Nurses deserve to be paid more

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party said today nurses have historically been underpaid and undervalued and they deserve to be paid more. 

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson was commenting after it was announced nurses rejected the DHBs’ latest pay offer in their ballot.

“Nurses are totally professional, so for them to reject an offer of 9% over 15 months reveals how undervalued they feel after nine years squeezing by National,” Ms Davidson said. “We support their call for urgent mediation.”

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Green Party mourns passing of Talei Morrison

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Ka iri te kapua pōuri ki runga i Ōhinemutu, Te Arawa waka.

He pou whakarae o Te Mātārae i Ōrehu, he kaikōkiri kaupapa hauora, he wāhine toa.

E heke ana ngā roimata mō te wāhine kua hinga nei.

The Green Party was saddened to learn yesterday of the passing of kapa haka veteran and Smear Your Mea campaign founder Talei Morrison.

“It is with great sadness that I extend the Green Party’s condolences to the whānau of Talei Morrison at this incredibly hard time,” said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson.

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The Green Party was saddened to learn yesterday of the passing of kapa haka veteran and Smear Your Mea campaign founder Talei Morrison.

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Government declines application to mine conservation land at Te Kuha

An application to mine coal on public conservation land near Te Kuha in the Buller District has been declined, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Energy Resources Megan Woods announced today.

Rangitira Developments Ltd had applied for an access arrangement under the Crown Minerals Act to mine 12 hectares of public conservation land in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area, near Te Kuha, as part of a large opencast coal mine.

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New Waikeria facility a relief valve as work to reduce prison numbers begins

The Green Party welcomes the adoption of a human rights based approach to the upkeep of the Waikeria prison facility, focused on rehabilitation instead of the American-style mega-prison planned by the last government.

“We know that imprisonment has failed to reduce crime rates or keep our communities safe. New Zealand needs a new approach and we see this decision as a start,” says Green Party corrections spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman.

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Ministers grant overseas investment consent

Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage and Associate Finance Minister David Clark have granted an application under the Overseas Investment Act 2005 for Cresswell NZ Ltd to purchase land to expand the existing Otakiri Springs water bottling plant near Whakatane.

The decision is conditional on the company providing an additional 60 fulltime jobs and getting the resource consents it needs under the Resource Management Act (RMA).

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Green Party welcomes HNZ fronting on meth testing scandal

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party welcomes the belated fronting by Housing New Zealand today on the bogus meth contamination of houses and agrees HNZ should consider repaying tenants costs associated with their evictions.

“Not only were hundreds of tenants evicted on the basis of this bogus testing regime, but to add insult they were charged for it,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said.

“The issue of compensation should be seriously considered. At the very least, HNZ should repay costs around testing.” 

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Action on plastic announced on World Environment Day

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At an event in Auckland today 12 local and international businesses signed a declaration to tackle plastic waste, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced.

The businesses chose World Environment Day today, with its theme of “Beat Plastic Pollution”, to commit to using 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier.

New Zealand-based businesses that signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration are Foodstuffs, Countdown, New Zealand Post and Frucor Suntory.

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International visitors to pay more than locals for Great Walks

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International visitors will pay more than locals for DOC huts and campsites on New Zealand’s four most popular Great Walks as part of a trial for the 2018/19 season, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

“New Zealand’s nine Great Walks are premier tracks that pass through unique and spectacular scenery and are a magnet for international visitors,” Eugenie Sage said.

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Investing in kids will save waste in future

Children will learn about waste and recycling with a Sustainability Trust-run programme getting a $157,000 grant from the Government’s Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

The Minister also announced $100,000 for Environment Hubs Aotearoa from the Community Environment Fund.

“The Sustainability Trust’s new “Your Sustainable School” programme will improve waste and recycling infrastructure at primary schools in the Wellington region, and help the whole school community develop a zero-waste culture,” Eugenie Sage said.

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