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The Green Party List

Written By: - Date published: 9:34 am, May 25th, 2014 - 73 comments
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From the Green Party website:

The Green Party has released a strong party list for the 2014 election that balances proven leadership and experience with fresh new faces.

The list release coincides with a national day of action where Green Party volunteers will take to the streets around the country, with the aim of knocking on 10,000 voters doors.

“We are presenting New Zealanders with a very strong and experienced party list, full of talent ready to lead in a new Government,” said Green Party Co-convenor Georgina Morrison.

We are presenting New Zealanders with a very strong and experienced party list, full of talent ready to lead in a new Government

“Our goal for the 2014 election is to receive a minimum of 15 percent of the party vote. That would mean we would have 20 MPs.

“Our caucus experienced a 50 percent turnover at the last election, and all current MPs are still in our top 20, meaning we have many experienced hands on deck ready to get going on day one in a new Government after the election.

“We also have six new faces in the top 20. They will bring a wealth of wealth of experience from business, farming, and the community and NGO sectors into our team at Parliament.

“Our experienced Co-leadership of Metiria Turei and Russel Norman, who have lead the party together for five years, will again lead our Green team into this election campaign.

“This is a diverse and balanced list. There are 10 women and 10 men in our top 20, six Aucklanders, four Maori and the first deaf candidate in the top 10 of any party’s list in MMP history.

“The Green Party list truly represents the diversity of the New Zealand population. We are proud of the candidates we are putting forward to be elected.

“This list was ranked by our members and is the most democratic list put forward by any of the major parties.

“This election offers the opportunity for us to achieve our best electoral result ever. We are well placed and we have talented candidates to achieve good green change in a new Government,” said Morrison.

Note on list ranking process: All Green Party members (who have been members for more than six months) are given the chance to vote on the list. STV (successive elimination) is used as the voting system. This list goes to the candidate selection committee and leadership group and may be subject to minor adjustments for gender, race, age and location. No candidate can move more than two places from where the party members ranked them.

Green Party 2014 Election Official List
1. TUREI, Metiria
2. NORMAN, Russel
3. HAGUE, Kevin
4. SAGE, Eugenie
5. HUGHES, Gareth
6. DELAHUNTY, Catherine
7. GRAHAM, Kennedy
8. GENTER, Julie Anne
9. MATHERS, Mojo
10. LOGIE, Jan
11. CLENDON, Dave
12. WALKER, Holly
13. SHAW, James
14. ROCHE, Denise
15. BROWNING, Steffan
16. DAVIDSON, Marama
17. COATES, Barry
18. HART, John
19. KENNEDY, Dave
20. ELLEY, Jeanette
21. McDONALD, Jack
22. MOORHOUSE, David
23. ROTMANN, Sea
24. BARLOW, Aaryn
25. LECKINGER, Richard
26. PERINPANAYAGAM, Umesh
27. RUTHVEN, Susanne
28. MOORE, Teresa
29. LANGSBURY, Dora
30. WOODLEY, Tane
31. PERLEY, Chris
32. GOLDSMITH, Rachael
33. KELCHER, John
34. ROGERS, Daniel
35. WESLEY, Richard
36. SMITHSON, Anne-Elise
37. McALL, Malcolm
38. FORD, Chris
39. HUNT, Reuben

73 comments on “The Green Party List”

  1. Ad 1

    Sure could use some unrestrained aspirational idealism in the next government.
    I get the feeling Greens want power this time – and that hunger is good.

    Would love to see some more MSM media profile from Genter – a bit quiet.

    • Naturesong 1.1

      For anyone who cares about efficient use of taxpayers money for infrastructure projects, Julie Anne Genter is famous.
      And I suspect she has quite a following here in Auckland.

      Julie Anne Genter and Kennedy Graham were my top picks after Metiria Turei, and Dr Russel Norman.

      After those four I found it very difficult to choose.
      Given the likelyhood of only 15 Green MP’s getting into Parliament, and there being at least 19 candidates that are very high quality ….

