Saving rivers cannot be put in the too hard basket and I am looking forward to meeting water activists across country so we can support your efforts. Clean water is well worth this effort, it’s essential that we clean up rivers and make them swimmable again!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been making a big deal about cuts to Conservation funding and the impact they are having on the work the Department of Conservation is charged with doing. Yet Maggie Barry, the Minister of Conservation, says I’ve got it all wrong. So I thought a review might be in order.
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 […]
There is a growing consensus that National’s climate policy is not only failing to stop pollution, but is actively encouraging the growth of highly polluting sectors of the economy. For all the ambitious talk by the Prime Minister at the Paris climate conference, National has shown little appetite to implement real measures to transition New […]
The earthquake anniversary is hard: remembering the terror of the violent shaking, the collapsed buildings, the 185 individuals who died and others who were seriously injured, and our broken city. All of us in Christchurch and many throughout New Zealand have been affected by the earthquakes and are in different stages of recovery. Last […]
Yesterday the Office of the Commissioner for Children (OCC) appeared in front of the Social Service’s Select Committee to discuss their performance. The OCC has statutory responsibility for advocating for children and oversight of the Child Youth and Family Act. Understandably most of our discussion was about child poverty and the safety of children in […]
We want rivers and lakes that people can swim in – seems a simple enough request, doesn’t it? It’s not unreasonable that our kids and grandkids should be able to swim in lakes and rivers just like we have. However, 62 per cent of our monitored rivers are unsafe to swim in. Before we can […]
Pharmac has allocated a ‘low priority’ to Keytruda, a new drug for people with advanced melanoma. They say the drug is promising, but with a price tag of $30Mn per annum, the evidence of effectiveness isn’t good enough. In order to get a higher priority for funding it would need to have more evidence of […]
In the current issue of LawTalk, New Zealand Law Society President-Elect Kathryn Beck told readers that “We need to have a look at our justice system – and when I say we, I don’t mean just the law profession, I mean Parliament and other stakeholders.” She added – We are all well aware of the […]
Being part of the People’s Climate March in Otautahi/Christchurch on Saturday felt like being part of something special, and something quite remarkable because we were part of the world’s largest climate mobilisation involving more than 600,000 citizens. Around 3,000 people gathered beneath the trees and on the grass in Christchurch’s Victoria Square just as thousands […]
Many of us, given the choice of either facing up to or avoiding the unsettling realities of an unstable climate, will choose to avoid it. That doesn’t make us bad, it just makes us human. But what also makes us human is our willingness to rise to the challenge when it really matters. That’s what […]
The chainsaws stopped in native forest on public land in 1999 after a strong campaign by non-governmental organisations such as Forest and Bird and Native Forest Action (NFA), supported by the Green Party. Immediately after the 1999 election, the incoming Labour Government directed SOE and government forestry company, Timberlands West Coast Ltd to end its […]
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 […]
More and more New Zealanders are putting solar panels on their roofs and tapping in to cleaner, cheaper power, despite zero Government support. Solar installations have jumped 330% in the last two years along, according to a new report out this week from GREEN grid research. As one happy solar customer put it: “Why wouldn’t […]