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Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 11:11

The Green Party welcomes the Tax Working Group report, which lays out a plan to ensure taxation in Aotearoa is fair and enhances the wellbeing of all New Zealanders.

“Being in Government gives us an opportunity to be at the table for any tax reforms. We look forward to working meaningfully and constructively with Labour and New Zealand First so we can create the fairest taxation system possible here in Aotearoa,” Green Party finance spokesperson James Shaw said today.  

“New Zealand’s tax system has it strengths, but there is plenty of room for improvement.  

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 15:22

An increase in the public housing waiting list, now more than 10,000 New Zealanders, shows exactly why the Greens are working with Government to put the heart back into the social support system whilst addressing a growing housing crisis, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“More and more of our people are unable to put a roof over their head, showing we urgently need more state and public housing.

“We are seeing the direct consequences of successive Governments not putting the wellbeing of New Zealanders first. The Greens are working hard to fix this up.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 12:00

The Green Party of Aoteaora New Zealand is welcoming Otago University Student Association’s collaboration with KnowYourStuffNZ and the NZ Drug Foundation to perform drug safety checking at orientation week events.

“This is a hugely positive step towards drug harm reduction,” Green Party Drug Law Reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick says.

“I commend the tireless work of the Otago University Students’ Association in collaborating with the University community, their foresight and maturity in recognising the importance of drug harm reduction.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 11:07

The Green Party welcome moves to make huge multinational companies like Facebook and Google pay their fair share of tax in New Zealand.

“Right now, working New Zealanders pay around $8000 a year if you’re on the average wage of around $50,000. Google pays next to nothing. This is flatly wrong”, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“Google and Facebook should not get to make money in New Zealand and not pitch in for our hospitals and schools like the rest of us.

Monday, February 18, 2019 - 11:36

Poverty Bay’s name is richer with the inclusion of Te Reo in the new name of “Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay” Minister for Land Information Eugenie Sage announced today.

“Tūranganui-a-Kiwa / Poverty Bay” applies only to the bay enclosed by Young Nick’s Head (Te Kuri) and Tuaheni Point, in accordance with the original request by Gisborne District Council.  It does not apply to the wider landscape and region often referred to as Poverty Bay, nor to Gisborne or any other area. The name “Tūranganui-a-Kiwa” can be translated as the great [or long] standing place of Kiwa.  

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:32

Iconic high country land will be better managed under changes that Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced consultation on today.

Tenure review is a voluntary process where Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high ecological and recreational value can be returned to full Crown ownership as conservation land.

“Tenure review has seen some land protected but also large swathes, 353,000 ha, have been privatised and large areas intensively farmed or subdivided,” Eugenie Sage said.

Friday, February 15, 2019 - 11:10

Employment Minister Willie Jackson, along with Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage, today

announced the launch of a new training programme targeting the Waiapu catchment, Ka

Hao te Rangatahi. The programme is designed to develop young people’s skills through

conservation and erosion management.

 

He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) is supporting the programme as both HPR and Ka Hao share

a strong focus on supporting rangatahi to be ready for real opportunities to work and

contribute to their communities on the coast.

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 14:35

The Government will end tenure review in the South Island high country, Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

Tenure review is a voluntary process where Crown pastoral land can be sold to a leaseholder and areas with high ecological and recreational value can be returned to full Crown ownership as conservation land.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 11:50

The Salvation Army’s State of the Nation report shows the importance of putting the heart back into social support so that all New Zealanders can live with dignity.

“The state of the nation reports are an opportunity to reflect as a nation on what kind of country we want. This provides more evidence that we need to be bold in our response”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“As part of our Confidence and Supply Agreement with Labour, the Green Party negotiated an overhaul of the social support system in Aotearoa.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 08:50

A Colmar Brunton survey released today clearly shows New Zealanders’ growing concerns about climate change, pollution and waste, says Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“The results of the Colmar Brunton survey confirm that we’re on the right track with our plan for a smarter, cleaner, low-emissions New Zealand.

“The increased concerns from New Zealanders about climate change, plastic waste, and water quality certainly don’t surprise me.