• Denise Roche

    Waste-free challenge, day 5: The joys of having a big handbag - by Denise Roche



    I’m travelling around with a bagful of stuff that I have to dispose of properly when I get home. This is because although many towns and cities have public place recycling bins that cater for plastic and aluminium and glass, and very few of them are for waste paper. And everywhere I go I seem […] read more
    March 27, 2014 3:58 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    This week marks the start of my fracking trial…. - by Gareth Hughes



    My colleague in the UK, Green MP Caroline Lucas, is on trial this week following her arrest during anti-fracking protests last summer. She had joined hundreds of peaceful protestors during the “summer of discontent’ in the sleepy village of Balcombe, West Sussex. 83% of locals oppose fracking in the beautiful area, and hundreds of people […] read more
    March 27, 2014 11:14 am - 6 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    The Battle for Pukemiro - by Catherine Delahunty



    This week I travelled to a small community west of Huntly, driving over the Tainui Bridge and through the current coal mining area until I reached the windy hill country and two small villages – Glen Afton and Pukemiro. These communities back onto a former open cast coal pit, the owner of which now wants […] read more
    March 26, 2014 5:09 pm - 5 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Waste-free challenge, day 3: Plastic-coated plastic - by Denise Roche



    Day three of my waste-free week challenge and I realise that it takes quite an effort to minimise my own waste in this disposable world. Refusing single-use packaging and products takes a consciousness that I wouldn’t normally have. I normally run on auto like everyone else. Consequently I had some epic fails that happened while […] read more
    March 25, 2014 12:31 pm - 6 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Democracy at the Global level? An idea whose time is (almost) come - by Kennedy Graham



    Last week I attended (with one National and one Labour colleague) the 130th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.  The IPU is the world gathering of MPs from 163 parliaments.  It is a big affair.  The peoples’ representatives talk to one another.  They embrace, fall out, pass resolutions, and return to base.  It is something worth […] read more
    March 25, 2014 11:33 am - 4 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Kidicorp and the privatisation of education - by Catherine Delahunty



    Last week in the House I asked the Minister of Education why Kidicorp, the richest corporate early childhood provider in the country, has been given an extra $2.5 million of taxpayers money to expand their business. This story was somewhat subsumed by the Hekia Parata and Kohanga Reo meltdown but is actually very disturbing. It […] read more
    March 24, 2014 2:02 pm - 4 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Waste-Free challenge day 2: Zero waste events and compostable plastics - by Denise Roche



    I went to the Teddy Bear’s picnic yesterday to support another local “towards zero-waste” event in our community. Waiheke organisations have really got the hang of reducing waste at public events. Earlier this month the island hosted thousands of visitors at the famous Onetangi Beach races. It was organised by Waiheke Rotary and! as they […] read more
    March 24, 2014 9:36 am - 3 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Saturday – waste-free - by Denise Roche



    My first day of my waste-free week wasn’t too hard. I live on Waiheke Island and I started the day at the Ostend Market where I looked around at every stall with a waste-free lens. Our community has a proud tradition of waste minimisation which has been fostered for many years by community organisations like […] read more
    March 23, 2014 1:31 pm - No Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Wasted - by Denise Roche



    Tomorrow I start a week-long challenge to create no waste.  It’s primarily a fundraiser (feel free to sponsor me) however it is also an opportunity for me to look at my own consumer behaviour and how much I contribute to the growing amount of rubbish being buried in our landfills. I’m already starting to notice […] read more
    March 21, 2014 4:23 pm - 2 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    All New Zealanders deserve to live in dignity – stories from the frontline of Work and Income - by Jan Logie



    Over the last week or so several very brave people have shared their experiences online of the challenges they are experiencing dealing with Work and Income. It is important to acknowledge how brave it is to share these experiences when the government has continued to characterise people requiring income support as work shy, drug taking, […] read more
    March 20, 2014 3:55 pm - 9 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    New Zealand and Sri Lanka at the UNHRC - by Jan Logie



    Last year, the Commonwealth failed to hold the Sri Lanka Government to account for its role in alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity, even in the face of what could be considered brazen flouting of the principles of human rights right up to and indeed during the meeting. Last year, despite the Sri Lankan […] read more
    March 20, 2014 3:41 pm - 2 Comments
  • Gareth Hughes

    Kiwis’ anti-drilling messages delivered to Parliament - by Gareth Hughes



    I spent a lot of my summer at the beach, which might sound a bit lazy for an MP in election year, but I was in it for more than the surf and sunburn. I was meeting with Kiwis concerned about deep sea oil. Up and down the beautiful coasts of Aotearoa, people came out […] read more
    March 20, 2014 2:38 pm - 4 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Workers productivity not matched by pay boosts - by Denise Roche



