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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 18:47

The Green Party is calling for the Government to stop sending homeless people into thousands of dollars of debt with the Ministry of Social Development.  Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson says that people at their wits end should not be charged for being put up in emergency housing.

“The use of recoverable loans by MSD has to stop because it is hurting the most vulnerable and makes a mockery of our compassionate approach,” Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson said today.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 11:42

A report showing one in five New Zealand children don’t have enough food should prompt urgent action to roll out a national strategy for free food in schools, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  

“The Green Party have long-championed food in schools and we currently have a member’s bill in the ballot to establish a Ministry of Education fund for schools to apply to – or opt out of – based on need.

“Eligible schools would work with their community and existing organisations to make food available to children in the way that best suits their community.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, December 10, 2018 - 07:54

The Green Party warmly welcome Government Ministers proactively releasing their Ministerial diaries from February 2019.

“The Green Party have been proactively releasing Green Minister diaries since we came into Government. We are really happy to see Labour and NZ First come on board”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  

“We have long advocated for Ministerial diaries to be proactively released. It demonstrates transparency and accountability and increases trust in Government.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, December 3, 2018 - 10:19

The Green Party has welcomed victims of the meth testing debacle receiving compensation before Christmas, but is calling on Housing NZ to ensure that anyone displaced from the debacle is provided with a safe place to call home. 

“The approach by Housing New Zealand, directed by National, resulted in 800 vulnerable tenants being pushed out of their home and approximately $6.8 million charged for testing and clean up”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 14:12

The Green Party welcomes funding for an additional 600 coordinators in schools to assist teachers with students who have additional needs.

“We recognise that schools are central to the success of our communities”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“Families end up keeping their kids at home because it is too tough when there is not enough support, teachers are stretched beyond capacity, trying to teach curriculum whilst also juggling the diverse and complex needs of students.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, October 29, 2018 - 15:34

In response to calls for a compulsory energy rating for buildings the Green Party is renewing calls for the building code to take better account of energy efficiency. 

“New Zealanders are living in damp and cold homes that have low energy efficiency due to a failure to retrofit our old housing stock and bring it up to modern standards”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

“Each and every home in Aotearoa should be meeting high standards for energy efficiency, especially when being rented out. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 12:44

The Green Party is calling for a major rethink of how political parties accept donations in New Zealand.

“The Greens want stricter rules on anonymity and increased public funding, so that political parties aren’t influenced by powerful vested interests”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

“The fact of the matter is, as long as political parties are accepting donations from powerful vested interests, there is a constant risk of corruption. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - 15:53

The Green Party agrees with the Salvation Army that bold new steps are needed to stop a worrying trajectory of increased rent rises and homelessness.

“Home ownership is at its lowest rate since 1951 which means an entire generation is living with renting. 200,000 of these households are living in high financial stress due to unaffordable rent and, worse, we currently have 60,000 people on the very cusp of homelessness living in inadequate and precarious situations. This is not good enough”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 12:26

 

The Green Party is welcoming stage two of the review of the Overseas Investment Act (OIA), which will look into water extraction and Māori cultural values as part of the benefits test, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson said today.

“The way the previous National Government applied the OIA to sensitive rural land made it easier for overseas investors to buy up extensive areas of farmland.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 16:11

The Ministry of Social Development’s Household Income report shows that this Government is focusing on the right areas, with it becoming increasingly clear that our poorest are not receiving their fair share, and renters are struggling more and more.

“We welcome the report, which gives us a snapshot of how kiwis are doing in terms of their household incomes”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.