Health & Wellbeing Archive

  • Holly Walker

    $9700 per property WOF cost for landlords? Yeah, nah. - by Holly Walker

    Yesterday a random press release from an outfit called the NZ Centre for Political Research came across my desk, claiming that a Warrant of Fitness on all rental houses could cost landlords up to $9,700 per property. Run for the hills landlords! Proper, costed, evidence-based research shows a rental WOF will cost you nearly $10K […] read more
    April 9, 2014 9:48 am - 8 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    The Land of Plenty? - by Jan Logie

    New Zealand has long been known as the Land of Plenty, and with good reason – the land and the sea provided many people with an abundant healthy diet; we were the first country in the world to achieve an 8 hour working day and we were considered the ‘social laboratory of the world’ with […] read more
    February 19, 2014 4:32 pm - 52 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
  • Denise Roche

    It’s time for an inquiry into safety in the forestry sector - by Denise Roche

    Last week two forestry workers were seriously injured and another killed in forests near Whakatane, Gisborne and Wairau. This comes on top of 10 deaths last year in the sector and another 90 serious injuries.  Despite this the government – and Labour Minister Simon Bridges – is still silent on supporting an inquiry and tighter […] read more
    January 21, 2014 5:25 pm - No Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Reducing child poverty is the best investment - by Kevin Hague

    With the inaugural Child Poverty Monitor showing that 16 % of kiwi kids will live in poverty for much of their childhood, I was stunned to hear the Social Development Minister say she was “incredibly proud” of her Government’s record for children. Asked if she had a target for reducing child poverty Paula Bennett instead reeled […] read more
    December 12, 2013 1:06 pm - 11 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Casino Laundromat - by Denise Roche

    Just for the record, I’m not opposed to gambling. Like most of us I have the occasional flutter. What I am opposed to is the harm caused by gambling and the deliberate strategies employed by the gambling sector to hoover as much cash as possible into their machines with no thought of where the millions […] read more
    December 11, 2013 1:59 pm - 1 Comment
  • Denise Roche

    Dying for a job - by Denise Roche

    Three more workers lost their lives in forestry related deaths over the last 10 days and the government still sits on their hands and refuses an inquiry into health and safety in the industry. In February this year the NZ Council of Trade Unions embarked on a high profile campaign and petition to launch an […] read more
    December 5, 2013 11:06 am - No Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Campaign for pokie free hospitality launches - by Denise Roche

    Last Thursday I went to a pub in Manukau to celebrate the launch of a campaign called Our Place is Proudly Pokie-Free and heard from the proprietor how after a career in the hospitality industry, top of his list of criteria for the business he wanted to run was a family-friendly venue that didn’t have […] read more
    December 2, 2013 12:50 pm - 6 Comments
  • Julie Anne Genter

    On the freedom of cycling - by Julie Anne Genter

    This is a cross post from The Daily Blog, originally published 20 November 2013. The automobile is often cast as a great liberator. The power to travel long distances at great speed, free of the tyranny of timetables or fixed routes. There is no question that a car can be a very useful tool for […] read more
    November 25, 2013 11:38 pm - 6 Comments
  • Julie Anne Genter

    Why Transmission Gully doesn’t stack up - by Julie Anne Genter

    The project is outdated and has a large opportunity cost. It’s money that won’t be available to spend on transport projects with greater benefits. Wellingtonians of a certain age seem to be completely convinced it will save the region, but all the evidence from around the world shows that urban highways aggravate traffic, result in people travelling longer distances and having to spend more money just to get around. That’s not good for the economy, and it will diminish... read more
    November 10, 2013 5:02 pm - 34 Comments
  • Julie Anne Genter

    Transport and social equity: Part 2 Fares - by Julie Anne Genter

    (This is a cross posting from The Daily Blog, originally published Tuesday 29 October.) There is no question, public transport fares in New Zealand – generally speaking – are too high. Especially in Auckland. Our fares are much higher than most comparable cities, which offer better services and have higher patronage. Two factors may be […] read more
    November 5, 2013 11:02 am - 8 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    What Tony Ryall doesn’t know - by Kevin Hague

    A crucial part of the role of any Minister is to know what is happening in their area of responsibility. It seems that Tony Ryall, however, is taking a ‘hear no evil, see no evil’ approach to being the Minister of Health. My previous blog posts on what Tony Ryall doesn’t want to answer and […] read more
    October 31, 2013 10:14 am - 4 Comments
  • Julie Anne Genter

