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Monday, June 24, 2019 - 09:41

Minister for Climate Change and Green Party co-leader, James Shaw, has congratulated New Zealand’s Climate Leaders Coalition on its milestone in now having signed up 100 members.

“This is an incredible achievement considering the Coalition was born out of the vision of some 60 business leaders less than a year ago,” James Shaw said.

“These 100 Climate Leaders Coalition members, together with their suppliers, now represent more than a third of New Zealand’s private sector GDP.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 16:04

E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe.

Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata,

huri noa i te Whare,

ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.

1.         The Wellbeing Budget is based on Green Economics

Mr Speaker, for years – many years – the Green Party and our predecessor, the Values Party, have advocated an approach to economics that delivers human prosperity within ecological limits.

A growing Gross Domestic Product does not, by itself, deliver a fair society or a healthy environment.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 14:15

“The Green Party is proud to welcome New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget to deliver change for New Zealanders,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“Budget 2019 is a massive boost for the delivery of the Green Party’s Confidence and Supply Agreement.

“The major new investments in mental health, strong action on climate change, sustainable land use, and better rail options are a direct result of the Green Party’s campaigning, and we are now in a position to deliver them.

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 14:13

“The Green Party is proud to welcome New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget to deliver change for New Zealanders,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“Budget 2019 is a massive boost for the delivery of the Green Party’s Confidence and Supply Agreement.

“The major new investments in mental health, strong action on climate change, sustainable land use, and better rail options are a direct result of the Green Party’s campaigning, and we are now in a position to deliver them.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 10:30

In March this year, tens of thousands of New Zealand school students went on strike to protest a lack of decisive action on climate change.

We are acting now.

The Zero Carbon Bill outlines our plan over the next 30 years to safeguard the future that those school students will inherit.

Climate change is the greatest challenge of our time – perhaps the greatest challenge of all time. Stopping climate change is going to take all of us and it’s going to take everything we’ve got; across communities, businesses, iwi, and government.

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.

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.

Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 15:33

The Green Party welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement on planned gun control laws, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“Banning military style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles makes everyone safer. Banning these guns is the first step towards systemic changes to our gun laws,” says James Shaw.

“I welcome this announcement today, we just wish it wasn’t in such tragic circumstances.

“We owe it to the 50 people killed last Friday to ensure this never happens again.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 17:04

Salaam alaikum. On Saturday, I accompanied the Prime Minister to Christchurch. The moment that affected me the most was our visit to the makeshift community centre at a Hagley Park school where many hundreds of bereaved and grieving family members had gathered. When the Prime Minister said to those families, in her remarks yesterday, "We cannot know your grief", she spoke for me also. I have no words to describe the quantum of grief that was present in that school hall. The breadth and the depth of the pain and the loss are simply unimaginable to me.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:32

The Green Party welcomes further steps to combat tax evasion, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“Tax evaders have been able to avoid paying their fair share of tax that go towards hospitals and schools, while the rest of us chip in.

“The announcement today – a collaboration between expanded networks of countries – will ensure this happens less and less.

“The Green Party has long advocated for changes to the tax system to ensure that everyone pays their fair share for the public services that improve the quality of life for everyone.