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James Shaw MP on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 13:26

The Green Party has today congratulated the Hon Simon Bridges, who has been announced as the new Leader of the National Party.

“On behalf of the Green Party, I’d like to congratulate Simon Bridges on his election as Leader of the National Party,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Mr Bridges has an opportunity to redefine his party for the future.

“I hope that he takes this opportunity to work constructively across the House on the most important challenges we face together as a country,” said Mr Shaw.

James Shaw MP on Monday, February 26, 2018 - 16:52

The Green Party strongly supports today’s announcement to amend the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990 to provide a statutory power for senior courts to make declarations of inconsistency under the Act.

“At its heart, this amendment is about protecting New Zealanders’ human rights across the board,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:30

The Green Party is renewing its call to remove the double standard that allows for referendum on the establishment of only Māori wards from law.

It has been confirmed that there will be referendum held during May in Palmerston North, Kaikoura, Manawatū, Western Bay of Plenty and Whakatane, which will likely overturn the decisions of those five districts council’s to establish Māori wards.

Eugenie Sage MP on Monday, February 26, 2018 - 09:17

The critically endangered Antipodes Island wandering albatross will be functionally extinct within the next 20 years unless the devastating decline in their population is halted, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says.

The population of this rare wandering albatross, which breeds almost exclusively on the remote Antipodes Island in the New Zealand subantarctic, has experienced an alarming decline in the past 13 years, with very high mortality of females and reduced breeding success.

Eugenie Sage MP on Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00

Punakaiki suffered from a lack of planning under National, and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is pleased this will now change with today’s Provincial Growth Fund announcements.

The fund will provide $100,000 to help Punakaiki develop a master plan to future-proof the township.

“The famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki are major drawcards for visitors, as are the dramatic karst landscapes in the Punakaiki and Pororari Valleys,” Ms Sage said.

Chlöe Swarbrick MP on Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 13:20

Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick is stoked that her Election Access Fund Bill was pulled from the Members’ Ballot today.

Eugenie Sage MP on Monday, February 19, 2018 - 09:00

The result of one of the most complex island mouse eradication projects ever undertaken will be known in a few short weeks.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is accompanying a Department of Conservation-led Million Dollar Mouse monitoring team heading to Antipodes Island group in the New Zealand subantarctic. The monitoring team will begin the month-long assessment to determine whether the project was a success.

Ms Sage said it was an exciting, albeit nerve-wrecking time, for everyone involved.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 14:08

The Green Party is today celebrating the Government’s response to a Green-led select committee inquiry into supporting grieving whānau with accessing and managing the tūpāpaku (deceased bodies) of their loved ones.

Responding to concerns raised by Māori about dealing with authorities regarding the tūpāpaku of deceased family members, former Greens Co-leader Metiria Turei initiated the inquiry at the Māori Affairs Select Committee. The inquiry was then driven and led by Green MP Marama Davidson.

Eugenie Sage MP on Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 09:00

Department of Conservation staff will be able to issue infringement notices and reduce the number of costly prosecutions under a bill that passed its first reading last night.

“The Conservation (Infringement System) Amendment Bill updates eight separate Acts to allow the Department of Conservation to issue infringement notices instead of prosecuting for minor offences.” Ms Sage says.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 14:28

There is no future in burning coal to produce electricity in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

The comment comes after Genesis Energy today revealed its intention to finally put an end to using coal for electricity production by 2030.

“While it’s all well and good that Genesis has made this announcement around its intentions, in reality the time to stop burning coal is now,” said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“Coal belongs in the ground, not burnt in the atmosphere.