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Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 12:53

Schools need resources and support to get the best out of children with learning differences and disabilities rather than be told not to bother, the Green Party says.

Green Party Education Spokeswoman Catherine Delahunty was responding to Secondary Principals Association President Tom Parsons who claimed children were being misdiagnosed and students who were simply quirky were being wrongly labelled.

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 11:30

National has further opened the door to Chinese property speculators with the registration of a third Chinese bank here that will make it easier for Chinese investors to invest in New Zealand properties, the Green Party said today.

“As well, former party ministers are abetting the newly New Zealand registered Bank of China becoming an active player in the property market,” Green Party housing spokesperson Kevin Hague said today.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 16:48

More than a quarter of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are being silenced with gag clauses under the National government, said the Green Party.

The alarming statistic comes from a recent study, into the community and voluntary sector, by Dr Sandra Grey and Dr Charles Sedgwick from the Victoria University of Wellington.  In her 2008 study, she found that only 12.9 percent of respondents, with government contracts, were subject to gag clauses. In 2013, that figure jumped to 25.8 percent.

Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 11:14

Finance Minister Bill English is softening the public up for an announcement that National is going to fail in even its very limited goal of achieving a budget surplus, the Green Party said today.

“No finance minister in a generation has racked up seven consecutive deficits,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

“They have tried to paint themselves as good economic managers but National has, in just over six years, racked up $55 billion in extra debt, equivalent to over $14,000 for every New Zealander.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 10:33

The restructuring of the Department of Conservation (DOC) following National’s severe funding cuts has been revealed as a failure, the Green Party said today.

The Taribon report has reviewed the new structure of DOC after 12 months. The restructuring, one of the largest in the public service, followed the National Government’s $54 million cut to DOC funding. It resulted in the loss of 96 positions, a major loss of field staff and their expertise, and a new structure which divided staff between partnership and services groups.

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.