Catherine Delahunty
Supporting welfare justice with the Alternative Welfare Working Group

Yesterday I attended the Welfare Justice Alternative Welfare Working Group forum at Tätai Hono Marae in Auckland. The fora, which are being held in a diverse range of communities, are stimulating a positive vision of welfare without the narrow parameters and punitive agenda of the Government’s official Welfare Working Group.

Continue reading


Metiria Turei
The smacking lobby ignores 8 positive reviews of S59

After the latest report on Section 59 from the Prime Minister’s taskforce you would think that the media would stop calling the circus performers whose only interest is in keeping the circus going. The review included Dr Nigel Latta – someone who had voted against the law in the recent referendum. However, to his credit […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
ACC: Mirrors smashed and smoke dispersed

Crisis! What crisis? ACC’s reserves are now above forecast by $739 million (5.4 percent), a further improvement over last month, said CTU Economist and Policy Director Bill Rosenberg. The main problem is the full funding of future claim payments which means ACC accounts will always be susceptible to large apparent variations which in reality may have little practical consequences for the ACC scheme.

Continue reading


Sue Bradford
Sue’s Truth: Jumping Sundays to be celebrated – all welcome

My regular column in the Truth Weekender this week recalls the liberation of Albert Park and the Jumping Sundays that followed its liberation, and looks forward to the 40th Anniversary event on September 19: Anyone remember Jumping Sundays in Albert Park? Forty years ago, several thousand young people – including Truth contributors Tim Shadbolt and […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
Stumbling and bumbling over ACC

What a shambles the Government’s proposed changes to ACC’s clinical pathway for sexual abuse survivors is becoming. Without any consultation with the professional bodies representing psychotherapists or counsellors, ACC announced changes last week that would have required sex abuse survivors to relate their trauma to up to three different health professionals before they would receive […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
Sue Bradford goes in search of National’s State Housing

Green MP Sue Bradford  asks the Housing Minister: Does he see any opportunity to simultaneously deal with the job losses in the housing construction sector and assist the nearly 10 thousand people on the Housing New Zealand waiting list? The Minister manages to insult the former Minister, requiring an apology and withdrawal, then goes on […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
The workers’ rights debate

Yesterday’s CTU employment relations debate was reported as feisty, but it felt fairly tame compared to union election debates of yore.  There were a couple of heckles, mostly just rude and abusive rather than the traditionally to be expected gruffly humorous or vaguely threatening.  There were a plethora leaflets being handed out from the Greens, […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
Children’s policy

Sue Bradford has just released the Green Party’s Children’s Policy on the eve of the Every Child Counts Conference which starts tomorrow. As expected the policy signals the Greens will work to retain the amendments to s 59 of the Crimes Act.  It also has important health provisions (such as free dental care), environmental provisions […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
Supporting our communities

Russel and Sue Bradford announced the Greens’ Community and Voluntary Sector Policy yesterday. As Toad noted at g.blog, the headline announcement was getting pokies out of our pubs: This recognises that it is not only vulnerable individuals, but much of the community and voluntary sector itself, who have inadvertently become addicted to gaming machines and […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
The Minister of Racing’s $9 million stake

Today the Greens have oral question number 11 in the House and it will be coming from Sue Bradford to the Minister for Racing: Why is the Government putting 9 million dollars into high-stakes racing in this week’s budget, given that in 2006 the racing industry received a tax windfall worth approximately 32 million dollars […]

Continue reading


NZ Green Party
The Green Party candidate list

The Greens have just announced their candidate list, as voted on by party members: Jeanette Fitzsimons Russel Norman Sue Bradford Metiria Turei Sue Kedgley Keith Locke Kevin Hague (West Coast, DHB Chief Executive) Catherine Delahunty (East Coast, activist and chairperson of the Tairawhiti Beneficiary Advocacy Trust) Kennedy Graham  (Christchurch, senior diplomat and law lecturer) David […]

Continue reading