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Friday, September 5, 2014 - 10:40

The Green Party today announced it will invest $20 million per year for ten years to help small towns and communities upgrade sewage treatment systems.

The announcement is the fourth component of the Party’s environmental priority this election: rivers clean enough for swimming and beaches safe from oil spills.

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:35

National's promise of tax cuts before getting the Government's books into surplus is irresponsible, the Green Party said today.

ANZ are predicting rapidly falling world dairy prices will reduce the financial earnings of the dairy industry by $5 billion dollars this year - a 2.2 percent hit to GDP.

"Falling dairy prices are putting National's first surplus in doubt, so any talk of tax cuts now is irresponsible and nothing more than a cynical bid to buy their way back into Government," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 15:39

"National’s water announcement is an election band-aid on a gaping wound because it doesn’t address the main cause of water pollution: intensification of land use,” Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.

John Key announced that $100 million would be spent on retiring land next to important waterways, and that dairy farmers would be required to fence streams on their properties by 2017. To date, National has allocated $120 of the $400 million it ear-marked in 2011 for irrigation subsidies.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 15:56

The Green Party today announced a workers' package that is part of its plan to build a fairer society where all workers have enough to live on.

The key policy points in the Green Party's plan to make life better for all New Zealand workers are:

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 11:41

Prime Minister John Key needs to respect the constitutional status of his Government this close to an election and proceed with an independent Royal commission of inquiry, the Green Party said today.

John Key will this week announce the type and terms of reference of an inquiry into the allegations against former Justice Minister Judith Collins.

“Any inquiry into serious allegations must be independent of the current National Government,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

Sunday, August 31, 2014 - 08:47

National's alleged involvement in dirty politics makes it appear that the Government is  looking out for its mates instead of everyday New Zealanders, the Green Party believes, after new allegations that one of John Key's senior Ministers may have been aware of attempts to undermine the Serious Fraud Office's investigations into finance company collapses.

Saturday, August 30, 2014 - 08:51

The National Party’s election campaign has been thrown into chaos with the sacking of John Key’s minister Judith Collins over dirty politics allegations, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

“The National Party’s election campaign has been thrown into chaos by the dirty politics scandal,” Mrs Turei said.

“National is totally immersed in dirty politics and John Key condoned it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 16:32

A new report, commissioned by and released today by the Green Party, shows the Education Review Office (ERO) and the Ministry of Education are seriously failing queer students in secondary schools.

The Green Party report, How Safe Are Our Schools?: An analysis of the Current Policy Framework Aimed at Protecting Queer Young People in New Zealand Secondary Schools highlights a severe lack of support, in some schools, for queer and trans* students. 

Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 15:18

New evidence shows that the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) is almost certainly sharing metadata with the US spy agency NSA, the Green Party said today.

Newly released documents from NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden detail an NSA search engine, known as ICREACH, which contains over 850 billion records of metadata on phone calls, mobile phone locations and emails. The documents suggest that this data is then shared amongst Five Eyes partners, including New Zealand.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 11:06

The Green Party has announced today that its key housing policy for the election is to deliver healthy houses for our poorest children by improving the quality of rental accommodation and rights of tenants.

The rental package is part of the Green Party's plan to build a fairer society where every child has enough to thrive.

The key policy points in the Green Party's plan to improve rental housing are: