First step towards NZ’s largest pest-free island

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Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage has announced funding for the first step in New Zealand’s most ambitious island pest eradication.

Speaking at Forest and Bird’s 2018 Conference, the Minister committed $2 million over the next three years to complete planning, including field trials, towards making sub-Antarctic Auckland Island predator free.

“This is an ambitious project on the 46,000 ha Auckland Island and a major step towards the goal of New Zealand being predator free by 2050,” Eugenie Sage said.

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Green Party congratulates Prime Minister on birth of child

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party wishes to extend its love and congratulations to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford on the birth of their child.

To mark the birth, the Green Party caucus is sending a card to the new parents and giving a koha on their behalf to wahakura weavers. The Prime Minister was given a wahakura for her baby at Waitangi this year by Māori public health agency Hāpai Te Hauora.

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The Green Party wishes to extend its love and congratulations to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clarke Gayford on the birth of their child.

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Marama Davidson - Heretaunga Tamatea Claims Settlement Bill - Third Reading

The Green Party stands here, absolutely in full support of the people of Heretaunga Tamatea and this settlement,

 

New Zealand cannot tolerate US incarceration of children

The treatment of migrant children and families at the United States border is heart-breaking and intolerable. The Green Party calls on the New Zealand Government to condemn this egregious breach of human rights.

“The mass detention of children and separation from their families as a part of immigration policy is unacceptable,” says Golriz Ghahraman, Green Party human rights spokesperson.

“It is abhorrent to do it as a way to ‘deter’ their parents from seeking asylum or migrating to the United States, and New Zealand must condemn it.”

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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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Marama Davidson - Domestic Violence - Victims' Protection Bill - Second Reading

I rise to support with pride the second reading of the Domestic Violence—Victims' Protection Bill.

 

I will start with the acknowledgment and tautoko to the many members across this whole House, not the least from the Opposition benches, who have been singing, rightfully, my colleague, Jan Logie's, praises, because this is her member's bill.

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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