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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.

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.

Jan Logie MP on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:51

The Salvation Army’s annual State of the Nation report shows just how urgent the need is for welfare reform and lifting the incomes of the thousands of New Zealanders who can’t afford to house and feed their families, the Green Party said today.

The report highlighted a jump in the number of families needing food parcels to get by, as well as serious issues around youth unemployment, child poverty and housing.

“Thousands of New Zealanders are living hand-to-mouth, in the most desperate of circumstances,” said Green Party welfare spokesperson Jan Logie.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 14:53

As Green Party co-leader I extend my sympathies and support to the people of Tonga after the massive devastation of Cyclone Gita.

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s quick initial response to provide $750,000 in relief aid to help in the clean-up and recovery.

The images of destruction are truly heart-breaking after what’s been described as the kingdom’s worst cyclone in 60 years.

It is almost impossible to comprehend what it was like to be caught in such a ferocious storm with Gita carrying winds up to nearly 280 kilometres an hour.

James Shaw MP on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 12:16

The Green Party would like to acknowledge the Rt Hon Bill English, who announced his retirement from politics today.

“On behalf of the Green Party, I’d like to acknowledge Bill English and his 27 years of public service,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Mr English has held many roles during that time – constituent MP, party leader, minister and Prime Minister – and should be congratulated for both his commitment and perseverance.

on Monday, February 12, 2018 - 10:10

The Green Party is today confirming that two candidates – Marama Davidson and Julie Anne Genter – are in the running to be the next female Co-leader of the Party.

Nominations for the contest closed on Friday. Votes will be cast by delegates, who are chosen by members. The winner will be announced on Sunday April 8.

The timeline for the remainder of the contest is as follows:

Sat Mar 3: Co-leader candidate session at Green Party policy conference in Napier (open to media, details to be advised closer to the time)

James Shaw MP on Friday, January 26, 2018 - 10:39

The Green Party will have a new Female Co-leader by April 9, following the announcement today of an early special election for the position and a truncated campaign period of two months.

The Female Co-leader position has been vacant since Metiria Turei’s resignation in August last year. Green Party Co-leaders are normally elected annually at the party’s AGM but the party executive has decided to bring the election forward in order to fill the vacancy sooner.

James Shaw MP on Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:45

Kia tau te rangimārie o te Rangi e tū nei

o Papatūānuku e takoto nei

o te Taiao e awhi nei

ki runga i a tātou.

Tīhei mauri ora!

 

Tēnā koutou katoa.

Ko James Shaw tōku ingoa. Ko ahau te kaiārahi o Te Rōpū Kākāriki.

Five years after the Velvet Revolution that made him President of Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic, the former dissident and poet Václav Havel, said that:

James Shaw MP on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - 11:06

The Green Party’s position on the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is unchanged, Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“We recognise Trade Minister David Parker has made significant progress on some controversial provisions in the TPP, including investor-state dispute settlement, and we support those changes. However, we still don’t believe there are sufficient safeguards for people and the environment that would enable us to support the deal,” Mr Shaw said

James Shaw MP on Friday, January 19, 2018 - 11:17

The Green Party wishes to extend its warmest congratulations to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford on the news that they are expecting a child. 

“This is wonderful news. On behalf of the Green Party, I’d like to congratulate Jacinda and Clarke, and wish them the very best for parenthood,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“That a woman can be the Prime Minister of New Zealand and choose to have a family while in office says a lot about the kind of country we are and that we can be – modern, progressive, inclusive, and equal.