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Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 17:03

The discovery of a Queensland fruit fly in Grey Lynn, Auckland, this week reinforces how flimsy New Zealand’s biosecurity measures are, the Green Party said today.

“The Ministry of Primary Industries is insisting that this find is not evidence of an outbreak. However, this is the fifth time a Queensland fruit fly has been discovered in New Zealand since May 2012,” said Green Party biosecurity spokesperson Steffan Browning. “If this is not an outbreak, it still begs the question how many Queensland fruit flies are in our environment that have not been found?

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 14:59

The partial privatisation of Meridian Energy has led to higher power prices and sent $625 million worth of bloated profits into the pockets of investors, the Green Party said today.

Meridian announced today that revenue had risen 22 percent to $1.3 billion, and that it would pay out an additional special dividend of $625 million over five years.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 - 11:11

The Green Party welcomes a report by the Local Government and Environment Select Committee calling for the Government to review a pesticide that has been partially banned overseas and may be responsible for bee deaths.

The report, which was tabled in Parliament today, is in response to a petition signed by nearly 6,600 people in 2008, calling for greater protection measures for bee health. It was driven by former Green Party MP Sue Kedgley.

Sunday, February 15, 2015 - 15:26

There are still questions that need to be answered in the SkyCity deal after the Governments back down on its plans to give SkyCity more taxpayer money, said the Green Party today.

“This is a victory for everyone who has let the Government know that its plan to give SkyCity casino millions of dollars of taxpayers money for their building costs overruns was irresponsible, said Green Party Gambling Spokesperson Denise Roche.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - 13:56

Better monitoring of pesticides and GE food is needed, said the Green Party today.

“New Zealand could be a world leader in green agriculture and food production but our reputation is at risk from our increasing reliance on pesticides and unsustainable practices,” said Green Party Agriculture spokesperson Steffan Browning today.

The issues of food safety, modern green agriculture, and sustainability are being discussed at the Food Matters Aotearoa conference this weekend at Te Papa in Wellington.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:26

The National Government is repeating a failed strategy by committing troops to the latest phase of the on-going Iraqi conflict said the Green Party today.

The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Dr Ibraham al-Ja'afari, today formally requested New Zealand troops to engage in the war in Iraq.

“John Key is signing New Zealanders up to a failed strategy in Iraq if he sends troops,” said Green Party global affairs spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:14

The Green Party is sending its very best wishes to the Black Caps as they begin their quest to win the ICC Cricket World Cup tomorrow.

“To win the World Cup on home turf would be an amazing achievement for the Black Caps and our country. With Brendon and the boys playing as well as they have been, we’re in with a real shot,” said Green Party MP (and cricket fanatic) Kevin Hague.

Friday, February 13, 2015 - 10:25

The Green Party today called on the New Zealand Superannuation Fund (the Fund) to divest from fossil fuels, starting immediately with coal.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 13:50

The Salvation Army’s report A Mountain All Can Climb shows the need for the Government to do more to address the issue of violence against children, said the Green Party today.

The report, released today, shows that recorded offences against children increased by 3.5% over the year to 30 June 2014 and has increased 56% from 2009 figures.

The increase in offences against children in the 2013-2014 year was almost entirely due to reported assaults on children, which increased by 7.4%.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:47

The decision announced today by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to refuse a consent to mine the sea bed of the unique Chatham Rise for phosphate is fantastic news for our environment, oceans and fisheries, the Green Party said today.