THE ISSUES Archive

  • Russel Norman

    Deep sea oil and love don’t mix - by Russel Norman



    Yesterday we launched our plan to keep New Zealand beaches free from oil spills. With Piha’s world-famous waves crashing in the background, we stood in the local surf club and announced that the Green Party will prohibit all deep sea oil drilling if in Government. We’ll do this because we love our beaches, and they […] read more
    July 28, 2014 12:10 pm - 13 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Exports continue to simplify under National - by Russel Norman



    Export data released today from Statistics New Zealand shows a continuing and disturbing trend in the New Zealand economy — we are exporting less high-valued manufactured goods (down 12.5 percent) and less high-valued manufactured goods as a proportion of total exports. The chart says it all: Compared to other small, developed economies — some of […] read more
    July 24, 2014 12:56 pm - 1 Comment
  • Russel Norman

    A cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand - by Russel Norman



    Russel Norman- General debate speech, 23 July 2014 Together, it is possible to build a cleaner, fairer, smarter New Zealand. A New Zealand in which our rivers are clean enough to swim in and our precious beaches are safe from oil spills. A New Zealand in which every child has enough to thrive. And a […] read more
    July 23, 2014 3:54 pm - 6 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Israeli Ground Invasion an Aggressive Action - by Kennedy Graham



    My comment a week ago on the Israel-Gaza situation occasioned considerable comment, supportive and critical.  No surprise; on such an important and sensitive issue, personal opinions run deep, including mine. Comments in support take the long view – advocate a political re-alignment that reduces the US role as biased mediator; strengthen in various ways the […] read more
    July 18, 2014 2:09 pm - 22 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    In defence of strong women and freedom of speech - by Jan Logie



    A certain right wing blog WITH TIES TO National has tried to discredit Tania Billingsley because her friend has links to Rape Crisis and has had her photo taken with me. This blog was an extreme example of rape culture and was so incredibly offensive that it’s hard to know where to start, or imagine ever ending […] read more
    July 17, 2014 5:12 pm - 16 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Silver Fern Farms fails the Waimakariri River - by Eugenie Sage



    [UPDATED] Silver Fern Farms Ltd’s recent application to Environment Canterbury to discharge treated meatworks waste(3500 cubic meters per day) including fat and faecal matter into the Waimakariri River highlights why we need change of Government . We need the stronger national bottomlines for water quality and a network of protected rivers as the Green Party […] read more
    July 17, 2014 5:07 pm - 1 Comment
  • 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
  • frog

    Christchurch Green Party office gets tested for asbestos - by frog



    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 […] read more
    July 17, 2014 11:57 am - No Comments
  • David Clendon

    National’s constitutional quagmire - by David Clendon



    The High Court has ruled that the courts can look at whether prisoners should be allowed to vote. ‘Jailhouse lawyer’ Arthur Taylor took up the issue of prisoners’ voting rights and wanted a declaration that the current law, which bans all prisoners from voting, was inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act (BORA).  However, the […] read more
    July 16, 2014 2:07 pm - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Coromandel meeting rejects TPPA - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last night more than 50 people crowded into a little hall in Tairua on the Coromandel and listened to global food and fair trade activist Andrea Brower from Hawaii and myself talking about food and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Andrea has written columns on these themes in both “The Huffington Post” and “Common Dreams“. […] read more
    July 15, 2014 4:47 pm - 3 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Enough to live on? - by Jan Logie



    Paula Bennett reckons people have enough to live on, and is trucking out averages as if it proves something, but on the ground, it’s not enough. Here’s some of the stories I’m hearing: A woman moved from out west to South Auckland because she’d found a house that met her needs for $100 less a […] read more
    July 15, 2014 12:02 pm - 17 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Rape Culture - by Jan Logie



    So there has been a bit of discussion over the last few weeks about whether we have a rape culture in NZ or not. Paula Bennett the Minister responsible for sexual violence denied rape culture in NZ “I wouldn’t say that we’ve got a rape culture or a sexual violence culture in New Zealand. Actually […] read more
    July 14, 2014 1:09 pm - 7 Comments
  • frog

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



    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 […] read more
    July 14, 2014 12:11 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Israel-Palestine Round 2014: Mutual Assured Destruction not the correct recipe - by Kennedy Graham