      So I ended up having to vote 4 or 5 canditates that I knew would be extremely effective MP’s so far down the list that they would be unlikely to get a seat.
      I suspect that’s what has happened to Marama Davidson (I rated her much higher ) and Steffan Browning.

      It’s a weird feeling, when you see some of the dross that other parties throw up; yes National, I’m looking at you.

      • Labour_Voter 1.1.1

        I won’t be surprised if Greens win closer to 18% this election. So they could get more than 15 MPs.

        • Colonial Viper 1.1.1.1

          Somewhere around 12% to 14% is more likely. Steady progress is far better for the long term future of the Greens than some kind of sudden jump to 18% plus trying to handle Cabinet politics for the first time.

          • thechangeling 1.1.1.1.1

            If the Greens get for example 12% of the vote, is the equation to determine the amount of MP’s they get into parliament like this: 100=12 MP’s then 1.2 MP’s for the next 20 (2.4 MP’s) so the total is 14.4 MP’s right, so my question is, is the .4 rounded up to make a 15th MP into parliament or is it rounded back down to 14 MP’s in total?

  2. Tigger 2

    Happy to be enlightened on the ethnicities of the men on this list but there seem to be a lot of white men here. Four in top ten.

    • Clean_power 2.1

      Why are you worried? Ability and character are what really matter. Skin colour is not important.

    • karol 2.2

      There are some Maori men among the newest on the list. Too soon for them to be high up. McDonald for instance. They are making an effort to diversify their representation.

      • Skinny 2.2.1

        The Greens shoot themselves in the foot ‘again’ by not having a Maori male in the top 10. It’s little wonder they struggle with the male Maori vote.

        • karol 2.2.1.1

          Maori males are strongly represented in other parties. It’s good to see the Greens giving Maori women some prominence. They have a strong list. Some male Maori candidates (and Asian and Pacific) are standing in electorates (as well as being onthe list). They will be out there giving visibility to the Green Party.

          • Skinny 2.2.1.1.1

            The topic is the Green list Karol, while the party has the strongest of the 3 main party’s with policies supporting Maori, the fact has always been the absence of male Maori on their front bench. Which leads me to believe it’s a trendy white liberal party.

            • karol 2.2.1.1.1.1

              So having a Maori female just isn’t good enough for you? It’s gotta be male, otherwise it’s just a “trendy white liberal party”? Are Maori women invisible?

              I agree there needs to be more cultural diversity in their front bench. And I get the impression they are working on it. Marama Davidson looks to have much potential and is getting favourable responses in many quarters. So far, I don’t see any of their male Maori, Asian or Pacifc candidates creating such a buzz.

              One of the reasons I vote Green is because they have strong female candidates at the forefront. Since Clark left politics, males have dominated in the most senior positions of other parties. The Greens are rleading the way with having more od a gender balance.

              • Skinny

                I am merely voicing an observation that if they want more male Maori votes they need to get one with mana and appeal to aboard the top 10 rankings. How some of the current MP’s stay or come into the top 10 is bewildering. I mean Mojo Mathers how the hell she didn’t get bounced the other way has me thinking scratch below the surface and the Greens Party membership is still made up of raving nutters.

                • karol

                  Yes. I would rather the Greens worked closely with Mana than the Mana-InternetP thing.

                  They always have tended to be fairly closely aligned, I think.

                  Mojo Mathers provides an important perspective on disability issues.

                  Oh, please – you are trotting out one after the other of the stereotypes used to undermine the Greens – 1st that they are a “middle class liberal party”. Then that they are “full of nutters”.

                  They actually are a very strong, and well organised party, that has some excellent left wing policies, and speak well to them in the House and to the media.

                  • Skinny

                    Hey I am well versed in the Greens I have a few MP that I work with in unity. I also know and meet with plenty of their membership, I shouldn’t generalize but I tell you what a lot hasn’t changed since the caged chicken v human debate that tragically keep them out of a Clark led Government..

                    • I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a single-issue-dealbreaker which kept the Greens out of the Clark government. In fact I’m pretty sure it wasn’t the Greens.

