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Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 11:25

The Green Party has welcomed the government surplus announced yesterday as an opportunity to take stronger action on the critical issues New Zealanders face.

Green Party co-leader James Shaw said today:

“This government has clearly established its economic credentials. Now we can seriously take on the task of eliminating poverty and inequality, strengthen our public services and infrastructure which were so severely run down by the previous government, and take the strong climate action which is so crucial to all of our wellbeing.

“We can’t afford not to.”

Friday, September 27, 2019 - 12:30

Today’s climate strike has shown the power of young people demanding more of their politicians and gives us hope for the future, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“We agree with the five core demands of the School Strike for Climate,

“We’ve called a motion in the house to declare an emergency, only to be blocked by the Opposition, and continue to work in Government to deliver a wide ranging action plan that recognises the scale of the challenge.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 06:50

A world first trade agreement between New Zealand, Costa Rica, Iceland, Fij, and Norway will lead the way on international efforts to tackle climate change, says Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“The Agreement on Climate Change, Trade and Sustainability (ACCTS) is a pioneering trade approach to international environmental protection.

“Today’s announcement shows how we can influence global affairs as a small nation.

“The new multilateral group will develop trade rules that drive down emissions and protect nature in countries that join.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 13:55

The Green Party is disappointed with the outcome of a review into MP pay that is likely to still increase politicians’ pay beyond the wages of other working New Zealanders.   

“The plan is to revert to an older system for setting MP pay through the Remuneration Authority”, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“While this should prevent the sort of sharp increases in MP payments we’ve seen recently, it’s still not good enough.

“It’s disappointing when we could be bringing MP pay in line with annual wage changes experienced by New Zealanders generally.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 11:26

Today’s Independent Policy Conduct Authority (IPCA) report into the 2014 raid on Nicky Hager’s home confirms that Police conduct was wrong and overstepped the clear legal protections that journalists have to defend their sources and provide independent critical voices in our democracy, the Green Party said.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 13:30

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today released the Government’s Climate Action Plan in response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the low emissions economy.

“Our Government is committed to a just and rapid transition to a low emissions economy, because it’s vital that we play our part looking after our planet. We’re already taking action on many of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations. Climate change is an urgent issue requiring an urgent response, to ensure a stable climate for future generations of New Zealanders,” James Shaw said.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 13:00

Toitū te whenua

The land remains

Toitū te taiao

The natural environment remains.

Tīhei mauri ora!

Behold, the essence of life!

He mihi nui ki te mana whenua o te rohe nei.

Ngā hapū o Kaitahu, tēnā koutou.

I would like to pay tribute to the mana whenua of this land. The many people of Kaitahu, I greet you.

Ki a koutou te whānau o te Pāti Kākāriki kua huihui mai nei, ko tēnei te mihi ki a koutou.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 09:54

A comprehensive review of the Resource Management Act are both well overdue and welcomed by the Green Party. 

 

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said:

 

“A comprehensive review and overhaul of our resource management law will ensure that we prioritise the environment and protect quality of life, create liveable cities and protect nature for present and future generations”, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

 

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.