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Thursday, March 7, 2019 - 15:00

The Green Party welcomes the introduction of legislation to address the synthetic drugs crisis and broader addiction problems in Aotearoa. 

“Today we’re tabling the most fundamental change in drug law in New Zealand in over 30 years”, Green Party spokesperson on drug law reform Chlöe Swarbrick said. 

“Working with Police, the Government has developed a process to see that those caught in the web of addiction are supported into care and recovery, instead of being pushed into the criminal system, where problems often get far worse. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 12:58

Green Party Justice spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman has called on National Party leader Simon Bridges to follow the will of the people and add his voice to MMP changes that were recommended in 2012.

“National put the country through an MMP review that took thousands of public submissions and made a series of independent recommendations. Judith Collins then refused to bring these to Parliament. There was no genuine consultation.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 11:32

The Green Party welcomes further steps to combat tax evasion, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“Tax evaders have been able to avoid paying their fair share of tax that go towards hospitals and schools, while the rest of us chip in.

“The announcement today – a collaboration between expanded networks of countries – will ensure this happens less and less.

“The Green Party has long advocated for changes to the tax system to ensure that everyone pays their fair share for the public services that improve the quality of life for everyone.  

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 11:00

The Green Party welcome the survey on Māori support for legalisation and regulation of cannabis released today, says Green Party Māori Development spokesperson Marama Davidson.

The Horizon Research poll shows 75% of Māori would vote to legalise cannabis for personal use if a referendum were held tomorrow.

“The new poll shows a strong appetite for change among Māori in how we treat drug use in Aotearoa.

“Tangata whenua have been bearing the brunt of the war of drugs and are disproportionately being sent to prison for low level offences.

Sunday, March 3, 2019 - 06:00

A suite of measures to strengthen democracy are being proposed by the Green Party with a Member’s Bill.

The Electoral Strengthening Democracy Bill seeks reform in four key areas:

Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 12:51

New Government funding will see the Department of Conservation invest an extra $76 million over the next four years to address New Zealand’s biodiversity crisis.

“More than 4000 of our native plants and wildlife are threatened or at risk of extinction,” said Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage.

“In the 750 years since humans arrived in New Zealand, more than 50 native bird species have gone extinct, three frogs, at least three lizards, one freshwater fish, four plants and an unknown number of invertebrate species.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:42

The Green Party is deeply disappointed to see the Births, Deaths, Marriages and Relationships Registration Bill delayed after going through the Select Committee process.

“We unequivocally support our trans, non-binary and other rainbow communities,” says Jan Logie, Green Party spokesperson on rainbow issues.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 11:45

The National Party is more concerned about the back pocket of property investors than sick kids and the elderly, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“In Aotearoa thousands of kids and the elderly are being admitted into hospital with respiratory diseases linked to mould and damp in their rental property.

“If landlords can only justify an investment by leasing out a property that makes New Zealanders sick, then they shouldn’t be in the business.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 10:06

The Green Party welcome new healthy homes standards that are a step towards renters having a warm, dry, safe home.

“At the moment, housing standards to protect our renters – including elderly and kids – are just not fit for purpose”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“New Zealanders agree across the board that no-one should have to live in a home that makes you sick.

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.