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Jan Logie MP on April 1, 2015

The well-being of children must be the paramount consideration underlining the Government’s review of Child Youth and Family (CYF), the Green Party said today.

“CYF has a long history of performance and organisational issues, and has been long in need of an overhaul. The Greens are giving our qualified support to the review announced by Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today,” said Jan Logie, the Green Party’s Social Development Spokesperson.

Co leader Dr Russel Norman MP
Russel Norman MP on April 1, 2015

The National Government’s HomeStart package, which starts today, will likely be absorbed into higher margins for developers according to the Reserve Bank, the Green Party said.

The Reserve Bank advised the National Government in June 2014 that its package of HomeStart reforms could “result in increased developers’ profit margins” and, over the longer term, “have the potential to add to existing house price pressures in what is a highly overvalued market”. National reduced the size of the final package delivered but not the fundamental flaws in the package’s design.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on March 31, 2015

The sighting of a Maui’s dolphin in an area the Government has just opened up to oil and gas exploration shows how willing Energy Minister Simon Bridges is to sacrifice the environment for oil, the Green Party said today.

The Maui's Sanctuary was created to help protect Maui’s dolphins, but it overlaps with areas the Government has offered up for exploration this week. A Maui’s dolphin, one of only 55 adult individuals remaining, was spotted in one of these areas.

Co leader Dr Russel Norman MP
Russel Norman MP on March 31, 2015

 

 

Greenhouse Gas Emissions—Emissions Reduction Target and Projected Increase

3. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Will he submit an emissions reduction target to the UN by the 31 March deadline; and does he stand by his statement that New Zealand’s net emissions are projected to increase 48 percent in the next decade?

Mojo Mathers MP
Mojo Mathers MP on March 31, 2015

After more than a year of campaigning by Green MP Mojo Mathers, the Government has finally agreed to ban cosmetics testing on animals, the Green Party said today.

“I’m over the moon that the Government has acknowledged my work on this issue by finally agreeing to ban cosmetics testing on animals,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers.

“I have been working solidly behind the scenes to get this ban through Parliament for some time now.

Auckland Central candidate Denise Roche MP
Denise Roche MP on March 31, 2015

The Green Party is calling on the Government to drop its mean-spirited move to appeal a court decision that respite carers should be paid at least the minimum wage.

The Green Party can reveal that Crown lawyers yesterday lodged an application to appeal against an Employment Court decision that respite carers should be paid at least the minimum wage. Currently these workers are paid a daily amount of just $75. The move comes as the minimum wage for other workers is set to rise by 50 cents an hour tomorrow.

Co leader Dr Russel Norman MP
Russel Norman MP on March 31, 2015

The National Government looks set to miss the first UN deadline to submit its emissions reduction target for 2030, the Green Party said today.

Mexico, Norway, Switzerland and the European Union’s 28 member states have delivered their ‘intended nationally determined contributions’ (INDCs) to the United Nations (UN) ahead of a March 31 deadline. Switzerland has set a target to reduce 1990 emission levels by 50 percent by 2030. The US is committed to meeting the deadline, and China and the US have already made public commitments to cut emissions.

Co leader Dr Russel Norman MP
Russel Norman MP on March 30, 2015

The National Party Government has today revealed that the national environmental report topics for this year will, incredibly, exclude New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Green Party said today.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on March 30, 2015

The Government’s block offer announcement of an area almost twice the size of New Zealand and including the home of the critically endangered Maui’s dolphin and other protected conservation areas is further evidence of how out of touch they’ve become, the Green Party said today.