Metiria Turei Archive

  • frog

    A weekend of action against deep sea oil - by frog



    This weekend saw New Zealanders out on our coastlines around the country with a clear message: no deep sea oil drilling in our waters – our environment is too precious to risk. Green MPs Catherine Delahunty and Steffan Browning joined Hands Across the Sand events in Coromandel and Christchurch. Kaikoura might have put on the […] read more
    May 22, 2013 5:11 pm - 19 Comments
  • Catherine Delahunty

    Reflections on Waitangi Day - by Catherine Delahunty



    Waitangi this year had many highlights overlooked by the media. Metiria, Kennedy, Denise, David, myself and other young Greens and local volunteers spent two days in the sun, meeting all kinds of people and listening to the flaxroots and grassroots voices of our nation. David Clendon spoke extremely well in the powhiri for the Greens […] read more
    February 7, 2013 11:23 am - 6 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Take the Step – Auckland! - by Metiria Turei



    After spending Wednesday in the House on that crazy, toilet free, golf course plentiful Planet Key, I landed smoothly in the real world at Edmund Hillary Primary at Papakura on Thursday; a decile 1 school with a volunteer breakfast program and a community garden. You might have seen them on Campbell Live in August. Anyway, […] read more
    September 21, 2012 11:55 am - No Comments
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    Insulation programme to reach 230,000 homes - by Metiria Turei



    It is great to see the announcement yesterday that the home insulation programme that the Green Party initiated will now reach over 230,000 homes. We’re in Parliament because we want to look after New Zealand and all of its people and this scheme is an example of how we can work with parties across the […] read more
    May 25, 2012 11:42 am - 12 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    A nation divided? - by Holly Walker



    The Herald has launched a six part series highlighting inequality and poverty in New Zealand, showing why we need action on the root causes, not the consequences. read more
    February 7, 2012 1:37 pm - 38 Comments
  • Holly Walker

    Govt asking the wrong questions on child abuse - by Holly Walker



    The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children should be focused on how to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect – poverty and inequality. read more
    January 26, 2012 11:29 am - 66 Comments
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    Good news for landlords, not for renters - by Holly Walker



    Hey guys, guess what? GOOD NEWS! TradeMe Property has analysed house rental listings for the last three months and determined that tenant demand is up. The number of enquiries from potential tenants about rental properties in the December quarter was up 13 percent since the same time in 2010. Great news right? If you’re a landlord. read more
    January 18, 2012 12:17 pm - 32 Comments
  • Russel Norman

    Pictures from Tauranga - by Russel Norman



    Over the past week Metiria and I have been up in Tauranga. Here are some of the pictures we’ve taken. I was lucky enough to go on a helicopter flight this morning and see the Rena up close. Earlier in the week Metiria was on Motiti Island and got these pictures. read more
    October 21, 2011 11:19 am - 16 Comments
  • Metiria Turei

    Childcare changes typical of Govt’s anti-child approach - by Metiria Turei



    Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has realised that if you’re going to work-test sole parents and force them into low-paid jobs when their children are six (or younger), someone’s going to have to look after the kids. read more
    October 3, 2011 4:39 pm - 6 Comments
  • frog

    John Key is wrong on Green plan to end child poverty - by frog



    On Wednesday Green Co-Leader Metiria Turei launched the Green Party’s plan to bring 100,000 children out of poverty within three years. John Key poured cold water on both the Working for Families and minimum wage proposals contained in the package. But he is wrong on both counts. read more
    August 5, 2011 10:54 am - 24 Comments
  • Kevin Hague

    Labour’s adoption approach underwhelming at best - by Kevin Hague



    Labour MP (and perhaps crucially candidate for Auckland Central) Jacinda Ardern announced last week that she will seek to introduce a Member’s Bill to require the Law Commission to update its previous advice on adoption law and draft a bill to overhaul the current law in this light. Readers may well have heard me talk previously […] read more
    August 2, 2011 8:18 pm - 12 Comments
  • frog

    Could this be the beginning of the end of the failed War on Drugs? - by frog



    Earlier this week, the Law Commission released its final report on Controlling and Regulating Drugs.  Green Co-Leader Metiria Tūrei issued a media release supporting the Commission’s report at the time, but I thought I’d provide a bit more information about it here. The report is a weighty tome – 350 pages, including 144 recommendations, so […] read more
    May 6, 2011 12:28 pm - 36 Comments
  • frog

    All about National’s infatuation with helicopter rides - by frog



    First we had the Tolleychopper. Yep, that’s right!  Education Minister Anne Tolley’s idea of getting a “helicopter view” of tertiary education providers in Auckland (before she was relieved by PM John Key of her Tertiary Education portfolio) was to go up in a chopper and have a look from the air at them. But last […] read more
    April 20, 2011 8:41 pm - 32 Comments
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    Paula Bennett on Welfare Working Group: Nothing is ruled out - by frog



