Greens delivering warm, dry, healthy homes in government

Gareth Hughes MP

The Green Party is celebrating the launch of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme today, which will deliver warm, dry, healthy homes for a huge number of New Zealanders.

“We’re incredibly happy to see our policy becoming a reality,” says Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes. “We’ve campaigned for proper home insulation for every Kiwi home for so long, and we’re making it happen in government.

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Marama Davidson - Ngāti Tamaoho Claims Settlement Bill - Third Reading

I am particularly delighted to stand in this third reading, celebrating the longstanding generosity and strength and resilience of Ngāti Tamaoho.

 

Green Party appoints new Communications & Strategy Director

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party's former national Co-convenor Pete Huggins will take up a new role supporting Green MPs' political and communications strategy in Parliament at the end of the month, Green Party Chief of Staff Tory Whanau announced today.

"Pete has 10 years' experience managing communications and strategy for the Party, and knows the organisation from the grassroots up," Tory Whanau said.

"The Greens continue to work with the Labour/NZ First coalition in Government, to deliver policy that ensures our communities and environment thrive."

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Possum and pest free plan for Mahia Peninsula

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The Government is backing a Hawke’s Bay Regional Council plan to make Mahia Peninsula possum free with a $1.62 million funding injection announced by Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage today.

The Predator Free Hawke’s Bay Project builds on two existing projects and expands predator control work onto the Mahia Peninsula.

“The community wants to create a possum-free Mahia, and at the same time will control feral cats, stoats and ferrets,” Eugenie Sage said.

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Milking shed beatings show need to enforce our animal welfare laws

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Gareth Hughes MP

The Green Party has called for a review of MPI’s investigation of a milking shed after new footage of dairy cow abuse was released by Newsroom today.

“The footage is absolutely shocking and beating animals with steel tubes should have no place on New Zealand farms,” says Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“This should have been detected and prosecuted the first time the farm was investigated.

“MPI needs to do its job and investigate or the entire country’s animal welfare standards will be questioned.

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Initiatives back community conservation work

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Communities will have two new tools to help combat rats, stoats and possums that are killing our native birds, plants and other wildlife, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said in Nelson today.

Eugenie Sage announced a new course on predator training methods and a toolkit to support community groups wanting to help save native birds and wildlife by trapping rats, stoats and possums.

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New science report lists sharks as threatened

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The great white shark and basking shark have been classed as ‘threatened’ for the first time and the future of these species is not positive, a new scientific report released today by Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage says.

The New Zealand Threat Classification System report updates the conservation status of 113 species or types of sharks, rays and chimaeras (also known as ghost sharks) found in New Zealand waters.

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Greens welcome record investment in sustainable transport

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Julie Anne Genter MP

The Green Party is heralding today’s transport announcement as the start of a new era of investment in sustainable transport in our towns and cities.
 
The Government released the final Government Policy Statement on land transport funding today. It allocates up to $1.1 billion for new walking and cycling projects, up to $4.8 billion for rapid transit, and up to $8 billion for public transport over the next decade.
 

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Marama Davidson - Question to Minister of Housing and Urban Development

Why is the Minister looking to overseas companies to prefabricate KiwiBuild homes; and what is he doing to promote as much New Zealand-based manufacture as possible?

 

 

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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