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A Green deal for small business

By   /  August 22, 2017  /  24/7 News, amazon, Economy, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, jobs, Opposition News, Politics, Small Business, SMEs, tax, The Issues  /  Comments Off on A Green deal for small business

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: A Green deal for small business Behind the rhetoric of being ‘business-friendly’, the National government has prioritised the interests of big business and foreign corporations over small business. The Green Party considers that small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of our economy, opportunities, […]

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PACER Plus: In whose interests?

By   /  June 30, 2017  /  24/7 News, Free trade, Green Party, Opposition News, PACER, Pacific,, Politics, The Issues, Trade, trade agreement  /  Comments Off on PACER Plus: In whose interests?

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: PACER Plus: In whose interests? The government’s pursuit of free trade agreements at any cost has now turned to some of the most unique but vulnerable societies in the world – our Pacific neighbours. The government is again pushing a trade agreement that undermines the […]

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The Foreign Minister, the Zone and the Convention

By   /  June 29, 2017  /  24/7 News, Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs, Gerry Brownlee, Green Party, Israel, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on The Foreign Minister, the Zone and the Convention

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: The Foreign Minister, the Zone and the Convention Last month the relatively new foreign minister of our realm, Hon Gerry Brownlee, steered a wobbly diplomatic course on Israeli settlements, which became leveraged to a political level. In May, he described UN Security Council resolution 2334 […]

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Pouring Government energy into avoiding energy leadership

By   /  June 29, 2017  /  24/7 News, clean energy, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy, Environment & Resource Management, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Pouring Government energy into avoiding energy leadership

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Pouring Government energy into avoiding energy leadership Energy Minister Judith Collins yesterday released the new New Zealand Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy and it’s very disappointing. It’s unambitious, continues business as usual & won’t achieve much. It continues National’s well-worn tactic of playing tricks, rather […]

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Huge high country station risks overseas ownership

By   /  June 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, Conservation, conservation land, Environment & Resource Management, foreign ownership, Green Party, Mt White Station, Opposition News, Overseas Investment Office, overseas land ownership, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Huge high country station risks overseas ownership

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Huge high country station risks overseas ownership The real estate advertisement is spot on in describing Mt White Station as an “iconic” South Island high country station. The 40,000 hectare property is adjacent to Arthur’s Pass National Park and the upper reaches of the Waimakariri […]

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Welcoming more refugees to New Zealand

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Welcoming more refugees to New Zealand

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Welcoming more refugees to New Zealand I’m really proud that yesterday, on World Refugee Day, the Greens launched an ambitious plan to increase the refugee quota to 5000 over the next six years. Of those places, 4,000 will be directly resettled by the government and […]

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NZ’s nuclear-free zone a precursor to a total ban on nuclear weapons

By   /  June 14, 2017  /  24/7 News, Global Affairs, Green Party, Justice & Democracy, nuclear free, nuclear weapons, NZ parliament, Opposition News, Parliament, Politics, The Issues, UN  /  Comments Off on NZ’s nuclear-free zone a precursor to a total ban on nuclear weapons

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: NZ’s nuclear-free zone a precursor to a total ban on nuclear weapons New Zealand’s nuclear-free zone, legislated by Parliament in 1987, is something we all take pride in. It’s important, however, that we don’t let it thwart its own ultimate purpose – a world free […]

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Divided we fall

By   /  June 7, 2017  /  24/7 News, community, Green Party, Justice & Democracy, London, Opposition News, Politics, racism, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Divided we fall

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Divided we fall I’m getting pretty sick of the politics of division in this country.  The latest example was yesterday’s comments from NZ First leader Winston Peters having a good go in the House at driving up fear and loathing towards people of the Islamic […]

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Catherine Delahunty: My Mataura River visit

By   /  June 5, 2017  /  24/7 News, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Catherine Delahunty: My Mataura River visit

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Catherine Delahunty: My Mataura River visit On June 1st the Greens swimmable rivers tour visited the Mataura river and communities connected to it. All we need now is a Government willing to set clear strong rules and support the new conversation about measuring our success […]

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Budget 2017 tax changes

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  24/7 News, Budget 2017, Child Poverty, children, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Families, family incomes package, family tax credit, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, Taxation, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Budget 2017 tax changes

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Budget 2017 tax changes The big headline of the Government’s Budget yesterday was its Family Incomes Package – a range of measures including changes to income tax thresholds and the Family Tax Credit. Overall the Budget is a huge disappointment and a missed opportunity to […]

