reshuffle “dramatic” and “bold” but really all he is doing is swapping a few roles around between his MPs who have failed, if they even really tried, […]
John Key and I have a similar background in some ways. We both come from a childhood of deprivation and honour our parents for their hard work and unconditional love. As children, we both had access to a state education, to free healthcare, to a state provided home and state support for our parents when […]
The National Government has grandstanded about standing up for victims. But given a chance to do something meaningful for the victims of gambling-related crime, they’re backing their mates at the Casino instead. My Criminal Proceeds (Application to Casinos) Amendment Bill is a chance to protect New Zealand businesses from the harm of gambling crime. It […]
Rodney Hide’s latest piece in the NZ Herald exposes a callous and dangerous attitude. He needs to ask himself whether he really wants solutions to reduce child death or whether he just wants to pontificate while more women and more children suffer. Every death of a child at the hands of parent is a deep […]
Since the massive privacy breach at the Ministry of Social Development was made public on Sunday 14th October, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has consistently passed the buck and refused to accept responsibility for the total failure of leadership she has provided. The release of the damning Deloitte Independent Review of Information Systems Security on […]
In Parliament today, Paula Bennett further showed her woeful inconsistency when it comes to New Zealander’s right to have their private information remain private. In response to my question in Parliament to her, Bennett stated that she was “very concerned about people’s personal information being available through the kiosks.” It seems that the same level […]
(note: the above headline is not a typo) The statement below could very well be the basis for a future speech by an MP opposed to National’s legislation that will result in many young New Zealanders getting a pay cut. The fundamental proposition this bill puts up is that we need to pay people less […]