• Jan Logie

    Domestic violence solutions - by Jan Logie

    You may have seen the launch of my new Member’s Bill in the media this week. I am really excited about this one as it would make a huge difference in the lives of victims of domestic violence by making sure they are protected while at work. Protected from their abuser, protected from losing their […] read more
    April 2, 2014 4:38 pm - 1 Comment
  • Catherine Delahunty

    A challenge to the education summit - by Catherine Delahunty

    The Minister of Education wasn’t happy that school support staff protested about their issues during the international summit she hosted on education. I say the timing was perfect and I’m sure that most of the international guests from teachers organisations who attended the Wellington rally would agree. The Minister may have hoped to pretend education […] read more
    April 1, 2014 2:17 pm - No Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    The future of Earth’s climate - by Kennedy Graham

    The IPCC has released today the 2nd Working Group’s report of its 5th Assessment Report. The WG II report follows the WGI report on the scientific basis of climate change, released in Sept. ’13. This report assesses the impact on the planet of the expected climate change.  A 3rd report by WGIII, due mid-April, explores […] read more
    March 31, 2014 1:45 pm - 50 Comments
  • Denise Roche

    Waste-free challenge, completed! - by Denise Roche

    Clearly living a waste free life takes continual effort and requires vigilance to monitor the use of resources that are used in creating stuff that will be thrown away. After a week of this I have become far more conscious of the everyday items I use that end up in the waste stream.  Today’s example […] read more
    March 28, 2014 4:01 pm - 2 Comments
  • Kennedy Graham

    Crimea: judicial settlement v. political contestation – no contest - by Kennedy Graham

    The Crimea crisis continues to unfold.  It is perhaps the clearest example of a Cold War-style confrontation since the US invasion of the Bay of Pigs – except the roles are reversed. In 1961 the US felt strategically on the back-foot vis-à-vis the USSR.  In 2014 Russia feels on the back-foot vis-à-vis the US. Little […] read more
    March 28, 2014 2:32 pm - 4 Comments
  • Jan Logie

    Will victims of sexual violence get justice? - by Jan Logie

    After our frustrations with not being able to get a straight answer on what progress the Minister is taking on changing the justice system to help victims of sexual violence, I asked Judith Collins through parliamentary questions for her response to each of the Law Commission’s recommendations. Her responses are set out in the table […] read more
    March 28, 2014 1:55 pm - No Comments
  • 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