Major addition to conservation park

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Four parcels of conservation land that are now included in the Korowai/Torlesse Tussocklands Conservation Park make up the biggest addition to the park since it was created 17 years ago, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage announced today.

First proposed by Forest and Bird 25 years ago, the conservation park was created in 2001 and now spans 24,000 hectares after strategic purchases by the Nature Heritage Fund.

“The parcels now added are part of ongoing reclassification of stewardship land being undertaken by the Department of Conservation,” Eugenie Sage said.

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Kids need feeding now, let’s fund more food in schools

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

A report showing one in five New Zealand children don’t have enough food should prompt urgent action to roll out a national strategy for free food in schools, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  

“The Green Party have long-championed food in schools and we currently have a member’s bill in the ballot to establish a Ministry of Education fund for schools to apply to – or opt out of – based on need.

“Eligible schools would work with their community and existing organisations to make food available to children in the way that best suits their community.

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A report showing one in five New Zealand children don’t have enough food should prompt urgent action to roll out a national strategy for free food in schools, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  

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Green Party welcome Government coming on board with proactive release of Ministerial diaries

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party warmly welcome Government Ministers proactively releasing their Ministerial diaries from February 2019.

“The Green Party have been proactively releasing Green Minister diaries since we came into Government. We are really happy to see Labour and NZ First come on board”, Green Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.  

“We have long advocated for Ministerial diaries to be proactively released. It demonstrates transparency and accountability and increases trust in Government.

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The Green Party warmly welcome Government Ministers proactively releasing their Ministerial diaries from February 2019.

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Green Party investigation shows wide spread stigma around mental ill health and applying for work

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The Green Party has wrapped up its investigation into New Zealanders being potentially discriminated against for mental ill health whilst applying for work. 

The 59 submissions showed that potential discrimination may be occurring across the private and public sector, with large companies like Wishbone, Coca-Cola, Air New Zealand, New World, Countdown and PWC all being raised by New Zealanders for potential misconduct when managing mental ill health in the job application process. 

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The Green Party has wrapped up its investigation into New Zealanders being potentially discriminated against for mental ill health whilst applying for work. 

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Green Party welcome Tomorrow Schools Taskforce repo

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The Green Party are welcoming the report by the Tomorrow Schools Independent Taskforce and are excited by the transformative, systemic changes that it recommends.

“I want to thank the Taskforce Chair Bali Haque and everyone else who contributed to this fantastic piece of work, on their collaboration, bold ideas, robust debate and meaningful work,” Green Spokesperson on Education Chlöe Swarbrick said today.

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​The Green Party are welcoming the report by the Tomorrow Schools Independent Taskforce and are excited by the transformative, systemic changes that it recommends.

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Report recommends compassionate health-based approach to mental health and addiction, let’s make it happen

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The Green Party have welcomed the report into mental health and addiction, and urge the Government to move quickly and implement the findings before more New Zealanders are harmed.   

“The Government has held back from big change in delivering support while awaiting the report’s findings, which serves as a watershed moment for the mental health crisis in Aotearoa New Zealand,” Green spokesperson on mental health and drug law reform Chlöe Swarbrick said today. 

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The Green Party have welcomed the report into mental health and addiction, and urge the Government to move quickly and implement the findings before more New Zealanders are harmed.   

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Conference gets underway in Poland to write rules on climate change action

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The Minister for Climate Change and Green Party co-leader, James Shaw, says New Zealand will put in every effort to ensure success for the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which gets underway in Katowice, Poland, tonight.

 

 “Over the next two weeks in Katowice, COP24 needs to agree the guidelines that countries will use to implement the Paris Agreement,” says James.

 

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Work on waste underway

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A new report out today shows that the Government is on the right track to tackle our waste problem, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says.

The Sustainable Business Network today released its report - New Zealand’s Plastic Packaging System 2018 An Initial Circular Economy Diagnosis.

“SBN’s report is an excellent addition to the public discussion and growing awareness of New Zealand’s waste challenges,” Eugenie Sage said.

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Compensation before Christmas welcome, but Housing NZ must ensure victims have a place to call home

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party has welcomed victims of the meth testing debacle receiving compensation before Christmas, but is calling on Housing NZ to ensure that anyone displaced from the debacle is provided with a safe place to call home. 

“The approach by Housing New Zealand, directed by National, resulted in 800 vulnerable tenants being pushed out of their home and approximately $6.8 million charged for testing and clean up”, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today. 

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The Green Party has welcomed victims of the meth testing debacle receiving compensation before Christmas, but is calling on Housing NZ to ensure that anyone displaced from the debacle is provided with a safe place to call home. 

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$8 million available for community conservation projects

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Community organisations, iwi and landholders will be able to apply for grants from an $8 million conservation fund to help save our native plants, birds and insects and habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage announced today.

Biodiversity protection will be the focus of the 2019 funding round for the Department of Conservation’s Community Fund.

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