    Transport and social equity: Part 1 - by Julie Anne Genter

    This is a cross post from The Daily Blog, where it was originally published Tuesday 22 October. Transport is often the third largest item of expenditure for a household. It is on average between 10-15% of the household budget, surpassed only by food and shelter. But it can be higher for low- and middle-income households. […] read more
    October 29, 2013 9:05 am - 9 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Green MPs clean up the House - by Denise Roche

    This morning there will have been a few tired MPs pulling themselves out of bed.  Seven Green MP’s  – Metiria, Gareth, Jan, Catherine, Julie Anne, Eugenie and I were joined by some Labour MPs and Brendan Horan last night to Clean up the House.  This event was organised to raise awareness of the hard work […] read more
    October 24, 2013 10:50 am - 1 Comment
  • Denise Roche

    Cardboard pokies take over Aotea Square - by Denise Roche

    This week we physically demonstrated just how big the pokies-for-convention-centre will be by installing hundreds of cardboard replicas in Aotea Square.  Over the day Aucklanders interacted with the pokies and wrote their messages about their opposition to the deal. The convention centre deal essentially sells our gambling law to Sky City and enables them to […] read more
    October 16, 2013 11:40 am - 2 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Open Streets Christchurch a Success - by Eugenie Sage

    Christchurch’s recent Open Streets Cyclovia event was a wonderful success.  Central city streets were closed to cars for a day last Sunday, transforming them into a safe haven for cyclists and pedestrians. Residents of all ages took to the central streets on a variety of non-motorised wheeled contraptions to celebrate Christchurch’s potential as New Zealand’s […] read more
    October 1, 2013 1:55 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kevin Hague

    Something great is happening in Court - by Kevin Hague

    A year and a half on from the landmark conference about Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Courts last year I recently spent a Friday in one of the two that are now operating as pilots. It’s 8.30a.m., we are in the Auckland District Court and Judge Ema Aitken is convening the morning meeting. First off […] read more
    September 20, 2013 12:57 pm - 6 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Cycle And Recycle - by Eugenie Sage

    Christchurch student, 15 year old Finn Jackson from Christchurch’s Rudolf Steiner School did work experience in the Christchurch Green MPs office recently. Here’s his take on cycling in the city: Cycling-What first comes to mind when you think of it? Aches and pains, too close an encounter with cars? Collapsing and crashing? Or how about […] read more
    September 10, 2013 12:51 pm - 4 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Rational Tony Ryall - by Kevin Hague

    I am continuing to push the Minister of Health on the issue of planning for diabetes because it is his job to plan for future health services that we need; and he is not doing that. This is a problem for all of us who will inherit, within our lifetimes, an obesity and diabetes crisis […] read more
    September 6, 2013 10:16 am - 5 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
  • Kevin Hague

    Tony Ryall and democracy - by Kevin Hague

    I have just sent a letter to the Speaker of Parliament to complain about the apparent disregard with which the Minister of Health, Tony Ryall, has been treating his democratic obligations. Here’s the main gist of my complaint: Every single one of the 101 Questions for Written Answer I have asked the Minister this year […] read more
    September 3, 2013 5:07 pm - 20 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Hand Over a Hundy - by Mojo Mathers

    Nothing quite beats growing your own food in your back yard. It saves money, tastes great, helps keep you and your family healthy and builds community resilience. But it’s not always easy to get that garden started and many people don’t have the first idea of where to start, which is why I am 100% […] read more
    August 12, 2013 2:18 pm - No Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Parliament needs to curb gambling harm - by Denise Roche

    Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling (Gambling Harm reduction) Amendment Bill should be going through some of its latter stages in the House this week.  Sadly the Green Party is no longer supporting this legislation due to some pretty massive changes that were made at the select committee stage. The aims of the original bill to give […] read more
    August 7, 2013 1:33 pm - 3 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Family carers, discrimination and the law - by Catherine Delahunty

    Earlier this year, the Government forced a Bill through the House as part of the Budget which discriminates against citizens wishing to challenge on human rights issues, specifically issues around disability and family care. The Bill was a response to the successful court actions against the Ministry Health ban on paying family members arcing for […] read more
    August 7, 2013 12:39 pm - 1 Comment
  • Mojo Mathers

    Future proofing social housing - by Mojo Mathers

    Social housing is an important means for providing affordable housing for those who are not able to afford private housing and fills a fundamental human right. Currently there is a serious lack of accessible housing for disabled people or older people with mobility impairments, forcing people into unsuitable housing that doesn’t meet their needs. Aging […] read more
    August 7, 2013 10:37 am - 3 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Need another reason to go organic? - by Mojo Mathers

