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Metiria Turei MP on July 3, 2015

The Government’s newly announced Special Housing Areas in Drury and Glenbrook will condemn thousands of Aucklanders to a life of “transport poverty”, the Green Party said today.

“Nick Smith is trying to sell these SHAs as the magic bullet to ‘fix’ the Auckland housing crisis, but the real cost of these homes can’t be measured just by their over-inflated sale prices,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

“These houses are going to be built on land miles away from the city with no viable public transport links in sight.

Eugenie Sage MP on July 3, 2015

The rebuild of Christchurch offers a unique opportunity to plan for more extreme weather events, and for rising sea levels caused by climate change,” Green Party Christchurch spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.

 

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on July 3, 2015

Kia ora, Mr Deputy Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. Today Parliament finds itself at the complex intersection of rapidly changing technology and slower-changing legislation. I have no doubt there is not a single member in this House who does not want to reduce the harm that is caused by posting personal and private content online without permission, or the messages some poor younger Kiwis have received—a deluge of messages urging suicide. I have no doubt any member is standing for that.

James Shaw MP on July 2, 2015

New leaked documents from the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) show that New Zealanders could lose access to affordable medication, said the Green Party today.

Draft copies of the text dated May 11, obtained by Politico, show that the US had aggressively and successfully advocated on behalf of big pharmaceutical companies to ensure that generic medication will face tough challenges in overseas markets.

Kennedy Graham
Kennedy Graham MP on July 2, 2015

The Green Party is joining calls from top legal academics in New Zealand for the Government to stop funding the justice sector in Nauru while their democracy and rule of law is failing.

Today, a group of leading legal academics issued a letter they’d written to Foreign Minister Murray McCully, calling on the Government to consider terminating funding to Nauru.  Nauru has been experiencing political strife with the suspension of opposition Members of Parliament and the interference in the operation of its justice system by the Government.

Eugenie Sage MP on July 2, 2015

 

The Government is still intent on trying to control Christchurch’s future from the Beehive, Green Party Christchurch spokesperson Eugenie Sage said today.

Eugenie Sage MP on July 2, 2015

Unless the Government reviews its processes for valuing high country pastoral lease land, it will continue to give away millions of dollars to private interests that should be going to the New Zealand public, the Green Party said today.

This follows analysis from Lincoln University researchers showing that farmers are making huge profits from on-selling Crown land that is sold to them under the tenure review process - land that they had previously leased from the Crown.

James Shaw MP on July 2, 2015

Further falls overnight in dairy auction prices have highlighted the failure of National’s economic strategy, the Green Party said today.

Dairy prices fell a further 11 percent overnight, reaching their lowest point in six years at US$2054 a tonne. Increasing supply suggests there could be more bad news to come.

“National has failed to build a strong, resilient export sector,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

Northland candidate David Clendon MP
David Clendon MP on July 2, 2015

The Green Party is asking Parliament’s Justice and Electoral Select Committee to initiate an inquiry into equality of access to justice.

“Justice Minister Amy Adams has said it is wrong for someone to receive preferential treatment in the courts because they have more money, but that is increasingly what is happening,” Green Party Justice Spokesperson David Clendon said today.

“The National Government’s reforms to legal aid and Family Court processes are resulting in an increasing number of people being unable to access legal representation.

Kennedy Graham
Kennedy Graham MP on July 2, 2015

I move that this House express its concern regarding the Government of Nauru’s alleged interference with the judiciary, the suspension of opposition Members of Parliament, the canceling of passports of opposition Members of Parliament and the removal of civil and political rights.