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August 9, 2014

New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of the year are a reminder of what we're up against with climate change, the Green Party said today.

According to the Insurance Council of New Zealand, insured storm damage for the first half of 2014 is almost $77 million.

The new figures come as more severe weather batters the upper North Island.

Julie Anne Genter MP
August 9, 2014

Evidence heard in today's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly highlights the Police's ongoing failure to protect people on bicycles, the Green Party said today.

The Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved in a fatal collision with Jane Farrelly near Taupo last year saying it was 'unrealistic' for a heavily laden vehicle to slow down before passing a group on bicycles safely.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party is calling for the review into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian Diplomat to be expanded to cover actions of Ministers, and for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stand down while the review is being held.

The review also needs to be conducted by an external agency, not the Ministry whose actions and inactions need to be independently examined.

August 9, 2014

National has broken its promise to insulate every state house by the end of 2013, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

"Of the 68,386 houses under Housing New Zealand's management, 30 percent have not been insulated. That is a dismal failure which shows National cannot be trusted to keep its promises," Mrs Turei said.

"National promised in its 2011 election manifesto that, 'by the end of 2013, every state house built before 1978 that can be practically insulated, will be insulated'."

August 9, 2014

Today was a good day for the climate, but not such a good day for John Key’s counterpart across the Tasman.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s controversial attempt to repeal Australia’s carbon tax failed in a 37 to 35 vote in the Senate.

August 9, 2014

Papers released to the Green Party shows that the Government turned their back on babies of beneficiaries against official advice, said the Green Party today.

Documents released by Treasury to the Green Party under the Official Information Act show that officials were initially working on including babies of beneficiaries, in packages to help with new-borns, in November 2013, but this disappeared by February 2014.

August 9, 2014

The inquiry into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian diplomat must investigate all the actions taken by Murray McCully during this fiasco, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

A Ministerial inquiry has been launched into the way the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) handled the case involving a Malaysian diplomat. However, the terms of reference do not extend to what actions Mr McCully took in relation to the case.

August 9, 2014

Israel-Palestine Round 2014:

Mutual Assured Destruction not the correct recipe

The latest round of violence in the Israel-Palestine saga reinforces a few timeless truths.

They are:

August 9, 2014

John Key has left many with the impression he will repeal marriage equality if elected into Parliament again, said the Green Party today.

Reports have emerged that at a meeting with Pacific church leaders in Mangere, on Tuesday, many attendees walked away from the meeting with the notion that the Prime Minster would repeal the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Act 2013.