    • Colonial Viper 2.3

      Four out of ten. That’s within ±5% of the actual proportion of white men in the general NZ population is it not? Given that it’s tough to get half a white man more or less, you need a whole one, and if you went with just three in the top ten, you would significantly under-represent white men. Is that really an improvement?

      Anyway as long as they each take climate change, public transport investment and energy depletion seriously, that’s what matters most.

      • Even if the Green Party’s top 10 had no white men in it, happily we would not have to fear the overwhelming representation of white men in Parliament.

        • Colonial Viper 2.3.1.1

          QFT.

        • Skinny 2.3.1.2

          Maybe Mana and the Greens should form an alliance and The Internet Party too, I can’t see the Green getting above their polling of around 12%.

          • Stephanie Rodgers 2.3.1.2.1

            12% is more than enough to get a decent chunk of the seats in Parliament. Sadly it would mean Marama Davidson missing out on a seat, but otherwise it’s a perfectly respectable proportion in an MMP House.

            • Skinny 2.3.1.2.1.1

              Marama Davidson on merit should have got 3 spots better than what she received, a clear sign that she is viewed to radical for the Green brand. Just seek the opinion of Nandor and Sue Bradford on the ‘new Green’ Party.

              • Colonial Viper

                Which in turn is a clear sign that you have achieved total success in psychic communing with the Green Party membership Hive Mind.

                Well done.

                • Skinny

                  Well there has been some pretty piss poor performances by some of the current MP’s, Mojo and Roche to name just 2. Mind you comparing List rankings in Labour ( which has always been a bitchy affair, and I see no change this time around) at least their process appears slightly better, however it’s still a bit of a popularity contest rather than merit.

                  Still as you point out it’s just my opinion, and one of a overly opinionated rambler I do admit.

                  • Colonial Viper

                    The Green Party membership quite liked the way Mojo and Roche performed by the looks of it.

    • Populuxe1 2.4

      It is, um, very white isn’t it. Even the PoC are a bit hard to spot.

  3. weka 3

    “Happy to be enlightened on the ethnicities of the men on this list but there seem to be a lot of white men here. Four in top ten.”

    How can you tell?

    I think the top ten is not the most relevant number. The GP have 14 MPs currently.

    • Populuxe1 3.1

      How about four in the top twenty then? And the fact that you can’t actually tell if some of them are PoC rather suggests something about how white it looks. Also, diverse my arse, there are only two people on the whole list who aren’t white or Maori – one Indian and one Samoan.

  4. fisiani 4

    The only decent one is James Shaw.

    • Macro 4.1

      That comment says more about you than it does about James!

    • c’mon fisi..

      ..give us the names of the rightwing-jerk mp’s you think are ‘better’ than this crew..?

      ..c’mon..!..give us all a laff..!

      ..we can have fun unpacking them..

      (please please include ‘woody’ woodhouse..and ..and ..foss-the-hapless..!

      ..and those two clowns are fucken ministers..how the fuck did that happen..?

      ..please explain..!

      ..whoar..!..)

    • I’m not sure he’d welcome the endorsement.

    • outofbed 4.4

      Yes James is an amazing guy.
      He put together the team that was enabled the Greens to be 2nd in Wellington Central by party vote. Not a bad result! Over 1 in 4 people vote Green in Wellington.

  5. Tamati 5

    Mosanto will be pleased to see the end of Stephan Browning.

    • Macro 5.1

      I wouldn’t hold my breath…

      • Tamati 5.1.1

        15th place, I put his odds of being reelected at less than 50:50. Clearly the party hierarchy don’t think he adds much to the caucus.

        • Macro 5.1.1.1

          Don’t count your chickens Tamati until they are due to be counted… Your opinion is worth about 1/2millionth of the final outcome – remember that.
          His position has been determined by the TOTAL party membership and only adjusted a max of 2 places up or down to ensure balance within the list by the list committee

          • Tamati 5.1.1.1.1

            ipredict giving the Greens 10.3% , which would net about 12 seats. At 15 he’s only an outside chance.

