Parliament Archive

  • Russel Norman

    National’s innovation policy in three charts - by Russel Norman

    If Steven Joyce is such a believer in innovation, why is he planning to cut his investment in innovation so dramatically? Here, in three charts, is what National’s long-term commitment to innovation looks like: 1. National will cut their investment in science and innovation by 21 percent, in real terms, out to 2023/24. 2. The […] read more
    July 17, 2014 1:12 pm - 4 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Govt backs Green plan for a second internet cable - by Gareth Hughes

    I’m cautiously optimistic of news that the government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has signed a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new second internet cable. We announced in December 2012 our plan to fund a much-needed second internet cable. The Green Party plans […] read more
    July 2, 2014 3:54 pm - 19 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Holly Walker to step down from party list - by Holly Walker

    With real sadness, I have decided to withdraw from the Green Party’s list for the 2014 general election and not seek a second term in Parliament. I will stay on as the Green Party candidate for Hutt South to campaign for the Party Vote in my community I am gutted to be leaving so soon […] read more
    June 30, 2014 1:01 pm - 3 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Double win for Greens in economics this week - by Russel Norman

    National has finally relented to years of Green Party pressure to put the Government’s banking contract to competitive tender. This banking contract – the largest, most lucrative banking contract in the country – has been held by Australian-owned Westpac Bank since 1989 and has never been retendered since then. In 2010, we disclosed this cosy […] read more
    June 26, 2014 12:00 pm - 2 Comments
  • frog

    How a carbon tax shift worked in British Columbia - by frog

    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 […] read more
    June 5, 2014 10:23 am - 1 Comment
  • Holly Walker

    MMP not a political football - by Holly Walker

    In the last few days we’ve seen MMP being kicked around like the political football it should never be. Electoral systems shouldn’t be politicised or swayed by particular situations or political parties. But that’s exactly what’s happened with MMP since the announcement of the Internet Mana Party deal. Last election, the public voted to keep […] read more
    June 5, 2014 10:20 am - 3 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Mum in the House: an inevitable decision? - by Holly Walker

    We have made a big decision in our household this week: Dave has extended his parental leave until after the election. Our original plan was to have three months’ parental leave each and for Dave to go back to work part time at the end of April, when Esther would be six months old. I […] read more
    April 4, 2014 9:15 am - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    NZ Inc. & the NZ Constitution – unsanctioned Parliamentary visits to China - by Kennedy Graham

    This coming week, I am part of a New Zealand delegation attending the 130th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Europe.  The delegation is composed of one National, one Labour and one Green MP.  It is an annual visit by a NZ delegation, where issues of interest to 163 national parliaments are discussed.   It is, […] read more
    March 14, 2014 1:26 pm - 4 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Mum in the House – it’s getting easier - by Holly Walker

    Three weeks into our experiment combining parenting and Parliament and I am pleased to report that it is getting easier. read more
    February 18, 2014 10:36 am - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    We can make history in 2014 - by Gareth Hughes

    ” A Green government will invest in our people, will protect our environment and will build an economy which works for everyone.” read more
    February 12, 2014 7:34 pm - 11 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    First day back at parliament - by Russel Norman

    Parliament’s back this week, and as is tradition for the first day of the year, party leaders had the chance to outline our priorities for the year and our greater vision for the country. I used my time to talk about this year’s election, which I see as a turning point in our history. The […] read more
    January 29, 2014 6:22 pm - 10 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Swimming on the Wellington waterfront - by Eugenie Sage

    Wellington’s waterfront dive platform is an inspired piece of inner-city architecture that draws huge crowds on a hot day. Where else in the world can brave jumpers thrill onlookers in the middle of a city? The big problem – and this is quite a basic one – is that the harbour water below is highly […] read more
    January 29, 2014 10:15 am - 2 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Mum in the House - by Holly Walker

    Today is a big day for me on a personal level – it’s my first full day back in the House after taking parental leave to welcome my baby girl Esther into the world. She is 16 weeks old. read more
    January 28, 2014 4:09 pm - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    My 2013 Best Efforts from a Biased Participant - by Catherine Delahunty

    Tired of the conventional list of dubious political achievements? Join me in constructing your own from an openly biased rather than faux-neutral list of successes. 1, Big ups to Jan Logie and Lee Rhiannon (Aussie Green MP) for confronting the Sri Lankan Government on human rights the week before CHOGM in Sri Lanka! 2. Congratulations […] read more
    December 16, 2013 11:02 am - 4 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Reflections on leafleting for the Citizen’s Initiated Referendum - by Denise Roche

