Press Releases

Friday, May 17, 2019 - 12:29

All New Zealanders should reflect on the situation of LGBTIQ+ people in New Zealand and around the world, say the Chairs of the New Zealand Parliamentary Rainbow Network.

“We should all be proud of who we are and while the LGBTIQ+ movement has made significant strides, there is still work to be done,” say Jan Logie, Louisa Wall and Chris Bishop.

“The Human Rights Act 1993 protects people in New Zealand from unlawful discrimination because of sexual orientation, yet every day, LGBTIQ+ people face discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 17:42

The Green Party is deeply concerned by today’s report highlighting MSD’s gross intrusion into the private lives of New Zealanders, Green Party spokesperson on Human Rights Golriz Ghahraman said today.

The Privacy Commissioner has released a report into illegal behaviour that saw phone records, birthing records and intimate images handed over to the state.

“We need to be clear that this sort of privacy breach by the state is completely unacceptable. Human rights cannot be suspended just because people are in need of state support” Golriz said.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 15:33

Action is underway to enhance the protection of our precious marine biodiversity in the face of the global biodiversity crisis.

An area of South Island coast and ocean the size of Auckland or three quarters the size of Rakiura/Stewart Island is being tagged for protection under a proposal supported by Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

The Ministers have decided to progress a comprehensive marine protection network in the south eastern South Island. Public views on the areas proposed for protection will again be sought.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 10:30

The Government is today delivering landmark action on climate change – the biggest challenge facing the world and New Zealand.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 09:22

The Green Party has succeeded in Government negotiations to secure a clear legal regime for cannabis legalisation, Chlöe Swarbrick confirmed today.

Today’s announcement by the Minister of Justice Andrew Little confirms that:

Monday, May 6, 2019 - 12:26

The Green Party welcomes the expansion of free youth mental health support announced today, says Green Party mental health spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick.

“We understand that mental health services are in crisis and that we need urgent solutions grounded in communities. That’s why the Green Party made this a priority in our Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Labour Party,” Chlöe Swarbrick said.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Friday, May 3, 2019 - 14:00

“We campaigned to end benefit sanctions, to raise abatement thresholds and to increase incomes. We need to put the heart back into our social support system. Today’s report creates a roadmap for our long term vision and sets out the goals we need to work towards,” Marama Davidson said.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 10:12

The Government is backing New Zealanders with innovative ideas to solve our waste crisis Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage said today as she opened a fresh round of Waste Minimisation Funding. 

Applications to this funding round of the Waste Minimisation Fund open on today and close on 29 May 2019. 

For more information on the Waste Minimisation Fund visit http://www.mfe.govt.nz/more/funding/waste-minimisation-fund.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - 14:20

“We’ll continue to work with Labour to make our tax system fairer,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today following the Government response to the Tax Working Group release.

“The Green Party has long called for a capital gains tax as a way to level the playing field for hard working New Zealanders who have struggled to get ahead.

“Taxing income from capital the same way we tax income from work would reduce the wealth gap, fix the housing crisis and build a more productive, high-wage economy.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 10:11

Water extraction should be considered a sensitive asset under new consultation launched today on the Overseas Investment Act review, Green Party Coleader Marama Davidson said today.

The Green Party announced at their 2018 AGM that water bottling issues would be involved in the next consultation of the Overseas Investment review.