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James Shaw MP on May 29, 2015

The Green Party has asked the Office of the Auditor General to investigate the pay-offs given to a disgruntled Saudi businessman by the Government.

A Cabinet paper released earlier in the week shows that the Government spent nearly $11 million dollars to compensate a Saudi investor after the Saudi government made it clear a free trade deal will depend on the investor being placated.

“We have concerns over the procurement process and how taxpayer dollars were spent,” said Green Party trade spokesperson James Shaw.

Eugenie Sage MP on May 29, 2015

The Government should immediately implement a moratorium on seabed mining, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party is responding to the news that Trans-Tasman Resources has applied to New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals for a 4,436km2 Prospecting Permit offshore along the West Coast of the South Island.

“New Zealand needs to follow the lead of Australia's Northern Territory and Namibia and put a moratorium on seabed mining,” Green Party oceans spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.

Steffan Browning
Steffan Browning MP on May 29, 2015

The Government must show it’s on the side of New Zealand babies and toddlers and their parents, rather than big-business food companies, and put in place better testing and regulation of pesticide residue levels in children’s food, the Green Party said today.

The Green Party’s call comes in the wake of a Primary Production Select Committee report into allegations that there are unacceptably high levels of pesticides in baby food sold in New Zealand, and a demand for regulations in this country to be significantly tightened to match those in the EU.

Eugenie Sage MP on May 28, 2015


EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister of Conservation: What action, if any, is she going to take to prevent Māui’s dolphin going extinct by 2029 given new research showing the population has declined from an estimated 55 adult dolphins to an estimated 43 to 47 adult Māui’s dolphins?

Co leader Dr Russel Norman MP
Russel Norman MP on May 28, 2015

The Green Party today called on the Government to secure cross-party support to sell its investments in coal mining companies.

The Norwegian Parliament’s finance committee agreed in a bipartisan motion yesterday to instruct the $1.2 trillion Government Pension Fund to sell its stakes in companies that generate more than 30 percent of their output or revenues from coal-related activities.

“Coal has no future in our economy if we want a future free of runaway climate change,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Auckland Central candidate Denise Roche MP
Denise Roche MP on May 28, 2015

Judith Collins’ backbench machinations in “her” caucus are putting workers’ lives at risk, the Green Party said.

“National’s backdown on health and safety legislation shows that the Government is putting the interests of business owners in the forestry, agriculture, and fisheries industries ahead of workers’ safety on the job,” Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said.

“Judith Collins’ successful backbench manoeuvring to delay and weaken vital workplace health and safety legislation shows that cracks are appearing in the National Party.

Catherine Delahunty on May 28, 2015

Today’s cut to Fonterra’s forecast farmgate milk price means that government-owned Landcorp must stop converting forests to dairy farms or risk doing serious damage to the rural economy, the Green Party said.

“Landcorp needs to stop the dairy conversions until they can show how undertaking more conversions stacks up economically in the face of the lower forecast milk price. All the information that we’ve seen so far suggests that, in fact, dairy conversions may be hurting other farmers financially,” Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty said.

Kennedy Graham
Kennedy Graham MP on May 27, 2015

Dr KENNEDY GRAHAM (Green): Mr Assistant Speaker, as a number of my colleagues have already noted, the 2015 Budget statement said virtually nothing about the biggest economic issue facing this country, and that is climate change.

The Budget revealed new policy, of course, on a variety of household issues. They are important issues, especially to those directly affected. But they are not the over-arching macroeconomic issues that will, at the global level and therefore the national level, overwhelm everybody if they are not properly addressed.