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What the feck Greens

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, May 28th, 2017 - 129 comments

The Green Party caucus decision to support the Government’s tax reduction legislation is hard to comprehend and has created a perception of messiness in the way the Labour-Green MOU operates.

The Greens respond to the Budget

Written By: - Date published: 10:03 am, May 26th, 2017 - 72 comments

James Shaw on National as the masters of the shell game.

The Greens – Budget for All Mothers

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 22nd, 2017 - 33 comments

Some great ideas in The Greens “Budget for All Mothers”. Surely no “data driven” “social investment” party could be opposed?

Greens launch nationwide Māori Caucus tour

Written By: - Date published: 10:32 am, April 28th, 2017 - 11 comments

The Green Party’s Māori Caucus is on a national outreach tour to engage with Māori communities, starting in Northland today.

Green power

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, April 20th, 2017 - 78 comments

Lots to like in The Greens’ new power policy.

Green Party criticises US strike on Syria

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, April 8th, 2017 - 140 comments

“We expect and deserve cooler heads than this from our global leaders.”

Avoid big plans and win

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, April 4th, 2017 - 27 comments

To win the 2017 election Labour does not need a broad suite of policies, rather it needs to make sure that it is asking the right questions.

Green Party announces its initial party list

Written By: - Date published: 12:16 pm, April 2nd, 2017 - 91 comments

The Green Party has released its indicative party list for consideration by the party membership.

More thoughts on the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules

Written By: - Date published: 8:39 am, March 25th, 2017 - 111 comments

The Labour-Green Budget Responsibility Rules announcement this week ought to dispel the notion that Labour and the Greens cannot work together.

Labour Green fiscal framework

Written By: - Date published: 9:16 am, March 24th, 2017 - 97 comments

As widely reported this morning, Labour and the Greens have set out an agreed fiscal framework. Smart politics.

OECD: NZ growth model reaching its environmental limits

Written By: - Date published: 12:08 pm, March 21st, 2017 - 40 comments

New Zealand is about to reach the limits of growth.

Coalition building – deft politics from Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 87 comments

Helen Clark wrote the book on MMP coalition government, shoring up alliances on the left and the right. Looks like Andrew Little has read the book. Labour + Green + NZF = government.

Labour: Greens are the first cab off the rank

Written By: - Date published: 7:38 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 19 comments

Andrew Little has confirmed that the Green Party will be first party Labour looks to for a coalition deal after the election.

National bolster their moribund blue-greens

Written By: - Date published: 8:28 am, February 28th, 2017 - 74 comments

I read this morning in Politik that Vernon Tava has left the Greens and appears to be leaning towards National. It doesn’t seem to me to much of a problem to lose a conservationist to National. It just means that the Greens can concentrate more effectively on the work of getting everyone trying to build a cleaner sustainable future.

Green Party Member’s Bill to protect freshwater

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, February 27th, 2017 - 16 comments

Green Party candidates and vision speech (updated)

Written By: - Date published: 12:55 pm, February 26th, 2017 - 12 comments

James Shaw addresses Green Party candidates and shares their vision for Aotearoa New Zealand

The Mt Albert By election

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 80 comments

It is election day today in Mt Albert for the successor to David Shearer.

Comments are open.

It’s past time to be bold about water

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 25th, 2017 - 147 comments

Water is both the front line and the rallying cry.

Mt Albert – the left and the right

Written By: - Date published: 11:29 am, February 24th, 2017 - 80 comments

All the best to all candidates, and thank you to Julie Anne Genter and Jacinda Ardern for showing us all such a model of cooperation.

2017

Written By: - Date published: 7:48 am, February 23rd, 2017 - 130 comments

The left is facing the possiblity of its fourth election loss in a row.  What type of campaign should it run this year to win?

Kaupapa Pākehā

Written By: - Date published: 10:50 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 329 comments

What if we based our politics on relationships not power?

The Greens in Te Tai Tokerau

Written By: - Date published: 2:13 pm, February 20th, 2017 - 13 comments

Te Tai Tokerau looks to be a hotly contested seat in the 2017 general election, and the Greens are entering the fray there for the first time, with new candidate Godfrey Rudolph.

What’s the deal? There isn’t one.

Written By: - Date published: 7:17 am, February 17th, 2017 - 131 comments

What are the Greens up to then?

Kia Kaha Canterbury

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 16th, 2017 - 34 comments

It seems almost inevitable that the recent fires in Canterbury and the Hawkes Bay are the result of climate change and the harbingers of things to come.

