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August 9, 2014

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.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party is concerned about the cutting of New Zealand's only university level organics course by Lincoln University.

Lincoln University, as part of its restructuring, has cut a Senior Lecture position and course options for students in Agro-ecology, often recognised as organics, even though the concurrent papers in Biological Science and Ecology were acknowledged as important for primary industries and fitting well with the University's strategic aim, 'Feed the World, Protect the Future, Live Well'.

August 9, 2014

Out of all the people that come to our shores, refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable.  They often carry many scars- some visible, some less visible.  They often have seen and experienced horrific conditions.  So when they arrive, having willingly accepted them, New Zealand has an obligation to provide services and the care to deal with their unique predicament.

August 9, 2014

The Government has recently reported to the United Nations on the progress New Zealand has made towards gender equality and women’s empowerment over the last twenty years.

In the report they point out that ‘changes to the Employment Relations Act 2000 have had positive impacts on working conditions for women’.

These positive changes include Part 6a of the Employment Relations Act which was introduced in 2006.

August 9, 2014

Welcome to the launch of our 3D printing policy, or additive or digital manufacturing policy. This is part of a series of policy launches by the Greens in the lead up to the election to lead New Zealand on the path of a smarter greener economy.

The current Government thinks that the way to prosperity is through exporting ever more raw logs and milk powder. Well they are wrong. The path of cheap commodities is the path of poverty, debt and environmental destruction.

August 9, 2014

One of the many brilliant people I know is Pengjun Zhao. He is from China and we worked together at Otago University on urban sustainability. He came to NZ and was welcomed because we need his skills as a transport modeller to help us consider the consequences of different policy decisions on people’s mobility and carbon footprints. He has also helped us create links with policy and academic communities in China.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

Yesterday I kicked off a nationwide solar-powered roadshow showcasing what local businesses and communities are doing to help kiwi households achieve cheaper and cleaner power.

August 9, 2014

The key issue in education the Government needs to address is inequality and the effect this has on children's ability to learn before anything else, Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today.

After four months of meetings with the education sector, the Government today released a report on the Investing in Educational Success (IES) policy it announced in January. This policy puts aside $359 million for a plan involving new roles for principals and teachers.

August 9, 2014

Last Wednesday the Minister of Education attended the Estimates hearing at the Select Committee and showed us some interesting figures. Apart from the bizarre sideshow whereby Trevor Mallard accused her of hitting a staff member I did get to raise some issues about the education plans in the latest Budget. Since then I have spoken to quite a few teachers and teachers groups about the big new idea “Investing in Educational Success” or IES.

August 9, 2014

 

Congratulations to Save Fiordland, Forest and Bird and the more than 18,000 people who spoke out to protect the Te Wahipounamu SouthWest World Heritage Area and Fiordland’s beautiful river valleys and the ancient beech forests of Snowdon Forest from a destructive and risky monorail.