    I was one of those thousands of people who spent a lot of my spare time last year collecting signatures to trigger the referendum on the sale of our state owned assets. Now that the voting papers have been delivered to people’s letterboxes I’m not wanting to see all that work wasted so have spent […] read more
    November 26, 2013 3:23 pm - 5 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    We’re doing fine, it’s the world that’s at fault – climate change, Philippines, and Mr Groser - by Kennedy Graham

    The latest global storm, Typhoon Haiyan over the Philippines, is the strongest on record to make landfall. The statement by the chief Philippine climate negotiator, Yeb Sano, at the 19th annual UN negotiations in Warsaw, is perhaps the most eloquent cry of pain on behalf of humanity yet uttered. Mr Sano, whose family has been […] read more
    November 19, 2013 9:02 am - 18 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Youth MP finds his voice - by Mojo Mathers

    At Youth Parliament earlier this year, I was represented by Auckland student Dean Buckley. Dean is a stand out role model and I was so proud to have him as my youth MP. While he was here in Wellington, he was followed by a film crew from Attitude Pictures who were documenting his experience. Dean’s […] read more
    October 23, 2013 3:06 pm - No Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Point of order - by Metiria Turei

    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 […] read more
    October 18, 2013 5:26 pm - 27 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Two smart measures to make our Reserve Bank fit for purpose - by Russel Norman

    The Treasury released papers last week recommending that the Reserve Bank move towards a committee structure for making future decisions on the Official Cash Rate (OCR). New Zealand is now alone in relying on a single person – the Reserve Bank Governor – to set the OCR. No other country in the developed world leaves […] read more
    October 10, 2013 12:40 pm - 4 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    It is time to change Parliament’s prayer - by Gareth Hughes

    It’s important that New Zealanders are able to have a say on the way our Parliament starts each Parliamentary day. It is symbolic for the country, and everybody should be able to contribute to shaping that symbolism. read more
    October 3, 2013 1:20 pm - 20 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Syria – the Urgent Debate that wasn’t - by Kennedy Graham

    I blogged last week about the constitutional shortcomings New Zealand faces in debating issues of foreign policy and international relations. The Government has committed only to a ministerial statement in the House after a NZ policy-decision has been taken in response to the US request for support for a military strike against Syria. This compares […] read more
    September 9, 2013 1:46 pm - 25 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    A table for one? - by Kevin Hague

    After yesterday’s blog post about the lack of response from the Minister of Health to my written questions it was a nice surprise this morning to see my inbox brimming with responses. Well, sort of. These responses would be funny if they weren’t so sad. The first thing you need to know in order to […] read more
    September 4, 2013 9:12 pm - 10 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Syria, the UN, and parliamentary democracy: Are we up to scratch, down here? - by Kennedy Graham

    The game-changer in the Syrian crisis is not the US soliloquy whether a unilateral strike is to be or not to be.  That is a normal phenomenon of the past half-century. It is the impressive working of parliamentary democracy in the United Kingdom.  That is not. Last week, the British Parliament was recalled to debate […] read more
    September 4, 2013 9:28 am - 30 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    The final report on the Lobbying Disclosure Bill - by Holly Walker

    This week the Government Administration Select Committee presented the final report on the Lobbying Disclosure Bill – my Member’s Bill to set-up a lobbying disclosure regime in New Zealand. The original aim of this bill was to bring a measure of transparency and public disclosure to lobbying activity in New Zealand, and to enhance trust […] read more
    August 23, 2013 3:52 pm - 4 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Are you one of the 70,000 who just got un-enrolled? - by Holly Walker

    The Electoral Commission have just had to remove 70,000 New Zealanders from the electoral roll, after the election packs they sent out for the local body elections later in the year were returned, saying ‘gone – no forwarding address’. This was part of the checks to make sure that everyone who’s eligible is correctly enrolled […] read more
    July 30, 2013 1:59 pm - 7 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Impatiently waiting for a real response to election inquiry - by Holly Walker

    This week the Government released their formal response to the select committee inquiry into the last election. I have to say I was pretty disappointed with what was released. Justice Minister Judith Collins has had the select committee report for three months, but rather than present anything substantive, the Minister has instead fobbed off making […] read more
    July 26, 2013 3:43 pm - 1 Comment
  • Holly Walker

    Day two of Youth Parliament - by Holly Walker

    Yesterday was a pretty exciting day in the world of Youth Parliament, but today might have been even better… The Youth MPs finally got to experience the House, with Question Time, a legislative debate on the mock bill to increase youth participation in elections, a general debate, and notices of motion. Question Time was amazing […] read more
    July 17, 2013 9:52 pm - No Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Day one of Youth Parliament - by Holly Walker

