• 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
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Supporting Gifted Kids Awareness Week - by Catherine Delahunty



    Supporting our children to make the most of their gifts and to experience education as exciting is vital. Gifted Awareness Week is here again to remind us that we need to pay attention to the unique gifts of the full range of our students. It’s not good enough to teach to the average or focus […] read more
    June 9, 2014 4:59 pm - No Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    National Standards, the IES and the Elephant in the Classroom - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last Wednesday the Minister of Education attended the Estimates hearing at the Select Committee and showed us some interesting figures. Apart from the bizarre sideshow whereby Trevor Mallard accused her of hitting a staff member I did get to raise some issues about the education plans in the latest Budget. Since then I have spoken […] read more
    June 9, 2014 3:52 pm - No Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Switched On Energy Roadshow - by Gareth Hughes



    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 […] read more
    June 9, 2014 3:22 pm - No Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Service cutbacks for refugees arriving in NZ - by Jan Logie



    Out of all the people that come to our shores, refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable.  They often carry many scars- some visible, some less visible.  They often have seen and experienced horrific conditions.  So when they arrive, having willingly accepted them, New Zealand has an obligation to provide services and the care […] read more
    June 9, 2014 12:19 pm - 3 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    World Oceans Day - by Gareth Hughes



    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 […] read more
    June 8, 2014 4:19 pm - No Comments
  • Russel Norman

    The climate week that was - by Russel Norman



    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 […] read more
    June 6, 2014 9:38 am - 18 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Bigger not always better – keeping the local in local govt - by Eugenie Sage



    I was thrilled to speak at the Local Democracy Coalition’s (LDC) meeting in Wellington yesterday. It was only the Coalition’s second meeting, and brought together the Mayors of 14 Councils from around New Zealand to share their views and experiences on supercities. The LDC was recently formed by local councils opposed to the National Government’s […] read more
    June 5, 2014 11:29 am - 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