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July 31, 2019

A note from the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage, thanking the work of rangers on World Ranger Day. 

Tēnā koutou,

On World Ranger Day thank you for the amazing work you do to give nature a helping hand every day and making sure visitors from near and far are able to get out into nature and connect with it.

Gareth Hughes MP
February 15, 2019

We must stop cruelty in the name of ‘entertainment.’ 

The Green Party's rodeo animals protection bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to outlaw the rodeo activities that cause the most pain and distress to animals - specifically calf roping, steer wrestling and the use of flank straps.

New Zealand law acknowledges animals as sentient and it’s unacceptable in 2019 to have animals hurt, scarred and killed for fun. How we treat our animals is a reflection on our values as a society.

October 12, 2018

The Government is currently taking public submissions on what its proposed trade agenda – Trade for All – should look like. I’ve submitted calling for 21st century trade policy that moves New Zealand into a new era of international trade, and focuses on prioritising the things that really matter to New Zealanders.

If you’re interested, you can make a submission yourself, closing Sunday 14 October. 

Here's my submission as Green Party Trade Spokesperson:


November 3, 2016

7. BARRY COATES (Green) to the Minister of Trade: Why is he advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, when it is widely reported that the agreement will not get through the US Congress this year and countries like Canada, Australia, and Vietnam have delayed their ratification processes?


November 2, 2016

The Office of the Auditor General’s (OAG) report into the Saudi sheep deal makes it clear that Murray McCully has misled the New Zealand public and Cabinet, and for that reason John Key should ask him to resign, the Green Party said today.

The OAG’s report, released this afternoon, considered numerous complaints about the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership and found significant shortcomings in the purpose, process and outcome of the deal.

October 4, 2016

Our hospitals shouldn’t have to rely on doctors working excessively long hours in order to function, the Green Party said today.

“We support the junior doctors’ calls for more realistic working hours,” said Green Party workplace relations spokesperson Denise Roche.

“We’ve heard from the doctors themselves that burnout is a huge issue for them, and that patients’ care could be compromised because of it.

“When medical professionals are telling us that they’re reaching breaking point, DHBs and the Government need to listen.

September 29, 2016

The Green Party is today announcing changes to its MPs’ portfolios, to accommodate the arrival of new MP Barry Coates.

Mr Coates joins the Green Parliamentary team following the resignation of Kevin Hague, and will officially start on Monday 10 October. He will take on the trade, overseas development and senior citizens portfolios, as well as commerce, consumer and internal affairs.

“Barry brings years of real-world experience to Parliament, particularly around trade and overseas aid and development,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

September 27, 2016

The Green Party has decided to not stand a candidate in a Mt Roskill by-election, should Phil Goff win the Auckland mayoralty and vacate the seat.

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working.

September 25, 2016

The Minister for Social Development has missed two crucial opportunities in the same period to put the rights of New Zealand’s children first, the Green Party said today.

In the same week as Anne Tolley was grilled by a panel reviewing New Zealand’s commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC), the Government refused to include in new laws a commitment to ensuring our children have an “adequate standard of living”.

August 5, 2016

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is backing the Covenant for Our Nation’s Children, which was launched today by Judge Carolyn Henwood and iwi leaders.

Amongst other things, signees of the covenant agree to treasure and respect our children, and protect them from violence.

“We have to do anything and everything we can to protect our babies, and to give them the full, rich life that they all deserve,” said Mrs Turei.

“Every political party, iwi, business, church, community and family has a part to play in making sure our children grow up happy, healthy and safe.