    Israel-Palestine Round 2014: Mutual Assured Destruction not the correct recipe The latest round of violence in the Israel-Palestine saga reinforces a few timeless truths. They are: attempts at mutual slaughter achieve nothing but mutual slaughter; persisting with a politically-biased external mediator returns nothing but frustration; and an unreformed United Nations wringing its hands on the […] read more
    July 11, 2014 3:46 pm - 37 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    “Reckless” Abbott loses on carbon tax - by Kennedy Graham



    Today was a good day for the climate, but not such a good day for John Key’s counterpart across the Tasman. Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s controversial attempt to repeal Australia’s carbon tax failed in a 37 to 35 vote in the Senate. This is a carbon tax that’s working. It has helped reduce emissions in […] read more
    July 10, 2014 4:27 pm - 6 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    TDB – More mining our protected places - by Gareth Hughes



    This is yet another example of National’s disregard for our treasured places, along with permitting drilling and seismic testing in the Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, and logging and mining in our conservation estate read more
    July 10, 2014 3:29 pm - 23 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    National’s last term, a review of domestic and sexual violence in numbers - by Jan Logie



    The Green Party, along with community organisations and the media, has put domestic and sexual violence on the political agenda. I have asked 7 questions in the House and made 27 speeches on these topics. I may be a bit like a stuck record but these problems cause so much unnecessary harm. Obviously we are […] read more
    July 7, 2014 5:34 pm - 5 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Animal cruelty systemic in factory farming - by Mojo Mathers



    On Sunday I was shocked by the follow up story to TVNZ Sunday’s investigation into pig factory farms in New Zealand. A link to the video can be found here. The footage aired was obtained by FarmWatch, who set up a surveillance camera on a random farm in the North Island. This was a different […] read more
    July 7, 2014 2:20 pm - 4 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Climate Change and Storms - by Catherine Delahunty



    There have always been massive rainstorm and floods on the Coromandel, it’s part of our history and geography. Cyclone Ita was the first huge event for some years and even then the effects were limited to certain areas of the Peninsula. But seeing the impact of this storm on the landscape of the northern Coromandel […] read more
    July 2, 2014 6:25 pm - 2 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
  • Eugenie Sage

    Christchurch cycleways heading in the right direction - by Eugenie Sage



    There was a sense of relief in the Christchurch Green Party office when word came through that the City Council changed their mind on the timeframe to complete the major cycleways project. It started off as a three year project, and then expanded to five years, then to eight years, and now it is back […] read more
    July 2, 2014 9:47 am - 1 Comment
  • 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
  • Denise Roche

    Whakatane waste minimisation - by Denise Roche



    I was pretty taken with the colourful collection of re-upholstered chairs which are testament to the organisations ability to add value to material that would otherwise end up in landfill. read more
    June 27, 2014 5:24 pm - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Tukituki Plan decision bad news for Government’s weak water quality rules - by Eugenie Sage



    Yesterday’s release of the Board of Inquiry’s final decisions on the regional plan provisions for the Tukituki River and catchment as part of the Ruataniwha dam project confirms that National’s favoured approach to bottom lines for water quality will not help our rivers. The Board of Inquiry for the Tukituki Catchment Proposal rejected the Government’s […] read more
    June 27, 2014 9:28 am - 2 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Animal Welfare Amendment Bill: The good, the bad and the ugly - by Mojo Mathers



    The Bill has just been reported back from the Primary Production Select Committee.  Like most bills it contains a mix of things that we agree with and those that we don’t.  It has mostly been a missed opportunity to get it right for animals experiencing the greatest suffering in NZ which is in animal testing […] read more
    June 26, 2014 12:48 pm - 1 Comment
  • 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
  • Gareth Hughes

    Guest Post – Cr Paul Bruce – Don’t Scrap the Trolleys - by Gareth Hughes



    Lets be clear about this – the scrapping of the trolley buses is nothing to do with age of the fleet and power supply…it has nothing to do with the standard of the overhead wiring…it has nothing to do with the performance of the power stations or under powered trolleys…it has nothing to do with the age of the chassis – they were new 7 years ago. The decision to scrap the trolley fleet is based on prejudice and the... read more
    June 26, 2014 11:31 am - 2 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Equal pay will require a change of government - by Jan Logie



