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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. 

Friday, October 7, 2016 - 09:45

Green Party MP Marama Davidson is safe and well and is expected to be deported from Israel imminently, after being detained in Tel Aviv, the Green Party said today.


Her family have been notified of her situation. She is likely to arrive at Auckland airport at about 8am on Saturday 8th October.


“We are relieved to hear that Marama is well and that she received no ill treatment during her arrest and detention in Israel,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.


Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 10:09

The Government needs to come clean about how many more of the construction-related jobs for the SkyCity convention centre will actually be overseas, following news that half of the steel frame construction work has been given to a Thailand-based company, the Green Party said today.

“Steven Joyce needs to front up about how many more of the jobs he promised for New Zealanders will actually be overseas,” Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said.

Friday, May 13, 2016 - 14:11

The Government should be focused on helping problem gamblers and their families, not producing PR that glorifies the pokie machine industry, the Green Party said.

The Department of Internal Affairs is producing an e-booklet to “promote the benefit of gaming machine funding to communities”, announced this week in its regular Gambits:now newsletter for the gambling industry.

“The Government should be helping problem gamblers get their lives back on track, not wasting public money on PR for the pokies industry,” Green Party internal affairs spokesperson Denise Roche said.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 - 14:45

The Government’s u-turn on plans to increase the amount of money that pokie machine operators are required to return to communities through grant funding will deny local sports, arts, and community groups the funding they need, the Green Party said.

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:25

The turning of the sod for the SkyCity Convention Centre today is not a cause for celebration for Auckland, it’s a disaster for the entire country, the Green Party said.

“John Key and Steven Joyce may be smiling as they rub shoulders with the SkyCity executives today, but in reality the expansion of the SkyCity casino empire is a disaster for New Zealand, not a day for celebration,” Green Party Internal Affairs spokesperson Denise Roche said.

Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:33

SkyCity’s 30 percent profit increase comes at the cost of problem gambling affecting Auckland families and is no cause for celebration, the Green Party said.

SkyCity today posted a first half profit of $71 million, up 30 percent on the previous six months, reportedly boasting that it was already profiting from the pokies for convention centre deal.

Friday, January 22, 2016 - 11:02

The staggering difference between the salaries of men and women within Government departments shows how much work needs to be done to close the gender pay gap, said the Green Party today.

The report from the State Services Commission (SSC) showed that in some departments men were paid up to 39 per cent more than women.

“The fact that there’s such a large pay gap shows how far we have to go on getting women a fair go,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Sunday, December 6, 2015 - 09:54

The Green Party is calling for a comprehensive review into what involvement, if any, Cabinet Ministers had in the decision to allow a Malaysian diplomat, who had been charged with serious sexual offences, to leave New Zealand before his trial.

Monday, November 16, 2015 - 11:38

The roll-out of 470 new gambling machines and tables at SkyCity’s Auckland casino from today, as reported on RNZ this morning, will hit families in the pocket and put already-vulnerable Kiwis at further risk, the Green Party said.

The multi-national gambling corporation is allowed to increase the number of tables and machines as part of its highly controversial back-room deal with the National Government, in exchange for building a new convention centre.