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Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 14:57

Spy watchdog, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security (IGIS), has confirmed it will investigate Green Party concerns that Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) documents were declassified for political purposes.

"John Key can no longer say these dirty politics allegations are 'baseless' and a 'conspiracy'. The IGIS thinks it legitimate enough to investigate," Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

"John Key's strategy of attacking the claims and denying wrongdoing has failed because now an independent authority has found them worthy of investigation."

Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - 10:02

The Green Party has released its full fiscal costings for their 2014 election priorities which show they will deliver larger surpluses and pay down debt sooner than National.

The Party’s full costings have been analysed by independent economic consultancy Infometrics.

Infometrics has found that not only will the Green Party run bigger surpluses than National, it will do this while also taking significant steps to advance their election priorities: reducing child poverty, making rivers and lakes safe enough to swim in again, and creating a smarter, greener economy.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 15:52

The Prime Minister John Key must properly investigate Minister of Justice Judith Collins, leaking a public servants' name and contact details to the Whale Oil blogsite, the Green Party said today.

Ms Collins leaked public servant, Simon Pleasants, details after she suspected he had provided information, in 2009, about Finance Minister Bill English double-dipping on his housing allowance. Mr Pleasants had not leaked any information, but was subject to death threats on Cameron Slater's Whale Oil blogsite.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 09:30

Findings in an independent analysis of the Government's books, commissioned by the Green Party, reveal National is planning multi-billion dollar cuts to health, education, and environment spending over the next three years.

The analysis, prepared by Ganesh Nana of independent economic consultancy BERL, shows that National is stripping funding, in real terms, to the health, education and environment sectors to the tune of at least $3.837 billion over the next three years.

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 14:39

The Green Party today launched a billion dollar package to significantly reduce child poverty in New Zealand.

The details of the plan were released at the party’s campaign launch in Auckland.

The plan is the core component of the Green Party's social policy priority this election: Delivering a fairer society where every child has enough to thrive.

The Green Party will:

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 16:35

The Green Party is today lodging a series of complaints with the Police, Parliamentary Service, the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and the Privacy Commissioner after revelations in Nicky Hager’s new book that alleges corruption and abuse of power.

The Green Party will today lodge complaints with:

Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 11:18

The Green Party today announced that building a more accessible and inclusive society for disabled people will be a social priority for this election.

The Green Party will:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 18:25

Conservation Minister Nick Smith ignored scientific and technical advice when he pushed through law changes to allow logging on West Coast conservation land, the Green Party said today.

 

New information released to TVNZ shows that the Department of Conservation (DOC) was critical of proposals to allow logging in West Coast native forests, which are protected as conservation land.

 

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 05:28

New figures showing taxpayers forked out nearly $6 million in the last year on free pollution permits to Rio Tinto show the emissions trading scheme (ETS) must go, the Green Party said today.

According to the figures, the number of free New Zealand Units (NZUs) allocated to New Zealand Aluminium Smelters Ltd (part of Rio Tinto Alcan) under the ETS jumped from 300,000 in 2012 to over 1.5 million in 2013.

At today's spot NZU price of $3.90, that amounts to $5.85 million worth of credits. Allocations to several other big polluters have also risen.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Saturday, August 9, 2014 - 05:28

The Green Party welcomed the Environmental Protection Authority's draft decision announced today not to allow the $90 million Basin Reserve flyover in Wellington to proceed.

"Both popular and expert opinion opposed the flyover. The proposal was expensive, unnecessary and would have undermined the Basin's heritage value," said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.