Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising.
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The next government needs to commit to a goal of zero harm on our roads to address the rapidly rising numbers of people being killed on them, the Green Party said today.
There have been 282 road deaths this year, 38 more than this time last year. Road deaths have been trending upwards since 2013 when a total of 253 people were killed for the full year. Road deaths in heavy vehicle crashes have also spiked upwards to levels not seen since 2007.
The Green Party today welcomed a call from leaders of seven key environmental organisations for the major political parties to prioritise protecting the environment.
The challenge, supported by Forest & Bird, Fish & Game, Greenpeace, WWF, EDS, Generation Zero, and Ecologic, noted larger than ever public support for protecting the environment, and called on parties to prioritise freshwater, climate and conservation.
Judith Collins should release a new report, that had been due to come out this week, showing what the Government knew about the vulnerability of the fuel pipeline into Auckland, the Green Party said today.
RNZ reported this morning that a Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment report highlighting the fuel pipeline’s vulnerability was due out this week, but has not been published because of the rupture. Collins said she hadn’t seen the draft report.
The Green Party welcomes today’s announcement from Foodstuffs that they will switch to completely cage-free eggs by 2027 in their supermarkets nationwide, and is calling on all supermarkets, to follow suit.
“To have one of New Zealand’s biggest grocery distributors commit to going cage-free is fantastic,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Mojo Mathers.
“This is a strong message that time’s up for cruel cages and colony production.
National’s last minute pitch to get the Trans Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP-11) agreement across the line just days before the general election should not bind the new incoming government, the Green Party said today.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade (MFAT) negotiators begin meeting in Japan today to negotiate the final package for the TPP, now called the TPP-11 since the US pulled out. This is the deal that will be presented for final agreement by Ministers in November.
Decades of underinvestment in Auckland’s public transport and minimal uptake of electric vehicles under National are being highlighted by the looming petrol shortage, the Green Party said today.
“If more Aucklanders had access to reliable trains, buses, safe cycle routes or an electric car, this temporary disruption to petrol supplies wouldn’t be such a big deal for commuters,” said Green Party transport spokesperson Julie Anne Genter.
James presented the Green Party's fiscal plan for the 2017 election on 18 September 2017 at Biz Dojo, Wellington.
Tena koutou katoa.
Thank you so much for joining us here today, online or in the room.
I am unreasonably excited about this event and the document that we’re launching tonight.
Because what we’re doing is bringing together every policy proposal and plan that the Green Party has offered to the country, about how to make the promise of 100% Pure New Zealand a reality, into one place.
The Green Party today published its fully costed policy manifesto along with an independent analysis of its fiscal implications.
The independent fiscal analysis, by economics consultancy Infometrics using Treasury data, shows that in government the Greens will be able to deliver real action on climate change, cleaner rivers, and significant poverty reductions while running surpluses and paying down debt, as per the party’s Budget Responsibility Rules.
Green Party co-leader James Shaw announced today his party’s commitment to funding the Rocks Road Cycleway in Nelson.
The Green Party has committed $23 million to fund the project, which involves creating a three-metre shared path on the seaward side of Rocks road, widening on-road cycle lanes, and a new cycleway from Tahunanui Beach to Annesbrook.
“This project has the potential to transform Nelson’s waterfront, by making Rocks Road a safe and inviting place for people to walk or cycle,” said Green Party co-leader James Shaw.