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Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:23

The Green Party is urging Wellington City Councillors to take on board Prime Minister John Key’s comments and not vote today to hold up progress on cycleways.

At yesterday’s post-Cabinet press conference Mr Key said:

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 13:16

The National government needs to stop beating up on local government and develop the type of genuine partnership that Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) is promoting in its “Local Government Funding Review” discussion paper, the Green Party said today.

 

Julie Anne Genter MP
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 14:57

The urban cycling infrastructure projects announced today are not enough to prevent costly injuries to cyclists and encourage commuters and school children to cycle, the Green Party said today.

Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said “The projects announced today are small steps in the right direction but the government’s own advice is that much more must be done to make cycling safer.”

Friday, January 30, 2015 - 11:05

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman has announced today that he will stand down as leader at the party’s Annual General Meeting in May.

Dr Norman will remain as Co-leader and retain his finance and climate change portfolios until the AGM.

“After nearly a decade as Co-leader, now is a good time to find a new challenge for myself, and to spend more time with my family” said Dr Norman.

“This is my ninth year as Co-leader and I think it’s time for a change. Now is a good time for new leadership for the Party.

Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 13:22

The Government is vastly misrepresenting how many additional homes will be created under its so-called social housing plan, in order to make its fire-sale of state homes look better, the Green Party says.

Government Ministers have claimed they’ll be able to accommodate more people in “social housing” and slash Housing New Zealand wait lists by evicting families, selling up to 2000 homes in the next year, and building an additional 1000 state houses.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - 14:06

Prime Minister John Key’s fire-sale of state homes will line the pockets of landlords and property developers and drive up rents, while offering less security for New Zealand’s most vulnerable families, the Green Party says.

 

“John Key’s speech on the future of so called “social housing” today was a pie in the sky wish list of maybes, that didn’t show a coherent plan for the building of a single new home, ” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 - 13:25

The Government must ring-fence the proceeds of any state home sales and spend every dollar raised on more Government-built homes in order to address the housing crisis, the Green Party says.

Prime Minister John Key has indicated that his first major speech of the year will deal with housing, after Ministers last year admitted huge numbers of state homes could be on the block and aspects of state housing transferred to charities.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 13:05

Students have become significantly poorer since National took office according to recently released data, the Green Party said today.

The Student Loan and Allowances: 2013 data released today by Statistics New Zealand shows that there have been significant increases in the amount students are now borrowing.

“There has been a 22.5 percent increase in the average amount borrowed for course fees, by students, in the last six years,” said Green Party tertiary education spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 10:55

The National Government is misusing evidence provided in the Motu report on planning rules to justify gutting the environmental protections secured by the Resource Management Act (RMA), says the Green Party today.

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 - 18:12

The National Government must stop using the Resource Management Act as the straw manfor its own failure to build more homes and put an end to the country’s housing crisis, the Green Party says.

Today, Environment Minister Nick Smith announced the first tranche of plans to weaken the RMA saying that it was ‘crucial’ to addressing housing supply and affordability. However, property developers and planners today said the Act isn’t standing in their way.

“Changing the RMA won’t build a single home,” Green Party RMA spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said.