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Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 15:16

New analysis done by the Green Party today shows the Government has made cuts to funding of tertiary education since 2008.

Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library show that between 2009 and 2015 Government funding to Tertiary Institutions dropped by 4 percent, adjusting for inflation and increases in funded places.

“The Government is forcing students to pay higher fees because they are not adequately funding tertiary institutions,” Green Party tertiary education spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 12:51

The Green Party has today begun the new Parliamentary term with a refreshed caucus and portfolio list focussed around leading on the two most important issues facing New Zealand and the world – Inequality and Climate Change.

Co-leaders Metiria Turei and Russel Norman will lead two teams focussed on climate change/environment and inequality with the climate change portfolio elevated to being a co-leader responsibility.

Friday, October 17, 2014 - 11:03

New Zealand has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the strengthening of international law and institutional capacity through its upcoming two-year tenure on the United Nations Security Council, Green Party spokesperson on global affairs, Dr Kennedy Graham said today.

New Zealand has just been elected to one of the Security Council seats for the period 2015-16, winning 145 votes, well above what was needed.

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.