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James Shaw MP on Sunday, January 7, 2018 - 12:51

The Green Party is saddened by the news of the passing of former Deputy Prime Minister, the Hon Jim Anderton, who passed away today.

"Jim was a great defender of the underdog. He stood up for New Zealanders hurt by the economic reforms of the 80s and 90s and devoted his public service to ensuring a fair deal for all," said Green Party Co-leader Hon James Shaw.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 16:02

The Green Party has today formally signed an agreement to support a Labour-led Government that will achieve environmental, economic, and social progress on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

The agreement lays out the ministerial and undersecretary roles the Green Party will hold, and 20 policy goals that the new Government will pursue across our priority areas.

“The Green Party’s agreement with Labour is built on shared values and principles,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 16:22

National’s latest cynical election promise of sanctions for beneficiaries is a distraction from the pressing issue of poverty in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

Bill English announced that beneficiaries who fail drug tests or refuse rehabilitation will have their benefits cut by 50 per cent or more.

“National’s latest cynical announcement ignores the evidence of how to properly treat drug addiction and will punish already vulnerable people,“ said Green Party inequality spokesperson Marama Davidson.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 13:35

National’s parental leave policy is a last minute U-turn that still leaves tens of thousands of new parents and babies without support, the Green Party today.

Today Bill English announced the Government’s support for 22 weeks paid parental leave, after vetoing Labour MP Sue Moroney’s bill proposing 26 weeks leave last year.

“It’s high time that New Zealand families got better support to raise kids, but this new policy still leaves thousands of families without financial help when their children are born,” said Green Party Inequality spokesperson Marama Davison.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:42

The Salvation Army’s report Taking Stock: The Demand for Social Housing in New Zealand, released today, confirms that the National Government’s policies have been a driving factor in creating the housing crisis, the Green Party said today.

on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 12:18

Many New Zealanders are increasingly struggling to pay for the roof over their heads, according to the latest overview of poverty trends, the Green Party said today.

New Zealanders on the lowest incomes are now spending 51 percent of their income on housing, up from 29 percent in 1990, according to the latest Bryan Perry Household Incomes Report out today.

“Housing costs are eating into families’ budgets at a rate we’ve never seen before,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

on 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.

on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - 11:14

The Government should offer safe sleeping devices such as wahakura and pepi-pods to all new parents, not just a targeted few, the Green Party said today.

Today, the Government announced that safe sleeping devices will be provided to some families as part of a new plan to reduce deaths from Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). The Green Party has campaigned for universal access to wahakura since 2014.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 14:56

Steven Joyce’s first – and final – Budget gives with one hand, takes away with the other, and gives the biggest break to the wealthiest New Zealanders, the Green Party said today.

“National has always been long on grand announcements and short on real results. Steven Joyce’s first – and final – Budget is no different,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“The only pie Bill English should be eating today is humble pie. We’ve had nine years of National in government and there is a decent surplus and all we’ve seen today is more tinkering.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Julie Anne Genter MP on Thursday, May 18, 2017 - 10:14

A report released today shows that tackling child poverty is critical to improving the mental health outcomes of our young people, the Green Party said today.

The Child Poverty Action Group has released its literature review into child poverty and mental health today in Auckland, with Green MP Julie Anne Genter attending.