Government will not support victims of domestic violence

Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, February 14th, 2017 - 19 comments

The Government is refusing to support Jan Logie’s bill aimed at helping the victims of domestic violence despite the bill receiving support from the ANZ and Business New Zealand supporting the bill going at least to select committee.

Greens stand aside in Ōhāriu

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, February 14th, 2017 - 111 comments

Putting aside misgivings for the sake of the greater good is a mark of political maturity which many politicians and commentators could learn from.

“We’ve got the vibe, they’ve got the shivers”

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, February 8th, 2017 - 3 comments

Green Party co-leader James Shaw’s 2017 Parliamentary Commencement Speech

We need to talk about immigration

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, February 5th, 2017 - 189 comments

How does the left discuss the immigration debate so that it can counter the anti immigration sentiments fostered by the likes of Donald Trump, Theresa May and Malcolm Turnbull?

A good week for Labour and Greens

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, February 4th, 2017 - 25 comments

Following on from their joint “state of the nation” it’s been a good week for the political left in NZ. Here’s a roundup.

The Labour Green 2017 campaign launch

Written By: - Date published: 8:14 am, January 30th, 2017 - 33 comments

Yesterday’s joint Labour Green state of the nation event was effectively a campaign launch for the 2017 election. And it went well.

Labour Greens joint State of the Nation livestream and discussion

Written By: - Date published: 1:30 pm, January 29th, 2017 - 121 comments

Be part of the movement to change the Government. Sunday 2pm.

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    The decision by the Commerce Commission to investigate Ron Hoy Fong and his questionable advice to property investors to use fake names and target ‘dummies’ is good news, Labour’s spokesperson on Consumer Affairs Michael Wood says.  “I am pleased that ...
    2 days ago
  • National running out of excuses on Pike
    The latest Pike River revelations further erode National's position of blocking a manned re-entry of the Pike River Mine drift, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
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  • Nats’ Budget locks in housing crisis
    National’s ninth Budget forecasts house prices will rise at three times the rate of wages, locking in the housing crisis for years to come, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “After nine years, all National can offer is a ...
    2 days ago
  • Small change that is sorely needed
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    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    2 days ago
  • Kids bear the brunt of Budget
    Future generations are the ones bearing the brunt of National’s failure to provide education services the funding they need to make ends meet, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “For nine years in a row the Government has told our ...
    2 days ago
  • The real costs of National’s election bribe
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    3 days ago
  • Health running on empty
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    3 days ago
  • Nats’ budget a double-crewed ambulance parked at the bottom of the cliff
    National’s election year Budget shows that there’s no coincidence Finance Minister Steven Joyce doubles as National’s campaign manager, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The 2017 Budget reveals a lack of vision, and is simply an election year budget with ...
    3 days ago
  • After nine years, it’s the One Dollar Bill Budget
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    3 days ago
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    4 days ago
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    4 days ago
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    4 days ago
  • National fails on critical school building needs
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    5 days ago
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    GreensBy Denise Roche
    5 days ago
  • Mental Health a huge cost for Police
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    6 days ago
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    6 days ago
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    GreensBy Metiria Turei
    6 days ago
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    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Nats unprepared for record immigration
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    1 week ago
  • Labour opposes Ports of Auckland sale
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    2 weeks ago
  • Workers pay the price of Silver Fern’s Fairton closure
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    2 weeks ago
  • National’s answer to the housing crisis: One new affordable house per 100 new Aucklanders
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    2 weeks ago
  • Government can’t be trusted with private data
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    2 weeks ago
  • Another crisis, another half-baked National plan
    The National Party may have finally woken up to the teacher supply crisis facing our schools but their latest half-baked, rushed announcement falls well short of the mark in terms of what’s required, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. ...
    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    GreensBy James Shaw
    2 weeks ago
  • Alfred Ngaro reflects National’s culture of silencing debate
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    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 weeks ago
  • Bill English must reassure community organisations
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    2 weeks ago
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    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
  • National backs speculators, fails first home buyers
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    2 weeks ago
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    2 weeks ago
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    GreensBy Barry Coates
    2 weeks ago
  • NIWA report proves National’s trickery re swimmable rivers
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    2 weeks ago
  • MPS shows new approach needed on housing
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    3 weeks ago
  • Fresh approach on mental health
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    3 weeks ago
  • Sallies back Labour’s plan for affordable homes
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    3 weeks ago
  • Education is for everyone, not just the elite
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    3 weeks ago
  • Cancer support changes far too little, certainly late
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    3 weeks ago
  • Kids must come first in enrolment debate
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    3 weeks ago