Huge high country station risks going to overseas ownership

The real estate advertisement is spot on in describing Mt White Station as an “iconic” South Island high country station. The 40,000 hectare property is adjacent to Arthur’s Pass National Park and the upper reaches of the Waimakariri River. Mt White Station is the largest pastoral lease in New Zealand still owned by the Crown. […]

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Ratifying the TPPA makes no sense

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The recent high-fiving between the government and agricultural exporters over ratification of the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) is empty gesture politics in an election year. Ratification by New Zealand means nothing. New Zealand law changes are not implemented unless the agreement ‘comes into force’ and this can’t happen unless the United States (US) ratifies. President […]

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The Swimmable Rivers campaign comes to Northland

Today I am heading to the north to travel on the Wairua River, the seventh river we’re visiting on the Swimmable Rivers campaign. The Wairua River, which flows into the Wairoa River and eventually the Kaipara Harbour, is one of many in the Northland region that are impacted by agriculture, gravel extraction, and forestry sediment. The […]

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Empowering New Zealand

Yesterday the Green Party launched a plan for cheaper power bills, cleaner electricity generation, and a smarter electricity network. It’s all about empowering consumers. Energy has always been important to the Greens. In fact, the green movement formed around the Manapouri power station campaign. In Parliament, we’ve worked with Labour and National governments to establish […]

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A different type of game-playing at Parliament

This week, MPs were playing games at Parliament. What’s new, you ask? Not the usual, name-calling and point-scoring political games. Instead, they played Kiwi-designed video games like Grow and Golden Threads. I was delighted to be able to organise, with Play by Play, a demonstration in the Beehive of some of New Zealand’s incredible video […]

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Point England: An almighty mess in the making

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A special joint blog from Marama Davidson, Green Party social housing spokesperson and Eugenie Sage, Green Party environment spokesperson. A Treaty settlement, environmental planning, affordable housing, threatened native species and recreation spaces are all in play in Auckland’s Point England/Te Whanake, thanks to another Nick Smith special. The National Government is pushing the Point England […]

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