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Tribute to Teresia Teaiwa

Published By   /  March 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Green Party, Opposition News, pasifika, pasifika greens, Pasifika students, poet, poetry, Politics, Society & Culture, Teresia Teaiwa, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Tribute to Teresia Teaiwa

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Tribute to Teresia Teaiwa It was with deep sadness that we learned on Tuesday about the death of Teresia Teaiwa; a wonderful academic, poet, activist and leader across the Pacific. The Green Party is reeling from the loss of this champion for human rights, justice, […]

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When the glue that holds our society together starts failing

Published By   /  March 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, Society & Culture, The Issues  /  Comments Off on When the glue that holds our society together starts failing

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: When the glue that holds our society together starts failing I visited the Whitireia Community Law Centre in Porirua last week and spent an hour with three of their staff and heard about how difficult things are. They are a drop in service, with no […]

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Let’s be Bold on International Women’s Day

Published By   /  March 8, 2017  /  24/7 News, domestic violence, equal pay, Green Party, Human Rights, International Women's Day, Opposition News, Politics, sexual violence, Society & Culture, The Issues, Women  /  Comments Off on Let’s be Bold on International Women’s Day

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Let’s be Bold on International Women’s Day Let’s make sure we properly resource sexual violence prevention work. Currently, about 1.5% of government funding for sexual violence goes to prevention. ACC has been given the lead role on education in schools. So far they’ve rolled out […]

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Access Matters: Time for 100% Accessible Aotearoa.

Published By   /  March 7, 2017  /  24/7 News, Access issues, Access Matters, accessibility, disability, disability rights, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, right to access, Society & Culture  /  Comments Off on Access Matters: Time for 100% Accessible Aotearoa.

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Access Matters: Time for 100% Accessible Aotearoa. I know first-hand that access matters and makes a huge difference for everyone, which is why I celebrate every small step forwards. I am excited to support the launch last week of a campaign by Access Alliance for a truly […]

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Period pains: wider issues in the sanitary products story

Published By   /  February 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, Green Party, Health, Opposition News, Politics, poverty, sanitary products, Society & Culture, Women  /  Comments Off on Period pains: wider issues in the sanitary products story

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Period pains: wider issues in the sanitary products story It’s been great to see huge public support for increasing access to sanitary items over the last couple of days. I believe we need to improve access to a range of sanitary products for people who […]

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Helping kids or billionaires?

Published By   /  February 9, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, corporate welfare, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, inequality, Investment, multinational tax avoidance, NZVIF, Opposition News, Peter Thiel, Politics, Sky City, SkyCity, Society & Culture, Steven Joyce  /  Comments Off on Helping kids or billionaires?

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Helping kids or billionaires? So many issues boil down to a question of values – these shape the choices that we make. The values of our Government have again been revealed this week. They are choosing to use taxpayers’ funds to help big business, instead […]

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Society failed Ruby

Published By   /  February 8, 2017  /  24/7 News, disabilities, Green Party, Health & Wellbeing, Human Rights, Mojo Mathers, Opposition News, Politics, Society & Culture  /  Comments Off on Society failed Ruby

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Society failed Ruby Last week, there was extensive media coverage of the murder of a young disabled woman by her mother.  Much of this early coverage exclusively focused on how disabled Ruby was, how challenging she was to look after, how loving the mother was, […]

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Denise Roche: My year – with some numbers

Published By   /  January 1, 2017  /  24/7 News, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, Society & Culture  /  Comments Off on Denise Roche: My year – with some numbers

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Denise Roche: My year – with some numbers It feels like 2016 was exceptionally busy – and this was confirmed when I checked my diary. Looking at just my Ethnic Communities portfolio, between February and December this year I visited or attended celebrations with 25 […]

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Well, THAT happened: reflecting on 2016 and beyond

Published By   /  December 28, 2016  /  2016, 24/7 News, Child Poverty, Climate, Conservation, end 2016, Freshwater, Green MPs, Green Party, Health & Wellbeing, homelessness, homelessness inquiry, Housing, Justice & Democracy, MoU, Opposition News, Politics, Society & Culture, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Well, THAT happened: reflecting on 2016 and beyond

