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Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 17:59

The Green Party Caucus has officially assigned the Mental Health portfolio permanently from Julie Anne Genter to Chlöe Swarbrick.

Green Co-leaders Marama Davidson announced and welcomed the move today.

“Chlöe has been working with communities around the country that are affected by a lack of accessible community mental health services. The Green Party has a commitment from the coalition Government for high quality and timely mental health services, and Chlöe will be championing this issue for us” Marama Davidson said.

Eugenie Sage MP on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 00:00

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says the National Party’s petition to stop control of Himalayan tahr shows that National doesn’t understand conservation, and is resorting in opposition to a bizarre form of shouting for the sake of political point scoring.

“Truly, a petition by National to “save tahr” is absurd,” Eugenie Sage says.

“Whilst in government, National were missing in action protecting our special alpine landscapes and ecosystems from heavy browsing and trampling by a ballooning population of Himalayan tahr.

on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 14:23

The Green Party does not support Labour Party Minister Woods allowing mining companies with existing offshore oil and gas exploration permits more time to consider if they will drill. 

“Mining companies with existing licenses for drilling have a time limit on when they can explore. If they reach the time limit, their permits are handed back to the Crown”, Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today. 

“They shouldn’t be offered special treatment by Labour to extend or waive that time limit. 

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Monday, September 24, 2018 - 17:37

The Green Party welcome the introduction of the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, which will legislate to officially stop new offshore oil and gas exploration permits.

“This is a special day for the planet, and proof that this Government are now meaningfully acting to address climate change”, Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

“This is Greens in Government at its best and represents an important step to stopping new offshore permits, so that our environment is better protected.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 09:08

A report by Housing New Zealand has shown that under the previous National Government, Housing New Zealand pushed vulnerable kiwis onto the street whilst charging them millions in testing and clean-up costs for meth residue that is scientifically proven not to be harmful.

“The approach by Housing New Zealand, borne from moral panic inflamed by National, resulted in 800 vulnerable tenants being pushed out of their home and approximately $6.8 million charged for testing and clean up”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 12:57

The Green Party have welcomed the Government’s decision to increase the refugee quota to 1500 annually, meaning more families, women and children fleeing war and persecution will have a safe place to call home.

Green Co-leader Marama Davidson, said:

“To those who have fled persecution and need a safe place to call home, we want you to know New Zealand welcomes you.

“We are a kind, compassionate and safe country. New Zealanders want to help and we can.

Green spokesperson on immigration and human rights Golriz Ghahraman, said:  

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 11:41

On the 125 year anniversary since New Zealand women won the right to vote, the Green Party are celebrating wins in Government for women, and commit to keep working in the space to achieve full equity.

“Of course New Zealand was at the forefront of getting our wāhine the vote, 125 years on and women are still doing incredible work to ensure equity in work, safety and happiness in our homes, and fairness in our parliament” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 13:25

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick has welcomed the extension of funding for Te Whare Mahana mental health service in Golden Bay while the Government conducts its review of mental health services.

“Security of funding for mental health services is one of the top issues raised with me by constituents. I visited Te Whare Mahana and their work was essential for not just the region, but the number of patients who travel across the country for their specialised services,” Green MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 10:16

The Green Party tautoko the Government proactively releasing Cabinet papers to ensure and openness and accessibility, but will work to go even further.

“The Green Party have always strongly advocated for open and accessible Government. It’s a commitment in our Confidence and Supply Agreement, so we are pleased the Government is delivering”, Green spokesperson for Open and Accessible Government, Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

“New Zealanders deserve to know what has been decided by Government in a timely manner.

Golriz Ghahraman MP on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 08:49

The decision by Cabinet to continue to deploy troops to Iraq and Afghanistan is strongly opposed by the Green Party, who believe the money would be better spent on humanitarian aid in the regions.

“We opposed the extension of the troops in Iraq in 2016 and we are opposing it now. John Key make a broken promise that the Iraq deployment would only last two years. It’s been a total of four years now and yet troops remain in an ongoing capacity”, Green MP Golriz Ghahraman said today.