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Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 14:07

The Green Party are calling for common-sense legalisation of festival drug testing before the summer festival season begins.

“Despite decades of a hard-line approach, including harsh penalties, Governments worldwide have failed to stop recreational drugs being taken at festivals”, Green Party sensible drug law reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

“This has resulted in unnecessary tragedy, with unknown users ingesting unknown substances, at times costing emergency health sector resources, at worst costing lives.

Golriz Ghahraman MP on October 12, 2018

The Government is currently taking public submissions on what its proposed trade agenda – Trade for All – should look like. I’ve submitted calling for 21st century trade policy that moves New Zealand into a new era of international trade, and focuses on prioritising the things that really matter to New Zealanders.

If you’re interested, you can make a submission yourself, closing Sunday 14 October. 

Here's my submission as Green Party Trade Spokesperson:

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Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 16:13

Supermarkets should be the next industry to come under scrutiny once the law has passed that allows for the Commerce Commission to properly investigate petrol companies in New Zealand, says Green Party MP Gareth Hughes. 

“For far too long, the supermarket duopoly between Foodstuffs and Woolworths has hurt producers, growers and small business in New Zealand. 

“The Green Party have long called for New Zealand supermarkets to be fairer and more transparent. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 16:11

The Ministry of Social Development’s Household Income report shows that this Government is focusing on the right areas, with it becoming increasingly clear that our poorest are not receiving their fair share, and renters are struggling more and more.

“We welcome the report, which gives us a snapshot of how kiwis are doing in terms of their household incomes”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:50

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, Green Party mental health spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick says we have an opportunity to help normalise conversations about mental ill health and well-being.

“I’ve been out in the regions, in workplaces, mental health services and across university campuses over the past few months learning about the increasing stresses and strains on too many Kiwis, and in far too many cases, ridiculous wait-times to access services, even when needs are immediate and urgent.

Golriz Ghahraman MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:48

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“We thought the environment for families, men women and children seeking asylum could not get any worse on Nauru, now the critical service Doctors Without Borders are being asked to leave imminently.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:45

“Like many New Zealanders, I am incredibly keen to see the results of the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry Report.

“The sheer volume of submissions and evidence gathered at public forums demonstrates how passionate our communities are about addressing the mental health crisis in this country. 

“I am disappointed that the Inquiry is not reporting back on time, but if an extra month is needed to properly consider the huge swathes of evidence, then it should not be rushed. 

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:43

The Green Party has welcomed a better than expected surplus, which should allow us to invest in communities and ensure increased wellbeing for New Zealanders. 

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today: 

“We’ve met our debt target for 2022 thanks to a thriving economy, and managing the books well, bearing in mind there was some delayed spending that will reverse out later in the year. 

“This better paves the way for us to press ahead with a true Wellbeing Budget that focuses on the wellbeing of New Zealanders so that everyone can lead a good life. 

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 13:13

Petrol prices haven’t been this high since the 1980s, highlighting the need to free ourselves from fossil fuel reliance, Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw said today.

“Prices have always been volatile and this Government is investing in clean alternatives like electric vehicles, public transport infrastructure, cycling and walkways to free New Zealanders from fossil fuel reliance.

James Shaw MP on Monday, October 8, 2018 - 15:38

A special report on global warming, released today, has laid out a strong case for countries to make every effort to limit temperature rise to 1.5o Celsius above pre-industrial levels, says the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw.

“The special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that a host of climate-related risks; from sea level rise, to food and water supplies, security, and health issues will be worse if global temperatures rise to 2o rather than 1.5o.