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August 9, 2014

This was the week we put climate change back on the political agenda.

It seems people were waiting for it.

The strength of feeling that’s emerged – frustration at New Zealand’s slide backwards into inertia over the climate crisis, anger at National’s indifference, excitement that the Greens have tabled a win-win proposal, and a real sense our country can be part of the climate solution rather than remaining part of the problem – has surprised and humbled us.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party has today announced a suite of major election policies to transition New Zealand to carbon neutrality by 2050, including a charge on carbon that will be returned to all households as a Climate Tax Cut on the first $2000 of income, leaving Kiwi families better off.

The components of the Green Party climate protection plan are:

August 9, 2014

The Green Party will decriminalise abortion and assert the right of women to make decisions regarding their own health and the wellbeing of their family or whanau.

Abortion is currently a crime under the Crimes Act. It is only legal if two consultants agree that the pregnancy would seriously harm the woman's mental or physical health or that the fetus would have a serious disability.

"The Green Party trusts women to make decisions that are best for them and their whānau/family," Green Party women's spokesperson Jan Logie said.

August 9, 2014

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.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

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:

National is allowing set net and trawl fishing (which can kill our critically endangered Maui’s dolphins) in a marine mammal sanctuary

August 9, 2014

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.

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.

June 1, 2014

Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou Tēnā koutou katoa.

Thank you very much Jeanette for that introduction and thank you, all of you, for the very warm welcome.

Greetings Green Party members and friends, greetings to those here today from the wider green movement, to our guests from the diplomatic community, and an especially warm welcome to senator Scott Ludlam from Western Australia.

Tēnā koutou.

They used to call climate change the biggest issue of our time.

More recently I've heard it described as the biggest issue of all time.

Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 00:00

KEVIN HAGUE (Green) to the Associate Minister of Health: What steps will he be taking to ensure New Zealand drug laws are still fit for purpose given the recent findings by Johns Hopkins University and British medical journal The Lancet that the punitive approach to drug offending has done more harm than good?