As National marches on with its changes to ACC we continue to risk re-victimising those who need our help and support the most.
Revelations that ACC employed a person with controversial views on sexual abuse to advise on processing sensitive claims are deeply disturbing.
That’s why I've called on the Government to have an independent review of ACC changes, so all New Zealanders can have confidence in ACC.
Kevin Hague, Green MP
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Sue Kedgley's bill, the Animal Welfare (Treatment of Animals) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the member's bill ballot and will be debated in parliament very soon. Send an e-card to the Minster of Agriculture urging him to support it also!
Tell John Key that you want him to call a halt to more drilling until all the environmental and safety issues are resolved.
The CBD rail loop is a public transport project that has the potential to transform the Auckland rail network.
New Chums Beach - Wainuiototo - is under threat from the developer's bulldozer. Join over 5,000 people calling on John Key's government to protect it.
One of New Zealand's valuable wild rivers, the Mokihinui River, is under threat from a hydro-electricity dam proposal. Send an eCard to the Prime Minister now to ask him to step in and stop the dam.
There are at least 1 million substandard homes in New Zealand and rental properties are generally the worst-performing of these. We are calling on the government to create performance standards which ensure warm, healthy rentals.
Join Sue Kedgley's Fair Prices for Growers Facebook group. Join the Facebook group
Saturday 18th September 9.00am, Green Party National Office, Level 2, 17 Garrett St, Wellington
Saturday 18th September 9.00am, Green Party Auckland Office, Unit 8, 1 Porters Avenue, Eden Terrace, Auckland
Electorate clinic mornings
especially for citizens who are deaf or hearing impaired to visit and
discuss issues they are concerned about. Catherine Delahunty MP (Wellington) and David Clendon MP (Auckland) invite deaf or hearing impaired citizens to come along to the Green Party offices between 9am and 10am.
Sunday September 19, 2010 Muriwai Beach, Auckland
Just a reminder that Unitec Tree Planting Day, will take place at Muriwai Beach this Sunday, 19 September from 11am - 2pm. Unitec staff and students are asked to meet in front of Building 12 at 10am before departure.
The initiative came from Unitec's Performing and Screen Arts students and is Unitec's response to the tons of paper that is wasted by the film and television industries in New Zealand every year. JOIN THE 'GREENING THE SCREEN' CAMPAIGN and do your bit to preserve the natural environment we live and work in!
Wednesday September 22, 2010 12:00pm, Departs from 'Platform 9' (the bus stop next to Wellington train station)
Secure your seat for NZ's first ever public meeting on a bus!
To celebrate car-free day, you are invited to join Green MPs Gareth Hughes and Sue Kedgley, along with local body councillors Celia Wade-Brown, Paul Bruce and Iona Pannett on NZ's first public meeting on a moving bus.
Thursday September 23, 2010 12:15pm, St Andrews on the Terrace Seminar Room 1, 30 The Terrace, Wellington
Green MP Kevin Hague and conservationist / photographer Craig Potton will host a public forum and film screening highlighting the threats to the beautiful Mokihinui river.
Thursday September 30, 2010 12:00pm, Outside Lambton Quay Postshop, 94-98 Lambton Quay, Wellington
Come and join Green Party Co leader Dr Russel Norman MP to launch the Keep it Kiwi campaign.
We'll be launching the campaign and petition outside the Lambton Quay Kiwibank branch. Come along and wear a kiwi suit, play some music and gather some signatures with Russel and the Green team.
Thursday September 30, 2010 4:00pm, Stout Research Centre, 12 Waiteata Rd, Victoria University Wellington
Prominent academic and political Māori figures will meet to discuss the subject 'Should each Local Body have Māori seats or surrender to the Auckland Super City model?' at the book launch of Māori and Parliament, edited by Dr Maria Bargh and published by Huia Publishers.
Christchurch based Green Party MP Kennedy Graham reflects on how Christchurch is coping after the initial shock of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake. Watch the video...
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei offers her support for the people of Christchurch and Canterbury in their time of need. Watch the video...
Kedgley sprints to the 2011 finish line
17 September 2010
Green MP Sue Kedgley confirmed today that she will not stand at the next election, but promised a sprint to the finish line as she continues to campaign for food safety, animal welfare and aged care. Read more...
Carter wrong on animal welfare claims, says Kedgley
15 September 2010
The Minister of Agriculture David Carter's arguments for not supporting the Animal Welfare Bill are confusing and suggest the Minister is clutching at straws to find a reason to oppose the Bill, Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. Read more...
Greens to oppose discriminatory foreshore legislation
15 September 2010
Revised legislation on the foreshore and seabed is discriminatory and repeats the injustices of the original act, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Animal welfare groups urge MPs to vote for Green Bill
14 September 2010
Parliament has an opportunity to debate the institutionalised suffering of animals for the first time in a decade, and do something positive about it, Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. Read more...
