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Co Leader Metira Turia
Metiria Turei MP on September 3, 2015

The Green Party is appalled by the lack of compassion John Key is showing by refusing to increase the refugee quota immediately.

“How many tragedies will it take for our Prime Minister to get a heart and increase our refugee quota?” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“It is heart-breaking seeing mothers and fathers devastated by terrible tragedies, day after day, when a prosperous country like New Zealand can do so much more to help.

James Shaw MP on September 3, 2015

Speech - Green Party Co-leader James Shaw

Thursday 3 September, 12.30PM

 

It’s been said that the human mind is not a terribly logical place.

 

Most of us, given the choice of either facing up to a terrifying truth, or conveniently avoiding it, will choose to avoid it. That doesn’t make us bad, or even particularly weak.

 

It just makes us human.

 

I accept that.

 

James Shaw MP on September 3, 2015

The Green Party has launched a climate plan today showing it’s possible for the Government to set a much more ambitious emissions reduction target that New Zealanders can be proud of.

 

In July, the National Government set one of the world’s weakest and most embarrassing climate targets – an 11 per cent reduction on 1990 levels – complaining that anything more is too difficult because of the agricultural sector.

 

Steffan Browning
Steffan Browning MP on September 3, 2015

The Green Party is calling for herbicide tolerant (HT) swedes to be removed from sale after a Dairy NZ report today confirmed high levels of toxins in the swedes have led to cows dying.

“Dairy NZ are telling farmers to stop feeding HT swedes to cows in spring when the animals are in late pregnancy or early lactation, but we want to see the use of HT swedes stop altogether,” said Green Party GE spokesperson Steffan Browning.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Julie Anne Genter MP on September 2, 2015

The Green Party is calling on the Government to follow through with a recommendation from the Cycling Safety Panel to protect people who cycle with mandatory safe passing distances.

“It’s vital that the Government follows through on the Cycling Safety Panel’s recommendation for mandatory safe passing distances to protect people who cycle,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.

Auckland Central candidate Denise Roche MP
Denise Roche MP on September 2, 2015

The Green Party is calling on the Prime Minister to guarantee that the refugee quota will be filled to the maximum this year in light of the growing crisis around the world.

“New Zealand’s refugee quota of 750 people has a leeway of plus or minus 10 percent, which means as a maximum, we can take in 825 within the current resource allocation,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche.

“John Key needs to guarantee that this year New Zealand will take the full possible allocation of 825 refugees which is possible under the current quota system.

Catherine Delahunty on September 2, 2015

John Key must listen to the people of Coromandel and walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiations because of the power the TPPA could give overseas corporations like Oceana Gold over the New Zealand Government, the Green Party said.

“Oceana Gold, which is buying the Waihi Gold Mine, is already suing the El Salvador government for $470 million and if New Zealand signs up to the TPPA, we could be next,” Green Party Coromandel-based MP Catherine Delahunty said.

Steffan Browning
Steffan Browning MP on September 1, 2015

The Green Party is encouraging gardeners to use untreated seed for their spring planting to protect bees from pesticides this September, which is Bee Aware Month.

A group of pesticides known as neonicotinoids have been implicated as one cause of declining bee populations.

Seeds are frequently treated with neonicotinoids to kill soil plant pests but get taken up in plants right through to the flowers.

“By treating seed with neonicotinoids, manufacturers put bees at risk,” said Green Party pesticide spokesperson Steffan Browning.

Auckland Central candidate Denise Roche MP
Denise Roche MP on September 1, 2015

John Key has once again been caught overstating how many refugees New Zealand has accepted under his Government.

“John Key yesterday, during Post Cabinet, said that we have consistently taken 750 refugees a year under our quota system, but that is just plain wrong,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Denise Roche.

“Since National has come to power, the refugee quota has only been filled three out of the six years, so John Key’s claim we consistently fill our 750 quota is blatantly incorrect.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Julie Anne Genter MP on August 31, 2015

New data that shows slowing economic activity and record low business confidence confirms that National’s brand of complacent economic management and protecting the status quo isn’t working, the Green Party said.  

The Treasury’s Monthly Economic Indicators, released today, show GDP growth falling to around 2 percent and job creation slowing. ANZ’s business confidence survey shows the lowest level of confidence since 2009.