Today we remember those who tragically lost their lives in the Christchurch Earthquake, and send our love and support to those who are rebuilding their homes, their lives, and their city.
If this earthquake has highlighted how quickly normal life can give way to stress, pain, and hardship, it has also highlighted the supportive power of communities, and the strength of compassion and solidarity.
We hope that this strength and compassion will endure beyond the crisis and extend to our vulnerable citizens around the country.
Metiria Turei , Green MP
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In this issue
There are at least 1 million substandard homes in New Zealand and rental properties are generally the worst performing of these. We are calling on the Government to create performance standards which ensure warm, healthy, rentals.
Public Meeting: Sue Kedgley speaks on Battery Farmed Hens
Tuesday 22nd March, 7:00pm - 8:30pm, Auckland
Disability and Home Care forum: The Right to Pay Family Members
Wednesday 23 March, 12:30pm - 1:30pm, Wellington
Save the Mokihinui Public Forum in Wanaka with Kevin Hague
Wednesday 30 March, 8:00pm - 9:30pm, Wanaka
Public Meeting: A Motorway in Hataitai?
Tuesday 5th April, 2011 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm, Wellington
Save the Mokihinui Forum with Kevin Hague at Victoria University's Kelburn Campus
Thursday 7 April, 12:00pm - 1:30pm, Wellington
While the world's attention is now focused on the disaster in Japan there is plenty of humanitarian work still to be done in Christchurch. Watch the video...
Our Green MPs have been down in Christchurch mucking in to help residents in the aftermath of the earthquake. Listen to podcast...
Greens tautoko foreshore hikoi
16 March 2011
The hikoi that is making its way down the country highlights that National's foreshore Bill is the same as the deeply flawed and unjust 2004 Act Read more...
Harshest welfare changes on the table
15 March 2011
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett confirmed in Parliament today that she is seriously considering even the most extreme of the Welfare Working Group's recommendations, including associating benefit receipt with contraception, the Green Party said today. Read more...
The amount students can borrow for course-related costs should be increased to $1500 to reflect inflation, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Welfare report will make life harder for women
13 March 2011
The recently released Welfare Working Group's report proposes a range of reforms which attack women's rights and will undermine their well being, said Green Party Women's Spokesperson Catherine Delahunty today. Read more...
Rising food prices will hurt Kiwi families who are already struggling financially, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Flawed foreshore bill will repeat injustice
8 March 2011
The deeply flawed Marine and Coastal bill is back in Parliament today and will be opposed by the Green Party. Read more...
Time to dismiss Welfare Working Group report
7 March 2011
The Welfare Working Group's final report is so harmful it should be dismissed out of hand, the Green Party said today. Read more...
The Welfare Working Group and the back to the future work-for-dole fallacy - by Metiria Turei
Here’s some more information to support my argument that the Welfare Working Group’s recommendations (PDF) are driven by far right ideology rather by evidence. Read more...
Loaves and Fishes, in Christchurch - by Kennedy Graham
There is something deeply bonding about supplying food to people in need. Read more...
Metiria Turei questioned Paul Bennett today on whether she will rule out some of the most extreme and punitive recommendations of the Welfare Working Group. Read more...
The Welfare Working Group and benefit cuts by stealth - by Metiria Turei
The Welfare Working Group wants to force beneficiaries to work, but proposes to pay them less if they do so.
At page 107 of the Welfare Working Group’s report (PDF) the Group proposes changes to benefit abatement – i.e. Read more...
The Welfare Working Group and faith-based job creation - by Metiria Turei
Buried at page 53 of the Welfare Working Group’s report is this extraordinary statement: "...the total number of jobs will expand to equal the number of people who are available and actively seeking work." Read more...
International (Working) Women’s Day - by Catherine Delahunty
Today is the day we salute the efforts of women everywhere for equity and justice for our gender and as workers.
This year, our hearts and thoughts start and finish with women in Christchurch. Read more...
The Welfare Working Group and the injection - by Metiria Turei
As reported on Morning Report yesterday, the Welfare Working Group report makes a startling - indeed deeply frightening - recommendation to link contraception to sole parent benefit receipt. Read more...
Student Volunteer Army defeats student stereotype - by Gareth Hughes
Today I got to spend time with the students and organisers behind the Volunteer Student Army in Christchurch as they wound down major operations.
Paying to rebuild - cuts vs levy - by frog
John Key’s Government is now openly talking about cuts to Working for Families to pay for the cost of earthquake rebuilding.
Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill - Metiria Turei MP, 9 March 2011
The Green Party will never put its name to a confiscation of Maori Land. Watch video or read transcript...