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Sunday, December 8, 2019 - 15:24

The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release today of a pivotal report for dealing with waste.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has welcomed the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealandreport, released by her Chief Science Advisor Prof Juliet Gerrard.

“Our ban on plastic bags has already made a difference as we confront our enormous long-term challenge to tackle plastic waste,” Jacinda Ardern said.

Friday, December 6, 2019 - 13:41

Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Government funding support Minister for Conservation Eugenie Sage announced in Canvastown today.

“Every New Zealander should be able to swim in their local river without getting sick, and rivers should be healthy for fish and other wildlife and for gathering mahinga kai. Currently Te Hoiere/Pelorus River is at risk and needs a helping hand to improve water quality for its own sake, and for people now and into the future” said Eugenie Sage.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 16:37

"Aotearoa New Zealand should have evidence-based, harm-reduction cannabis regulation that ensures healthier communities and better mental health outcomes,” Green Party Drug Reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

“For 30 years Governments have pursued a failed war on drugs that has resulted in a harmful, unregulated market controlled by the black-market, where vulnerable communities and young people are exposed to sketchy substances.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 11:33

“We believe in an open democracy with transparent and equal access for all New Zealanders. 

“To help ensure New Zealand has a thriving and healthy Parliament the Green Party have long called for foreign donations to be banned. This measure in part of my Strengthening Democracy Members Bill, so we are very happy to see our Government making progress in this area.

“Limiting foreign donations to $50 will reduce undue influence from powerful vested interests and create a healthier and fairer system.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 17:12

Steeped in Māori and European history, the recent reopening of Banks Peninsula’s Ripapa Island has been celebrated today by Te Hapū o Ngāti Wheke and Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage.

Members of the local community and tamariki from Lyttelton Primary School have this afternoon retraced the footsteps of Ngāti Wheke ancestors. Those gathered listened to stories about the former fortified Māori Pā before it was later transformed into a quarantine station, and then a military fort at the end of the 19th century.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 10:01

“Aotearoa New Zealand should be a country where no matter your postcode or background, there’s access to support when you need it, and mental health is treated with the same seriousness as any physical ailment”, Green Party Mental Health spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019 - 08:46

The Government today released the next phase of its plan to tackle New Zealand’s mounting waste challenges. Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage released proposals to increase funding support for councils, community organisations and businesses for projects to recover and recycle more materials and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.

Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 18:08

People in prison who are serving sentences of less than three years will be able to vote, and Corrections will also work to ensure New Zealanders are re-enrolled when they are released.

“New Zealand should be a place where no matter your circumstances you have a right to cast a vote”, Green Party Electoral Issues and Justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“Considering our proud history fighting for the women’s right to vote, I think many would be shocked to hear that right now incarcerated New Zealanders, predominantly Māori, are deprived of this basic liberty. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 14:24

"As the largest publicly owned investor, ACC have accepted they have huge influence in the market, including a billion dollars invested in fossil fuels.

“New Zealanders would be shocked to learn that a publicly owned investor is banking on the climate crisis.

“It’s entirely within the ACC Board’s mandate to decide to end such investment on ethical grounds, as they did with tobacco in 2006.

“If not, the Government should end this investment in fossil fuels through a direction under the Crown Entities Act.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 14:16

“New Zealand’s existing laws should be enough to provide for security of visitors during APEC. We should prioritise the rights and security of the New Zealand public rather than expand powers that put us at risk. 

“We know that both here and overseas, force is most commonly used against persons of colour, so certain communities are going to be put at most risk. 

“There’s no need to change which guns are allowed in New Zealand or how restricted firearms are imported.