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on Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 15:23

The Green Party welcomes today’s announcement from Foodstuffs that they will switch to completely cage-free eggs by 2027 in their supermarkets nationwide, and is calling on all supermarkets, to follow suit.

“To have one of New Zealand’s biggest grocery distributors commit to going cage-free is fantastic,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers.  

“This is a strong message that time’s up for cruel cages and colony production.

on Friday, July 7, 2017 - 10:13

The Green Party will fiercely oppose Bill English’s plan to override the Supreme Court decision that saved part of the Ruahine Forest Park from being flooded for the Ruataniwha dam.

Bill English signalled yesterday that he would change the law to override the Supreme Court’s ruling that prevents the Department of Conservation from swapping conservation land for private farmland.

“If National changes this law then specially protected forest and the habitat of threatened species will be destroyed forever,” said Green Party conservation spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

on Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 12:13

The Green Party is celebrating a big win for nature today with the Supreme Court ruling that removing protected status from conservation land is permitted only when the conservation values there no longer warrant continued special protection.

“This is a big win for nature, despite the National Government’s best efforts to flood and destroy an important piece of the Ruahine Forest Park,” said Green Party conservation spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 17:08

The Prime Minister said the controversial Te Kuha mine on high value conservation land will never get a resource consent in response to Green Party questions in Parliament today.

The proposed West Coast coal mine will knock the top off Mount Te Kuha, cut down 700 year-old rimu, pollute creeks with mining runoff, and result in the discharge of around 11 million tonnes of carbon dioxide. When confronted with some of the details of the proposal, the Prime Minister said “if that was the activity, then it would never get a resource consent”.

on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 14:52

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) has found that the situation for our native birds is desperate and will only be addressed if the Government steps up and properly funds conservation, the Green Party said today.

Four out of five of our native birds are heading for extinction in New Zealand. The Green Party is calling on the National Government to properly fund biodiversity protection in the wake of the challenging report by the PCE

on Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 17:12

Budget 2017 continues the National Government’s shameful underfunding of the Department of Conservation (DOC) and puts our precious flora and fauna at risk, the Green Party said today.

DOC will have $26 million less this year to invest in protecting nature than it did in 2009. This amounts to a cumulative budget cut of $422 million to Vote Conservation since National took office. These numbers have been provided by the Parliamentary Library and adjusted to account for inflation.

on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 10:44

National’s plans to boost DOC’s budget with a one-off Budget 2017 lolly of $21.3 million falls well short of the long-term funding commitment needed to protect our birds, the Green Party said today.

“DOC’s funding has been cut by some $336 million since National came to power. This one-off increase for the next year will have little long-term impact in the battle for our birds,” said Green Party conservation spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

on Friday, May 12, 2017 - 11:06

Maggie Barry needs to front with evidence to back up her claim that profits gained from Government investment in DOC’s tourism will be reinvested in biodiversity protection, the Green Party said today.

on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 13:14

Plans to protect some of our most precious species won’t be worth the paper they’re written on if the Department of Conservation doesn’t get a significant funding boost, the Green Party said today.

“DOC funding has been chopped by some $336 million since National came to power. Maggie Barry’s plan to increase the number of species DOC protects will fail dismally if the department continues to be asked to do more with less,” said Green Party conservation spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 09:57

Green Party MP Mojo Mathers has written to the Commerce Commission asking it to inquire into the alleged mislabelling of eggs laid in cages as “free-range”, the Green Party said today.

An investigation into the Palace Poultry brand has revealed that millions of cage-laid eggs were allegedly mislabelled and sold as “free-range”. Egg brands Woodland, Farmer Brown, and Countdown’s Select also reportedly sourced their “free-range” eggs from Palace Poultry.

“New Zealanders should be able to trust that when they buy free-range eggs, they’re actually free range,” said Ms Mathers.