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Julie Anne Genter MP
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 13:06

The National Party has the opportunity to show leadership by transitioning our vehicle fleet towards renewable electricity when a new contract to supply Government limousines for VIPs goes to tender next month, the Green Party said today.

“This is a great opportunity for the Government to lead by choosing low emission, electric cars,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

“The performance of some electric car models, like the Tesla Model S, exceed the specifications needed for the Government’s luxury limousines.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:58

All options for meeting Auckland’s transport needs should be considered, including reprioritising the transport budget away from wasteful spending on motorways, the Green Party said today.

Auckland mayor Len Brown is today releasing a transport report by the Independent Advisory Board, which outlines funding options including an increase in rates and fuel taxes and/or road tolls.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 10:31

An international report measuring the impact of the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) on child poverty rates, showing children in New Zealand have done worse than children in other countries, is further proof the Government needs to urgently take additional steps to reduce poverty rates here, the Green Party says.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:50

The Court of Appeal victory for Lower Hutt caregiver, Kristine Bartlett demonstrates that both the Government and employers have been ignoring and not fully implementing equal pay law, the Green Party said today.

The Court of Appeal today upheld earlier rulings which supported the Service and Food Workers Union view that Ms Bartlett is entitled to use the equal pay act to argue for a rate of pay equal to what those working in the same occupation would receive if that group was male-dominated.

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:11

National’s strategy to rely on commodities such as milk powder and logs has been exposed in the September trade figures released today, the Green Party said.

“National’s strategy to hang all economic hope on exporting ever-increasing volumes of milk powder and logs, is shown to be misguided,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 12:03

Power prices have risen at more than double the inflation rate since National took office, showing National’s hands-off approach to the electricity market is a failure, the Green Party said today.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose just 1.0 percent in the year to September while power prices rose 3.7 percent. Since December 2008, when National took office, power prices have risen 24.6 percent and the CPI has risen 11.8 percent.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:29

"Our thoughts are with all those caught up in the shooting in Canada today,” said Green Party Co-leaders Dr Russel Norman and Metiria Turei.

“Our sympathies are with the family and friends of the soldier killed while guarding the National War Memorial.

“This is a horrible attack. We pray for peace and order to be restored in Ottawa,” they said.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 18:21

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded that Shell Todd Oil Services (STOS) broke the law by drilling two wells without a marine consent off the coast of Taranaki, the Green Party said today.


Julie Anne Genter MP
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 12:20

News that Aucklanders overtook Wellingtonians as the biggest train users is further evidence the Government needs to start work on the Auckland City Rail Link now, the Green Party said today.

Auckland Transport said today that in the year to September, Aucklanders took 12 million train trips against the 11.9 million taken in Wellington. It said 5,000 more Aucklanders were taking the train daily per day than in March. When the Britomart Transport Centre opened in 2003, just 2.5 million trips were made on trains each year.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 11:39

Analysis released by the Green Party shows multiple international news organisations were reporting on United States President Barack Obama’s attendance at an ISIS war coalition meeting at Andrews Air Force Base up to twelve hours before the meeting started.

Prime Minister John Key claims the New Zealand Government was not aware of Obama’s attendance at the meeting in advance, which shows he is either incompetent or misleading New Zealanders about the meeting, said the Greens.