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Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:04

“Kua hinga te whatukura o Ngāti Porou. Kua hinga he rangatira mīharo rawa atu o Te Āo Māori, o Aotearoa hoki. E rere haere ana ngā mihi aroha o Te Rōpū Kākāriki ki te whānau pani me ngā uri katoa o Ngāti Porou e tangi ana i tēnēi wā pouri.”

The Green Party is saddened by the death of Dr Apirana Mahuika and extends its love and condolences to his whanau and the Ngati Porou people.

“Dr Mahuika was a formidable leader, who was always very gracious,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

Monday, February 9, 2015 - 10:58

Unpopular changes to the Christchurch district plan are a sign that democratic decision making is still being withheld from the people of Christchurch, the Green Party said today.

The significant changes are being made by the Christchurch Central Development Unit (CCDU) and include removing urban design standards, creating the ability to bypass the resource consent process for some new developments, and removing the requirement to notify resource consent applications.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 12:07

A report released today by the Productivity Commission underlines the need for New Zealand to change its economic direction and invest in smart green innovation, to improve New Zealand’s economic performance, create well paid sustainable jobs, and protect the environment, the Green Party said.

The report shows that New Zealand’s labour productivity performance has been poor in recent years and that little of the limited productivity gains have been passed onto workers in increased purchasing power.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 17:39

The Green Party is pleased to see the impacts of climate change taken into account in the Tai Tokerau Northland Growth Study Opportunities Report, released today.

“It’s great to see that the authors of this report are thinking about climate resilience in regions like Northland that are likely to experience increased droughts and floods due to climate change,” Green Party economic development spokesperson James Shaw said.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:55

The Green Party today commended the Government for attempting to redress what has been a chaotic restructuring at the Department of Conservation (DoC) but said the response doesn’t go far enough.

“National’s funding cuts caused a major restructuring at DoC 18 months ago which destabilised the department and has put endangered habitats and species at further risk because of the loss of technical expertise and fewer staff,” said Green Party conservation spokesperson Eugenie Sage.

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 16:43

Data released today by Statistics New Zealand shows that the Government is not doing enough to close the digital divide between those who have internet access and those who don’t, said the Green Party.

Over 340,000 households – one in four – don’t have internet access, and this rises to as much as 45% of households in poorer areas.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 16:41

A new study on increasing ocean temperatures released today highlights the urgent need for the Government to take action on climate change, the Green Party said today.

The international study, which included work compiled by NIWA, shows that ocean warming steadily increased between 2006 and 2013. It shows the temperature of the earth’s oceans is increasing at a rate equivalent to adding two trillion 100-watt lightbulbs into the ocean.

The study said this is further proof of “unabated planetary warming.”

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.”