Speech to Green Party 2018 AGM - Eugenie Sage, Associate Environment Minister

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Te whare e tū nei - tena koe

Te papa i waho nei- tēnā koe

E mihi ana ki nga manawhenua o Rangitane

Ki te whānau e huihui nei

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

The Green Party has always been ahead of the times especially on issues such as climate change and the environment.

Yesterday you heard from James and Marama about how as part of the Labour, New Zealand First and Green government we are achieving wins in important areas like this.

This party is the beating green heart of this Government.

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Waste work programme to tackle tough problems

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Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced a programme of work to take action on New Zealand’s long-neglected waste problems.

“Since taking on the waste portfolio I have heard loud and clear from New Zealanders that they find our country’s record on waste unacceptable and want action after nine years of neglect under National,” Eugenie Sage said.

“This Government has listened to New Zealanders and started by consulting on our plan to phase out single use plastic bags. Now we need to tackle the tough problems that need leadership to fix.”

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Green Party ensures water on the agenda for government review of Overseas Investment Act

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party has ensured that the next set of changes to the Overseas Investment Act will look at water extraction and whether stronger tests should be set for land sales involving water takes, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson announced today.

Parliament passed the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill this week which will stop overseas speculators buying up our houses. A second round of amendments is being developed by Associate Finance Minister David Parker.

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Co-Leader Marama Davidson's Speech to 2018 AGM Conference

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Karanga Hokianga, ki o tamariki, he uri rātou, he mōrehu.

Kohikohia rā, kei ngā hau e wha

Kōrerotia - ko wai rātou.

Kōrerotia - ko wai rātou.

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, i te tī, i te tā - tēnā koutou.

Rangitāne, ka tū te manawa i tō whenua ātaahua, i ō manaaki ki a mātou, hei te mana o te whenua - tēnā koutou.

Ki a koutou te hunga kākāriki, nāku te whiwhi kia kōrero atu ki a koutou i tāku hui-ā-tau tuatahi hei kaiārahi takirua o te rōpū nei - tēnā koutou.

Kia ora tātou katoa.

Hokianga Whakapau Karakia

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AGM 2018 speech by Green Party Co-leader James Shaw

Kia tau te rangimārie o te Rangi e tū nei

o Papatūānuku e takoto nei

o te Taiao e awhi nei

ki runga i a tātou.

Tīhei mauri ora!

Tēnā koutou katoa.

My first campaign was the 1990 General Election. I was sixteen and in my last year at Wellington High School. I did a bit of volunteering for the Greens’ Wellington Central Candidate, Stephen Rainbow.

The centrepiece of his campaign was – get this – a plan to put light rail from the Railway Station out to the Airport.

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Green Party to oppose Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party caucus is listening to the concerns of environmentalists and the local community and will not support the upcoming Waimea Dam enabling legislation, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson announced today.

“The Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill is expected to have its first reading later this year, and we will be voting against it,” Marama said.

“We share concerns about the impact of this scheme on the natural river flows, and disruption to ecosystems in the inundated areas.”

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Single-use plastic bags to be phased out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

“We’re phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation,” said Jacinda Ardern.

“We’re listening to New Zealanders who want us to take action on this problem. This year 65,000 Kiwis signed a petition calling for an outright ban. It’s also the biggest single subject school children write to me about. 

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Native threatened freshwater fish thrown a lifeline

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A vital step towards better protecting indigenous freshwater fish was taken with today’s introduction of a new indigenous fish conservation bill in Parliament.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said the Conservation (Indigenous Freshwater Fish) Amendment Bill amends the Conservation Act 1987 to provide a much-needed “modern toolbox” to help indigenous freshwater fish.

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Canterbury mudfish slipping towards extinction

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A new report shows serious concerns remain for the continued existence of the native Canterbury mudfish, which is on the brink of extinction.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage released the New Zealand Threat Classification System report on freshwater fish today. The report provides the latest conservation status of New Zealand’s 76 known freshwater fish species.

“Canterbury mudfish remain in the Threatened – Nationally Critical category, and continue to decline,” Eugenie Sage said.

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Government funding to support nature flourishing in a Predator Free Capital

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The Government is supporting a project to make Wellington the world’s first predator free capital city with a $3.27 million funding boost announced by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today.

Capital Kiwi Project (a charitable trust) and Predator Free Wellington, a joint venture between Wellington City Council, Greater Wellington Regional Council and NEXT Foundation are jointly working to create a predator free Wellington which the Predator Free 2050 Limited funding will support.

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