The Royal Commission of Inquiry on Pike River is showing just how dangerous it is to work underground in New Zealand mines.
Nothing has been done to improve mine safety for workers since the Pike River tragedy, despite the mounting evidence. We don't need to wait for the Commission to report to make things safer for the workers going underground every day right now.
The Green Party is ready to work with all parties to improve mine safety immediately. If the Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson isn't, she should resign.
Kevin Hague, Green MP
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In this issue
Welfare Forums with Catherine Delahunty
'Welfare Reforms: A Recipe for Poverty'
Saturday 30 July, 2-4pm
Glenfield Community Centre, cnr Glenfield Rd and Bentley Ave, Glenfield, Auckland
Thursday 25 August, 12:30-1:30pm
Grahamstown Community Hall, Thames
Monday 25 July, 12:30pm-1:30pm -
Kauri Room, REAP, 33 Puckey Ave, Kaitaia
Smart Transport for NZ Conference, with Gareth Hughes
Friday 19 August 1pm to Saturday 20 August 5:30pm
Green MP Gareth Hughes is touring campuses for second semester reorientation, talking to students about the issues they face this winter. Watch the video...
In this podcast, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei and Maori Affairs spokesperson David Clendon talk about importance of te reo to the culture and identity of all New Zealanders. Listen to podcast...
Wilkinson must go to progress mine safety
19 July 2011
The Government must replace current Minister of Labour Kate Wilkinson and act immediately to improve mine safety, Green Party West Coast based MP Kevin Hague said today. Read more...
Practical solutions to reduce youth inequality
19 July 2011
A new report shows that there are practical solutions to addressing the inequality gap for disadvantaged youth, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Govt must not short change care workers
14 July 2011
John Key's Government should ensure that workers in the care sector are paid what they are legally entitled to, Green Party disability spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said today. Read more...
More bad news for families as food prices rise again
13 July 2011
Food prices have risen again, and it's not getting any easier for thousands of individuals and families to make ends meet, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Auckland 'sweeps' homeless from streets for RWC
10 July 2011
The Green Party has discovered the Auckland Council has budgeted $15,000 for a security company to accompany police and twice daily 'sweep' homeless from Queen St in the lead up to the Rugby World Cup. Read more...
Warming up Re-Orientation - by Gareth Hughes
I’m on the road touring New Zealand’s universities for Re-Orientation Week talking to students about the issues facing them. Read more...
60,000 people are not wrong about cuts to early childhood education - by Catherine Delahunty
The 60,000 strong early childhood education (ECE) petition presented to Parliament this week represents a heartfelt message to the Government to invest in the best for our youngest citizens. Read more...
Families affected by Leaky Homes - Sue Kedgley MP, 14 July 2011
Allowing the building industry to effectively self-regulate has turned out to be an unfathomable mistake, and is one that has created, as many have pointed out, the biggest man-made disaster in our history. Watch video or read transcript...
Kevin Hague questions the Minister of Labour about mining safety 13 July 2011 - Kevin Hague MP, 13 July 2011
Is underground mining safe in New Zealand? Watch video or read transcript...
Metiria asks about WWG and inequality and tables Innes Asher's letter - Metiria Turei MP, 8 July 2011
Does he stand by his statement "there is no question in my mind - someone would be better off in paid employment than on welfare. If they were not, that is a real indictment on the welfare system"? Watch video or read transcript...