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Eugenie Sage MP on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 14:26

Under National, commercial fishers are getting away with killing supposedly protected native wildlife including sea lions, dolphins and fur seals, and our marine mammals need better protection, the Green Party said today.

“There is a large disparity between how many marine mammals the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) estimate are being killed by commercial fishers, and how few the industry reports it has caught and killed in its nets,” said Green Party environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 08:41

“New Zealand was the first country where women won the right to vote, and now we can be the first country to have pay equity for women,” Green Party leader James Shaw said.

“The Green Party has a plan to ensure that women and their families are treated fairly and paid better.”

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 16:22

National’s latest cynical election promise of sanctions for beneficiaries is a distraction from the pressing issue of poverty in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

Bill English announced that beneficiaries who fail drug tests or refuse rehabilitation will have their benefits cut by 50 per cent or more.

“National’s latest cynical announcement ignores the evidence of how to properly treat drug addiction and will punish already vulnerable people,“ said Green Party inequality spokesperson Marama Davidson.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Julie Anne Genter MP on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 12:02

A newly released report by the Auckland Housing Summit reveals the scale of National’s housing crisis, the Green Party said today.

New data from Statistics New Zealand has also confirmed the second consecutive quarter that building activity has fallen, with a 0.4 percent fall in residential house-building across New Zealand.

on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - 11:19

National’s plan to allow developers to bypass the Resource Management Act (RMA) risks another Bexley or Houston, the Green Party said today.

“The RMA is not perfect and needs reform. National’s previous ad hoc changes to the RMA have weakened our environmental law and reduced people’s right to have say about development in their communities. Its urban planning proposals are more of the same and another attack on the RMA,” said Green Party environment spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

James Shaw MP on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 14:58

The Green Party today proposed creating a Regional Research Institute focused on developing high-value wood-based products for export and use in New Zealand.

Green Party leader James Shaw made the announcement at the New Zealand Institute of Forestry Annual Conference in Rotorua.

“The Greens in government will support foresters and innovators to add value to the timber they grow already, creating new jobs in the regions and greater demand for timber,” said Mr Shaw.

James Shaw MP on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 11:22

Paula Bennett’s comment that some people have fewer human rights than others is deeply concerning and reflects the National Government’s backward approach to drugs, the Green Party said today.

“National are proving once again that they are out of touch, out of date, and out of time to do anything that will actually help us to reduce violence and drug addiction,” said Green Party leader James Shaw.

“Human rights are not something you can take away from people because it is politically convenient.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Julie Anne Genter MP on Monday, September 4, 2017 - 11:07

The Green Party in Government will revitalise rail across the country, including repairing the Napier-Gisborne line.

The announcement came today in Gisborne from two Green MPs, transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter and local candidate Gareth Hughes.

“National has let regional rail lines rust away but the Greens in government will restore rail as the backbone of New Zealand’s transport system, for freight and for people,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

James Shaw MP on Sunday, September 3, 2017 - 11:31

A draft Ministry for the Environment (MfE) report on climate change, shows a grim picture for low-lying coastal areas in New Zealand.

The MfE “Coastal Hazards and Climate Change; Guidance For Local Government” report has been formatted for publication and has a publication date of April 2017 but has yet to be released by Environment Minister, Nick Smith.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Friday, September 1, 2017 - 14:26

Low-income New Zealanders are struggling to keep warm this winter, the Green Party said today.

A new report by Statistics New Zealand revealed that around one in three New Zealand households are experiencing some form of energy hardship.

“It’s disgraceful that almost one in three New Zealand households are having to keep the heater turned off because they can’t afford to pay the electricity bill,” said Green Party social housing spokesperson Marama Davidson.