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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 13:21

The Green Party is calling on the Justice Minister to ensure improved prisoner rehabilitation and integration by allowing people in prison to cast their vote during elections.

“Today is 125 years since New Zealand women first went to the polls, yet to this day there are New Zealanders still denied from casting their vote”, Green spokesperson on Justice Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“This is because in 2010 the National Party banned all people in prison from casting their vote.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Thursday, July 26, 2018 - 15:20

The Green Party will vote for Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill to become law, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson announced today.

The amended bill, which has been reported back to Parliament by the Justice Select Committee, was considered by the Green Party caucus before a final decision was made to vote for it.

“We’re doing this because the confidence and supply agreement holds us to it.” Marama Davidson said.

“It’s been a difficult decision, which has drawn strong feeling and robust debate amongst our caucus and the wider Green Party.”

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 14:34

Bill English’s state of the nation speech today lacked vision and leaves New Zealanders with a stark choice about the kind of government they want, the Green Party said.

“The new Prime Minister didn’t talk about the housing crisis, or stagnant wages, or polluted rivers and lakes. These issues aren’t going to go away – in fact, it’s now clear that the only way to fix them is by changing the Government,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 11:29

The Chief Inspector of Corrections’ damning report into fight clubs at the Serco-run Mt Eden Correctional Facility definitively shows why the Government should give up on its private-prisons experiment, the Green Party said today. 

 

While Serco no longer has the contract for Mt Eden Correctional Facility, they continue to run Wiri Prison. There has also been speculation that a new prison will need to be built shortly to deal with increased prisoner numbers.

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 16:12

It is heartening that the Government is finally starting to address the failure of our justice system to provide protection for victims of family violence or support abusers to change,  the Green Party said today.

“Family violence is currently embedded in New Zealand culture and we all need to be brave to face the level of changes needed to address it,” Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie said.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 11:25

The Finance Minister has refused to allow the Treasury to cost Green Party policy despite rules allowing political parties to access such a costing.

In January, the Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei proposed the formation of the Policy Costings Unit (PCU), which would operate independently to cost the policy of political parties. At the time, the Prime Minister dismissed the idea saying it would cost too much, so the Green Party asked Treasury to cost the PCU proposal in February.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 10:19

The Green Party is calling on the location of MPs’ trusts to be added to the Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests.

Currently the Register only states if a MP has a trust. The public are not able to tell if this is a foreign trust or a trust based in New Zealand. A change to the Register will require a change to Standing Orders, which are being reviewed later this year.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 14:48

The Green Party is supporting the announcement made by the Chief Ombudsman on TV3s The Nation that he will produce a league table revealing Government agencies’ lack of compliance with the Official Information Act (OIA).

“We support the Ombudsman’s plan to get the Official Information Act working again after the Government broke it by playing politics with it,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“A league table ranking Government agencies’ compliance with the law is a brave move by the Ombudsman to fix the unlawful practice of not releasing legitimate information.

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 10:42

The Green Party is encouraging New Zealanders to vote for the flag that they want to represent New Zealand in the upcoming flag referendum.

Voting starts this week in the second referendum to choose between the current flag and the Kyle Lockwood blue and black fern design.

“New Zealanders who want to vote in the referendum this week should feel free to vote for the flag they really feel best represents New Zealand,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.

Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 10:38

The latest critique of the TPPA, as an old fashioned agreement inconsistent with human rights, is a timely warning that the signing of the deal in Auckland today is not in the interests of New Zealanders, the Green Party said.