The Intelligence and Security Bill is a significant overhaul of existing legislation which governs our intelligence and security agencies.
On Thursday 7th July, four Green MPs joined many other Kiwis and made a stand against homelessness by taking part in the Big Sleep Out.
We have an agreement. And not just any agreement – an agreement with potential, full of hope for what the future can achieve, and with a clear directive to world governments telling them that they must step up on climate action. More than anything, the agreement is indicative of a change in political will, and […]
A new draft agreement was released this morning, with delegates given only two and a half hours to read it before they had to be on form and ready to debate its contents. Options are being whittled away, pages are being dropped, and the all-important language feels as impenetrable as ever. So, beyond the high-level […]
It’s not every COP that we’re lucky enough to be awarded Fossil of the Day twice, but here we are. This time, we came in second place (along with the US and Canada) for something as simple as language – but at a conference where words and brackets are everything, this isn’t too surprising. The […]
The big news of today is the release of Germanwatch and CAN Europe’s report, the Climate Change Performance Index 2016. Ranking 58 countries on aspects of climate policy, the report is yet more damning evidence of the National Government’s unwillingness to act effectively on climate change – we’ve dropped seven places in the last year, […]
Well, we have a draft agreement – and while it’s still heavily bracketed, it is good to see the Parties able to come together and find some common ground. One Party we haven’t been able to see, however, is New Zealand. The Green Party is subscribed to more notifications about COP21 than can possibly be […]
Yesterday, the Green Party COP blogpost briefly addressed the disparity between how much countries contribute to climate change and how much they will suffer. At Day 4 of COP, this disparity became of a source of debate – one of the big issues was how we deal with ‘common but differentiated responsibility’ when it comes […]
The weather in Wellington is once again windy, rainy, and stormy – the perfect segue into discussing the COP theme of the day, resilience. Resilience can seem like jargon, but it actually describes a key aspect of adaptation – how countries and communities prepare themselves against the effects of climate change. In New Zealand, for […]
On Day 2 of COP21, around 10,000 people from more than 100 countries fasted in solidarity with those who are affected by climate change, as part of the ‘Fast for the Climate’ movement. Fast for the Climate was born after Filipino diplomat Yeb Saño took a stand against climate inaction in the wake of Typhoon […]
New Zealand’s first day in Paris was a real winner – literally. We are now the proud holders of the ‘Fossil of the Day’ award, which is given to countries who show the least amount of ambition that day. We won because John Key called for action on fossil fuels, demanding that countries all over […]
Over the weekend, Green MP Julie Anne Genter took to the streets of London for the People’s Climate March. She was joined by over 100,000 people, including actress Emma Thompson. Talking proportional representation with THE Emma Thompson at #London#ClimateMarch today. We need more democracy! pic.twitter.com/089tvKeOPm — Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) November 29, 2015 Check out […]
You’ve probably heard the news that Green MP and former Co-leader Russel Norman will be leaving Parliament at the end of October to take up the position of Executive Director at Greenpeace New Zealand. With this end of an era comes an exciting new beginning – Marama Davidson, who is next on our party list, […]
All the numbers and stats around climate change can be confusing, so we’ve put together a handy list of the top 10 numbers about climate change that we should all know- and then do something about. You can sign up here to get involved in our campaign to turn things around build a safe climate future 14 […]
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 […]
While we wait for final booth counts from polling day, we can analyse how the Green Party did in the specials and look at electorate level data. First off – special votes (and disallowed/recounted votes etc). There were 333,757 of these votes – 13.6 percent of the total vote counted. We got 15.4 percent of […]
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 […]