The Government's inaccurate response to the Green Party's clean rivers policy shows it is scared of the Party's plans that will actually make rivers clean enough to swim in, the Green Party said today.
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Latest Government data proves John Key is not working for all New Zealanders as the incomes of the poorest half of kiwis stayed the same in the 6 years under National, while the top 20 percent's rose by thousands, the Green Party said today.
"The latest Household Incomes Survey shows income inequality widening further under National, but that it is made worse by rising housing costs that are forcing families into serious financial stress," Green Party Co leader Metiria Turei said,
Tau Huirama, co-convenor Te Roopu Pounamu speaks at the launch of Green’s clean rivers policy
Banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton
13 July 2014
I rise to speak on the second reading of the Accounting Infrastructure Reform Bill. When this bill was introduced to the House, the Green Party did not vote to support it. We had significant concerns and we said that we would be watching carefully during the select committee process.
National has done a deal with a company that continues to flout New Zealand's gambling regulations, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said today.
In a media sting earlier this year, an elderly man was allowed to play pokie machines continuously for hours with absolutely no intervention by SkyCity staff. Following a Green Party complaint, the Gambling Commission found that SkyCity was negligent in its Host Responsibility obligations.
"SkyCity's woeful commitment to preventing gambling harm has once again been exposed," Ms Roche said.
So there has been a bit of discussion over the last few weeks about whether we have a rape culture in NZ or not.
Paula Bennett the Minister responsible for sexual violence denied rape culture in NZ
“I wouldn’t say that we’ve got a rape culture or a sexual violence culture in New Zealand. Actually most men and most women do not and would not condone any sort of behaviour like that. We have got a few people that have got disgusting and abhorrent behaviours that we need to address and stand up and say that we will take a stand on and hold them to account.”
Unfortunately, I did not get the chance to sit in on very much of the select committee proceedings, but I have followed the Transport and Industrial Relations Committee report with some interest. I have got to express some disappointment that the select committee has not, in fact, ended up taking on board the issues that I raised at the first reading, and I do want to come back and speak about those again. The Green Party will be supporting the Land Transport Amendment Bill. We believe that it is a step forward; it is just a shame that it was not a larger step forward.
New figures showing storm damage cost New Zealand $77 million in the first half of the year are a reminder of what we're up against with climate change, the Green Party said today.
According to the Insurance Council of New Zealand, insured storm damage for the first half of 2014 is almost $77 million.
The new figures come as more severe weather batters the upper North Island.
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.