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Eugenie Sage MP on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 15:55

Hon Stuart Nash

Minister of Fisheries

Hon Eugenie Sage

Minister of Conservation

Two options to protect areas of ocean off the east coast of the South Island will be considered by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Julie Anne Genter MP on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 14:53

Hon JULIE ANNE GENTER
Acting Minister for Climate Change

7 March 2018

MEDIA STATEMENT

“The new Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s first report dealing with New Zealand’s proposed Zero Carbon Act provides a valuable contribution to the national conversation on this issue,” says the Acting Minister for Climate Change, Julie Anne Genter.

Eugenie Sage MP on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 - 03:30

Two options to protect areas of ocean off the east coast of the South Island will be considered by Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

The Ministers today released the final report of the South East Marine Protection Forum. The Forum is an independent body established by the previous government in 2014. It includes representatives of Kāi Tahu as manawhenua, commercial and recreational fishers, tourism, science, the environmental sector, and the broader community.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 08:27

Hon JAMES SHAW
Minister of Statistics

2 March 2018

  MEDIA STATEMENT

New Zealand adopts International Open Data Charter

New Zealand will confirm its commitment to the practice of openness in government when the Minister co-signs a letter with the Government Chief Data Steward, Liz MacPherson, officially adopting the Charter.

The signing will take place after Minister Shaw and Liz MacPherson have spoken at the Open Data, Open Potential event in Wellington this afternoon.

James Shaw MP on Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 12:13

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has today announced two important new transparency measures, which will apply to Green Party Ministers, MPs and staff, to help counter the influence of money in politics.

Green Party Ministers will soon proactively release their ministerial diaries, to show who they’ve met with and why. Additionally, Green Ministers, MPs and staff will not accept corporate hospitality, such as free tickets to events unrelated to their work.

The announcement was made at the Party’s summer policy conference in Napier.

Eugenie Sage MP on Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 09:13

Seaweek celebrations, beginning on 3 March, provide an opportunity to highlight the plight of our precious marine species, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage says.

“We’re incredibly lucky in New Zealand; we have an ocean area over 15 times our land mass and more than 17,000 marine species are found in New Zealand waters.

“But around 90% of our seabirds are in trouble including all our endemic albatross, mollymawk and penguin species, and a number of very rare petrels and terns. More than a quarter of our marine mammal species are declining.

Eugenie Sage MP on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 14:44

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today pledged to take action on plastic bags when she accepted a petition signed by over 65,000 people along with a letter from Greenpeace.

“Since I took on this portfolio I have been struck by how much New Zealanders really care about the harmful impacts of single use plastic bags. The message I’ve got is that it’s time for change,” Ms Sage said.

“The previous National Government ignored this problem when a similar petition by Our Seas Our Future was considered in 2014 and decided to do nothing.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 14:31

The System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA), released today, measures the interactions between the environment and the economy in a way that has not been done before in New Zealand.

As Associate Minister for Finance with responsibility for overseeing sustainability indicators, Mr Shaw said this new environmental economic data will also help explore whether we are sustaining our environmental assets for future generations.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 13:26

The Green Party has today congratulated the Hon Simon Bridges, who has been announced as the new Leader of the National Party.

“On behalf of the Green Party, I’d like to congratulate Simon Bridges on his election as Leader of the National Party,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Mr Bridges has an opportunity to redefine his party for the future.

“I hope that he takes this opportunity to work constructively across the House on the most important challenges we face together as a country,” said Mr Shaw.

James Shaw MP on Monday, February 26, 2018 - 16:52

The Green Party strongly supports today’s announcement to amend the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 to provide a statutory power for senior courts to make declarations of inconsistency under the Act.

“At its heart, this amendment is about protecting New Zealanders’ human rights across the board,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.