Green Party welcomes pay rise for nurses

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party today welcomed the settlement of the nurses’ dispute that will give them a decent pay rise.

“Nurses, who are at the heart of health care, have historically been underpaid and undervalued,” Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said. “It is great they have fought for and won their battle to be paid reasonably and to have more staff employed so they can safely carry out their vital work.”

Article Type

Press Releases

Appointments to Conservation Boards made

Portfolios

More than half the new appointments to Conservation Boards announced by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage today are women.

Eugenie Sage announced 57 appointments to the 15 Conservation Boards across New Zealand.

“Conservation Boards are the link between DOC and the community. They help ensure their region’s voice is heard on conservation issues,” Eugenie Sage said.

“These appointments bring the number of women on the boards to 52 per cent and 41 per cent identify as Maori.

Article Type

Press Releases

Greens call for Māori rights over water to be upheld

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party has welcomed the establishment of the new Crown-Māori partnership on freshwater, Te Kāhui Wai Māori, and will continue to push strongly for Māori rights over water to be upheld, Co-Leader Marama Davidson said today.

“We welcome the establishment of Te Kāhui Wai Māori as it sends a clear signal that this Government will engage robustly with tangata whenua on their rights to freshwater, as opposed to the previous Government who kicked the can down the road,” said Ms Davidson.

Article Type

Press Releases

Hero Media

Install latest version of gaming policy, say Greens

Portfolios

ICT
Gareth Hughes MP

The Green Party is celebrating the latest figures that New Zealand’s game development industry earned a record $143 million in the last financial year and is urging practical policies to kick this into overdrive.

“While this growth is phenomenal, the New Zealand Government can do more to assist in growing it to a billion dollar industry,” said Green Party ICT spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“While income has been concentrated amongst the ten largest companies we think the Government needs to act to encourage start-ups for a more diverse, sustainable industry.”

Article Type

Press Releases

A Greener way to measure success

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

Green Party Co-Leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw have welcomed today’s announcement by Statistics New Zealand that a broad set of indicators will be developed to measure the nation’s success.

“Aotearoa New Zealand will become the first country in the world to produce a comprehensive set of indicators to measure things such as our natural environment, our social wellbeing and our human and social capital,” James Shaw said.

“Our new wellbeing measures will change our thinking and our decision-making. What gets measured, gets managed.”

Article Type

Press Releases

Work gets underway to develop better measures of New Zealand’s success

Portfolios

James Shaw, Green Party co-leader and the Minister of Statistics, today launched the development of a new comprehensive set of environmental, social and economic indicators to better measure New Zealand’s overall wellbeing and success.

“This Government is expanding beyond traditional narrow measures of economic success to reflect the wellbeing of New Zealanders, including the environmental wellbeing that sustains us,” James said.

Article Type

Press Releases

Ambitious programme underway to measure wellbeing

Portfolios

Tena koutou katoa and, because it’s Cook Islands language week, kia orana.

Welcome.

Today we are launching Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand and this gives effect to the commitment in the Green Party-Labour Party Confidence and Supply Agreement to develop a comprehensive set of environmental, social and economic sustainability indicators.

Our Government is committed to more accurate, broader measures of wellbeing.

Article Type

Speeches

End the failed war on drugs and save lives

Portfolios

Figures released today showing 40 to 45 people have died due to synthetic cannabis since last June show the need for urgent cross-party work on sensible drug law reform, says the Green Party.

“The current approach based on prohibition and punishment is clearly not working,” says Green Party drug law reform spokesperson Chlöe Swarbrick. “The war on drugs is a failure.

“We need a strategy based on evidence and harm reduction, which supports people instead of forcing them into the shadows.

Article Type

Press Releases

Policy Category

Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill

Portfolios

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party will vote for Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill to become law, Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson announced today.

The amended bill, which has been reported back to Parliament by the Justice Select Committee, was considered by the Green Party caucus before a final decision was made to vote for it.

“We’re doing this because the confidence and supply agreement holds us to it.” Marama Davidson said.

“It’s been a difficult decision, which has drawn strong feeling and robust debate amongst our caucus and the wider Green Party.”

Article Type

Press Releases

Land transferred to protect native grasshopper

Portfolios

The home of a giant native grasshopper is now safer after Crown land in the Mackenzie Basin was protected as conservation land, Land Information and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

“The triangle-shaped 440 ha area known as the “Tekapo Triangle” is home to the largest known population of robust grasshopper (Brachaspis robustus), a species which is only found in New Zealand’s Mackenzie Basin,” Eugenie Sage said.

Article Type

Press Releases