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Well, THAT happened: reflecting on 2016 and beyond Lots of people are saying 2016 has been a bit of a shocker, with political events like Brexit and Trump; US Police shooting black people – and the emergence of Black Lives Matter; the death of legendary […]

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7 ways we stand up for women, every single day

Published By   /  December 20, 2016  /  24/7 News, equal pay, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, Society & Culture, The Issues, women's affairs, Women's Rights  /  Comments Off on 7 ways we stand up for women, every single day

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: 7 ways we stand up for women, every single day Last week, our new PM Bill English announced his upcoming Cabinet, with Paula Bennett being appointed Minister for Women. Today, English said that he “doesn’t know what feminism means,” following on from Bennett’s earlier comments […]

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New energy strategy a missed opportunity

Published By   /  December 14, 2016  /  24/7 News, carbon emissions, clean energy, Climate Change, Economy, Work, & Welfare, EECA, electricity, Energy, Environment & Resource Management, Fonterra, fossil fuel, fossil fuels, Gareth Hughes, Genesis, Green Party, greenhouse gas emissions, national, Nova Energy, Opposition News, Paris Climate Agreement, Parliament, Politics, renewable energy, Simon Bridges, Society & Culture  /  Comments Off on New energy strategy a missed opportunity

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: New energy strategy a missed opportunity You’d be forgiven for not noticing that the Government published a new draft energy strategy this week. It’s basically the same as the old energy strategy, which they published in 2011, but with one new target around industrial process […]

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The TPPA is dead – what next for trade?

Published By   /  November 10, 2016  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Donald Trump, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Election 2016, Green Party, ISDS, Opposition News, Politics, President Trump, Society & Culture, TPP, TPPA, Trade, Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Trump  /  Comments Off on The TPPA is dead – what next for trade?

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: The TPPA is dead – what next for trade? Top of the “to do” list for incoming President Trump (it will take a while to get used to writing that) are changes to trade policy. Number one is rejection of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). […]

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Housing NZ needs to stop unfair evictions

Published By   /  October 30, 2016  /  24/7 News, Drug Foundation, drugs, eviction, Green Party, Health & Wellbeing, housing New Zealand, Housing NZ, Justice & Democracy, Marama Davidson, methamphetamine, Opposition News, Politics, social houses, Social Housing, Society & Culture, state houses, State housing  /  Comments Off on Housing NZ needs to stop unfair evictions

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Housing NZ needs to stop unfair evictions It’s become clear that Housing NZ has ignored repeated warnings from senior government officials in the Ministry of Health that it’s misusing methamphetamine guidelines to evict tenants. The long story short is that hundreds of people have been […]

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Certainty needed for community services

Published By   /  October 14, 2016  /  24/7 News, community agencies, Green Party, MSD, Opposition News, Politics, Social Development, Society & Culture  /  Comments Off on Certainty needed for community services

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Certainty needed for community services A couple of months ago I was at a seminar where three community organisations were presenting. Two of the three presenters were waiting to find out if their organisation would get a contract renewed with MSD. Not knowing if their […]

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UK Courts and Corrections – learning from abroad

Published By   /  October 3, 2016  /  24/7 News, Courts, Green Party, Justice, Justice & Democracy, Opposition News, Politics, Society & Culture, The Issues, UK, westminster  /  Comments Off on UK Courts and Corrections – learning from abroad

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: UK Courts and Corrections – learning from abroad I’m en route to Oslo so now is a good time to reflect on the UK stage of my whistle-stop justice tour. Our legal and political systems owe a lot to the Westminster model. When you get […]

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Visiting Vietnam to talking about decriminalisation of sex work

Published By   /  September 30, 2016  /  24/7 News, Green Party, jan logiet, Justice & Democracy, nz prostitute collective, Opposition News, Politics, sex work, Society & Culture, Travel, United Nations, vietnam  /  Comments Off on Visiting Vietnam to talking about decriminalisation of sex work

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Visiting Vietnam to talking about decriminalisation of sex work I spent last week in Vietnam. I was really honoured to be invited, along with Catherine Healy (NZ Prostitute Collective), Inspector Jason Hewett (Area Commander Counties Manukau West from NZ Police) and Dr Annette Nesdale (Medical […]

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