Paula Bennett reckons people have enough to live on, and is trucking out averages as if it proves something, but on the ground, it's not enough. Here's some of the stories I'm hearing:
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The Green Party has welcomed a Gen Zero report calling for concrete climate commitments from all parties ahead of the election.
"Gen Zero's Big Ask report is a timely reminder about what real climate action looks like," said Green Party Climate Change spokesman Dr Kennedy Graham.
Evidence heard in today's inquest into the death of Jane Farrelly highlights the Police's ongoing failure to protect people on bicycles, the Green Party said today.
The Police decided not to prosecute the driver involved in a fatal collision with Jane Farrelly near Taupo last year saying it was 'unrealistic' for a heavily laden vehicle to slow down before passing a group on bicycles safely.
Latest data showing New Zealanders' power bills have risen 2.3 percent in the last year show National has failed families and households, the Green Party said today.
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment data issued today shows average residential electricity prices for the year ended March 2014 were 2.3 percent higher than for the previous year - an inflation-adjusted increase of 0.8 percent.
The Government has pulled the plug on cleaning up our dirty rivers so they are safe for swimming, the Green Party said today.
The Green Party was commenting on the Government's national bottom lines for water quality released today by Environment Minister Amy Adams. They amend the National Policy Statement for Freshwater Management to set a national bottom line for human health of secondary contact recreation. This means that rivers only have to be clean enough for wading or boating but don't have to be clean enough to swim in.
The Green Party is calling for the review into Foreign Affairs' handling of allegations of attempted rape by a Malaysian Diplomat to be expanded to cover actions of Ministers, and for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to stand down while the review is being held.
The review also needs to be conducted by an external agency, not the Ministry whose actions and inactions need to be independently examined.
In 1882 the first shipment of frozen meat left New Zealand. It was a turning point for New Zealand's economic history. The Adoption of an innovative idea opened up new possibilities for farmers.
National has broken its promise to insulate every state house by the end of 2013, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.
"Of the 68,386 houses under Housing New Zealand's management, 30 percent have not been insulated. That is a dismal failure which shows National cannot be trusted to keep its promises," Mrs Turei said.
"National promised in its 2011 election manifesto that, 'by the end of 2013, every state house built before 1978 that can be practically insulated, will be insulated'."
Jan Logie: I rise with some trepidation, actually, to speak in this urgent debate, because it is about real lives and because there is a young woman who is at the heart of this and I wish to give absolute respect to her experience while being very sensitive around the legal issues in this debate. I also feel a responsibility in this House to convey some of the anger that I am seeing reflected in the community in response to how the debate and the discussion have been happening around this.