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Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 16:50

The Green Party welcomes the passage of medicinal cannabis legislation that provides certainty and clarity to patients and their whānau. 

“This is a huge day for New Zealanders in pain and suffering who’ve been denied the only medicine that works for them”, Green Party drug law reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today. 

“Too many New Zealanders are going into debt to access expensive big pharma products, or being turned into criminals in having to access an unregulated black market for cannabis. 

Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 12:48

The Green Party has wrapped up its investigation into New Zealanders being potentially discriminated against for mental ill health whilst applying for work. 

The 59 submissions showed that potential discrimination may be occurring across the private and public sector, with large companies like Wishbone, Coca-Cola, Air New Zealand, New World, Countdown and PWC all being raised by New Zealanders for potential misconduct when managing mental ill health in the job application process. 

Friday, December 7, 2018 - 11:58

The Green Party are welcoming the report by the Tomorrow Schools Independent Taskforce and are excited by the transformative, systemic changes that it recommends.

“I want to thank the Taskforce Chair Bali Haque and everyone else who contributed to this fantastic piece of work, on their collaboration, bold ideas, robust debate and meaningful work,” Green Spokesperson on Education Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 12:11

The Green Party have welcomed the report into mental health and addiction, and urge the Government to move quickly and implement the findings before more New Zealanders are harmed.   

“The Government has held back from big change in delivering support while awaiting the report’s findings, which serves as a watershed moment for the mental health crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand,” Green spokesperson on mental health and drug law reform Chlöe Swarbrick said today. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 15:23

The Green Party has negotiated to achieve substantial improvements to Medicinal Cannabis legislation which provide certainty and clarity to patients and their whānau.

“Today, the Government's Bill will return to the House for its Second Reading. Through negotiation with governing parties we've managed to guarantee certainty for patients and their whānau that a local licencing, production, prescription and consumption regime will be established by the end of next year”, Green Party Sensible Drug Law Reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 11:11

The Green Party is calling on Parliament to take heed of the latest independent report calling for a harm reduction approach to drugs, while the synthetic cannabis crisis continues to grip the country. 

A report released today, commissioned by the NZ Drug Foundation, has reinforced decades of research showing that punishment does not reduce drug use. 

“All parties are in active discussion about updating our drug laws and this presents a historic opportunity to minimise the harm caused by drugs in our communities,” Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. 

Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 14:07

The Green Party are calling for common-sense legalisation of festival drug testing before the summer festival season begins.

“Despite decades of a hard-line approach, including harsh penalties, Governments worldwide have failed to stop recreational drugs being taken at festivals”, Green Party sensible drug law reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

“This has resulted in unnecessary tragedy, with unknown users ingesting unknown substances, at times costing emergency health sector resources, at worst costing lives.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:50

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, Green Party mental health spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick says we have an opportunity to help normalise conversations about mental ill health and well-being.

“I’ve been out in the regions, in workplaces, mental health services and across university campuses over the past few months learning about the increasing stresses and strains on too many Kiwis, and in far too many cases, ridiculous wait-times to access services, even when needs are immediate and urgent.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:45

“Like many New Zealanders, I am incredibly keen to see the results of the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry Report.

“The sheer volume of submissions and evidence gathered at public forums demonstrates how passionate our communities are about addressing the mental health crisis in this country. 

“I am disappointed that the Inquiry is not reporting back on time, but if an extra month is needed to properly consider the huge swathes of evidence, then it should not be rushed. 

Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 17:59

The Green Party Caucus has officially assigned the Mental Health portfolio permanently from Julie Anne Genter to Chlöe Swarbrick.

Green Co-leaders Marama Davidson announced and welcomed the move today.

“Chlöe has been working with communities around the country that are affected by a lack of accessible community mental health services. The Green Party has a commitment from the coalition Government for high quality and timely mental health services, and Chlöe will be championing this issue for us” Marama Davidson said.