NZ Green Party
Podcast: Natural health – a new direction

On Friday the Green and National Parties released a proposal to establish a new stand-alone New Zealand regulator for natural health products. Green Party Health Spokesperson Sue Kedgley has been collaborating with Health Minister Tony Ryall and Associate Health Minister Jonathan Coleman on the proposal. This work is part of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) […]

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NZ Green Party
Submitting in your summer holiday

As I predicted last week, the Government has allowed only a very short time for submissions on the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill – submissions close on 12 February 2010. This is a truly appalling Bill – it’s packed full of measures that undermine local democracy and promote the privatisation of Auckland’s assets.

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Sue Kedgley
Organics industry growth in jeopardy

In the 2005 cooperation agreement between the Green Party and the previous Labour-led government, we negotiated funding for an Organics Advisory Service (OAS). It included mentoring support for conversion to organics and peer support for organic farmers. Unfortunately, after three years of successful service to the organics sector, the modest $2.15 million funding has now […]

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NZ Green Party
Wellington vs the worms

The endosulfan pesticide debate arrived in Wellington today via local newspaper the Welllingtonian: However, council spokesman Richard MacLean says if a sports field were “completely over-run by worms we would use the pesticide to get rid of them”. Does that happen? Has anyone ever actually been playing cricket and then moments later been dragged under […]

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NZ Green Party
Losing more World Cups

Following on from my previous post about the use of the highly toxic pesticide endosulfan on sports fields; I should note that also on Sue Kedgley’s list of fields that currently get a dose of endosulfan are Hamilton’s Seddon Park and Waikato Stadium, New Plymouth’s Pukekura Park and Yarrow Stadium, Rotorua’s International Rugby Stadium. These […]

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NZ Green Party
Erythrosine

A small crafts business, Golding Handcrafts, has applied to Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to relax restrictions on the controversial food colouring, erythrosine.  Sue Kedgley is concerned because Erythrosine is an endocrine disruptor, altering the level of thyroid hormones to the extent that it causes thyroid tumours in lab tests. Any small change to […]

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