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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.  

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 08:41

“New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote, and now we can be the first country to have pay equity for women,” Green Party leader James Shaw said.

“The Green Party has a plan to ensure that women and their families are treated fairly and paid better.”

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 11:44

National’s refusal to ensure our houses are warm, safe and dry is putting our kids’ health at risk, the Green Party said today.

An investigation by the New Zealand Herald revealed today that 20 Kiwi kids die from preventable respiratory illnesses caused by cold, damp housing every year.

“Kids are dying because they’re living in cold, damp housing. We need to fix this now,” said Green Party social housing spokesperson Marama Davidson.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:11

Mental health workers need to be paid fairly so that droves of people don’t leave the sector while it is in crisis, the Green Party said today.

“The Government needs to act quickly to ensure that mental health workers are being paid fairly, otherwise essential staff will choose to leave to work in better paid sectors,” Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie said.

“Mental health work is a female dominated industry  but that is no excuse to continue underpaying staff.

Monday, August 14, 2017 - 13:06

The Government’s plan to send 14-17 year-olds to an army boot camp is heartless and illogical, the Green Party said today.

National announced yesterday that it would send young offenders to an army-organised training camp in Waiouru, with the threat of adult prison if they do not complete the course.

“National need to own up to the fact that society has failed these children, and punishing them further by sending them far from their family and their community will not make that problem go away,” said Green Party social development spokesperson Jan Logie.

Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 12:55

The Green Party has announced today that it will make public sector chief executives responsible for achieving pay equity for employees of core Government departments within its first term in Government.

The Green Party will make gender pay balance a performance expectation for each chief executive across the core state sector. Green Party MP Jan Logie announced the move at a Pay Equity Coalition rally in Auckland today. 

Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:43

A study highlighted by Grandparents Raising Grandchildren is even more proof that National’s ‘penal welfare’ approach is failing kids, failing caregivers and failing New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

The study of 1000 grandparents raising 1700 grandchildren was published in Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online.

Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 13:16

The National Government continues to punish beneficiaries and their children by enforcing benefit sanctions, the Green Party said today.

The Government’s latest figures show an 8.2 percent increase in benefit sanctions than this time last year.

“Benefit sanctions punish families who are already struggling to get by, and punish them by pushing them further into poverty,” Green Party social development Jan Logie said.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 13:54

The Green Party has released a plan today to ensure no New Zealander will live in poverty, whether they are working or on a benefit.

The families package, announced today at the Party’s AGM, will increase all benefits by 20 percent, boost Working For Families and raise the minimum wage. It will lift the incomes of more than 500,000 low and middle income Kiwi families. It also removes all financial penalties and excessive sanctions that beneficiaries currently face.

Monday, June 19, 2017 - 10:12

The Government should step up to ensure mental health support workers are paid more, the Green Party said today. 

“Mental health support workers do important and difficult work in our communities. But because the workforce is largely female, they are not paid enough,' said Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie. 

The PSA and E Tū unions have lodged an equal pay claim on behalf of mental health support workers, following the historic care and support equal pay settlement, which didn’t include mental health support workers.