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Julie Anne Genter MP
August 9, 2014

A 13.1 percent surge in Auckland rail patronage in the year to May shows the Government needs to start on the Auckland City Rail Link immediately, the Green Party said today.

"The Government has set arbitrary and unachievable targets as its excuse to delay work on the City Rail Link," Green Party transport spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter said.

August 9, 2014

John Key should not be making up foreign policy on the hoof and pledging support for possible unilateral action by the United States in Iraq, the Green Party said today.

August 9, 2014

The Government has chosen to reject over a fifth of key recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the state of human rights in New Zealand.

August 9, 2014

This morning I caught up with a group of people who have been mandated to attend a pre-employment course by Work and Income.

There was a wide range of people on the course, from the young to those close to retirement age, sole parents, people with a range of fairly serious illnesses as well as people just really wanting a job. There were very well respected community members and people who have been struggling for a while.

Everyone, including the tutors was worried about what  is happening in Work and Income.

August 9, 2014

Under the John Key Government, New Zealand has recast its reputational integrity, losing traditional hues of national colour to which the Prime Minister is congenitally blind.

This current Government has practised, to an art form, the statement of principles to govern the pursuit of stated objectives, in eloquent words of surpassing meaninglessness, whilst proceeding under cover and consciously to violate those principles in pursuit of the stated objectives.

August 9, 2014

John Key needs to front up to Pacific leaders and communities and explain why his Government is not taking climate change seriously, the Green Party said today.

"Climate change is the biggest risk facing the Pacific. The region is already being disproportionately affected, yet John Key's head remains stuck in the sand," said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tūrei from Samoa, where the Prime Minister is today visiting sites impacted by a cyclone and tsunami.

"Although islanders have done little to contribute to climate change, they are on the frontline of its effects.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party is concerned about the cutting of New Zealand's only university level organics course by Lincoln University.

Lincoln University, as part of its restructuring, has cut a Senior Lecture position and course options for students in Agro-ecology, often recognised as organics, even though the concurrent papers in Biological Science and Ecology were acknowledged as important for primary industries and fitting well with the University's strategic aim, 'Feed the World, Protect the Future, Live Well'.

August 9, 2014

The Government has recently reported to the United Nations on the progress New Zealand has made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment over the last twenty years.

In the report they point out that ‘changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 have had positive impacts on working conditions for women’.

These positive changes include Part 6a of the Employment Relations Act which was introduced in 2006.

August 9, 2014

One of the many brilliant people I know is Pengjun Zhao. He is from China and we worked together at Otago University on urban sustainability. He came to NZ and was welcomed because we need his skills as a transport modeller to help us consider the consequences of different policy decisions on people’s mobility and carbon footprints. He has also helped us create links with policy and academic communities in China.

August 9, 2014

The key issue in education the Government needs to address is inequality and the effect this has on children's ability to learn before anything else, Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today.

After four months of meetings with the education sector, the Government today released a report on the Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy it announced in January. This policy puts aside $359 million for a plan involving new roles for principals and teachers.