More than 37,000 parents, teachers, and other concerned New Zealanders have signed a petition expressing deep concern about the way the new National Standards have been introduced to our schools. The message is clear: trial National Standards, not our kids!
By forcing the National Standards through untested, John Key and Anne Tolley have negated any value they might have had. They risk labelling our kids as failures and undermining low-decile schools.
John Key and Anne Tolley would learn a lot by listening to the concerns of people who signed this petition.
Catherine Delahunty, Green MP
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Help stop the destruction of Indonesian rainforest by telling those who run Trade Me why they should ban the trade of the illegal tropical hardwood on their site. Read about the illegal timber trade | Contact Trade Me through their enquiries page
Sue Kedgley's Aged Care Tour is travelling the country in conjunction with Grey Power and Winnie Laban. There are many issues in our aged care sector and we'd love to hear about your experiences.
Smart Business Breakfast hosted by David Clendon MP - Christchurch
When: Monday 5th July 7.30-9.00am
Where: Under the Red Verandah, Corner of Tancred and Worcester Streets, Linwood, Christchurch
Take this opportunity to share your views about what central government is (or is not) doing for business and let David know what you think could help your business prosper. RSVP before Thurs 1st July
When: Wednesday 30th June
Where: Green Party National Office, Level 2, 17 Garrett Street, Wellington
Kennedy Graham will be speaking about his Public Finance Amendment Bill.
When: Friday 2nd July 10.30am
Where: Durham Street Methodist Church Lounge, 309 Durham Street, Christchurch
Metiria Turei MP invites you to a discussion on inequality and how our Mind the Gap package could help your community.
Ours - Not Mines! The Southern Anti-Mining March - Invercargill
When: Saturday 26th June 2pm
Where: Gathering at Forth Street
This will be the biggest environmental protest that the South will experience since the Save Manapouri campaign.
Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman explains the politics of his Tibet flag demonstration at Parliament, what it means for free speech and human rights, and how the Government's disgraceful apology to the Chinese undermines democracy in New Zealand. Watch the video...
Hard won health care a victory for poisoned workers
23 June 2010
Whakatane sawmill workers have won an important victory in getting a special support service for people exposed to poison, said the Green Party today. Read more...
37,000 signature petition a lesson for Govt
22 June 2010
John Key's Government has a lot to learn from the 37,000 signature petition presented to Parliament today expressing concern about the Government's National Standards policy, the Green Party said. Read more...
Volunteer Awareness Week - by Catherine Delahunty
In order to participate in Volunteer Awareness Week I went and volunteered today at the Wellington People's Centre. Read more...
School boards bill another Douglas dinosaur - by Catherine Delahunty
There is something weird about the way Sir Roger Douglas's outdated views about the education system keep landing on my Select Committee via his bizarre Member's Bills. Read more...
A good news beneficiary story - by frog
I was delighted to read a rare media story this morning depicting a beneficiary in a positive light! Well done, New Plymouth Mayor Peter Tennent, and well done, Taranaki Daily News. Read more...
Gifted awareness week despite funding cuts - by Catherine Delahunty
This week is Gifted Awareness Week. Read more...
The Not-so-Cosmopolitan Club - by Keith Locke
South Auckland is the cultural melting pot of New Zealand. Read more...
More from inside the WWG welfare forum - by frog
Paula Bennett: "This debate could get uncomfortable. Read more...
I am amused. And shock horror, I learned something. This video speaks for itself! Read more...
Ngāti Apa (North Island) Claims Settlement Bill -- Dave Clendon speaks to the Second Reading - David Clendon, 17 June 2010
I will open by acknowledging the Hon Tariana Turia, the Minister who opened this debate, and by recognising the unique situation that she is shepherding through the House a bill that is of such significance and personal importance to her and her whanaunga. Watch video or read transcript...
Local Electoral (Māori Representation) Amendment Bill -- David Clendon speaks to the First Reading - David Clendon, 15 June 2010
I am very pleased to stand for the Greens to tautoko the Local Electoral (Māori Representation) Amendment Bill, and to commend Te Ururoa Flavell and his party on bringing it to the House. Watch video or read transcript...
Sue Kedgley challenges Tony Ryall about the safety of our elderly - Sue Kedgley MP, 24 June 2010
Sue Kedgley challenges Hon Tony Ryall on the safety of our elderly Watch video or read transcript...