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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Blog – Budget 2016: What about ordinary working people?

Ordinary working New Zealanders don’t fare very well from this Budget. Setting aside the spin from the Government, it contains a lot to be concerned about and a fudging of the numbers. For example, the forecast is that the average wage is set to increase to $63,000 per annum by 2020, but when you consider […]

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Insulation shambles needs sorting so Christchurch homes can be warmer, drier and healthier

Our houses help determine our health. Everyone has a right to a warm, dry and healthy home.  Warm homes can reduce respiratory illnesses and mean fewer days off sick from school or work, and fewer premature deaths among older persons. Much of our housing stock is not built for our climate. Around 1.6 million New […]

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World Economic Forum calls for government leadership on green job creation

The World Economic Forum, a group consisting of the world’s leading corporate citizens, is calling on governments to take the lead in green job creation through the retrofitting of commercial buildings to make them more energy efficient. The report, entitled A Profitable & Resource Efficient Future: Catalysing Retrofit Finance & Investing in Commercial Real Estate, […]

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Irish government unveils insulation scheme

While our government prevaricates and even cancels our shovel ready Green Homes Insulation fund, the Australians and the Irish have announced ambitious plans of their own. The Irish Times reported today: HOW TO cut heating bills, reduce carbon emissions and create thousands of jobs in the construction sector in the process? The Government, through its […]

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