Fair and sustainable trade: A Green Party vision for New Zealand’s trading relationships

Trade is a cornerstone of the New Zealand economy. It provides us with the things we want and need, and enables us to pay for those with exports that generate business opportunities and jobs. However, it should be recognised that increasing trade is not an end in itself, but rather a means to achieve improved […]

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Small change that is sorely needed

The big headline of the Government’s Budget yesterday was its Family Incomes Package – a range of measures including changes to income tax thresholds and the Family Tax Credit. Overall the Budget is a huge disappointment and a missed opportunity to make real progress on pressing social and environmental issues. We want more support for […]

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Ratifying the TPPA makes no sense

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The recent high-fiving between the government and agricultural exporters over ratification of the TPPA (Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement) is empty gesture politics in an election year. Ratification by New Zealand means nothing. New Zealand law changes are not implemented unless the agreement ‘comes into force’ and this can’t happen unless the United States (US) ratifies. President […]

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Empowering New Zealand

Yesterday the Green Party launched a plan for cheaper power bills, cleaner electricity generation, and a smarter electricity network. It’s all about empowering consumers. Energy has always been important to the Greens. In fact, the green movement formed around the Manapouri power station campaign. In Parliament, we’ve worked with Labour and National governments to establish […]

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