The Greens take an inclusive approach to being excluded. So when we were shut out of the TVNZ leaders’ debate (despite being New Zealand’s third largest party, and despite the two-handed Key-Cunliffe format feeling more like a throwback to First Past the Post days than a genuine representation of the choice facing Kiwis on September […]
Labour released its climate policy yesterday. Already in the election campaign I have fronted on climate change in a number of public meetings, with Labour (and National, and ACT….), with several more events still to go. Inevitably one of the questions asked is – how might Green and Labour climate policies reconcile if you are […]
On Tuesday I presented a petition to the Mayor of the Thames Coromandel with Linda Smith from the “Save New Chum for Everyone” group. Linda and I have been working together for some years now on the campaign to protect the wilderness values of this beach which has been rated as in the top 10 […]
Environment Canterbury (ECan) is proposing a major change to the Waitaki Catchment Water Allocation Regional Plan. This change would reduce the river’s minimum flow by a third (from 150 to 102 cubic meters per second) for periods over the summer. A lower minimum flow risks even poorer water quality, more didymo infestation, increased predation of braided riverbed birds nesting […]
On Sunday, the Green Party announced plans to raise the top tax rate on any income earned over $140,000 to 40 percent. This will have an impact on 3 percent of all taxpayers. We will redirect all new revenues raised into measures that will directly alleviate the causes of child poverty in New Zealand. We […]
On Tuesday, I was so proud to stand alongside my caucus colleagues and Green Party Christchurch candidates to announce our Greener Christchurch policy for this election. We held the launch at the beautiful new Visitor’s Centre at the Botanic Gardens, where we announced our commitment to smart transport solutions, a greener rebuild, a return of […]
The Green philosophy is about sustainability. It takes, as its worldview, the environment, within which human society and its economy operate. It places the soaring human population within Earth’s finite capacity for resource-use and waste-disposal. If there is one thought that underpins Green belief, it is that we have one planet, to share. The Green […]
Today I was excited to be at Auckland Uni campus for our student launch for this election – free off-peak public transport for all tertiary students and apprenticeships. A Student Green Card will give everyone enrolled to study at a university, wānanga, polytech and PTE’s, as well as apprentices training through the NZ Apprenticeships scheme, […]
A sharp rise in in agricultural emissions shows the National Party’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) must go and a meaningful carbon price be applied to the sector. According to new Environmental Protection Authority data, agriculture’s greenhouse gas output rose 7 percent last year. We cannot continue to ignore such a large and growing contributor to […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
[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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 false belief that new tenders with multiple bus companies can not include trolley bus routes.
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
Yesterday I kicked off a nationwide solar-powered roadshow showcasing what local businesses and communities are doing to help kiwi households achieve cheaper and cleaner power. I visited Phil Wood, a homeowner in Dairy Flat, Auckland who showed me how his family are managing to live off the grid on solar power. Despite having a power […]
Today is world oceans day. So I thought today would be a good day to explain how New Zealand is falling behind in marine conservation and how the Green Party would help catch us up. Here is evidence that the National Government is not a champion of marine conservation: National is allowing set net and […]
This was the week we put climate change back on the political agenda. It seems people were waiting for it. The strength of feeling that’s emerged – frustration at New Zealand’s slide backwards into inertia over the climate crisis, anger at National’s indifference, excitement that the Greens have tabled a win-win proposal, and a real […]
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 […]
At its AGM last weekend, the Green Climate Protection Package was rolled out. - It contains the over-riding goal of net carbon-neutral economy by 2050, with a National Carbon Budget comprising a series of five-yearly budget components to get to that goal. - There will be an independent Climate Commission to advise the Government on […]
Congratulations to Save Fiordland, Forest and Bird and the more than 18,000 people who spoke out to protect the Te Wahipounamu SouthWest World Heritage Area and Fiordland’s beautiful river valleys and the ancient beech forests of Snowdon Forest from a destructive and risky monorail. The reality would have been nothing like the glossy PR […]
I’ve written to the Minister a couple of times suggesting she utilise those powers – most recently asking her to declare single use plastic bags a priority product – but she insists that product stewardship will happen on a voluntary basis. Yeah, right.
This election matters. It’s game on. We can and need to win this for all New Zealanders.
Bill English may have focused attention on the surplus but this election the Green Party will be pointing out the other surpluses – the surplus of inequality, debt and pollution. The only thing National can’t point to is a surplus of housing or housing solutions.
The serious part of the equation was in the purpose of the ride, which was to raise public awareness and discussion about suicide in New Zealand, and particularly youth suicide.
Prime Minister John Key today told Auckland families, locked out of the housing market, to stop complaining and go look at Trade Me, saying there are more than 2000 sub-$400,000 homes they can buy. Even if that was the truth, Key’s glib response that there are plenty of cheap homes (and therefore no housing crisis) […]
I don’t see eye to eye with the deep sea fishing industry on many things, having personally seen the havoc bottom trawling wreaks on the ocean floor, but one thing I do agree with them on is the issue of seabed phosphate mining.