Everyone deserves decent work, a living wage, and to be treated with respect.
While the gap between what men and women earn keeps getting wider, we're shortchanging more than half our population.
We can close this gap with better leadership and better law. We'll all be better off when we do, because a fair society is better for everyone.
Catherine Delahunty, Green MP
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In this issue
The CBD rail loop is a public transport project that has the potential to transform the Auckland rail network.
One of New Zealand's valuable wild rivers, the Mokihinui River, is under threat from a hydro-electricity dam proposal. Send an eCard to the Prime Minister now to ask him to step in and stop the dam.
There are at least 1 million substandard homes in New Zealand and rental properties are generally the worst performing of these. We are calling on the government to create performance standards which ensure warm, healthy, rentals.
Join Sue Kedgley's Fair Prices for Growers Facebook group. Join the Facebook Group
Warm Healthy Rentals - Gareth Hughes' University Tour - Lincoln
Gareth is visiting universities across New Zealand from next week. Check the website for details.
Smart Business Breakfast hosted by David Clendon MP - New Lynn
When: Thursday 12rd July 7.30-9.00am
Where: Freyberg Restaraunt, New Lynn RSA, 3 Veronica Street, New Lynn, Auckland
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 Tuesday 10th August
Mind the Gap public meeting in Waitakere
Thursday 26 August, 7:00pm, Waitakere City - Metiria Turei speaks about 'Mind the Gap', the Greens' package of measures to deal with growing inequality in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Fairness at Work Rally
Saturday 21 August, 1pm, Civic Square Wellington
This protest is being organised by the Council of Trade Unions (CTU) to
oppose a number of industrial relations changes proposed by the
How Well is New Zealand Treating its Marine Mammals?
Wednesday 11 August, 7:00pm, Moot Court, L10, Richardson Building, Law School, University of Otago
Metiria Turei presents a political perspective on New Zealand's protection of marine mammals.
Green Party Co-leader Dr Russel Norman, a.k.a. 'Ginga Guy' urges everyone to enrol to vote before August 20th so that you can have your say in this year's local body elections. Go over to the Elections website right now and update your details! Watch the video...
National's 2010 party conference showcased a smorgasboard of reactionary employment policies that brought back memories of the 90s, and not in a feel-good retro way. Watch the video...
Unemployment stats show folly of 'future focus' reforms
5 August 2010
Unemployment figures in the Household Labour Force Survey released today demonstrate how inappropriate the Government's planned 'future focus' welfare reforms are, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Another F for Joyce
4 August 2010
Todays decision to link tertiary education funding to performance is another big fail from the Minister of Tertiary Education, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Gender pay gap increases
3 August 2010
The latest Quarterly Employment Survey shows the average pay gap between men and women has widened in the last quarter to 12.81 percent, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Poroporoaki ki a Mahea Tomoana
30 July 2010
It is with great sadness that the Green Party acknowledges the death of Mahea Tomoana of Ngati Kahungunu. Read more...
Research on rheumatic fever rates in Northland shows the need to guarantee health essentials for all New Zealanders, the Green Party said today. Read more...
Everyone deserves a warm healthy home
23 July 2010
Green Party MP Gareth Hughes is touring universities to promote his new member's bill that will help ensure that everyone has a warm home. Read more...
Greens support Women's Refuge
23 July 2010
John Key's Government needs to do more to reduce domestic violence, said the Green Party today. Read more...
Key should challenge mental health stereotypes, not perpetuate them - by Kevin Hague
When I was a schoolboy, one of the common schoolyard taunts was to refer to someone as “mental” or “loony”. Read more...
Youth MP speeches — Harry Lusk - by frog
Here is Harry Lusk's — Keith Lockes' Youth MP — General Debate speeches at Youth Parliament last month. Read more...
It's a shambles, Mrs Tolley - by frog
Teacher and songwriter Clint Green's take on National Standards. Read more...
Beneficiary-bashing Bill back in Parliament, and worse than ever - by Metiria Turei
Paula Bennett’s draconian Social Assistance (Future Focus) Bill has been reported back to Parliament by the Social Services Select Committee. Read more...
Cold and damp or warm and healthy? - by Gareth Hughes
Renting? What's your flat like? If you are like a huge number of tenants renting, chances are your flat is cold, damp and unhealthy. Read more...
Government dodges on disease of poverty - by Kevin Hague
Sometimes the House is frustrating. Two supplementary questions just wasn't enough to get below the superficial answers Ministers typically begin with and so it proved today. Read more...
Youth MP speeches — Jack McDonald - by frog
Earlier in the month parliament was over-run by youth MPs. Read more...
Collecting for Women's Refuge - by Catherine Delahunty
Another year and we still have to do street collections for Women's Refuge. Read more...
Attacks on unions are attacks on wages - by frog
It pays to join the union, but John Key and his Government are doing their utmost to undermine that. Read more...
Inclusion blues – the ERO Report on schools and special needs - by Catherine Delahunty
For once I agree with Heather Roy! We do need trainee teachers to have experience working with children with special needs in schools. Read more...
PPPs undermine school foundations - by Catherine Delahunty
I was alarmed by the Government's announcement on Wednesday that it has started pursuing Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) for school buildings. Read more...
New gay study feeds misplaced sensationalism - by Kevin Hague
Great to see researchers interested in human sexuality research are keen to do a better job of including and understanding sexual orientation, identity and behaviour as separate categories. Read more...
Infrastructure Bill - Gareth Hughes discusses New Zealand's housing and rail - Gareth Hughes, 4 August 2010
Gareth Hughes discusses the missed opportunities in housing and rail in New Zealand as a part of what was formerly known as the Infrastructure Bill. Watch video or read transcript...
Estimates Debate - Gareth Hughes rates the Government's performance on Tertiary Education - Gareth Hughes, 29 July 2010
GARETH HUGHES (Green): Kia ora, Mr Chairperson. Having been a student at university last year I have been pretty interested in the big changes we have seen in the sector since this Government has been in office. What we have seen, essentially, is the Government making it less accessible, more expensive, and in some ways downright impossible to even be a student in New Zealand. Watch video or read transcript...