            • Macro 5.1.1.1.1.1

              iPredict! lol
              and has 4 – that is FOUR – Act MPs! Candidate for the next Tui’s add.
              Sorry Tamati but you place your faith on rather insubstantial evidence – no one gives a rats arse about that anymore – except those who do. (i.e. it no longer represents reality – only the perceptions of the few – obviously you amongst them)

              • Tamati

                If ipredict is so wrong why don’t you go and make yourself a fortune before the the next election?

                Talk is cheap, put your money where your mouth is. Prediction markets have been shown to be consistently better than any loud mouth pundit.

                Ipredict is currently giving Act 3 MPs. A little on the high side, but hardly an extreme estimate.

                • Macro

                  I don’t believe in making money out of other peoples misfortunes – never have and never will. Apart from taking a ticket in a charity raffle – which I promptly dispose of, because I regard it as a donation – I have never placed a bet on anything.
                  Pray tell how Act is ever likely to win 3 seats in 2014?

                  • Tamati

                    But would you be happy to make money off ACT and National supporters?

                    Because that’s what you would be doing if you shorted Act futures (assuming ACT is priced highly due to manipulative right wingers) . You could even promise to give all your winnings to charity or something, if you like.

                    Act has had polled around 7-8% in the past. Some of those voters will return to them if they can be convinced that their vote won’t be wasted and that Jamie Whyte won’t make a dick of himself like Banks.

                    • Macro

                      No I am not be interested in making money out of Act supporters or any others foolish enough to bet on the outcome of an election, or on the outcome of a cricket game, or who scores the first try, or which horse crosses the line first. That is simply infantile behaviour.
                      The people of Epsom have a lot to answer for in this country, are they to repeat their idiocy of Hide, and then Banks, (there is a long history of corruption in that electorate from representatives from Act) so are they to vote Act again – or will they more likely give them the flick and vote where their heart has always been? Remember that the name of Act has been besmirched badly over two electoral periods now- across the country – and the possibility of 7-8% popular vote is long gone.

                    • felix

                      Macro, the people of Epsom will vote for whomever John Key so instructs them.

                      There really is nothing more in it than that. All the two-faced expense-fiddlers and corrupt bagmen, proto-fascist punishment-fetishist dead baby thieves, and barking mad brothel owners that ACT have foisted on the country over the last couple of terms?

                      Don’t blame Epsom. Don’t even blame ACT. They have all sat in our parliament entirely at the behest of John Key.

                    • felix

                      Tamati, no-one gives a shit about a handful of right-wing activists trading 5 cents worth of stock.

        • Naturesong 5.1.1.2

          Weirdly, the list is not chosen by the “party hierarchy”.

          The list is chosen by Green Party member vote.

          That there end up being a few highly qualified candidates further down the list is what happens when you have too many highly qualified candidates.

  6. Wayne 6

    I was surprised that Marama Davidson wasn’t higher up, although she is the second non – MP in the list, but may not make it in. I think political parties should always ensure that some new people should have high enough in the list to be guaranteed to get in. It does mean that one or more MP”s will be on the margin.

  7. Tracey 7

    i am disappointed to see denise roache drop two places. she has had some repesentation in msm and has spoken well in parliament in question time and speeches.

    if greens can get to 12-15% she will still have a worrying election night. undeserved demotion imo.

    • Tamati 7.1

      Nah she would make it on 12%. A small amount of party vote is ‘wasted’ meaning parties get slightly more seats than their percentage of votes suggest.

      • Tracey 7.1.1

        thanks tamati. i get confused about how it all translates.

        • Tamati 7.1.1.1

          So last time 3.37% of votes were for parties that didn’t end up being represented in Parliament. This means 96.63% of party votes actually counted. Divide each party vote percentage by 0.9663 and multiply by 120 and you get an approximation of number of seats.

          Note: This is only an approximation, the actual calculations are a little more complex and have to account for overhangs etc.

