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Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:24

Today, on International Human Rights Day, the Green Party is calling on the Government to discontinue talks on an extradition treaty with China.

On Monday, it emerged the Government was looking at a possible extradition treaty with China; a country with well documented human rights abuses including torture to extract confession, arbitrary detention and the use of the death penalty as a form of punishment.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 11:05

An OECD report today shows the fundamental philosophy of New Zealand Governments over the past 30 years has been wrong, and the only hope for New Zealand is if National dramatically changes direction, the Green Party said today.

“The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development found that New Zealand was the worst example in the developed world in which huge increases in inequality had hampered the economy.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 17:19

The National Government is suffocating Auckland’s transport development by holding back its funding for the vital City Rail Link, said the Green Party today.

Auckland Council voted today to delay the main works on the City Rail Link to 2018 because the National Government won’t commit funding before 2020. This comes in spite of record patronage growth this year, which places Auckland trains on track to hit 20 million users annually by 2018.

“The current rail system is being pushed to its breaking point,” says Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 - 14:05

The Government is pushing the Maui’s Dolphin to the brink of extinction with its announcement today giving the green light to oil drilling in their Marine Mammal Sanctuary, the Green Party said today.

National has announced 15 new drilling permits today that include permits in the Maui’s Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Victoria Forest Park, other ecologically protected areas and the deepest well ever permitted in New Zealand. 

It appears that they have granted a permit that would allow oil drilling in deeper water than ever before anywhere in the world.

Monday, December 8, 2014 - 10:29

Treasury figures, released by the Sustainability Council today, show failing to take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions will cost between $2,000 and $34,000 per household, the Green Party said.

 

Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:36

The Green Party has asked the Auditor General to investigate serious conflicts of interest over Food and Grocery Chief Katherine Rich’s membership on the board of the Health Promotion Agency (the Agency).

“I’ve asked the Auditor General to investigate because the Health Minister won’t,” Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague said today.

“Health Minster Jonathan Coleman’s complacency is alarming.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Sunday, December 7, 2014 - 13:34

The National Government is delaying Auckland’s rail development, while pushing ahead with the expensive Puhoi to Wellsford motorway, a motorway with declining traffic volumes, benefiting fewer people and business, said the Green Party today.

Yesterday, Mayor Len Brown proposed to push back the start date of the City Rail Link due to a lack of funding certainty. The National Government has said it will not commit funding before 2020, despite huge growth on the rail network.

Thursday, December 4, 2014 - 11:00

“The National Government has gone cold on climate action after New Zealand experiences hottest June on Record and the world heads for the hottest year on record, the Green Party said today.

The World Meteorological Organisation’s preliminary estimate released overnight indicates 2014 is on track to be one of the hottest, if not the hottest years on record.

“New Zealanders want to do our fair share to reduce emissions, but the National Government is planning to increase New Zealand’s emissions,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 12:12

The constant drive to cut costs by diverting work to workers from other countries leaves New Zealand workers increasingly vulnerable, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

Sealord confirmed it will cut 70 factory jobs, 11 office-based jobs and another 30 contract workers at its Nelson wetfish factory. A significant number of the company's onshore jobs in Nelson could end up being carried out by Russians on Sealord's Ukrainian flagged vessels.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 - 10:53

The decline in dairy commodity prices should be a call to action for the Government to massively step up its investment in research and development (R&D), the Green Party said today.

The key dairy commodity, whole milk powder, plunged further, putting pressure on Fonterra to reduce its forecast milk pay out to farmers. Whole milk powder fell by 7.1 percent overnight following a 5 percent drop a fortnight ago. A pay out to farmers below $5 per kilo of milk solids could knock nearly $6 billion from the New Zealand economy.