    Today EEO Commissioner Dr. Jacqui Blue joined previous commissioners in calling on all political parties to set targets to close gender and ethnic pay gaps. In the past two years there has been no change in the public sector gender pay gap in the 29 core government departments. The gender pay gap in the public […] read more
    June 25, 2014 5:35 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Net Conservation Benefit - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau. As DOC is increasingly required to commercialise and mining is promoted, […] read more
    June 25, 2014 1:23 pm - 1 Comment
  • Eugenie Sage

    Is Canterbury all right? - by Eugenie Sage



    Last week the fantastic ‘All Right?’ campaign in Christchurch released results of their ‘Are we all right?’ project – their latest research into how Cantabrians are doing. The ‘All Right?’ campaign is a brilliant local initiative that reminds us to check in on how we and the people around us are feeling. They’ve used creative […] read more
    June 25, 2014 9:23 am - No Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Peria School in Northland proving John Key wrong - by Russel Norman



    According to John Key, solar PV systems “never pay for themselves, let alone reduce energy bills, or make money”. That was his response when we launched our Solar Homes policy earlier this year. Well, Peria School in the far North is about to prove the PM wrong. I was up there on Monday cutting the […] read more
    June 25, 2014 8:25 am - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Public interest on UN bid says – ‘Show us the money, John’ - by Kennedy Graham



    Under the John Key Government, New Zealand has recast its reputational integrity, losing traditional hues of national colour to which the Prime Minister is congenitally blind. This current Government has practised, to an art form, the statement of principles to govern the pursuit of stated objectives, in eloquent words of surpassing meaninglessness, whilst proceeding under […] read more
    June 24, 2014 8:29 am - 2 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Work and Income – stories from hidden people - by Jan Logie



    This morning I caught up with a group of people who have been mandated to attend a pre-employment course by Work and Income. There was a wide range of people on the course, from the young to those close to retirement age, sole parents, people with a range of fairly serious illnesses as well as […] read more
    June 23, 2014 4:57 pm - 19 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Government rejects UN human rights recommendations - by Jan Logie



    The Government has chosen to reject over a fifth of key recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the state of human rights in New Zealand. As I’ve already written a couple of times, New Zealand was subject to its second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) this year.  In January, the United Nations […] read more
    June 23, 2014 3:05 pm - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    World Refugee Day - by Jan Logie



    Today, as we mark World Refugee Day, I look back and think about how lucky we are in New Zealand to experience the diversity and culture that various refugees have brought into this country. Over the years, I have met with many people who came to New Zealand as refugees. They brought with them a […] read more
    June 20, 2014 1:09 pm - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Kermadecs marine reserve smart tactic for UN seat bid. - by Gareth Hughes



    Today over in the US, John Key is drumming up support for a UN Security Council seat and Murray McCully is attending John Kerry’s Oceans conference but it seems no one in National has thought of joining the two issues up. read more
    June 17, 2014 7:40 pm - 1 Comment
  • Jan Logie

    Reports from the front-line of violence against women - by Jan Logie



    I’ve been going around the country hearing from refuge and sexual violence organisations and presenting an overview of what’s been happening at a national level and the Green Party ideas for reducing violence. It would be an epic blogpost to convey all of the detail and ideas but here are a couple of things I’ve […] read more
    June 14, 2014 1:08 pm - No Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Barrick Gold’s violence highlights need for ethical investment - by Catherine Delahunty



    The Green Party has long advocated for ethical investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund.  Several companies, in which the Super Fund invests, have been accused of human rights violations, the production of nuclear arms, and causing severe environmental damage. One such company was Barrick Gold– a Canadian mining company which has caused environmental damage […] read more
    June 12, 2014 10:30 am - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Blueprint for the future: a Digital Manufacturing Strategy for New Zealand - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday I launched a component of the Green Party’s smart green innovation package, Blueprint for the Future – a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand. It deals with a range of technologies but the most notable, disruptive, and headline grabbing is 3D printing. My personal interest in 3D printing started about a year ago. I had read a bit […] read more
    June 10, 2014 5:45 pm - 3 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    The Pope, Prayers, and the Middle East - by Kennedy Graham



    True to his developing reputation as an original and courageous leader, Pope Francis has led the Israeli and Palestinians in prayer together. http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/10133858/Pope-brings-Middle-East-leaders-together It is probable that no other individual on Earth right now could bring that off. If ping-pong diplomacy could cut the ice in US-China relations in the 20th century, then maybe prayer […] read more
    June 10, 2014 10:41 am - 7 Comments