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Tipping culture is not welcome in NZ

By   /  May 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, discrimination, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, low wages, Minimum wage, Opposition News, Pay Equity, Politics, The Issues, tipping, workers rights, workplace relations  /  Comments Off on Tipping culture is not welcome in NZ

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Tipping culture is not welcome in NZ Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett’s comments about tipping have been in the news and have sparked off a series of furious discussions about tipping in Aotearoa. From our point of view, tipping every time you’re provided a service […]

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Free West Papua leader in Aotearoa

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  24/7 News, Benny Wenda, Green Party, Human Rights, Indonesia, International, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues, West Papua  /  Comments Off on Free West Papua leader in Aotearoa

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Free West Papua leader in Aotearoa Last week I hosted Free West Papua leader Benny Wenda at Parliament and travelled with him to a number of important events. Benny is spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and lives in exile in England. […]

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Green Party: Well, they would say that wouldn’t they?

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  24/7 News, affordable housing, capital gains tax, CGT, Economy, Work, & Welfare, first home buyers, Green Party, Housing, housing crisis, IMF, James Shaw, Labour, negative gearing, OECD, Opposition News, Politics, renters' rights, renting, Reserve Bank, tax, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Green Party: Well, they would say that wouldn’t they?

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Green Party: Well, they would say that wouldn’t they? Property investors’ lobby groups have been up in arms this week about Labour and Green parties’ plans to close tax loopholes and fix the housing market. That’s probably a good thing. Like an investor in any […]

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Extremism and its discontents

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  24/7 News, Democracy, Global Affairs, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Extremism and its discontents

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Extremism and its discontents Another scar on global democracy appeared recently, this time in Germany.It seems that the number of soldiers on duty with extremist political leanings has become a concern to the military leadership in that country. Soldiers were found openly possessing Nazi memorabilia. […]

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France Stabilises Europe – Again

By   /  May 8, 2017  /  24/7 News, France, French presidency, Global Affairs, Green Party, Macron, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on France Stabilises Europe – Again

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: France Stabilises Europe – Again The result of the French presidential election is stunning at three levels. At the level of spectator politics, France has its youngest president ever, whose personal life is notable not only for its unique happenstance but ironically for its relative […]

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International Workers Day – a time for action on Pike River

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  24/7 News, Green Party, International Workers Day, Opposition News, pike river, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on International Workers Day – a time for action on Pike River

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: International Workers Day – a time for action on Pike River May 1st is International Workers Day. Across the globe, workers and unions will be celebrating the gains they have made to ensure they have decent pay and safer work conditions. In New Zealand, it is also […]

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Steven Joyce spent billions on highways, you won’t believe what happened next

By   /  April 29, 2017  /  24/7 News, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Steven Joyce spent billions on highways, you won’t believe what happened next

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Steven Joyce spent billions on highways, you won’t believe what happened next It’s almost like a bad joke. Steven Joyce, our Minister of Finance and previous Minister of Transport, insisting his government is the “Infrastructure Government.” They’ve had this electoral strategy since the 2008 campaign, […]

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Swimmable Rivers tour arrives at the Wairua River

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  24/7 News, Freshwater, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, pollution, swimmable rivers, The Issues, Wairua River, waterways  /  Comments Off on Swimmable Rivers tour arrives at the Wairua River

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Swimmable Rivers tour arrives at the Wairua River On the same day at the Ministry for the Environment reported the grim state of our rivers, lakes and streams, we were out on the Wairua River in Northland seeing the state of our water first hand. […]

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Swimmable river campaign in Northland

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, Northland, Opposition News, Politics, swimmable rivers, The Issues, Wairua River  /  Comments Off on Swimmable river campaign in Northland

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Swimmable river campaign in Northland Today I am heading to the north to travel on the Wairua River, the seventh river we’re visiting on the Swimmable Rivers campaign. The Wairua River, which flows into the Wairoa River and eventually the Kaipara Harbour, is one of many […]

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The Teacher’s Code

By   /  April 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, code of conduct, Education, education council, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, teachers, The Issues  /  Comments Off on The Teacher’s Code

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: The Teacher’s Code The Government changed the law in 2015 so that the Code of Ethics for teachers was changed into a Code of Conduct. This may seem a minor issue to those outside the profession. But for some teachers it has felt like another […]

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