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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 14:10

Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman congratulated Andrew Little on his election as Labour Party leader this afternoon.

“Congratulations to Andrew Little and to the Labour Party for running an open and democratic leadership contest,” Dr Norman said.

“We have had good working relationships with previous Labour leaders and look forward to building on this with Andrew Little.

“We share common ground with Labour in a number of important policy areas.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 12:23

The Government and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) should release the report into former Minister of Transport Gerry Brownlee’s airport security breach, the Green Party said today.

“The actions of a Minister of Transport breaching security at an airport are a matter of high public interest,” Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter said today.

The CAA said that after its investigation it had required Gerry Brownlee to pay a $2000 fine while two parliamentary aides had been issued formal warning notices for the same offence.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 - 10:33

National’s planned cuts to research and development (R&D) funding will further undermine New Zealand’s future economic performance, the Green Party said today.

Monday, November 17, 2014 - 13:37

The G20 decision to include climate change in its communiqué despite Australia’s attempt to ignore it, increases pressure on New Zealand to come up with a credible plan to cut emissions, the Green Party said today.

The G20 Leaders Communiqué from the weekend included a paragraph calling for strong and effective action to address climate change.

Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 13:43

Confirmation this morning by John Key that his Government plans to do nothing to turn around NZ's rapidly rising greenhouse emissions means that New Zealand joins Australia as one of the problem children at the G20 meeting in Brisbane, the Green Party said.

 

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 17:06

The Government needs to engage meaningfully with the historic decision from the Waitangi Tribunal’s inquiry into the Te Paparahi o te Raki Treaty claims, said the Green Party today.

In a major decision released today, the Waitangi Tribunal held that Maori did not agree to give up sovereignty to the British Crown in 1840 but rather agreed to share power and authority.

“This is one of the most significant decisions from the Waitangi Tribunal and cuts to the heart of New Zealand’s constitutional debate,” said Green Party Tiriti o Waitangi spokesperson Catherine Delahunty.

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 16:53

The leaders of the Australian and New Zealand Green parties are calling on their respective governments to take action on climate change and inequality at the G20 meeting in Brisbane this weekend - topics that are absent from the agenda of the meeting of the world’s richest nations.

“The two most significant issues facing the world at the moment are rapidly rising inequality and out of control climate change.  The G20 leaders have their heads in the sand when it comes to resolving both these problems,” said New Zealand Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 16:02

New documents released to the Green Party show that Prime Minister John Key used New Zealand's intelligence services for the National Party's political ends a few days out from the 2014 election, the Green Party said today.

Documents released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act show that Prime Minister John Key pressured the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) into releasing previously classified documents just days out from the election.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 11:37

The Green Party is calling on John Key to emulate Germany’s record on addressing climate change, on the eve of the visit by Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel.

Germany has adopted smart economic measures to address climate change resulting in a 24 percent reduction in net emissions since 1990. New Zealand’s net emissions have increased by 88 percent over the same time period.

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 10:47

Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Government’s goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today.

“National has staked its credibility on achieving a budget surplus this year, but even that limited goal is looking increasingly dubious,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

Treasury said today the operating budget deficit for the first three months of the financial year was $725 million, $79 million above forecast.