I was so happy to wake up this morning to the news that Health Minister Jonathan Coleman has done a u-turn and agreed to fund sleep pods for newborn babies. Baby sleeping pods, like pepi-pods or wahakura, are safe sleep bassinets that play a big role in saving babies’ lives. At the last election we […]
Today I wrote to the Minister of Land Information, Louise Upston, asking her to do the right thing and get rid of racist place names in Aotearoa. 19 July 2016 E te Minita, tēnā koe I was horrified to learn recently that in 21st Century Aotearoa we still have explicitly racist place names, and am […]
Since I entered Parliament I have wanted to focus on homelessness, in particular, in my role as the Greens’ spokesperson for Social Housing. As recent media coverage of the issue has highlighted, homelessness is much broader than rough sleeping, it covers all those who are in insecure housing situations.
Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing of our tamariki.
On Thursday, Metiria Turei announced the Green Party’s plan to start addressing the emergency housing crisis facing our country. Too many people are without homes right now – homeless. It is the role of government to ensure that everyone has a warm and safe home to live in. Our announcement outlined how Housing New Zealand […]
A young South Auckland Māori woman recently tried to get hold of me around midnight. I missed her call. The woman wanted me to know the sharp reality facing too many families looking for a stable place to live. Things had arrived at the point where this woman was faced with taking her children […]
Parliament TV has become staple TV in my household this year. Previously, my 3 fashion savvy grown daughters have been more interested in the Kardashians than what their Mum is up to, but 2015 was quite the year. I never fail to get a full fashion critique for my outfits in the House, and friendly […]
In my maiden speech to Parliament I said that affirming indigenous rights and supporting our traditional wisdoms is ESSENTIAL to combatting climate change. With the signing of the Paris climate agreement I am surer of that than ever. Around the world indigenous people are at the forefront of the fight to shut down dangerous fossil […]
I was very pleased this morning when it was announced that the SOUL (Save our Unique Landscape) campaign was filing a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal to stop the 480 unit housing development in Māngere that is continuing to threaten their whenua. This is another example in a long line of this Government completely disregarding […]