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Golriz Ghahraman MP on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 - 11:50

The treatment of migrant children and families at the United States border is heart-breaking and intolerable. The Green Party calls on the New Zealand Government to condemn this egregious breach of human rights.

“The mass detention of children and separation from their families as a part of immigration policy is unacceptable,” says Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party human rights spokesperson.

“It is abhorrent to do it as a way to ‘deter’ their parents from seeking asylum or migrating to the United States, and New Zealand must condemn it.”

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 00:00

Economic analysis to support the development of the Zero Carbon Bill shows the importance of economic innovation and of planting trees, Minister for Climate Change James Shaw says.

Five technical reports, released today, together set out possible economic pathways for the transition to a net zero emissions economy.

“The economic modeling shows that we can reduce emissions at the same time as growing the economy, jobs, and per-household incomes.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Monday, June 18, 2018 - 14:01

The Green Party said today nurses have historically been underpaid and undervalued and they deserve to be paid more. 

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson was commenting after it was announced nurses rejected the DHBs’ latest pay offer in their ballot.

“Nurses are totally professional, so for them to reject an offer of 9% over 15 months reveals how undervalued they feel after nine years squeezing by National,” Ms Davidson said. “We support their call for urgent mediation.”

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 08:07

Ka iri te kapua pōuri ki runga i Ōhinemutu, Te Arawa waka.

He pou whakarae o Te Mātārae i Ōrehu, he kaikōkiri kaupapa hauora, he wāhine toa.

E heke ana ngā roimata mō te wāhine kua hinga nei.

The Green Party was saddened to learn yesterday of the passing of kapa haka veteran and Smear Your Mea campaign founder Talei Morrison.

“It is with great sadness that I extend the Green Party’s condolences to the whānau of Talei Morrison at this incredibly hard time,” said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson.

Eugenie Sage MP on Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:57

An application to mine coal on public conservation land near Te Kuha in the Buller District has been declined, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Energy Resources Megan Woods announced today.

Rangitira Developments Ltd had applied for an access arrangement under the Crown Minerals Act to mine 12 hectares of public conservation land in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area, near Te Kuha, as part of a large opencast coal mine.

Golriz Ghahraman MP on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 - 16:16

The Green Party welcomes the adoption of a human rights based approach to the upkeep of the Waikeria prison facility, focused on rehabilitation instead of the American-style mega-prison planned by the last government.

“We know that imprisonment has failed to reduce crime rates or keep our communities safe. New Zealand needs a new approach and we see this decision as a start,” says Green Party corrections spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman.

Eugenie Sage MP on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 11:28

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage and Associate Finance Minister David Clark have granted an application under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 for Cresswell NZ Ltd to purchase land to expand the existing Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatane.

The decision is conditional on the company providing an additional 60 fulltime jobs and getting the resource consents it needs under the Resource Management Act (RMA).

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 11:01

The Green Party welcomes the belated fronting by Housing New Zealand today on the bogus meth contamination of houses and agrees HNZ should consider repaying tenants costs associated with their evictions.

“Not only were hundreds of tenants evicted on the basis of this bogus testing regime, but to add insult they were charged for it,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said.

“The issue of compensation should be seriously considered. At the very least, HNZ should repay costs around testing.” 

James Shaw MP on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 00:00

The Minister for Climate Change has welcomed WWF-New Zealand’s Open Letter offering its congratulations on the Government’s goal of getting the country to net zero emissions by 2050.

Their support comes the day before public consultation on the proposed Zero Carbon Bill begins.

It has been signed by more than 200 people including business leaders from Z Energy, Les Mills gyms, DB Breweries, the Body Shop and Meridian Energy, as well as the mayors of Wellington, Whanganui, Christchurch, Gisborne and Auckland.

Eugenie Sage MP on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 - 07:40

At an event in Auckland today 12 local and international businesses signed a declaration to tackle plastic waste, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced.

The businesses chose World Environment Day today, with its theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”, to commit to using 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier.

New Zealand-based businesses that signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration are Foodstuffs, Countdown, New Zealand Post and Frucor Suntory.