    Youth Parliament officially started today, with 121 Youth MPs and 20 members of the Youth Press Gallery arriving in Wellington for Youth Parliament – including the 14 wonderful Green Youth MPs. After a pōwhiri and official photo, the serious business started after lunch when I and MPs from other parties briefed the Youth MPs on […] read more
    July 16, 2013 6:13 pm - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Adopt an MP - by Gareth Hughes

    It’s fair to say MPs and politicians around the world don’t have a good rap for their tech or Internet knowledge. But actually, we’re in the twenty first century, and it’s ‘no longer OK to not know how the Internet works’ read more
    July 12, 2013 11:59 am - 7 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The Rule of Law - by Jan Logie

    The Law Society in its report to the UN review of human rights in New Zealand (UPR) identified 14 separate pieces of legislation, 11 in the last two years, that undermine our rule of law and fundamental human rights. 5 laws that remove the courts’ constitutional role of judicial review • NZ Public Health and […] read more
    June 26, 2013 10:16 am - 7 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Electoral reform in the constitutional review - by Holly Walker

    This week the deadline for submissions on the Constitutional Conversation was extended by a month, so now we’ve got until July 31st to submit. This is a great chance for all of us to have a say on how we want our country to be run, as well as to share our values and aspirations […] read more
    June 21, 2013 4:52 pm - 10 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Who gets the access to parliament - by Holly Walker

    Yesterday, the Speaker released an updated list of the lobbyists that have swipe-card access to parliament. This list has more than doubled in the past year, which is a clear demonstration of the growing influence of lobbyists. Those on the list include three former ministerial staffers (two from John Key’s office and one from Steven […] read more
    June 18, 2013 3:39 pm - 10 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    The Privileges Committee Report and ‘parliamentary protections’ - by Kennedy Graham

    Thinking through the deep stuff:  The Privileges Committee Report and ‘parliamentary protections’  Every now and then we MPs are challenged to think.  Yesterday was such a moment – actually, for the preceding 12 months, on and off. In 2005-06, an issue arose in the House in which a cabinet minister made comments about a Kiwi […] read more
    June 13, 2013 8:18 pm - 36 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Counting down to Youth Parliament - by Holly Walker

    In just over a month, parliament and the press gallery will be taken over by 16-18 year olds for Youth Parliament. We’ve previously blogged about the fantastic Green Youth MPs. This amazing experience includes question time, debating a mock bill in the debating chamber and considering a range of specialised issues in their select committees. […] read more
    June 7, 2013 10:32 am - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Searching for a consensus on climate change: seeking a genuine dialogue with National, Part I - by Kennedy Graham

    Friday, 7 June, is the day I am convening the Conference on Climate Change in the NZ Parliament.  It is being held in the Legislative Council Chamber – the elegant upper chamber that has been mostly empty since the Upper House was abolished in 1951.  It is the second conference of the kind – the […] read more
    June 6, 2013 7:52 pm - 7 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Health Budget predictions and alternatives - by Kevin Hague

    As I write this I am preparing to go into  Parliament to hear the Budget, and no doubt to see  Government Ministers crowing about “more money than ever before” spent on Health, and ‘brave new’ programmes for this and that. I only get the Budget documents once I’m actually in Parliament, and have to frantically […] read more
    May 16, 2013 1:09 pm - 3 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Topics announced for Youth Parliament 2013 - by Holly Walker

    It’s Youth Week, with events happening around the country celebrating all that it is to be young and encouraging young people to live like legends. As a part of Youth Week, Youth Affairs Minister Nikki Kaye has today made an announcement on this year’s Youth Parliament, including releasing the issues that the Youth MPs will […] read more
    May 9, 2013 3:43 pm - No Comments
  • frog

    Introducing our Green Youth MPs - by frog

    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 […] read more
    May 1, 2013 9:02 am - 119 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Pacific Parliamentary Forum - by Jan Logie

    Parliament has been blessed with the presence of political leaders from all around the Pacific for the last few days. We had some great debates and discussions. I just want to gloat about one – the motion to liberalise trade was voted down in favour of an amended motion in support of sustainable development. The […] read more
    April 22, 2013 12:23 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Marriage Equality: Difference of world views - by Kevin Hague

    The debate over Louisa Wall’s marriage equality bill has been raging for almost a year now, and I have received thousands of emails and letters, as well as having read many thousands of submissions during the Select Committee process I thought the contrast between those in favour and those opposed was striking, and have blogged […] read more
    April 12, 2013 12:32 pm - 30 Comments