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Monday, June 17, 2019 - 10:26

The Government is taking action to expand and strengthen the protection for Māui and Hector’s dolphins with an updated plan to deal with threats to these native marine mammals.

Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Fisheries Stuart Nash today released proposals for consultation for a revised Threat Management Plan to protect the Hector’s and Māui dolphins. 

“These precious dolphins are New Zealand taonga. We need to act now to ensure their populations increase and both species thrive,” says Eugenie Sage.

Sunday, June 16, 2019 - 18:26

Minster of Conservation Eugenie Sage has commended the work of the Department of Conservation’s Kākāpō Recovery team as it battles a deadly disease threatening to devastate the kākāpō population.

“Like many people, I care deeply about the kākāpō and am proud of the dedication and expertise of DOC’s team and their work with Ngāi Tahu in leading the recovery of this important taonga species," says Minister for Conservation, Eugenie Sage. 

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:55

The Green Party welcome the PPTA, NZEI and Government coming to agreement on a new offer for teachers and principals, set to be ratified by union members.

 

“After months of meaningful negotiation, we’re proud Unions have a new offer on the table for teachers from the Government, which members are set to ratify,” Green Party Education spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

  

“The Greens will continue to listen with open ears as this goes through ratification. 

 

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:26

The Green Party welcomes the re-opening of the Napier-Wairoa railway line announced today, said Green Party MP Gareth Hughes.

 

“The Greens are committed to regional rail, which should be the backbone of our transport system for people and freight. 

 

“The Greens are pleased to be part of a Government that is upholding our commitment to restoring our railways in the regions.

 

“The restoration of this like will provide a huge boost to the local economy, it will create jobs and keep people connected in the regions.

 

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 15:30

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement by Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor to review New Zealand’s live animal exports rules.

“New Zealand’s live animal export laws are in serious need of an update to protect animal welfare and our agricultural brand,” Green Party Animal Welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

“New Zealand exports tens of thousands of live animals for breeding purposes every year and these animals can face appalling treatment when they arrive in the importing country.”

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 13:08

The Green Party warmly welcome the decision to withdraw all troops from Iraq by June 2020, Green Party Defence Spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman said.

“This has been years in the making. I am thrilled that a withdrawal is finally on the horizon after years of advocacy from New Zealanders who strongly believe we don’t need to follow America and Australia into the Iraq war. 

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 09:27

The Green Party is glad to finally see the rollout of cameras on selected fishing boats but believes it needs to be scaled-up fast.

“We need cameras on all fishing boats as soon as possible to help stamp out illegal practices and protect our fisheries for future generations” says Green Party spokesperson for Fisheries, Gareth Hughes. 

“The rollout in its current form is too generous with taxpayer’s money, too narrow and too slow.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 16:10

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s move to provide a funding boost to kōhanga reo, said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson.

“We have seen huge progress revitalising te reo over recent decades, and we owe a lot to the kōhanga reo movement for their role in bringing te reo back from the brink to where we are today.

“The government has a responsibility to ensure our indigenous language thrives in Aotearoa, and this begins with our tamariki.

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 12:38

The dedication by many recipients of Queen’s Birthday Honours to looking after our native plants and wildlife and natural landscapes, and improving environmental management is an example of exemplary leadership, says Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage. “I’m delighted to see the decades of dedication to conservation and the environment recognised today,” Eugenie Sage said.

Gary Taylor of Auckland has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services for the environment and natural resource management.  

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 16:04

E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe.

Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata,

huri noa i te Whare,

ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.

1.         The Wellbeing Budget is based on Green Economics

Mr Speaker, for years – many years – the Green Party and our predecessor, the Values Party, have advocated an approach to economics that delivers human prosperity within ecological limits.

A growing Gross Domestic Product does not, by itself, deliver a fair society or a healthy environment.