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Co Leader Metira Turia
Metiria Turei MP on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 13:33

The Green Party congratulates Andrew Becroft for his appointment as the new Children’s Commissioner for New Zealand.

“Andrew Becroft has been a brave champion for children, young people and for their right to justice and it’s exciting to hear he has accepted this role as Children’s Commissioner,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

“This is a fantastic appointment for the children of New Zealand, and for the office of the Children’s Commissioner.

Catherine Delahunty MP
Catherine Delahunty MP on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 11:01

Information obtained by the Green Party today shows the Education Minister has sought no data or proof that her Government’s drive to increase the numbers of children in Early Childhood Education (ECE) is leaving those children better off.

James Shaw MP on Monday, May 2, 2016 - 11:37

Key questions remain unanswered about the Prime Minister’s role in his Government’s stopping an IRD review of our secretive foreign trust industry, the Green Party said today.

Prime Minister John Key told National Radio this morning that his lawyer, Ken Whitney, misrepresented his exchange in an email to then Minister of Revenue Todd McClay by saying, ‘I have spoken to the Prime Minister about this and he advised that the Government has no plans to change the status of the foreign trust regime applying in New Zealand.’

Eugenie Sage MP on Friday, April 29, 2016 - 16:35

The Green Party is calling the fishing industry’s legal challenge against the Kermadec Sanctuary self-serving and a step too far.

The New Zealand Fishing Industry Association today filed legal proceedings in the High Court against the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Bill.

"The fishing industry has overstepped the mark, with a self-serving attempt to override New Zealanders’ and the government’s ability to regulate and protect our oceans," said Green Party environment and fisheries spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

James Shaw MP on Friday, April 29, 2016 - 11:27

The Green Party is asking the Prime Minister to tell New Zealanders why he failed to mention that his own lawyer was the person in the foreign trust industry he’d discussed foreign trusts with and referred on to the Revenue Minister.

James Shaw MP on April 29, 2016

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed.

Correspondence obtained by the Green Party shows that the Prime Minister’s lawyer Ken Whitney initiated a lobbying campaign that started with the Prime Minister and appears to have successfully stopped the IRD from reforming the foreign trust regulations in 2015.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 14:29

The Green Party is calling on the Government to require all public fund managers to disclose their exposure to climate risks following a report by the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) highlighting the financial risks of climate change for New Zealand.

The PCE, in her submission on the Emissions Trading Scheme review, said today that climate change poses a threat to New Zealand's the financial resilience and long term prosperity.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 10:36

New Climate Minister Paula Bennett has notched up her second major fail for the climate in a week, overseeing a decision to keep burning coal at the Huntly power station until 2022, the Green Party said today.

 

The Government announced today that Genesis Energy will continue to operate its two fossil fuel power plants at Huntly until 2022, having previously applauded their plan to close them in 2018. The news comes just four days after the Government signed up to the Paris climate agreement in New York.

 

Julie Anne Genter MP
Julie Anne Genter MP on Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 09:42

The Government’s failure to fix Auckland’s broken housing market has forced the Reserve Bank to keep the Official Cash Rate (OCR) higher than normal hurting exporters and jobs, the Green Party said today.

The Reserve Bank kept the OCR unchanged today at 2.25 percent despite economic conditions that favour further cuts. The Bank cited high Auckland house prices and a need for additional housing supply there. “Housing market pressures are building in some other regions,” it added.

Co Leader Metira Turia
Metiria Turei MP on April 27, 2016

Mortgage-lending stats released today by the Reserve Bank show that the Government’s unwillingness to put rules in place for property speculation means investors are snapping up houses at the expense of first-time buyers, the Green Party said today.

The Reserve Bank’s figures show that 7,006 new mortgage loans were approved for investors in the month to March, while just 2,044 were approved for first-time home buyers. The amount of money lent to investors to buy property was almost three times the amount lent to first-home buyers.