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James Shaw MP on Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 12:16

Auckland's housing crisis will never be fixed unless the Government stops blaming the Council and starts taking the steps it can to solve it, the Green Party says.

Finance Minister Bill English has ramped up his attacks on the Auckland  Council this weekend, putting the sole blame for Auckland's housing crisis on the Council's difficulties freeing up land.

"The Finance Minister's attacks on Auckland Council this weekend are an excuse not to take responsibility for his own Governments failures," Green Party Co leader James Shaw said.

Auckland Central candidate Denise Roche MP
Denise Roche MP on Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 10:59

New analysis shows that while some arts organisations have benefitted from Budget 2016, others have lost out and overall arts and culture funding has fallen $217.5 million behind where it needs to be to keep up with rising costs since National came to power, the Green Party said today.
 
“It’s great that the NZSO, Royal NZ Ballet and Te Matatini kapa haka got more funding this year, but frozen Creative NZ funding means many artists and creatives will lose out again,” Green Party arts, culture and heritage spokesperson Denise Roche said.
 

Catherine Delahunty MP
Catherine Delahunty MP on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 12:43

 

The Government’s Freshwater Improvement Fund, announced in the Budget, will do little to make New Zealand’s rivers safe to swim in because the money can be used to fund irrigation schemes that will ultimately harm the environment, the Green Party said today.

“The Government is spending millions of dollars of taxpayer money on clean-up while at the same time subsidising further pollution. It makes no sense,” said Green Party water spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

James Shaw MP on Friday, May 27, 2016 - 11:54

The Government has clearly signalled that tax cuts next year are more important than trying to fix the big issues we’re facing today, like the housing crisis, the Green Party said today.

“This Government is more interested in getting re-elected than showing real leadership and vision for our country,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Auckland is bursting at the seams – it desperately needs more houses and more investment in its infrastructure -- but this Budget offers neither of those things.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on May 27, 2016

News that the only potential buyer for 348 state houses in Invercargill has pulled out of the deal is another blow to the Government’s flawed plan to rid itself of responsibility of state homes and their tenants, the Green Party said today.

“The state-house sell-off has been a disaster from day one, and what’s happened in Invercargill is just another example of the Government’s sheer ineptness on this issue,” said Green Party social housing spokesperson Marama Davidson.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 16:31

National has cut home insulation funding to its lowest ever level in Budget 2016, which will leave thousands of people shivering in their houses again this winter, the Green Party said today

Budget 2016 allocates just $12 million this year for the Warm Up New Zealand programme this year and $4.5 million for the Healthy Homes programme, compared to $23.9 million for Home Insulation last year.

“Over 2,000 families will miss out on getting a warmer, dryer, healthier home under this Budget,” Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.*

on Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 16:29

 

METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green): Te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe.

 

As a survivor of the people of Te Awa Tupua it really is an honour to have this opportunity to rise on behalf of the Greens to support the first reading of Te Awa Tupua (Whanganui River Claims Settlement) Bill.