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National’s new trade agenda looks backwards not forwards

Published By   /  March 24, 2017  /  24/7 News, Barry Coates, Bill English, Economy, Economy, Work, & Welfare, export, Exporters, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, smart green economy, The Issues, TPPA, Trade, value add, World Trade Organization, WTO  /  Comments Off on National’s new trade agenda looks backwards not forwards

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: National’s new trade agenda looks backwards not forwards Today’s announcement on trade by Bill English amounts to more of the same. More trade deals that will deliver increasingly modest benefits far in the future. This is a justification for their current approach, not a trade […]

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Closing the tax loopholes used by multinationals

Published By   /  March 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, amazon, apple, avoidance, BEPS, diverted profits tax, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Facebook, Google, Green Party, multinationals, Opposition News, Politics, tax, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Closing the tax loopholes used by multinationals

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Closing the tax loopholes used by multinationals Death and taxes. It is said that you can’t escape them. But some corporations can and do. There has been an outcry over multinationals like Apple avoiding tax in New Zealand. Matt Nippert at the NZ Herald has […]

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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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Crack down on dirty money

Published By   /  March 20, 2017  /  24/7 News, apple, Crime, drug money, Economy, Work, & Welfare, FATF, foreign trust, Green Party, Money laundering, multi-national tax evasion, Opposition News, Parliament, Politics, The Issues, weak laws, white collar crime  /  Comments Off on Crack down on dirty money

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Crack down on dirty money There was widespread applause when a Transparency International report rated New Zealand equal highest in the world for financial integrity, but the report was derived from a series of ‘expert ratings’ and should not used be an excuse for complacency. […]

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Protecting Te Waikoropupū Springs

Published By   /  March 13, 2017  /  24/7 News, aquifers, clean rivers, clean water, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, groundwater, Opposition News, Politics, rivers, springs, takaka, tangata whenua, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Protecting Te Waikoropupū Springs

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Protecting Te Waikoropupū Springs Last Friday night, there was a meeting of more than 300 people about the risk of increased water takes for farming in the catchment upstream of the magnificent Te Waikoropupu Springs (‘Pupu Springs’) in Golden Bay. The aquifer that feeds the […]

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Retirement age: fiddling with the system won’t work

Published By   /  March 10, 2017  /  24/7 News, affordability, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, retirement age, super, supperannuation, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Retirement age: fiddling with the system won’t work

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Retirement age: fiddling with the system won’t work Bill English’s announcement on raising the retirement age is fiddling with the system — delaying action until far into the future, and achieving little other than political signalling. It relies on untested assumptions that the system is […]

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Desperate marketing from the fossil fuel industry

Published By   /  March 9, 2017  /  24/7 News, advertising, clean energy, Climate Change, Coal, dirty energy, Economy, Work, & Welfare, electricity, Energy, Environment & Resource Management, fossil fuels, Gareth Hughes, gas, Green Party, Marketing, oil, Opposition News, PEPANZ, Politics, renewable energy, solar, The Issues, wind power  /  Comments Off on Desperate marketing from the fossil fuel industry

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Desperate marketing from the fossil fuel industry The oil and gas industry has launched a marketing campaign in New Zealand to try and convince people how great its dirty fossil fuel products are. I’m not surprised. The fossil fuel industry is no stranger to desperate […]

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Superannuation changes will hurt manual labourers, Maori, and migrants

Published By   /  March 9, 2017  /  24/7 News, age of entitlement, class, Economy, Work, & Welfare, elder poverty, Green Party, Immigration, life expectancy, Maori, migrant, Opposition News, Politics, super, superannuation, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Superannuation changes will hurt manual labourers, Maori, and migrants

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Superannuation changes will hurt manual labourers, Maori, and migrants Bill English’s announcement that National will increase the age of retirement will not only hurt Generation X unfairly, it will also hit manual workers, Maori, and migrants hard. For many people, a lifetime of hard physical […]

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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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Superannuation – we’re asking the wrong questions

Published By   /  March 7, 2017  /  24/7 News, Bill English, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, NZ Superannuation, Opposition News, pensions, Politics, retirement age, retirement income, Super eligibility, superannuation, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Superannuation – we’re asking the wrong questions

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Superannuation – we’re asking the wrong questions The superannuation debate sparked this week by Prime Minister Bill English is fractious and unhelpful. Framing superannuation The framing of the problem around the financial sustainability of superannuation is simply too narrow. It goes like this: people are […]

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Ruataniwha Redux: Defending Nature from the Conservation Minister

Published By   /  February 28, 2017  /  24/7 News, Campaign, Conservation, Department of Conservation, Environment & Resource Management, forest and bird, Green Party, Hawke's Bay, Maggie Barry, Mojo Mathers, Opposition News, Parliament, Politics, Ruataniwha, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Ruataniwha Redux: Defending Nature from the Conservation Minister

