The Minister of Conservation welcomes the planned start this Thursday, weather permitting, of the Department of Conservation’s Himalayan tahr control operation following discussion and consultation with hunters and other stakeholders on the Tahr Liaison Group.
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The Green Party is welcoming stage two of the review of the Overseas Investment Act (OIA), which will look into water extraction and Māori cultural values as part of the benefits test, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson said today.
“The way the previous National Government applied the OIA to sensitive rural land made it easier for overseas investors to buy up extensive areas of farmland.
The Green Party believes animals should not suffer to provide entertainment for people and we are calling for a ban on the use of animals in rodeo events.
“The Green Party is disappointed with NAWACs rodeo report and think waiting for further research and the rodeo association to self-regulate is negligent and will see animals continued to be hurt”, Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.
The Green Party are calling for common-sense legalisation of festival drug testing before the summer festival season begins.
“Despite decades of a hard-line approach, including harsh penalties, Governments worldwide have failed to stop recreational drugs being taken at festivals”, Green Party sensible drug law reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today.
“This has resulted in unnecessary tragedy, with unknown users ingesting unknown substances, at times costing emergency health sector resources, at worst costing lives.
Vulnerable New Zealanders owing $1.5 billion in debt to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) shows just how low benefits are, and how we desperately need to put the heart back into our social support system so people aren’t spiraling into further poverty and owing the state money.
“Our system is fundamentally cruel and harsh. People are surviving from day to day and then having to take out a loan from MSD just to go to the dentist”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.
The Government is currently taking public submissions on what its proposed trade agenda – Trade for All – should look like. I’ve submitted calling for 21st century trade policy that moves New Zealand into a new era of international trade, and focuses on prioritising the things that really matter to New Zealanders.
If you’re interested, you can make a submission yourself, closing Sunday 14 October.
Here's my submission as Green Party Trade Spokesperson:
Supermarkets should be the next industry to come under scrutiny once the law has passed that allows for the Commerce Commission to properly investigate petrol companies in New Zealand, says Green Party MP Gareth Hughes.
“For far too long, the supermarket duopoly between Foodstuffs and Woolworths has hurt producers, growers and small business in New Zealand.
“The Green Party have long called for New Zealand supermarkets to be fairer and more transparent.
The Ministry of Social Development’s Household Income report shows that this Government is focusing on the right areas, with it becoming increasingly clear that our poorest are not receiving their fair share, and renters are struggling more and more.
“We welcome the report, which gives us a snapshot of how kiwis are doing in terms of their household incomes”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.
The Green Party is launching a campaign in Auckland to put the heart back into our social support system, so that no one gets left behind, and are urging the community to get involved and come along.
Launches will take place across the country, kick-starting in Auckland, then heading to Wellington, Dunedin and Christchurch.
The launch in Auckland will include talks by a variety of community leaders currently working to reduce poverty in Aotearoa, and will include a speech by Green Co-leader Marama Davidson, with MCing by Green MP Jan Logie.
The Green Party is warning the Government not to pursue a costly war on synthetic drugs that is destined to fail, and to look instead at broad-scale drug law reforms and common sense resourcing to address addiction and mental health rather than criminalising drug users.
“My deepest condolences to the family and friends of the Christchurch man who is believed to have died as a result of synthetic cannabis use”, Green spokesperson on drug law reform Chlöe Swarbrick said today.