    Last Friday I went along to a few sessions of the Aotearoa Animal Rights Conference in Wellington. We heard from a range of people doing great work to protect animals from exploitation and I was really inspired by them. One of the links that I hadn’t made before was between organics and animal welfare. I […] read more
    August 2, 2013 11:46 am - 9 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    New lipstick not enough for cruel suffering - by Mojo Mathers

    When a bunch of people dressed as rabbits with their dogs show up at Parliament to hand over a petition, they have my attention. Today I received a petition from SAFE and the Humane Society International calling for an end to animal testing for cosmetics in New Zealand. Animal testing is the ugly underbelly of […] read more
    July 25, 2013 3:21 pm - No Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Psychoactive Substances Bill could have been great - by Kevin Hague

    For many years the Green Party and many others have been calling for the regulation of drugs to be driven by harm minimisation and health promotion rather than a criminal justice perspective. The evidence is ubiquitous and extremely strong that the “war on drugs” approach does not work to reduce use or harm, and itself […] read more
    July 10, 2013 7:49 pm - 4 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Overwhelming support to end unnecessary animal testing - by Mojo Mathers

    More than 4,500 emails have been sent through our website to MP’s since last Friday, and MPs have been receiving many more directly. I am blown away by the speed and size of this response. I know that this is a reflection of the depth of public feeling about this issue – that it’s just […] read more
    June 25, 2013 5:18 pm - 6 Comments
  • Julie Anne Genter

    Paul Mees will be missed - by Julie Anne Genter

    Paul Mees, an expert and great advocate of smart, green transport in Australia (and New Zealand) died this week. We hosted him as the keynote speaker at our Smart Transport for New Zealand conference in 2011. It was a hugely interesting and entertaining talk. You can watch it below.         read more
    June 21, 2013 9:03 am - 1 Comment
  • Kevin Hague

    Family First gets it wrong on sexuality education also - by Kevin Hague

    New Zealand religious right organisation Family First has endeared itself to many with its refreshingly zany approach to evidence when constructing its arguments. Over several issues recently New Zealanders have become familiar with: opinion polls that are more or less useless because of their biased questions essentially moral conservative and religious arguments made to look […] read more
    June 18, 2013 4:50 pm - 17 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Muldoon and Key - by Russel Norman

    In my speech to our party conference last week, I compared John Key to Robert Muldoon. This has provoked a furious response from the Right who accuse me of being a migrant who has no right to speak about Muldoon. So lets have a look at it a bit more rationally. Obviously Key isn’t exactly […] read more
    June 8, 2013 11:48 am - 65 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Bad news for SkyCity workers’ health - by Denise Roche

     There was some bad news for hospitality workers and their ability to operate in a smokefree environment at SkyCity casino today.  Two applications have been approved by the Gambling Commission allowing SkyCity to create new smoker-friendly areas. SkyCity is currently being sued by the Cancer Society for its loose interpretation of what counts as an […] read more
    June 7, 2013 2:14 pm - 9 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Skycity gets compensation but we all pay the cost - by Denise Roche

    The agreement between the Government and SkyCity for the build of an international convention centre is a deeply dodgy deal. I’m launching a campaign called Gambling Laws – Not For Sale at which has an online petition and a hard-copy petition asking the Government to oppose any legislation to relax the existing gambling laws and  […] read more
    May 24, 2013 1:19 pm - 54 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
  • Julie Anne Genter

    A motorway to save “dying” Wellington? - by Julie Anne Genter

    Recently, to shrug off blame for the Wellington region’s contraction in employment per capita, the government has taken to blaming the city council’s opposition to roading. As I have mentioned before, National has big plans to spend billions (perhaps as much as $5 billion, if we include the $2.4 billion interest on the private loan […] read more
    May 12, 2013 11:55 pm - 72 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Christchurch mental health initiative better than “all right” - by Kevin Hague

    Seeing images of the extent of the devastation wrecked by the earthquakes on Christchurch was depressing. I couldn’t even imagine how life must be for the people who had to work and raise their families in such tough conditions. So it’s great to see bright splashes of colour with the positive message of caring and […] read more
    May 10, 2013 9:57 am - No 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
  • Mojo Mathers

    Full story on food - by Mojo Mathers

    Yesterday’s Herald editorial implied that former Green MP Sue Kedgley would be completely happy with new labelling laws and that I should be uncritically supporting them. This totally flies in the face of all that Sue worked for as an MP, which I am continuing to work on, to achieve the food labelling that people […] read more
    April 10, 2013 9:37 am - 14 Comments