• Govt spend on transport out of step with reality

    The National Government is planning to allocate ever increasing amounts of taxpayer funding to build expensive new motorways despite record numbers of New Zealanders flocking to buses and trains, said the Green Party. The Government released its Government Policy Statement on Land Transport 2015/16-2024/25 (GPS) today. This statement sets the parameters for a $39 billion investment in New Zealand’s transport networks over the next ten years. “The National Government is investing over $33 billion in roads over the next ten...
  • Irresponsible tax cuts lead to seventh successive deficit

    National's borrowing to pay for cutting the top tax rate was irresponsible and will likely lead to a seventh successive deficit, the Green Party said today. Treasury have forecast a $572 million deficit this year in its Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update released today. Net core Crown debt has now increased by a record $49.3 billion since National took office. “National has repeatedly staked its economic credibility on achieving a budget surplus this year, but even that narrow goal...
  • Key even worse than Abbott on Climate Fund

    The John Key Government is lagging behind even climate reprobate Tony Abbott on commitments to the Green Climate Fund, the global fund designed to support developing countries with low carbon economic development and adaptation to a changing climate.
  • Govt must review welfare so it's fit for purpose

    The Government must commit to a comprehensive review of the welfare system following a report that shows the children of some beneficiaries are being unfairly penalised and are missing out as a result, the Green Party said today. The Child Poverty Action Group has today published its report The Complexities of “Relationship” in the Welfare System and the Consequences for Children which found that the practice of basing benefit levels around whether a person is in a relationship or not...
  • Green Party welcomes Speaker’s commitment to making Parliament accessible

    The Green Party welcomes the commitments made in the Speaker's report on improving the accessibility of Parliament for disabled people. The Speaker’s report was a response to the recommendations of the Government Administration select committee report on its inquiry into the accessibility of services to Parliament that was released earlier this year.
  • NZ finally ratifying maritime labour convention good news

    It is great news that New Zealand has finally ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, the Green Party said today. Foreign ships transporting New Zealand export goods will now need to meet minimum international standards to ensure the fair treatment of seafarers.