Independent review of ACC needed
9 September 2010
Nick Smith's acknowledgement that problems were caused by changes to how ACC deals with sexual abuse victims highlights the need for an independent review of all changes made to ACC since National took office, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Bottom of the league table for Joyce
8 September 2010
A league table of Tertiary Education ministers would have Steven Joyce ranked near the bottom, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Canterbury's future needs community input
8 September 2010
The local community must be consulted on the rebuilding of Christchurch and its surrounding areas, Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman said today. Read more...
Foreshore bill repeats original injustice
7 September 2010
Revised legislation on the foreshore and seabed repeats the injustices of the original act and does nothing more than paper over the cracks, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Christchurch's vulnerable may need more support
6 September 2010
The Green Party is behind the Government's interim reconstruction plans for Christchurch, while highlighting the need to protect the most vulnerable of its citizens. Read more...
Slashing Home Help will end up Costing DHB More
3 September 2010
The mean-spirited slashing of home help for 500 elderly or disabled people in Wellington will likely end up costing the District Health Board more money, Green Party Aged Care spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. Read more...
PPTA strikes for pay and conditions - by Catherine Delahunty
Yesterday I ducked out of the office to march through Wellington with the secondary school teachers on strike for improved pay and conditions. Read more...
Pacific palms, poverty and Prime Ministers - by Gareth Hughes
A month ago if you had asked me to think about the Pacific Islands, I would be mentally transported to a palm-clad, golden-sand idyllic paradise instantaneously. Read more...
Only a few more votes needed to free the pigs - by Sue Kedgley
My Animal Welfare (Treatment of Animals) amendment bill was launched today, with the support of all the key animal welfare amendment groups in New Zealand–the SPCA, SAFE and WSPA, as well as the Managing Director of Freedom farms, Gregor Fyfe, and Mike King. Read more...
Multi cultural Eid celebration in Mangere - by Keith Locke
It was a pleasure to be able to celebrate the Eid yesterday with members of the Muslim community at a big event in Mangere. Read more...
Child Poverty Action and the reframing of welfare - by Catherine Delahunty
On Friday, the Child Poverty Action Group co-hosted an excellent all day seminar on welfare issues at Auckland University. Read more...
From Oakland to Otara – teachers for social justice - by Catherine Delahunty
Last week I went to Otara to hear some inspirational korero from educators who believe in social justice. Read more...
Supporting welfare justice with the Alternative Welfare Working Group - by Catherine Delahunty
Yesterday I attended the Welfare Justice Alternative Welfare Working Group forum at Tātai Hono Marae in Auckland. Read more...
Reflections on the 2010 Christchurch Experience - by Kennedy Graham
The searing memory of the day occurs near the end. Read more...
Rebuilding Canterbury after the quake - by Russel Norman
Re-opening the Christchurch office last night was an opportunity to talk to locals about what's ahead. Read more...
Domestic violence and the Canterbury earthquake - by Catherine Delahunty
I was dismayed but not altogether surprised to read yesterday that police have reported a marked increase in domestic violence in Canterbury since Saturday’s earthquake. Read more...
What comes after ‘three peat’? ‘Four peat’ doesn’t quite have the same ring to it. Read more...
It's dob in a bludger time - by frog
Someone dropped a pen from ACC near my lilypad yesterday. Read more...
Young people inspire others to believe change is possible - by Kevin Hague
One of the events I really wanted to take part in last year was a festival called "A Day at the Beach". Read more...
Any Glenn Beck fans in the house? - by frog
According to Glenn Beck, universities are re-education camps and more dangerous than terrorist groups. Read more...
Launch of Animal Welfare Amendment Bill - Sue Kedgley MP, 14 September 2010
There is overwhelming support amongst ordinary New Zealanders for strengthening our animal welfare legislation and ending the cruel treatment of animals. Watch video or read transcript...
Dr Kennedy Graham - Statement on Canterbury Earthquake - 7 September 2010
The Green Party sends its condolences and aroha to the people of Canterbury. Watch video or read transcript...
Manukau City Council (Regulation of Prostitution in Specified Places) Bill - Kevin Hague, 1st reading - Kevin Hague MP, 8 September 2010
The bill enables the council to re-criminalise soliciting in particular areas of its choosing. Watch video or read transcript...
The axing of the Pay and Employment Equity Unit - Catherine Delahunty MP, 15 September 2010
Catherine Delahunty to the Minister of Women's Affairs: Can the Minister confirm that when Cabinet agreed to axe the unit, it was committed to supporting the implementation of pay equity response plans in the public sector? Watch video or read transcript...
Russel Norman questions Key on community involvement in post-quake rebuilding of Christchurch - Russel Norman MP, 9 September 2010
Question 5. Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader--Green) to the Prime Minister: How will the Government ensure community involvement in decisions around the rebuilding of Christchurch? Watch video or read transcript...