Pentagon links climate change and terrorism

Yesterday the Pentagon launched a plan to deal with a threat that “poses immediate risks to national security”; one that “will affect the Department of Defense’s ability to defend the nation”. It wasn’t referring to Ebola or ISIS. It was referring to climate change. Launching a 20-page Climate Change Adaptation Roadmap, US Defense Secretary Chuck […]

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Christchurch Green Party office gets tested for asbestos

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 […]

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

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 […]

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How a carbon tax shift worked in British Columbia

OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría described the implementation of British Columbia’s carbon tax “as near as we have to a textbook case, with wide coverage across sectors and a steady increase in the rate”. British Columbia’s centre-right political party, the Liberal Party, implemented a broad-based low rate carbon charge in 2008 of C$10 per tonne […]

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A regional perspective on the proposed RMA changes

Guest Post by Cath Gilmour, Councillor, Queenstown Lakes District Council. I haven’t written to Winston Peters before but I wrote to him last week to encourage New Zealand First to join the Greens, Labour, United Future and the Maori Party in opposing National’s changes to the heart of our environmental law, the Resource Management Act […]

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Transcript of this morning’s sign language interview

This morning, the Disability Rights Commissioner Paul Gibson was on TV One’s Breakfast talking about the report into New Zealand sign language that will be released this afternoon. Ironically, they didn’t have interpreters so we have posted a rough transcript below for those of you who are interested. Breakfast: Thousands of New Zealanders are being […]

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MPs’ chance to do the right thing over SkyCity legislation

The Speaker has agreed that the SkyCity pokies deal will be a conscience vote in Parliament. This came about after Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei wrote to the Speaker pointing out that in the past legislation dealing with gambling issues had been dealt with as a conscience issue. That means Government MPs can vote against […]

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National’s blind spots on tax reform

This week, the Victoria University Business School hosted renowned international tax expert, Dr Alan J. Auerbach. He contrasted the work and findings of our own recent Tax Working Group with the findings of the UK Mirrlees Tax Review, and the Australian Henry Tax Review. While he saw many positive parallels with the three reviews, he […]

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