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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

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.

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.  

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:11

The Green Party welcomes the Tax Working Group report, which lays out a plan to ensure taxation in Aotearoa is fair and enhances the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

“Being in Government gives us an opportunity to be at the table for any tax reforms. We look forward to working meaningfully and constructively with Labour and New Zealand First so we can create the fairest taxation system possible here in Aotearoa,” Green Party finance spokesperson James Shaw said today.  

“New Zealand’s tax system has it strengths, but there is plenty of room for improvement.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 11:07

The Green Party welcome moves to make huge multinational companies like Facebook and Google pay their fair share of tax in New Zealand.

“Right now, working New Zealanders pay around $8000 a year if you’re on the average wage of around $50,000. Google pays next to nothing. This is flatly wrong”, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“Google and Facebook should not get to make money in New Zealand and not pitch in for our hospitals and schools like the rest of us.