Plan for Punakaiki gets go ahead

Punakaiki suffered from a lack of planning under National, and Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is pleased this will now change with today’s Provincial Growth Fund announcements.

The fund will provide $100,000 to help Punakaiki develop a master plan to future-proof the township.

“The famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes at Punakaiki are major drawcards for visitors, as are the dramatic karst landscapes in the Punakaiki and Pororari Valleys,” Ms Sage said.

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Hundreds of thousands of Kiwis to benefit from Election Access Fund Bill

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Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick is stoked that her Election Access Fund Bill was pulled from the Members’ Ballot today.

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Marama Davidson - General Debate - Respect the Rāhui

MARAMA DAVIDSON (Green): I like a bit of politicking as much as anybody else in this House, but if I can just take us to the forest for a little moment here.

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Million Dollar Mouse monitoring phase begins

The result of one of the most complex island mouse eradication projects ever undertaken will be known in a few short weeks.

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage is accompanying a Department of Conservation-led Million Dollar Mouse monitoring team heading to Antipodes Island group in the New Zealand subantarctic. The monitoring team will begin the month-long assessment to determine whether the project was a success.

Ms Sage said it was an exciting, albeit nerve-wrecking time, for everyone involved.

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Greens celebrate better support for grieving whānau

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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

The Green Party is today celebrating the Government’s response to a Green-led select committee inquiry into supporting grieving whānau with accessing and managing the tūpāpaku (deceased bodies) of their loved ones.

Responding to concerns raised by Māori about dealing with authorities regarding the tūpāpaku of deceased family members, former Greens Co-leader Metiria Turei initiated the inquiry at the Māori Affairs Select Committee. The inquiry was then driven and led by Green MP Marama Davidson.

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The Green Party is today celebrating the Government’s response to a Green-led select committee inquiry into supporting grieving whānau with accessing and managing the tūpāpaku (deceased bodies) of their loved ones.

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Bill to reform conservation law enforcement passes first reading

Department of Conservation staff will be able to issue infringement notices and reduce the number of costly prosecutions under a bill that passed its first reading last night.

“The Conservation (Infringement System) Amendment Bill updates eight separate Acts to allow the Department of Conservation to issue infringement notices instead of prosecuting for minor offences.” Ms Sage says.

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No future for coal in New Zealand

Gareth Hughes MP

There is no future in burning coal to produce electricity in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

The comment comes after Genesis Energy today revealed its intention to finally put an end to using coal for electricity production by 2030.

“While it’s all well and good that Genesis has made this announcement around its intentions, in reality the time to stop burning coal is now,” said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“Coal belongs in the ground, not burnt in the atmosphere.

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Salvation Army report highlights need for urgent action on lifting incomes

The Salvation Army’s annual State of the Nation report shows just how urgent the need is for welfare reform and lifting the incomes of the thousands of New Zealanders who can’t afford to house and feed their families, the Green Party said today.

The report highlighted a jump in the number of families needing food parcels to get by, as well as serious issues around youth unemployment, child poverty and housing.

“Thousands of New Zealanders are living hand-to-mouth, in the most desperate of circumstances,” said Green Party welfare spokesperson Jan Logie.

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Response to Cyclone Gita

As Green Party co-leader I extend my sympathies and support to the people of Tonga after the massive devastation of Cyclone Gita.

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s quick initial response to provide $750,000 in relief aid to help in the clean-up and recovery.

The images of destruction are truly heart-breaking after what’s been described as the kingdom’s worst cyclone in 60 years.

It is almost impossible to comprehend what it was like to be caught in such a ferocious storm with Gita carrying winds up to nearly 280 kilometres an hour.

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Green Party acknowledges Rt Hon Bill English

The Green Party would like to acknowledge the Rt Hon Bill English, who announced his retirement from politics today.

“On behalf of the Green Party, I’d like to acknowledge Bill English and his 27 years of public service,” said Green Party Co-leader James Shaw.

“Mr English has held many roles during that time – constituent MP, party leader, minister and Prime Minister – and should be congratulated for both his commitment and perseverance.

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