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Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 13:05

The Green Party welcomes the commitments made in the Speaker's report on improving the accessibility of Parliament for disabled people.

The Speaker’s report was a response to the recommendations of the Government Administration select committee report on its inquiry into the accessibility of services to Parliament that was released earlier this year.

“Parliament is a place that should be accessible to all New Zealanders,” Green Party disability spokesperson Mojo Mathers said today.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 15:30

It is great news that New Zealand has finally ratified the Maritime Labour Convention, the Green Party said today.

Foreign ships transporting New Zealand export goods will now need to meet minimum international standards to ensure the fair treatment of seafarers.

“This is a case of better late than never,” Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

“As today is international human rights day it is excellent to see the National Government signing up to a convention that will address slavery at sea.

 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:26

The Government must end the legalised cruelty of factory farming, the Green Party said today.

Footage shown on Campbell Live this week revealed yet again the appalling, but legal, conditions pigs are routinely kept in on factory farms. The conditions the pigs were kept in would almost certainly contravene New Zealand’s animal welfare laws if they involved a companion animal such as a pet cat or dog.

“It is time for the Government to end the suffering of pigs in factory farms in New Zealand,” Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers said today.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 17:19

The National Government is suffocating Auckland’s transport development by holding back its funding for the vital City Rail Link, said the Green Party today.

Auckland Council voted today to delay the main works on the City Rail Link to 2018 because the National Government won’t commit funding before 2020. This comes in spite of record patronage growth this year, which places Auckland trains on track to hit 20 million users annually by 2018.

“The current rail system is being pushed to its breaking point,” says Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:05

The Government is pushing the Maui’s Dolphin to the brink of extinction with its announcement today giving the green light to oil drilling in their Marine Mammal Sanctuary, the Green Party said today.

National has announced 15 new drilling permits today that include permits in the Maui’s Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Victoria Forest Park, other ecologically protected areas and the deepest well ever permitted in New Zealand. 

It appears that they have granted a permit that would allow oil drilling in deeper water than ever before anywhere in the world.

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:36

The Green Party has asked the Auditor General to investigate serious conflicts of interest over Food and Grocery Chief Katherine Rich’s membership on the board of the Health Promotion Agency (the Agency).

“I’ve asked the Auditor General to investigate because the Health Minister won’t,” Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said today.

“Health Minster Jonathan Coleman’s complacency is alarming.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:34

The National Government is delaying Auckland’s rail development, while pushing ahead with the expensive Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, a motorway with declining traffic volumes, benefiting fewer people and business, said the Green Party today.

Yesterday, Mayor Len Brown proposed to push back the start date of the City Rail Link due to a lack of funding certainty. The National Government has said it will not commit funding before 2020, despite huge growth on the rail network.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:12

The constant drive to cut costs by diverting work to workers from other countries leaves New Zealand workers increasingly vulnerable, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

Sealord confirmed it will cut 70 factory jobs, 11 office-based jobs and another 30 contract workers at its Nelson wetfish factory. A significant number of the company's onshore jobs in Nelson could end up being carried out by Russians on Sealord's Ukrainian flagged vessels.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:16

The Green Party is criticising the Police’s decision to not investigate evidence of criminal activity detailed in the book Dirty Politics.

The Police wrote to the Green Party yesterday to confirm they will not be investigating a range of alleged activities detailed in the book, including the hacking of the Labour Party database and blackmail of politicians.

“We think the Police have got it wrong. There is clear evidence contained in Dirty Politics that deserves further investigation,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 08:47

One of the five Charter schools lauded by the Government as a success has lost a quarter of its school roll this year, with each student now costing four times as much to teach than children in a regular public school, the Green Party said today.

Latest Ministry of Education roll count data shows that Vanguard Military College had 79 students attending in October this year – 25 percent below the 108 students it is funded to teach and the 104 students it started the year with. Unlike state sector schools Charters don’t lose funding when they lose students.