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October 29, 2014

Tena Koe, Mr Speaker.

I would like to take this opportunity to speak a little of the past, the present and the future.

The privilege to serve in this Parliament was given to me by all those who gave their Party Vote to the Green Party at this year’s election.

I thank them all. I pledge to do my utmost to live up to their hopes and expectations.

In particular, I would like to thank the people of my electorate, Wellington Central, 30 percent of whom voted Green this year.

October 22, 2014

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader—Green) to the Prime Minister : How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?

Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. [Interruption]

Mr SPEAKER : Order! [Interruption] Order! When I remain on my feet, I do not expect interjections to continue from my left.

September 18, 2014

I became the Co-leader of the Green Party in 2006, eight years ago this June.

At that time we were sitting at just above 5 percent in the polls and only had six MPs in Parliament.

I am enormously proud of the work Metiria and I have done to build our party into the stand-alone, third biggest party in New Zealand politics that we are today.

See coverage of our election wrap-up

September 18, 2014

Today we stand on the cusp of something awesome - the first ever Green Party in Government in New Zealand.

Change - real change - is literally hours away. I can feel the bristling urgency and hope, can't you?

The truth is that change can't come soon enough - for our rivers, for our kids, for our climate, for our economy.

See coverage of our election wrap-up

August 17, 2014

Aroha mai, Aroha atu.

When love is given, love is returned

This is the Aotearoa that I love.

The Aotearoa where thousands of Kiwis worked to save our most treasured wild places, protecting the birthright of our children and grandchildren.

The Aotearoa who fought the asset sales to stop others from stealing from our children the gifts of our grandparents.

The Aotearoa that warmed up the homes of thousands of our children, so they and their families could be warm and dry and above all healthy and well.

That is the Aotearoa that I love.

August 13, 2014

Tēnā koe, Mr Chair. I am pleased to take a call on the Kaikōura (Te Tai o Marokura) Marine Management Bill. It is unusual to have such a short Committee stage and no debate on the third reading and the Green Party has agreed to this so that the bill can be passed by this Parliament and the marine protected areas that it establishes go into law before the House rises later today for the election campaign.

August 13, 2014

Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou katoa.

Like you, the Green Party loves New Zealand.

We want to help build a fairer, greener, and smarter society.

Our transport policy, which we are launching today, encapsulates all three of these aims.

We want to make getting places easier, without costing the earth.

For more than half a century, New Zealand has planned primarily for cars.

Now we are vulnerable to rising oil prices and our cities are congested, expensive to get around and increasingly polluted.

August 13, 2014

The Green philosophy is about sustainability. It takes, as its worldview, the environment, within which human society and its economy operate. It places the soaring human population within Earth’s finite capacity for resource-use and waste-disposal. If there is one thought that underpins Green belief, it is that we have one planet, to share.

The Green political movement is newer than the other two major philosophies. It gained parliamentary representation about 20 years ago. It has recently entered government in Europe. It is ready to do so, here.