A guest post by Susanne Ruthven, our candidate for Rimutaka 2014 Last week was the first week back after the school holidays and what a busy week! It was all about children for me – pre-schoolers, primary kids and college teens. And of course with our newborn Paige, every week is about babies for me. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
A few days ago the Government announced it was planning to strip the public’s right to oppose exploratory deep sea drilling. This is the same activity that the Deepwater Horizon was engaged in when it exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Have your say on this outrageous proposal here. The Government […]
From today’s NZ Herald – a letter to the editor from New Zealander of the Year Dame Anne Salmond. Dear Sir, In assessing the Prime Minister’s performance on Campbell Live, rather than admiring the style, it is important to weigh what was said. He assured New Zealanders that if the GCSB bill is passed, they […]
The launch of our exciting new Animal Welfare campaign is just around the corner (25th August). The Animal Welfare Act is under review for the first time in a long time, and we’d like to see some big changes. Last week some of our staff headed up to The Animal Sanctuary in Matakana to interview […]
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 […]
We need 16,525 valid signatures in order to force a citizens initiated referendum on asset sales, and we need them by the end of this month. On the weekend of 22-23 June, hundreds of people will collect signatures at collection points across New Zealand in the last drive to reach our target. Every signature counts, […]
From roughly 9 AM onwards, you can watch a live video feed of the conference. The feed might not run during the breaks, to save camera battery. Check the programme to see which parts you want to tune in to.
Great to see Dole will be backing down on it’s rather questionable “ethical” banana labels. We have at least one very happy MP. Well done Oxfam. Just to be clear the banana’s in question are the ones with the green label that say’s ethical choice not All Good Bananas.
This weekend saw New Zealanders out on our coastlines around the country with a clear message: no deep sea oil drilling in our waters – our environment is too precious to risk. Green MPs Catherine Delahunty and Steffan Browning joined Hands Across the Sand events in Coromandel and Christchurch. Kaikoura might have put on the […]
Danielle Lusk – Metiria Turei Age: 16 School: Buller High School, Westport Tell us a bit about yourself: Hello there, I’m a keen adventuress, I love the outdoors, it’s pretty mean. It is my intention to become a white water kayaking guide, because who wouldn’t want to work, live and breathe the outdoors! My main […]
You might have spotted that DOC Director General Al Morrison is moving on. After overseeing job cuts and setting DOC on the track to commercialisation, he is moving on to fill the newly created role Deputy Commissioner Corporate Centre at the State Services Commission. There he will be overseeing the Government’s Better Private Public Services, […]
We are all celebrating today at Parliament after an amazing night in which love was the winner. A huge number of people came to watch the marriage equality debate and vote. The queue stretched around the building and people were bubbling with excitement to see such happy history being made. The speeches made […]
It’s All Fools Day. Make the most of it!
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 […]
On Friday Green Party climate spokesperson Kennedy Graham wrote about the droughts hurting our farmers and the connection with climate change so it was interesting at the weekend to see the Sunday Star Times front page story about the drought. Cool, I thought, now we finally get to have a conversation about climate change and […]