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Ruataniwha Redux: Defending Nature from the Conservation Minister Right now, Forest and Bird are in the Supreme Court defending a challenge from the Minister of Conservation, Maggie Barry. The Minister wants to remove the protected status of 22 hectares of Forest Park land in order […]

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Groundwater: The mysterious life of underground water

Published By   /  February 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, aquifers, Catherine Delahunty, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, Green Party, groundwater, members bill, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Groundwater: The mysterious life of underground water

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Groundwater: The mysterious life of underground water On Sunday, we launched my Members’ Bill to protect underground water and aquifers. It’s called the Resource Management (Clean Groundwater) Amendment Bill. Catchy title. What does it do? It changes parts of the Resource Management Act, the legislation […]

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Aged Care Inquiry: caring for our elderly

Published By   /  February 27, 2017  /  24/7 News, Age concern, Aged care, aged care inquiry, family carers, Green Party, Health, Health & Wellbeing, Inquiry, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Aged Care Inquiry: caring for our elderly

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Aged Care Inquiry: caring for our elderly Our system of aged care is failing too many of our senior citizens. Last week at a meeting in Stoke-Nelson, we heard more stories of neglect, abuse and poor standards of care for the elderly, following similar stories […]

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Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater

Published By   /  February 23, 2017  /  24/7 News, Blue Greens, Environment & Resource Management, Freshwater, freshwater management, Green Party, Nick Smith, Opposition News, Politics, swimmable, swimmable rivers, The Issues, water  /  Comments Off on Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Listen to the 12,000 names for freshwater Yesterday, Hon David Parker and I spoke at the Freshwater Management and Infrastructure Forum at Te Papa. The audience was mainly Council staff, irrigators and fertiliser people. David and I were in agreement that there we must change […]

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Earthquake support uncertainty simply not good enough

Published By   /  February 22, 2017  /  24/7 News, earthquake, earthquake recovery, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Green Party, kaikoura, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Earthquake support uncertainty simply not good enough

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Earthquake support uncertainty simply not good enough It’s just not good enough for the Government to not give any guidance to the 456 businesses who are still receiving support after the November Kaikoura earthquake on the future levels of support. The money will dry up […]

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The Living Wage: we want decent pay for decent work

Published By   /  February 21, 2017  /  24/7 News, affordable housing, cost of living, denise roche, Economy, Work, & Welfare, EMA, fair pay, Green Party, housing crisis, industrial relations, Kim Campbell, living wage, Minimum wage, Opposition News, Politics, rent, The Issues, workplace relations  /  Comments Off on The Living Wage: we want decent pay for decent work

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: The Living Wage: we want decent pay for decent work Living Wage campaigners have calculated that it now takes a wage of at least $20.20 an hour to support a decent quality of life in New Zealand. The minimum wage is just $15.25, rising to […]

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Port Hills Fire reminds us to take care of each other

Published By   /  February 16, 2017  /  #PortHillsFire, 24/7 News, Christchurch, Eugenie Sage, fire, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, Port Hills Fire, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Port Hills Fire reminds us to take care of each other

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Port Hills Fire reminds us to take care of each other I have always been suspicious of smoke since the curtains and wall in my student flat caught fire. A sleeping bag had fallen onto a one-bar electric heater on a freezing Christchurch winter day. […]

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Ask kids about Children’s rights

Published By   /  February 10, 2017  /  24/7 News, Children's Commissioner, children's rights, Education, Green Party, Human Rights, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues, UNCROC  /  Comments Off on Ask kids about Children’s rights

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Ask kids about Children’s rights The Government is reviewing the purpose of education in a new bill called the Education Update Bill. It is supposed to be a big inspirational rethink but there’s something missing: they have forgotten to ask the people at the centre, […]

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Abortion – it’s time to decriminalise

Published By   /  February 9, 2017  /  24/7 News, Abortion, Green Party, Health & Wellbeing, Opposition News, Politics, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Abortion – it’s time to decriminalise

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Abortion – it’s time to decriminalise Last Friday the Abortion Supervisory Committee released their latest report calling for a review of the 40-year-old legislation which governs New Zealand’s abortion service. Most people in Aotearoa think abortion is a health issue, not a justice issue. The […]

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Reserve Bank needs a refresh with new leadership

Published By   /  February 8, 2017  /  24/7 News, deposit insurance, Economy, Work, & Welfare, Graeme Wheeler, Green Party, Opposition News, Politics, Reserve Bank, single decision-maker, The Issues  /  Comments Off on Reserve Bank needs a refresh with new leadership

MIL OSI – Source: Green Party – Press Release/Statement Headline: Reserve Bank needs a refresh with new leadership Graeme Wheeler has announced he will not be seeking reappointment as the Governor of the Reserve Bank. A change in leadership is an appropriate time to consider what reforms the new Governor may usher in. There are […]

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