During the past adjournment the Green Party launched its climate protection package. It is an understatement to say that this far-reaching policy has been well received. Critics of the policy have been limited to the Government, which fashioned the current scheme, and those benefiting financially from it—they who are polluting with near total freedom while the taxpayer foots the bill.
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Conservation Minister Nick Smith misled Parliament with his statement that not a single Maui's dolphin has been sighted inside an area opened up by the Government for oil drilling, the Green Party said today.
"Conservation Minister Nick Smith is not telling the truth when he says that no Maui's dolphins have been observed in the area that the Government has opened up for oil and gas exploration," said Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman.
In the last few days we’ve seen MMP being kicked around like the political football it should never be.
Electoral systems shouldn’t be politicised or swayed by particular situations or political parties. But that’s exactly what’s happened with MMP since the announcement of the Internet Mana Party deal.
Last election, the public voted to keep MMP and to improve it. We then had a robust public consultation process that came up with a clear set of recommendations that could have been easily implemented.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has published a report that concludes the situation for New Zealand's highly endangered Maui's dolphin is dire, and that the Government's "current management situation falls short of that required to reverse the Maui's decline."
The Commission calls on the Government to "take immediate management actions that will eliminate bycatch of Maui's" and to "commit to specific population increase targets and timelines."
OECD Secretary-General, Mr. Angel Gurría described the implementation of British Columbia’s carbon tax “as near as we have to a textbook case, with wide coverage across sectors and a steady increase in the rate”.
British Columbia’s centre-right political party, the Liberal Party, implemented a broad-based low rate carbon charge in 2008 of C$10 per tonne of CO2e emissions. (The proposal took only four months to implement in law.) The rate has increased annually by C$5 per tonne until reaching its final rate of C$30 per tonne in 2012.
My personal interest in 3D printing started about a year ago. I had read a bit about 3D printing on blogs and websites but it wasn’t until I heard Maurice Williamson talking on the radio of the risks of 3D printing drugs and guns at parties and then going on about printing gems and gold that I thought we need a more informed public discussion and that I had to research this issue further. So I tried to meet as many experts and makers as possible to understand the technology further.
I was thrilled to speak at the Local Democracy Coalition’s (LDC) meeting in Wellington yesterday. It was only the Coalition’s second meeting, and brought together the Mayors of 14 Councils from around New Zealand to share their views and experiences on supercities.
The Green Party is urging the Education Minister to move to the central funding of school support staff as primary principals and teachers reject her $359 million flagship education plan.
"It's a bit ironic that the Minister's failure to convince primary principals and teachers of the need for her $359 million expert teacher education package comes as the national day is held to recognise school support staff," Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.
The National Government has been propped up for the past three years by a criminal MP who got his seat through a dodgy deal with John Key, and it is time for that arrangement to end, the Green Party said today.
In the High Court at Auckland Act MP John Banks was today found guilty of filing a false electorate return.
"John Key's coalition is reliant on a criminal," Green Party musterer Gareth Hughes said.