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Co Leader Metira Turia
Metiria Turei MP on Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 17:37


6. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement to Parliament yesterday that he’s in government to make this country a better place for New Zealanders and their families?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): Yes.

Co Leader Metira Turia
Metiria Turei MP on Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 17:09


“Whakarongo ake au ki te tangi a te manu e rere runga rawa e, tūī, tūī, tūī-ā! Tui-ā i raro, tui-ā i runga, tui-ā i waho, tui-ā i roto, tūī,tūī, tūī-ā! Ka rongo te ao, ka rongo te pō, tūī, tūī, tūī-ā!”


Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 16:14

Kia ora

Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech.



It’s a real accomplishment and you must be now thinking how history will remember you.

Just outside of this debating chamber are the portraits of our great leaders.

Auckland Central candidate Denise Roche MP
Denise Roche MP on Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 12:33

SkyCity’s 30 percent profit increase comes at the cost of problem gambling affecting Auckland families and is no cause for celebration, the Green Party said.

SkyCity today posted a first half profit of $71 million, up 30 percent on the previous six months, reportedly boasting that it was already profiting from the pokies for convention centre deal.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 10:52

Kia ora


I’d like to start by welcoming MPs back on the first day of Parliament and hope they and all New Zealanders had a great summer with friends and whanau.

I rise to support to select committee the Patents (Trans-Tasman Patent Attorneys and Other Matters) Amendment Bill.

Catherine Delahunty MP
Catherine Delahunty MP on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 13:40

ECan has failed farmers who have securely fenced their waterways and provided water for stock on their farms by letting Lakes Station off with no fine, the Green Party said today.

Lakes Station cows were photographed wading in Lake Taylor last month, after being deliberately allowed through a fence to cool off.

Eugenie Sage MP on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 10:06

New Zealand needs to halt the substantial under-reporting of commercial fish catches and dumping that a new report suggests is widespread in the fishing industry, the Green Party said today.

“Systematic under-reporting of commercial catches undermines the credibility of the Quota Management System (QMS) and the fisheries data used to set the Total Allowable Catch.  It means there is a big question mark over whether current catch limits and fisheries management are sustainable,” said Green Party fisheries spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

Steffan Browning
Steffan Browning MP on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 - 00:00


STEFFAN BROWNING (Green): Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. The Prime Minister failed us yesterday. There was no organic target. There was no target for a bright economic and clean, green future. Instead, the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was his mantra. It was just at the end of last year that we did the first reading of one of the bills that is one of the ones listed as needing to be changed to suit the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and I said then that it was a Trans-Pacific Partnership bill. That is the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Amendment Bill.

Eugenie Sage MP on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 - 17:12

E Te Māngai o Te Whare, tēnā koe, tuarua, ki ngā mema o tō tātou Whare, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

Mr Deputy Speaker of the House, greetings to you. Secondly, to the members of our House, greetings, salutations, and acknowledgments to you all.

Catherine Delahunty MP
Catherine Delahunty MP on February 9, 2016

New research shows the Government is ripping off children with special needs, who are being denied access to the education they need because specialist teachers are not being adequately funded, the Green Party said.


The NZEI TE Riu Roa survey of Special Education Needs Co-ordinators (SENCOs) in schools shows 90 percent believe children with special needs are not getting the support they need to learn.