Around Parliament, Budget time is one of the busiest times of the year. Last week, things were hectic. A number of people were left with the impression that the Greens had voted for “the Budget”. This is incorrect. The Green Party did not – and will not – vote for “the Budget”. The Budget is […]
Property investors’ lobby groups have been up in arms this week about Labour and Greens’ plans to close tax loopholes and fix the housing market. That’s probably a good thing. Like investors in any other sector of the economy, they expect to make money – but they have preferential tax treatment that investors in other […]
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 […]
This year the North was bathed in heat and light, the hills dry and creeks low. On the 5th of February I arrived with the Green Party ope at Waitangi and we went on to Te Tii with Labour, it was different without the media but not necessarily worse as the kōrero was more ceremonial […]
Once upon a time, most people thought housing markets were indestructible. Then along came the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, and people got hurt. Since then, we’ve watched housing markets much more carefully for signs of a problem. Lending is falling Recently, the Reserve Bank published its latest set of data on mortgage lending. Our […]
Today I met with locals living rurally near Otorohanga, south Waikato, who will be affected by Nova Energy’s plan to build a new 360MW gas-fired power station. In a bit of a tag team, James Shaw asked questions in Parliament about the same thing.
The Labour Party launched its package of ideas to fix the housing crisis over the weekend. Their ideas match ours in many ways. This is good news, because it means that when we change the government we’ll be ready to hit the ground running with a common policy programme to tackle one of the most […]
News last week that Israel’s Finance Minister will insure savers’ bank deposits means New Zealand will be left as the only country in the OECD that has no deposit insurance to protect savers’ funds should a bank fail.
The National Government surprised almost everyone this week by announcing that NZ Post, which owns 100 percent of Kiwibank, is likely to sell 25 percent of its Kiwibank shares to the Superannuation Fund and 20 percent to the ACC Fund. This comes shortly after the Green Party launched a new policy to strengthen Kiwibank so […]
I challenged Revenue Minister Michael Woodhouse in the House yesterday on his complacency over frightening levels of tax avoidance by multinational corporations — estimated to be up to $1 billion per year. Woodhouse considered both New Zealand Herald investigative journalist Matt Nippert’s figure of $500 million and tax expert Professor Craig Elliffe’s estimate of $1 […]