The Green Party has long advocated for ethical investment by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund. Several companies, in which the Super Fund invests, have been accused of human rights violations, the production of nuclear arms, and causing severe environmental damage.
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Today, as we mark World Refugee Day, I look back and think about how lucky we are in New Zealand to experience the diversity and culture that various refugees have brought into this country.
Over the years, I have met with many people who came to New Zealand as refugees. They brought with them a great wealth of culture, experience and knowledge – and they have used it to settle into their new lives here. They have also been very willing to share that knowledge with us- so really, we here in New Zealand can go around the world without leaving our shores.
The Green Party is accusing the Government of systematic inaction over climate change, as New Zealand scientists warn the extreme weather battering the country is a "picture of the future".
"The extremes of weather we're seeing fit with predictions. Climate change is not some distant threat. It is happening now in the form of extreme weather and it is costing communities," said Green Party climate change spokesperson Dr Kennedy Graham.
John Key needs to tell the public why New Zealand is currently involved in a trade deal to benefit Wall Street at the expense of Queen Street, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.
The text of a 19-page, international trade agreement involving New Zealand has just been published via WikiLeaks. According to the United States Chamber of Commerce, the Trade in Service Agreement (TISA) 'should expand access to foreign markets for United States service industries and ensure they receive national and most-favoured nation treatment'.
The true costs of the Government's asset sales are over $640 million, more than five times the $120.6 million National is claiming today, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said.
"The Government is being extremely tricky when it says Treasury's cost for the asset sales was just $85.5 million plus the $35.1 million paid by the companies themselves," said Dr Norman.
Among the other costs to get the sales away were:
The National Government's Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) costs motorists $25-$112 million per year, but they get nothing back, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today.
Motorists have been paying between 2.2 cents and half a cent per litre on petrol as a cost of the ETS. Nationally, that amounts to between $25 million and $112 million a year.
Today is world oceans day. So I thought today would be a good day to explain how New Zealand is falling behind in marine conservation and how the Green Party would help catch us up.
Here is evidence that the National Government is not a champion of marine conservation:
John Key needs to front up to Pacific leaders and communities and explain why his Government is not taking climate change seriously, the Green Party said today.
"Climate change is the biggest risk facing the Pacific. The region is already being disproportionately affected, yet John Key's head remains stuck in the sand," said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Tūrei from Samoa, where the Prime Minister is today visiting sites impacted by a cyclone and tsunami.
"Although islanders have done little to contribute to climate change, they are on the frontline of its effects.
The Green Party congratulates the New Zealand Medical Association for its ground-breaking report on battling obesity, and commits to implementing all its recommendations when in Government.
The Green Party strongly applauds the leadership of the New Zealand medical profession in the battle against obesity-related disease, marked by the release of the NZ Medical Association's landmark report on the subject today.