I visited Kaikoura over the weekend – basically to see how the community was coping with all the rubbish and rubble created by last week’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake, and to see my brother Rob.
The launch of my Members’ Bill last week, which would introduce a 15 cent charge on single-use plastic bags at the check-out, has generated a lot of comment on mainstream and social media. From The Paul Henry Show at the start of the week to RNZ’s Wallace Chapman on Sunday, there’s been considerable media and public interest. And […]
Thousands of junior doctors took strike action for 24 hours this week for better working conditions and safer working hours. The Green Party supports their cause.
National’s recent immigration announcement is a continuation of the visionless approach to government that it has displayed in the last three terms. Rather than using the levers of government to implement a sustainable immigration policy that benefits new and current New Zealanders, it has lurched from one extreme to another. First with a laissez-faire approach that […]
In the last week we have heard a great deal about the Indian students who are facing deportation because immigration advisors in their home country had provided fraudulent information to get them study visas for New Zealand. Some of these students are near the completion of their studies, and all of them have paid tens of […]
This week is the first ever Gambling Harm Awareness Week. It’s a bit of a big deal because until now there’s only been one day to recognise the harm that gambling can cause in the community. Since its inception in 2004 Gamble-Free Day has been marked by a variety of activities as part of […]
There have been many times I’ve cringed with shame as a result of this government’s heartless policies: how they blame the poor for being poor; deny there’s a homelessness problem or a housing crisis; condone the use of dodgy carbon credits to assert our climate emissions are ok – the list goes on. My […]
One of the things that often gets thrown around the immigration debate is the value of immigrants economically. How much – in dollar terms – are immigrants contributing to their economy? How much – in dollar terms – are immigrants costing? I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our Green kaupapa on immigrants. We […]
Threats by the Aviation Security Service (AvSec) that striking workers could be locked out are a classic example of a public service employer playing hardball, backed by an anti-worker government.
The first phrase of conversational Maori I learned was, “Haere mai kare, whengua tō ihu.” (“Come here darling, blow your nose.”) It was our first time at kōhanga reo and I was new to the community and with a four-year-old and a new-born, keen to make new friends and learn te reo Māori at the same time.