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Monday, September 8, 2014 - 16:55

Two weeks out from the election, the National Party is in disarray over their fiscals and can't explain what their tax policy is, says the Green Party.

"National's economic plan for the election is a mess. John Key and Bill English can't even say what level of tax cuts they will offer in three years' time or who will even get them," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 16:04

The Green Party will invest half a billion dollars over five years upgrading Wellington's public transport and walking and cycling infrastructure.

The policy is part of the Green Party's vision for a vibrant, people-friendly Wellington with carbon-free public transport, and part of the Party's broader plan for a cleaner, smarter New Zealand.

The Fast Tracking Wellington plan includes:

Sunday, September 7, 2014 - 12:19

The Green Party today launched its Smart farming for Clean Rivers policy- the final component of its election pledge to make all New Zealand rivers clean enough to swim in.

The Party's Co-leader Dr Russel Norman made the announcement at a dairy farm in Raglan, whose owners Mike and Madeline Moss have created 14km of fenced and planted waterways and nine hectares of protected wetlands.

The Green Party's Smart Farming for Clean Rivers policy comprises two key elements

1. A National Environment Standard for Fencing of Livestock and Riparian Strips

Saturday, September 6, 2014 - 17:57

The Green Party will clean up rivers so that pollution from the Firth of Thames does not go on to pollute the Hauraki Gulf.

Research reported today by the principal scientist for marine ecology at the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Dr John Zeldis, shows that the Firth of Thames is becoming more polluted because of farming run off from the Waihou and Piako river systems.

Friday, September 5, 2014 - 14:29

The narrow Terms of Reference of the inquiry into Judith Collins’ conduct will do nothing to clean up our political system, the Green Party said today.

Today, John Key released the very narrow Terms of Reference for a Government inquiry. The inquiry will only look into the allegations that Ms Collins ‘gunned for’ Mr Adam Feleey while he was the Director of the Serious Fraud Office.

“The narrow Terms of Reference shows that National cannot be trusted to investigate their own potential misconduct,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei.

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.