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Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 18:08

People in prison who are serving sentences of less than three years will be able to vote, and Corrections will also work to ensure New Zealanders are re-enrolled when they are released.

“New Zealand should be a place where no matter your circumstances you have a right to cast a vote”, Green Party Electoral Issues and Justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“Considering our proud history fighting for the women’s right to vote, I think many would be shocked to hear that right now incarcerated New Zealanders, predominantly Māori, are deprived of this basic liberty. 

Thursday, November 21, 2019 - 14:24

"As the largest publicly owned investor, ACC have accepted they have huge influence in the market, including a billion dollars invested in fossil fuels.

“New Zealanders would be shocked to learn that a publicly owned investor is banking on the climate crisis.

“It’s entirely within the ACC Board’s mandate to decide to end such investment on ethical grounds, as they did with tobacco in 2006.

“If not, the Government should end this investment in fossil fuels through a direction under the Crown Entities Act.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 14:16

“New Zealand’s existing laws should be enough to provide for security of visitors during APEC. We should prioritise the rights and security of the New Zealand public rather than expand powers that put us at risk. 

“We know that both here and overseas, force is most commonly used against persons of colour, so certain communities are going to be put at most risk. 

“There’s no need to change which guns are allowed in New Zealand or how restricted firearms are imported. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 18:34

A proposed national plan of action to reduce the number of seabirds caught in fisheries is being circulated for public feedback.

Fisheries Minister Stuart Nash and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage say New Zealand is a global centre of seabird diversity with about 145 species in our waters. It has more endemic breeding species than any other country in the world.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 12:34

“Rules around overseas investment will now ensure that the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) can consider the impacts on water quality and sustainability, so that our natural world, our wai (water) and our whenua (lands) can be better protected,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“Unfortunately Governments have allowed the extraction of our precious resources to be approved within the narrow and short term scope of economic gain. This is hurting our natural environment.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, November 18, 2019 - 11:10

The Green Party acknowledges the Government’s progress report on implementing the recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, as highlighted by the Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni in a speech to the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) today.

Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson says that overhauling the welfare system is a key part of the Green Party’s role in Government and must include an increase to core benefits.

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 09:34

A marine conservation milestone - the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve - is being celebrated today at a community event in Tairāwhiti/East Coast attended by the Minister of Conservation, Eugenie Sage.

“The creation of this marine reserve in November 1999 was a game changer for marine protection, with Tairāwhiti iwi, Ngāti Konohi playing a significant role in establishing the reserve and providing for its review after 25 years,” said Eugenie Sage.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 13:00

The Green Party has welcomed reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act that begin to fix the huge power imbalance between landlords and tenants, but are calling for further action to truly correct inequities.   

“Housing is a fundamental right which means we need to guarantee safe, secure and affordable housing for everyone regardless of whether they rent or own”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  

“Decisions by previous Government have resulted in a huge power imbalance between landlords and tenants.

Gareth Hughes MP
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 09:00

Experienced campaigner and party strategist Gareth Hughes is moving on from Parliamentary politics to open a new chapter in his life and focus on his kids.

“It’s been a true privilege to serve as a Green MP in Parliament and support our Party’s journey into Government as our Musterer and Strategist,” Gareth Hughes said.

“After ten years as an MP, and my children knowing nothing but a Parliamentary life, I want to spend more time with them. Even as a Wellington-based MP it’s far from a family-friendly job.

Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 12:58

A Bill to clarify the legal definition of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has been introduced to Parliament by women MPs from the Green Party, New Zealand First, Labour, and National working together as members of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians New Zealand Group (CWP).

The Bill has been jointly sponsored by Jo Hayes MP (National), Priyanca Radhakrishnan MP (Labour), Jenny Marcroft MP (New Zealand First) and Golriz Ghahraman MP (Green Party).