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Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 11:22

The Green Party is challenging Treasury officials to work for a week without eating properly, in light of their advice to Government that a food in schools programme is not needed.

“Treasury’s advice was that providing food for children in schools would not improve learning or attendance,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tueri.

“We dispute this. Teachers, who are the ones on the ground seeing the day-to-day effects, have been great advocates of food in schools programmes, and there is plenty of evidence proving their benefits.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 15:49

The National Government must do more to help make New Zealand workplaces a safer place to work in, Green Party industrial relations spokesperson Denise Roche said today.

Data released by Statistics New Zealand today showed that workers in the fishing and forestry industries had the highest number of entitlement claims as a proportion of all claims within the industry. Also, agriculture and fishery workers have consistently had the highest claim rate since 2002.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 11:46

If John Key is serious about tackling child poverty he must approach it with an open mind, and overcome his ideological block to raising incomes as a solution, the Green Party said today.

Papers released to Radio New Zealand today show that officials' advice to Government Ministers is that raising incomes was "positively associated with virtually every aspects of child wellbeing that is measured". The advice was to inform Ministers' response to the solutions recommended by the Children's Commissioners' Expert Group on Child Poverty.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 14:36

The Green Party has today written to the Prime Minister asking him to engage in wider consultation prior to changing any laws as a result of the recently announced terrorism law reviews, said the Green Party today.

In a letter to John Key, the Green Party requested the review allow for wider consultation and public input.

The four week review currently does not allow for widespread public consultation, despite the gravity of the changes that may be proposed.

Monday, October 13, 2014 - 15:10

John Key is misleading the public to push through terrorism law changes under urgency, the Green Party said today.

On Sunday, John Key stated that it is not illegal for someone to fight overseas for a terrorist group, such as the Islamic State, and this is why he is considering urgent law change.  However, it is already illegal to participate in a terrorist group under the Terrorism Suppression Act 2002.

“Either John Key does not know the law of New Zealand or he is purposefully misleading the public,” said Green Party immigration spokesperson Jan Logie.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 17:16

The National Government is stooping to a bizarre new low in blaming “planning processes” for  poverty and inequality, after spending six years doing nothing about either the housing market or child poverty, the Green Party said today.

Finance Minister Bill English reportedly said today that urban planning processes had done more to increase income inequality and poverty in New Zealand than “most other policies,” saying that inequality would have been improving if it wasn’t for growing house prices.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 17:07

National's decision to shift the state provision of housing to third parties is a smokescreen for the Government decreasing the provision of affordable housing, the Green Party said today.

"What National should be doing is increasing the supply of both social and state housing," Green Party housing spokesperson Jan Logie said.

"Newly appointed Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett admits that the demand for state housing exceeds the supply. There are currently over 3,000 applicants with a severe and persistent need for housing, which is unacceptable.

Julie Anne Genter MP
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 09:08

National ignored official advice and is spending less than half what was originally recommended by the Ministry of Transport on urban cycleways, the Green Party has revealed today.

Documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that the Ministry of Transport (MOT) recommended in July that the Government spend $260 million on upgrading urban cycleways. The Government rejected this advice, announcing only $100 million of new spending over four years despite years of ‘insufficient funding’.

Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 14:36

The return of Green MP Steffan Browning to Parliament on the special votes means the Green Party will continue this term with a strong team of 14 MPs again.

"This is great news for the Green Party and shows we held our own in the election, returning the same number of MPs to Parliament, despite a swing to the Government," said Green Party co-leader Russel Norman.

"The Green Party continues this term with a strong team of 14 MPs, a united caucus, stable leadership and a clear vision for a better New Zealand.

Friday, October 3, 2014 - 14:38

The New Zealand public have once again been deceived by National and SkyCity regarding the cost of the International Convention Centre deal, the Green Party said today.

SkyCity is building a hotel on land that the Government surrendered to SkyCity on the proviso that the land was essential to build a Convention Centre. In response to a written question from the Green Party Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce stated that the contract with SkyCity "prevents the land being used for any other purpose than as a convention centre."