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Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 13:25

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick has welcomed the extension of funding for Te Whare Mahana mental health service in Golden Bay while the Government conducts its review of mental health services.

“Security of funding for mental health services is one of the top issues raised with me by constituents. I visited Te Whare Mahana and their work was essential for not just the region, but the number of patients who travel across the country for their specialised services,” Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:16

The Green Party tautoko the Government proactively releasing Cabinet papers to ensure and openness and accessibility, but will work to go even further.

“The Green Party have always strongly advocated for open and accessible Government. It’s a commitment in our Confidence and Supply Agreement, so we are pleased the Government is delivering”, Green spokesperson for Open and Accessible Government, Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

“New Zealanders deserve to know what has been decided by Government in a timely manner.

Golriz Ghahraman MP on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 08:49

The decision by Cabinet to continue to deploy troops to Iraq and Afghanistan is strongly opposed by the Green Party, who believe the money would be better spent on humanitarian aid in the regions.

“We opposed the extension of the troops in Iraq in 2016 and we are opposing it now. John Key make a broken promise that the Iraq deployment would only last two years. It’s been a total of four years now and yet troops remain in an ongoing capacity”, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today.

Eugenie Sage MP on Sunday, September 16, 2018 - 12:31

Waiheke Island is possum-free and now the community has rats and stoats in its sights as part of a bid to make the whole island predator free by 2025, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says.

Eugenie Sage today announced $2.6 million of Predator Free 2050 Ltd funding for Te Korowai o Waiheke: Towards Predator Free Waiheke. A total of $10.9 million is budgeted for the project which was launched at Piritahi Marae on Waiheke today.

Eugenie Sage MP on Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 08:08

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is calling on kiwis to get involved in Conservation Week or Te Wiki Tiaki Ao Turoa.

Eugenie Sage today joined the Department of Conservation (DOC) and Auckland Council to celebrate environmental heroes, including more than 400 community conservation groups, at Auckland’s Pestival.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 12:46

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick has welcomed the extension of funding for Te Kūwatawata mental health service in Gisborne while the Government conducts its review of mental health services.

“Security of funding for mental health services is one of the top issues raised with me by constituents. I visited Te Kūwatawata clinic and their work was incredibly inspiring, effective and fit-for-purpose,” Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

Eugenie Sage MP on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 11:01

A bill to better protect indigenous freshwater fish passed its first reading in Parliament today.

The Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill amends the Conservation Act 1987. The bill enables the Minister of Conservation to review and improve regulations on fish passage, and develop regulations to address threats such as damage to fish spawning sites and fish being killed by activities such as drainage works and pump stations.

“Just under half our indigenous freshwater fish are threatened with extinction,” said Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 10:17

News that the family living in an Auckland ‘swamp house’ have been evicted for daring to speak out further proves the need for a housing Warrant of Fitness (WoF) in Aotearoa. 

“This family were paying $520 a week to live in a house that had drainage issues that created swamp like conditions, causing dangerous mould”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

“They dared to speak up and now they’ve been issued a 90 day eviction notice, creating uncertainty for that family with two small children. 

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 16:46

Green Party education spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick will be moving to amend the Education Amendment Bill to ensure students get a stronger say in how our universities are run.

“Universities wouldn't exist without students, so their voices should be central to decision making.

“Tertiary councils that decide how our universities are run should include staff, teachers, and students, but the previous Government changed the law, resulting in bureaucratic appointments and removing any guarantee of democratic representation.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 12:24

The Prime Minister’s former Chief Science Advisor has provided a valuable contribution to the discussion on how to handle agricultural greenhouse gas emissions with the release of his report on this issue, says James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change.

“As Sir Peter Gluckman states in his report on mitigating agricultural greenhouse gas emissions, New Zealand is well-placed to lead the word in dealing with these global warming pollutants,” says James.