    The benefit of the so called rockstar economy to ordinary working New Zealanders is missing in action.  As labour productivity is surging the benefits are definitely not trickling down to workers. Statistics New Zealand points out that from 1996 to 2013, labour productivity grew more in Australia than in New Zealand, up by an average […] read more
    March 19, 2014 5:31 pm - 25 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    School Funding – What’s the plan? - by Catherine Delahunty



    There is absolutely no doubt that Hekia Parata told the Herald on Sunday she wants a school funding system that pegs school funding to the achievement of its students. The question is, why won’t she admit that to parents before the election? What has she got to hide? The transcript of the interview is abundantly […] read more
    March 18, 2014 5:53 pm - 5 Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    Voting against new barrier to voting - by Mojo Mathers



    The Green Party takes electoral reform very seriously. An electoral system that is robust, democratic and fair means everyone can have confidence in our parliament and our democracy. Today we stood up for a fair electoral system by voting against the Electoral Amendment Bill, which sought to make some changes to the Electoral Act in […] read more
    March 18, 2014 5:33 pm - 3 Comments
  • David Clendon

    A vision for Maori in tertiary education - by David Clendon



    Last Friday I was privileged to join with Maori members of the Tertiary Education Union (TEU) at NorthTec’s Te Puna o Te Matauranga Marae in Whangarei.  The purpose of the hui was to launch and celebrate Te Kaupapa Whaioranga – the Blueprint for Maori Tertiary Education. The well-attended hui included Maori educators from all around […] read more
    March 18, 2014 4:14 pm - 5 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Conflicts of interest in regional councils’ management of water - by Eugenie Sage



    Judith Collins failed to recognise the conflict of interest in having dinner with a Chinese border official and the CEO and director of the Oravida company on which her husband is a director. An equally troubling conflict of interest is occurring in regional councils. Water is a common property resource which regional councils manage on […] read more
    March 18, 2014 12:28 pm - 2 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Green Party initial list released - by Metiria Turei



    Today we released the initial draft of our party list. We have an exciting line up of talented and experienced people going into this year’s general election. The Green Party has a strong, dynamic team in Parliament and we’re looking forward to growing our numbers to make even more positive change. That we have, in […] read more
    March 17, 2014 2:29 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    NZ Inc. & the NZ Constitution – unsanctioned Parliamentary visits to China - by Kennedy Graham



    This coming week, I am part of a New Zealand delegation attending the 130th meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Europe.  The delegation is composed of one National, one Labour and one Green MP.  It is an annual visit by a NZ delegation, where issues of interest to 163 national parliaments are discussed.   It is, […] read more
    March 14, 2014 1:26 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Looking after our recent migrants - by Jan Logie



    No, I’m not talking about overriding citizenship guidelines in return for political donations. A quarter of the New Zealand workforce was born overseas. NZ has one of the highest per capita inflows of permanent migrants in the OECD and one of the highest outflows of citizens. The last figures available showed the net fiscal contribution […] read more
    March 13, 2014 6:09 pm - 1 Comment
  • Kennedy Graham

    Tipping points – Israel, Palestine, and peace - by Kennedy Graham



    Later this month US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to put a two-state peace plan on the table for Israel and Palestine. There is plenty of debate as to what he will recommend, and what of that will or will not be possible. It is clear though, that it will be difficult for […] read more
    March 13, 2014 3:33 pm - 5 Comments
  • Eugenie Sage

    Walking for water - by Eugenie Sage



    Six months ago Lance Talstra had never been tramping.  Now he has walked more than 2,200 kms on the Te Araroa Trail to raise public awareness of the state of our waterways and water quality. He has walked most of the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga. He’s on his second pair of boots […] read more
    March 12, 2014 9:26 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    The election, the G20, and the climate – very simply: a matter of priorities - by Kennedy Graham



    In New Zealand, we observe the quaint constitutional custom of having the political leader of the nation decide the date of the next election. This of course is done with the utmost objectivity.  Yesterday Prime Minister John Key chose 20 September. The objective reasons he advanced were that a number of leaders of the G-20 […] read more
    March 11, 2014 8:58 pm - 14 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Tuhoe Whare Hou opens in Taneatua - by Catherine Delahunty



    The new Tuhoe authority “Te Uru Taumatua” have built a “living building” with some of their Te Tiriti settlement resources. I attended the pohiri for this whare on Saturday with thousands of other people from Tuhoe and across the country. The new building is solar powered, includes locally made mud bricks and recycling of waste […] read more
    March 11, 2014 3:12 pm - No Comments
  • Mojo Mathers

    ‘That’ interview - by Mojo Mathers



    As some of you will be aware there has been substantial debate over the last week around an interview that I did on a community radio show called “wheels on fire” which focuses on disability issues. The Taxpayers Union criticised my trip because they didn’t feel that it represented good value for money, but received […] read more
    March 11, 2014 10:05 am - 1 Comment