EUGENIE SAGE to the Minister for the Environment: What new policy initiatives, if any, will he be making in response to the Environment Aotearoa 2015 report released yesterday in the areas of fresh water, biodiversity, and greenhouse gas emissions?
The Green Party is offering former Co-leader Dr Russel Norman a very warm thank you and congratulations following his announcement this morning that he will be taking up the position of Greenpeace New Zealand Executive Director.
Dr Norman will take up his new position with Greenpeace at the beginning of November and will conclude as a Green Party MP at the end of October.
Dr Norman's departure means Marama Davidson from Manurewa, Auckland will become the Green Party’s 14th MP.
Thousands of state houses being placed on the asset sales block tomorrow for overseas buyers is a move that is deeply unpopular with New Zealanders, the Green Party said today.
“That the Serco boss was here offering to buy up more state assets like housing is unacceptable and Government needs to rule out Serco as a purchaser,” Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei said.
“Serco have proven themselves incapable and cannot be trusted with the welfare of New Zealand families.
The Green Party is calling on the Government to disclose any financial penalties Landcorp could be subject to if it stopped converting land to dairying in the Waikato, as Ministers today confirm the cost of the conversions could force the SOE to sell its farms overseas.
Today State Owned Enterprises Minister Todd McClay confirmed that the hundreds of millions it would cost Landcorp to continue with converting land in the Waikato to dairying was adding to the company’s debt and could lead it to sell its farms to local or overseas buyers.
The Green Party campaign this election is about three main priorities: a cleaner environment, a fairer society and a smarter economy. Our success depends on just one thing: we need you to Party Vote Green.
A change in Government can’t come soon enough. New Zealand faces real challenges that the Green Party is ready to address – but John Key won’t.
Greenpeace is to be congratulated for defending our democracy with their marathon effort in defining the meaning of “charitable purpose” through the New Zealand courts.
Last week’s decision from the Supreme Court says that political advocacy – in Greenpeaces’ case for peace and disarmament – can be seen as a primary activity for public good and hence a charitable activity. So Greenpeace can now apply for charitable status.
Playcentre is part of New Zealand’s heritage. It’s a place where many of us grew and thrived as children and parents, playing and learning with our families and communities. The Green Party backs Playcentre completely – we know it’s value and we know that it’s unique. That’s why so many of our own MPs, candidates, and members are involved in Playcentre throughout the country.
Today I was excited to be at Auckland Uni campus for our student launch for this election – free off-peak public transport for all tertiary students and apprenticeships.
A Student Green Card will give everyone enrolled to study at a university, wānanga, polytech and PTE’s, as well as apprentices training through the NZ Apprenticeships scheme, free travel during off-peak times, on buses, trains and ferries.
That means that tertiary students and apprentices will be able to travel free between 9am and 3pm, then again after 6:30pm and anytime on weekends and holidays.