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Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 14:45

The Green Party is calling for the controversial Anadarko Amendment to be rescinded after the Murdoch report released today.

“Today’s report is a stark reminder of the corrosive effect of the Anadarko Amendment on the legitimate right to protest fossil fuel exploration”, Green Party spokesperson for Energy and Resources Gareth Hughes said today.

“National passed this amendment to the Crown Minerals Act under urgency, with no public consultation or Bill of Rights Act vet to protect their friends in the fossil fuel industry.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019 - 17:46

The Green Party is celebrating significant changes to the Misuse of Drugs Act that will ensure police treat drug addiction like the health issue it is.

"Today we’ve passed the most transformative change in drug law in New Zealand in over 30 years", Green Party spokesperson on drug law reform Chlöe Swarbrick said.

"We’re living up to the rhetoric as a country that implements evidence-based policy, and one that prioritises compassion.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 16:48

The Green Party has welcomed today’s First Reading of the Electoral Amendment Bill, which will strengthen participatory democracy in New Zealand.

The Green Party will be working to strengthen the Bill as it proceeds through the House. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - 15:00

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage and the New Zealand Conservation Authority have directed the Department of Conservation (DOC) to undertake partial reviews of the Conservation General Policy and the General Policy for National Parks, to give better effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The direction is in response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki, a case which examined the way DOC considered Treaty principles when it granted two commercial tour concessions on Rangitoto and Motutapu Islands.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, August 5, 2019 - 09:51

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Ki a Papatūānuku e takoto ana nei, kōrua ko Ranginui ki runga rā tēna kōrua. Ki ngā tūpuna hei takoto te ara tika mō tātou te iwi o nāianei, tēnei te mihi ki a koutou.

E rere haere ana ngā mihi ki te mana whenua o te rohe nei. Ki ngā hapū o Ngaitahu, tēnā koutou mō tō koutou manaakitanga i tēnei wā.

Huri noa ki a koutou kua whakarauika mai nei i tēnei rā, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. 

Monday, August 5, 2019 - 09:00

The Government is set on restoring the dawn chorus and giving nature more of a helping hand, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Associate Minister for the Environment Nanaia Mahuta said today as they launched a new action plan for biodiversity in Wellington this morning.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage launched Te Koiroa O Te Koiora – Our shared vision for living with nature, for all New Zealanders to help shape our biodiversity strategy for the next 20 years.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 13:15

The Green Party has committed to prioritising support for New Zealanders who rent at their Annual Conference in Dunedin today.

Co-leader Marama Davidson announced that the Green Party is ready to negotiate its rent-to-own policy as part of the Government’s Kiwibuild reset, reforms to the Residential Tenancies Act, and a mandatory Warrant of Fitness to enforce proper standards for rental homes.

“Everyone deserves a warm, safe and healthy home to live in, and the Government has a role to provide this”, said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 13:30

Climate Change Minister James Shaw has today released the Government’s Climate Action Plan in response to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the low emissions economy.

“Our Government is committed to a just and rapid transition to a low emissions economy, because it’s vital that we play our part looking after our planet. We’re already taking action on many of the Productivity Commission’s recommendations. Climate change is an urgent issue requiring an urgent response, to ensure a stable climate for future generations of New Zealanders,” James Shaw said.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 13:00

Toitū te whenua

The land remains

Toitū te taiao

The natural environment remains.

Tīhei mauri ora!

Behold, the essence of life!

He mihi nui ki te mana whenua o te rohe nei.

Ngā hapū o Kaitahu, tēnā koutou.

I would like to pay tribute to the mana whenua of this land. The many people of Kaitahu, I greet you.

Ki a koutou te whānau o te Pāti Kākāriki kua huihui mai nei, ko tēnei te mihi ki a koutou.

Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 10:40

Government, Iwi and a community organisation have banded together to turn around the fortunes of the nationally endangered hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin, which recently suffered a series of poor breeding seasons.

At the annual hoiho/yellow-eyed penguin symposium in Dunedin today, the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage announced Te Kaweka Takohaka mō te Hoiho/Yellow-eyed Penguin Recovery Strategy. It is a draft strategy to restore hoiho populations in the face of pressures from human activities, climate change, and predators alongside a supporting action plan.