    Metiria Turei questioned Paul Bennett today on whether she will rule out some of the most extreme and punitive recommendations of the Welfare Working Group. Bennett rules nothing out. We really do have a mean and uncaring Government that seems intent on further victimising those who are already victims of the Government’s own failed economic and social policies. read more
    March 15, 2011 5:43 pm - 15 Comments
  • frog

    Key keeps digging on BMW fleet purchase - by frog



    Is John Key really expecting anyone to believe that his Government’s shambolic handling of the BMW fleet purchase was caused by Private Kirifi Mila’s death in Afghanistan and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s visit? “What I can say is it wasn’t helped by the death (of Private Kirifi Mila). Also the (Australian PM Julia) Gillard […] read more
    February 21, 2011 12:15 pm - 39 Comments
  • frog

    For my Father - by frog



    Metiria just delivered a powerful and tear jerking speech about her father and her journey into politics. Her personal story illustrates the need to build a fairer society in New Zealand for our children and grandchildren. Here are some of the highlights I used the training incentive allowance to help with study costs, I shared […] read more
    February 8, 2011 4:03 pm - 13 Comments
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    12 Days of Christmas wraps up - by frog



    Today is Day 12 of our mini ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ campaign. Each day, Metiria and Catherine have highlighted issues relating to inequality and child wellbeing, and presented Green solutions to those issues. Check it out day by day: Day 1 – Introduction Day 2 – Child poverty Day 3 – Disability Day 4 – […] read more
    December 21, 2010 12:13 pm - 10 Comments
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    What we’re wishing for this Christmas - by Metiria Turei



    Today, we’re launching a ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ campaign urging New Zealanders to guarantee the essentials for every kiwi kid this Christmas. read more
    December 6, 2010 1:55 pm - 17 Comments
  • frog

    What are our MPs listening to? Latest podcast - by frog



    This podcast is inspired by a close encounter with John Key in the Parliamentary gym by one of our staffers, who observed the PM listening to headphones while pounding the treadmill. It got us thinking: what do our MPs listen to? What’s on their iPods? Do they even have iPods? And if not, where does […] read more
    November 15, 2010 4:37 pm - No Comments
  • frog

    MP expenses: Another one bites the dust - by frog



    Metiria Turei went in to bat on the issue of MP expenses today, following the resignation of Ethnic Affairs and Women’s Affairs Minister Pansy Wong. The current arrangements encourage rorting by maximising so-called “entitlements”. As Metiria says, it is time for an independent review. read more
    November 12, 2010 7:05 pm - 10 Comments
  • frog

    Parliamentary expenses: Here are ours, where are the rest? - by frog



    The last few days have resulted in a renewed focus on Parliamentary expenses. In the interests of transparency and democracy, the Greens are fronting their own expenses, despite changes in rules and proposed rules that may help MPs to hide taxpayer-funded expenses. Let’s see which other parties front with theirs! read more
    November 2, 2010 6:47 pm - 24 Comments
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    Podcast: Bird of the Year - by frog



    Forest and Bird are launching their Bird of the Year competition this week and Green Co-leader, Russel Norman, is officially championing the kokako. I talked to Russel about his choice of native bird and his great dream of a Giant Totara National Park that inspired it…along with a gaggle of other Green MPs on their […] read more
    September 13, 2010 12:20 pm - 1 Comment
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    Clowns to the left of me, racists to the right… - by frog



    Something ugly crawled out from under a rock this week. In response to the Government’s proposals to repeal the Foreshore and Seabed Act, some strange bedfellows have established the Coastal Coalition. It is a blatantly racist campaign, but is unfortunately supported by some who perceive themselves on the left of the political spectrum. They need to think again. read more
    August 19, 2010 6:19 pm - 93 Comments
  • frog

    More from inside the WWG welfare forum - by frog



    Paula Bennett: “This debate could get uncomfortable…it could get emotional…we may even see an ugly side of New Zealand…” And who created that ugly side, Paula? read more
    June 14, 2010 11:54 am - 73 Comments
  • frog

    Podcast: Mind the Gap! - by frog



    On Monday, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei launched Mind the Gap, the Green Party’s eight-point Budget strategy to combat growing inequality in New Zealand. In this podcast, Metiria talks us through Mind the Gap – what’s behind it, what’s in it, and why it’s needed. read more
    May 20, 2010 9:25 am - 3 Comments
  • frog

    Tourists speak out on mining National Parks - by frog



    Greenpeace has taken a more serious angle with their latest video, which has our fearless duo, Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm, talking to tourists about John Key’s plans to mine our National Parks. read more
    April 30, 2010 9:24 am - 20 Comments
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    Inequality in Aotearoa: Education - by Metiria Turei



    It is often assumed that the desire to raise national standards of performance in fields such as education is quite separate from the desire to reduce educational inequalities within a society. But the truth may be almost the opposite of this. It looks as if the achievement of higher national standards of educational performance may […] read more
    April 27, 2010 4:50 pm - 237 Comments
  • frog

