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Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 10:57

The Green Party welcome today’s plan to address the synthetic drugs crisis and broader addiction problems in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

“Supporting people into care and recovery will be set down in law as the first measure for Police on the front lines, rather than pushing people with addiction problems down a criminal pathway,” Green Party spokesperson on drug law reform Chlöe Swarbrick said. 

“This is an evidence-based step to reduce drug harm, drug demand, and drug supply. 

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. 

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. 

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 11:57

Green Party MP Jan Logie has welcomed the Law Commission’s briefing on alternative approaches to abortion law.   

“At the moment in New Zealand abortion is treated like a justice issue instead of a health issue. 

“Women are forced to jump through hoops to get an abortion. Our law doesn’t reflect contemporary values and creates inequalities and unnecessary delays. The current 40 year old abortion law is just not working. 

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.

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 13:25

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick has welcomed the extension of funding for Te Whare Mahana mental health service in Golden Bay while the Government conducts its review of mental health services.

“Security of funding for mental health services is one of the top issues raised with me by constituents. I visited Te Whare Mahana and their work was essential for not just the region, but the number of patients who travel across the country for their specialised services,” Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today.