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Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:50

As part of Mental Health Awareness week, Green Party mental health spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick says we have an opportunity to help normalise conversations about mental ill health and well-being.

“I’ve been out in the regions, in workplaces, mental health services and across university campuses over the past few months learning about the increasing stresses and strains on too many Kiwis, and in far too many cases, ridiculous wait-times to access services, even when needs are immediate and urgent.

Golriz Ghahraman MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:48

The Nauruan Government’s decision to ask Doctors Without Borders to immediately leave shows continued callousness towards asylum seekers desperately seeking a safe place to call home, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today.

“We thought the environment for families, men women and children seeking asylum could not get any worse on Nauru, now the critical service Doctors Without Borders are being asked to leave imminently.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:45

“Like many New Zealanders, I am incredibly keen to see the results of the Mental Health and Addictions Inquiry Report.

“The sheer volume of submissions and evidence gathered at public forums demonstrates how passionate our communities are about addressing the mental health crisis in this country. 

“I am disappointed that the Inquiry is not reporting back on time, but if an extra month is needed to properly consider the huge swathes of evidence, then it should not be rushed. 

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 14:43

The Green Party has welcomed a better than expected surplus, which should allow us to invest in communities and ensure increased wellbeing for New Zealanders. 

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today: 

“We’ve met our debt target for 2022 thanks to a thriving economy, and managing the books well, bearing in mind there was some delayed spending that will reverse out later in the year. 

“This better paves the way for us to press ahead with a true Wellbeing Budget that focuses on the wellbeing of New Zealanders so that everyone can lead a good life. 

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 13:13

Petrol prices haven’t been this high since the 1980s, highlighting the need to free ourselves from fossil fuel reliance, Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw said today.

“Prices have always been volatile and this Government is investing in clean alternatives like electric vehicles, public transport infrastructure, cycling and walkways to free New Zealanders from fossil fuel reliance.

James Shaw MP on Monday, October 8, 2018 - 15:38

A special report on global warming, released today, has laid out a strong case for countries to make every effort to limit temperature rise to 1.5o Celsius above pre-industrial levels, says the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw.

“The special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns that a host of climate-related risks; from sea level rise, to food and water supplies, security, and health issues will be worse if global temperatures rise to 2o rather than 1.5o.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, October 4, 2018 - 19:39

Analysis of the more than 15,000 submissions made about the Zero Carbon Bill provide a critical insight into New Zealanders’ thinking on our country’s path to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, says the Minister for Climate Change.

The Ministry for the Environment has today released a summary of submissions made during consultation on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill and a full report of the submissions is available at: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/node/24411

Eugenie Sage MP on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 00:00

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today launched the South Island’s first large-scale predator free project in Dunedin.

Government company Predator Free 2050 Ltd will contribute $4.33 million towards Predator Free Dunedin, an umbrella group of 20 community groups supported by Dunedin City Council, Otago Regional Council and the Department of Conservation. It aims to save native plants and wildlife from predators across 31,000 hectares of land.

“This is an important step towards Dunedin seeking to become the South Island’s first predator free city,” Eugenie Sage said.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:15

Families living in dilapidated conditions in a boarding house in Whanganui further demonstrates why a Warrant of Fitness for housing is required, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

“The Pink Flats, where a single mum is having to bathe her kids in a mouldy bathroom, is a textbook example of why we desperately need a Warrant of Fitness in Aotearoa.

“People who live there have repeatedly asked for repairs and have been ignored. Now children are ill.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 10:13

The Green Party support teachers and principals who continue to ask for better pay that meets the huge pressures that come with educating our kids.

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said:

“Teachers have been underpaid and undervalued for decades and the Green Party is 100% behind their efforts to achieve pay that properly reflects the immense amount of work they do.

“New Zealand prides itself on having one of the best education systems in the world. Teachers deserve to be remunerated to match the stellar education they provide.