Recycle smart with bright new bins

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Recycling just got smarter and brighter with new cleverly designed bins to improve recycling and collection launched by Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today.

In the Wellington CBD Eugenie Sage launched a set of four smart bins, one of 10 sets being rolled out across the city under a pilot initiative, which is part of a $1.7 million grant provided to The Packaging Forum from the Waste Minimisation Fund (WMF).

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Green Party statement on EU trade negotiations

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The Green Party is welcoming the announcement of Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today on the major step forward in negotiations on a trade deal with the European Union, and will push for a deal that protects New Zealand’s interests.

“The Green Party recognises the need for New Zealand as a small island nation to make trade deals that are fair and sustainable, and we are optimistic about the Government’s ability to achieve that with the EU,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman.

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The Green Party is welcoming the announcement of Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker today on the major step forward in negotiations on a trade deal with the European Union, and will push for a deal that protects New Zealand’s interests.

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Funds to tackle waste problems

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A facility to recycle tyres and a project to reuse old photocopier toner are getting off the ground with support from the Waste Minimisation Fund, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said today.

“These projects take waste that would have gone to landfills and use it for something useful. They are great examples of what needs to happen more in New Zealand,” Ms Sage said.

“Significantly reducing waste going to landfill by 2020 is a goal of the Green Party’s confidence and supply agreement with Labour and is a priority for me as Associate Environment Minister.

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This is what a real government looks like

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Let me reassure the members of the Opposition that this is not a dream, there is nothing wrong with their television sets, and the red pill won’t do anything, because this is reality, and this is what a real government looks like.

A government with purpose. A government which takes positive action. A government which is united, focused, and getting things done.

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Hon James Shaw's 2018 Budget Speech

E te Māngai o te Whare, tēnā koe.

Ki a koutou ōku hoa Pāremata, huri noa i te Whare, ngā mihi o te tau hou ki a koutou katoa.

Mr Speaker,
It makes me immensely proud – and my Green Party colleagues immensely proud – to be a part of this Government.

To have had a hand in the development of this Budget – the Greens’ first Budget in Government.

To be laying the foundations for a truly sustainable economy, a healthy environment and a fair society.

Mr Speaker,
This is a budget for every kiwi.

And every takahē.

And every kākā.

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Greenest budget in living memory delivers for environment

The Green Party has secured a historic suite of budget wins valued at $618 million that prioritises protecting nature and backing the transition to a green economy.

The budget package comes in addition to funds already going towards green public transport projects valued at up to $13.5 billon, including light rail from the Auckland CBD to the airport and a new billion dollar fund for safe cycle and walkways in the Government GPS. 

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Saving birds gets massive budget boost

New Zealanders love our unique birds, insects and plants and today’s new funding boost means we can start to really protect them.

Budget 2018 provides the largest increase in the Department of Conservation’s budget since 2002 and delivers on our promise to invest significantly in conservation.

Our plan backs nature. We will better protect our native birds and other animals so we can once again see species thriving in their natural habitats.

We are providing an additional $181.6 million in operational funding for conservation initiatives over the next four years.

Open and accessible democracy

Parliament has unanimously supported Chlöe Swarbrick’s Election Access Fund Bill, which removes barriers to participation for people with disabilities.

Currently disabled people face major challenges in accessing and participating in elections and standing for political office.

Green Party condemns slaughter in Gaza

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party is strongly condemning the slaughter perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces in Gaza overnight following the opening of the new United States Embassy in Jerusalem, which has resulted in the murder of at least 52 civilians and over 2400 injured. 

This is the second deadly massacre of protestors perpetrated by the Israeli armed forces this year and is the deadliest onslaught in Gaza since 2014. 

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Funding a future for native species

Our native birds, insects and plants are what make this country unique. The Greens in Government are achieving real change by saving the wildlife we all love and want to see protected for future generations.

We have a biodiversity crisis where 82 per cent of native birds are threatened with, or at risk of extinction. We need to invest in comprehensive predator control in order to save our special wildlife like kiwis.