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Tuesday, December 2, 2014 - 11:16

The Green Party is criticising the Police’s decision to not investigate evidence of criminal activity detailed in the book Dirty Politics.

The Police wrote to the Green Party yesterday to confirm they will not be investigating a range of alleged activities detailed in the book, including the hacking of the Labour Party database and blackmail of politicians.

“We think the Police have got it wrong. There is clear evidence contained in Dirty Politics that deserves further investigation,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:56

The weakness of National’s one product to one market economic strategy was highlighted today with falling dairy prices hurting the terms of trade this quarter, the Green Party said.

The merchandise (goods) terms of trade fell 4.4 percent in the September 2014 quarter, due to export prices falling more than import prices, led by the decline in international dairy prices. Seasonally adjusted dairy values fell 8.9 percent after an 8.6 percent fall in the June 2014 quarter.

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 11:45

John Key must assure New Zealand that he has closed down the Black Ops attack unit in his office, and promise to sever all contact with blogger Cameron Slater, the Green Party said today.

“John Key has today gone on the defensive making all sorts of excuses for misleading reporters, and Parliament, about his texts to notorious blogger Cameron Slater.” Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said.

“John Key is trying to confuse New Zealanders but in the process is digging himself deeper into the mess his relationship with Cameron Slater has caused.

Sunday, November 30, 2014 - 08:47

One of the five Charter schools lauded by the Government as a success has lost a quarter of its school roll this year, with each student now costing four times as much to teach than children in a regular public school, the Green Party said today.

Latest Ministry of Education roll count data shows that Vanguard Military College had 79 students attending in October this year – 25 percent below the 108 students it is funded to teach and the 104 students it started the year with. Unlike state sector schools Charters don’t lose funding when they lose students.

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 13:07

The Green Party has today asked the Chief Archivist to look into the maintenance of public records by the Prime Minister and his office in the wake of admissions by the Government the Prime Minister deletes all his texts.

Yesterday Steven Joyce revealed, during question time, that John Key deletes texts messages he receives in his capacity as the Prime Minister, and the Prime Minster said he receives 1000 texts a day.

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 10:40

The Government must urgently fix the broken response to family violence, in the wake of the latest death from domestic violence and the recommendations of the Glenn Inquiry.

“How many women and children must die before the glaring problems in the justice system are fixed?” Green Party women’s issues spokesperson Jan Logie said.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 13:22

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment’s latest report released today reinforces the need for the Government to take climate change seriously, the Green Party said.

The report, Changing Climate and Rising Seas, released today summarises the science around climate change and focuses on sea level rise.

“We need to do our fair share to reduce emissions, and we need to start before we lock in further sea level rises,” said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 12:27

Incomes are not keeping up with rising costs for kiwi households, the Green Party said today.

Statistics New Zealand released its Household Economic Survey today which found that, while household incomes have increased by 9.1 percent since June 30, 2012, household costs have increased more rapidly, rising 11.1 percent over the same period. The change in household fortunes was not shared evenly. The number of households receiving more than $123,300 annually rose by 14.7 percent (the highest quintile in 2012/13) while all other quintiles remained virtually unchanged.

Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:42

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.

“The waters surrounding Mr Key and his attack blogger friend have been further muddied in the past 48 hours, highlighting the need for a Royal Commission to investigate the extent of the Prime Minister’s involvement in dirty politics and the use of SIS information for political purposes,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 15:32

The Green Party is today welcoming the Justice Minister’s announcement to resume the Law Commission’s sexual violence Trial Proceedings work following repeated calls for the work to start again.

“Judith Collins was wrong to stop the Law Commission work in 2011,” said Green Party women’s spokesperson Jan Logie today.

“We have a legal system that is only convicting 1 in 100 cases of sexual violence, change to the trial systems are urgently needed.