    Best Earth Day present ever - by frog



    Well it was about time for a bit of good news on the environmental front wasn’t it? Today Metiria’s Bill to make it harder to mine in Schedule 4 land was drawn from the ballot, just in time for Earth Day and our series of “Love it, don’t mine it” events around the country. The […] read more
    April 22, 2010 2:57 pm - 9 Comments
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    Green Parliamentary speech on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People - by Metiria Turei



    The Green Party welcomes the announcement that the Aotearoa/New Zealand will finally adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.  It has been our policy for many years and we are very pleased that it has happened at last.  We consider it the minimum international standard for the protection of indigenous communities […] read more
    April 22, 2010 11:41 am - 55 Comments
  • frog

    Submit on the Social Assistance (Future Focus) Bill - by frog



    The Social Assistance (Future Focus) Bill has been referred to Parliament’s Social Services Select Committee for submissions. Metiria Turei and Catherine Delahunty have produced a submission guide to assist people wanting to make submissions opposing this Bill. The deadline for submissions is Friday 14 May 2010. read more
    April 13, 2010 2:27 pm - 6 Comments
  • frog

    7 of 12 Parliamentary questions on mining - by frog



    I confess I haven’t looked it up, but surely it must be a record that 7 of the 12 questions to be asked in parliament today are about the same topic – mining our last remaining protected places. read more
    March 23, 2010 2:17 pm - 24 Comments
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    Schedule 4 mining still on the table - by frog



    Just as we predicted back in August, the National Party is going to break a hard won consensus around Schedule 4 and punch holes in the most precious parts of our conservation estate. Kiwis have already made it pretty clear that they don’t want this, but we will have to make our voices heard over […] read more
    March 22, 2010 4:56 pm - 55 Comments
  • frog

    Metiria grills the PM on mining contradictions - by frog



    Metiria Turei grills the Prime Minister on his government’s confused and contradictory statements about the mining of protected Schedule 4 lands on the conservation estate. Her question was: Does he stand by his statement “Notwithstanding the public consultation process, it is my expectation that the Government will act on at least some of these recommendations […] read more
    March 18, 2010 1:56 pm - 4 Comments
  • frog

    Public want spending caps - by frog



    Looks like the public agree that elections should be a battle of ideas not money. Check out this poll, last time I looked 83% of people voted for lobby groups having campaign spending caps.   Last week Metiria grilled Minister Power about caps in the House. read more
    February 25, 2010 12:19 pm - 3 Comments
  • frog

    Drug law reform: It’s not that simple, Simon - by frog



    The Greens support the harm minimisation approach to our drug laws proposed by the Law Commission. But Justice Minister Simon Power’s response to the Commission’s report on drug policy and legislation is to back the hypocrisy and stupidity of the current drug laws. read more
    February 12, 2010 12:48 pm - 38 Comments
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    Podcast: Picnic for the Planet Highlights - by frog



    Green Party Co-leader, Metiria Turei, delivered this year’s Picnic for the Planet speech in Wellington. This year’s Picnic marked a departure from the past. Firstly, it was held in Wellington away from the still sunny weather of the far North. Secondly, Metiria chose to talk predominately about social equity rather than turn the usual environmental […] read more
    February 2, 2010 8:17 am - 12 Comments
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    Fish industry uses net to catch hoki criticism - by frog



    To the surprise of conservationists, in 2001 the New Zealand hoki fishery was recognised as a sustainably managed fishery by the Marine Stewardship Council. Yet conservationists have continually raised concerns over how the fishery could possibly be sustainable when bycatch rates of NZ fur seals and seabirds are so high and the bottom trawling equipment […] read more
    December 12, 2009 10:05 am - 9 Comments
  • frog

    Mokihinui – Brownlee’s burp - by frog



    So this week our Minister of Mining and Damming (aka Energy and Resources) let slip that the Mokihinui hydro-dam “would not go ahead”. Does he know something or was it just his ‘opinion’? Whatever the brain-burp was, he was ill-advised to say it but it’d be nice to think that there may be Moki fans in Government – perhaps they are closet readers of the 1400-fan facebook page! read more
    November 5, 2009 10:16 pm - 28 Comments
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    Smart hook – smart economics - by frog



    Fisher-turned-inventor Hans Jussiet explains the shield and dissolvable pin that covers baited-hooks as they are launched in this video from an ABC TVshow. Once the shielded hook sinks below the depth of seabirds and turtles, the pin dissolves and the shield is released. [Video included] read more
    November 5, 2009 9:20 pm - 5 Comments
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    Vote for a sustainable ocean: buy the best fish - by frog



    Forest and Bird has issued an update of its popular, and very useful, Best Fish Guide. The guide takes into account the state of fish stocks, the amount of seabird, marine mammal and non-target fish bycatch, the damage done to marine habitats and other ecological effects caused by the fishing to decide on its rating. […] read more
    November 3, 2009 10:02 am - 9 Comments