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August 9, 2014

Over 1000 New Zealanders including Gareth Morgan and Maisey Rika have signed on to the campaign to ensure New Zealand's rivers are clean and safe for swimming, the Green Party said today.

"We know that New Zealanders love our rivers and want to be able to swim in them," said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

"The Environment Minister is currently considering the submissions of thousands of New Zealanders who called for our rivers to be swimmable. The decision should be easy," said Ms Sage.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party is celebrating World Environment Day with a renewed call for swimmable rivers.

Seven well known New Zealanders joined with the Green Party in calling on Environment Minister to ensure New Zealand's rivers are clean and safe for swimming. The big names include Brian Turner, Craig Potton, Grahame Sydney, Michele A'Court, Rob Hamill, Te Awanui Reeder and Tiki Taane.

"We know that New Zealanders love our rivers and want to be able to swim in them," said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

Motion passed at Public meeting on 22nd June 2014

GWRC’s due diligence on the trolley bus system is fundamentally flawed, and the meeting requested a
complete full review, encompassing all aspects of the system before any decision is made to scrap them.

Paul Bruce’s speech at Newtown Community Centre public meeting 22nd June 2014

August 9, 2014

The Bill has just been reported back from the Primary Production Select Committee.  Like most bills it contains a mix of things that we agree with and those that we don’t.  It has mostly been a missed opportunity to get it right for animals experiencing the greatest suffering in NZ which is in animal testing and factory farming.

The Good – transitional arrangements

August 9, 2014

The latest report from the Family Violence Death Review Committee (FVDRC) shows the Government is on the wrong track when it comes to domestic violence, said the Green Party today.

The report, released today, shows that domestic violence and child abuse are the major causes of murder in New Zealand.

August 9, 2014

Yesterday’s release of the Board of Inquiry’s final decisions on the regional plan provisions for the Tukituki River and catchment as part of the Ruataniwha dam project confirms that National’s favoured approach to bottom lines for water quality will not help our rivers.

August 9, 2014

The Board of Inquiry decision on the Tukituki regional plan confirms that National's approach to water quality rules will allow our rivers to become toxic, the Green Party said today.

"The Board's decision signals that the Government's favoured model for managing water quality doesn't stack up and will allow more water pollution," said Green Party water spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

The Board has said water quality should be managed to ensure rivers are ecologically healthy and not allowed to become toxic.

August 9, 2014

The Waste Minimisation Act was introduced in 2008 and it calls for every territorial local authority to have waste management and minimisation plans. These vary from place to place, so last week I visited Whakatane to see how that town deals with their waste.  Like most places in New Zealand their council provides a household waste and recycling kerbside collection which they contract to a large multi-national company. For Whakatane the waste is transported to another centre to end up in landfill and the recycling is trucked to Tauranga to be mechanically sorted and then on-sold.

August 9, 2014

The horrendous conditions animals are living in at a Canterbury pig farm are completely unacceptable and show that MPI are failing to do their job by putting economic interests ahead of animal welfare, said the Green Party today.

Footage obtained by Farm Watch and SAFE from a Canterbury farm, which featured tonight on TV One's Sunday programme, showed animals living in horrendous conditions and revealed how inadequate New Zealand's regulation of the pig industry is.

Julie Anne Genter MP
August 9, 2014

National's announcement that it intends to spend $212 million upgrading regional roads is not just a naked election bribe, but poor economics, Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

"National plans to pay for upgrading regional roads from the so-called Future Fund - receipts from the sale of state assets. National have essentially sold our profit generating state owned assets to pay for regular upkeep of New Zealand roads. Every householder knows that is disastrous economics," Ms Genter said.