In government, the Green Party will increase education funding by $315 million over three years to build a more inclusive education system. The Green Party will:
The Green Party strongly condemns the National government’s refusal to ban mining on conservation land which is forcing people to face arrest.
About 30 people gathered at Mt Karangahake on Coromandel Peninsula this morning to protest against mining in the conservation area and one person was arrested.
It follows a number of arrests at protests at the site in past weeks.
This Government has refused to properly quantify need and has not funded additional learning support adequately, the Green Party said today.
The Government has today announced that 30 more Communities of Learning will be able to access additional learning support services (previously described as special education).
“There are thousands of children throughout New Zealand with extra learning needs, like dyslexia and autism, that will not be helped by today’s announcement,” Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.
The Green Party welcomes the Labour Party’s commitment today to take action for clean water.
Labour today said it will set strong standards for freshwater quality, help farmers to protect waterways and charge a royalty on water. The Green Party is strongly committed to protecting drinking water, cleaning up our rivers and making sure that water bottling companies pay their fair share.
The Green Party supports protest action today at a mining company drill site on public conservation land at Karangahake.
The protest started at 1PM today and is aiming to protect conservation land with high recreational values and a recovering forest ecosystem. Gold mining company New Talisman have a consent to drill and take bulk samples out of the area.
“Karangahake is a much loved forested area for walking and cycling. It should not be mined,” said Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty who lives in Coromandel.
The Green Party welcomes the Freshwater Rescue Plan proposed by non-governmental organisations, the Tourism Export Council, public health practitioners and freshwater scientists this afternoon.
“The National Government has been in denial about the poor state of Aotearoa New Zealand’s waterways, so this plan should be a wake-up call,” said Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.
The Government has finally proposed a water protection order for Waikoropupū Springs, largely thanks to the advocacy of Ngāti Tama ki Waipounamu and locals.
A Water conservation order is the highest protection possible for a water body, and is the equivalent of National Park status for a water body.
“If implemented this is excellent news for Waikoropupū Springs”, said Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.”
National’s Budget has delivered a waterfall of funding to destroy rivers, but only a drop in the bucket to clean them up, the Green Party said today.
“National is showing its true colours in regards to water quality in this country. By injecting another $63 million into Crown Irrigation Investments in today’s Budget, National is subsidising the pollution of our rivers, lakes and aquifers,” said Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.
The Government’s small injection of funding into Teach First NZ won’t address the workforce problems that are affecting New Zealand schools and students, the Green Party said today.
“There are more kids coming through schools and lots of teachers leaving teaching. This Government hasn’t done the work required to ensure there are enough teachers to teach,” said Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.
“There needs to be a workforce plan for how our country will address looming teacher shortages, and today’s announcement isn’t that.
Protecting our water from pollution has never been more important, as we can’t take the water from our taps for granted anymore, the Green Party said today.
The comments come on the back of a report released by the Havelock North drinking water inquiry showing that dysfunction between local authorities, poor infrastructure and faecal contamination led to more than 5000 people becoming sick with campylobacter.