  8. second thoughts 8

    The green party will only secure about 5-7 MP’s this time. Their hey day is over. Norman has been to devisive and their policies have been to lacking around economic growth. The printing of money was a flawed policy and the visits to Dot Com wont be lost on the voters.

    However the loss of MP’s will be swung to National and Labour.

    There quite a few cracks in their campaign and policy platforms for 2014.

    I thought rank 1 and 2 were co-leaders – this will surprise many that Russell is no longer equal but second place.

    • Tamati 8.1

      Do you have any evidence or logical reasoning to back up your projection or did it just come to you in a series of dreams?

    • George 8.2

      You can’t do maths. Without an electorate seat, they will get a minimum of 6 MPs, or none at all.

      Also, you can’t spell. Russel Norman isn’t devisive.

      Nice attempt at an argument though.

    • karol 8.3

      Norman was second place before. – at the 2011 election.

      The media tends to treat him as leader – cos, you know, guys are expected to be leaders. But I think Turei probably has more leadership abilities.

      • second thoughts 8.3.1

        my understanding is this – if you don’t win an electorate getting is tough so the 5% rule helps parties like the greens and NZF. However there is some misguided facts..at 11% the chances of lots of MP’s is limited as there is no electorate – I think the Greens will poll below 10%.

        This makes it in my book 5-7 MPs.

        National will pick up 2-4 more, NZF will get a hiding, Conservative, United and Act will get gifted a seat. So the real winner will be Maori Party and not Mana due to Internet Party.

        So there is a real possibility of no Mana Party.

        Labour will get just under 30%

        Don’t be surprised guys if NZF is OUT – maybe at best 5% flat but it will be their last election. Winny will quit.

        Seriously Greens look a mess and confused. Labour trying hard.

        • karol 8.3.1.1

          Tāmaki Makarau electorate is now looking very interesting.

        • Macro 8.3.1.2

          “I think the Greens will poll below 10%.”
          what you think and what is reality are obvious two different things..

      • Tamati 8.3.2

        I think he gets more media time because he’s the finance spokesman. Wouldn’t surprise me if Turei becomes DPM while Norman gets associate finance. Would be a nice fit.

        • second thoughts 8.3.2.1

          think you guys better watch TV 3 poll – I think I am bang on

          • bad12 8.3.2.1.1

            More National can govern alone polling from the tv channels, same as this time last election, now how did that work out for National which last week had to scrap its plans to turn the Resource Management Act on its head because they havn’t got the numbers in the Parliament to amend the Legislation…

            • BM 8.3.2.1.1.1

              National got done by that tea tape bollocks and the rena hitting the rocks.

              If it wasn’t for those two events it would have been a clear majority.

            • second thoughts 8.3.2.1.1.2

              no one likes RMA so not surprised……….that is irrelevant left is getting killed by centre right nation. people in nz love what national re doing and tv 3 said 67% labour voters liked national policies…even david liked it.

              greens will poll even lower

              • felix

                What did you predict the greens would poll at the last election?

                As I recall most of you lot were reckoning on them not making 5%

  9. Philj 9

    xox
    Having Barry Coates (Mr Oxfam) at 17 shows the incredible depth and talent within this Green Party list. Astounding. At some point voters will wake up. Some will get angry and desperate. In NZ the trend is heading green.If voters think the Natz will do anything significant about sustainable population/migration or climate change you are seriously deluded. Calling all RWNJ’s.

  10. McGrath 10

    I cannot see Green polling below 10%, If anything, I can see them polling 15-20% this election as disillusioned Labour voters go Green instead.

    • second thoughts 10.1

      not based on tonight polls

      • Colonial Viper 10.1.1

        13% to 14% is a likely range for the Greens IMO; and trying to base anything on tonight’s polls is sorta dumb.

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    1 week ago
  • Child abuse apology needed
    The Government's failure to act on recommendations from Judge Henwood, based on years of work by the Confidential Listening and Assistance Service (CLAS) will further undermine any faith victims may have put into the process, says Labour’s Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda ...
    1 week ago
  • Reserve Bank again highlights National’s housing failure
    National’s failure to deal with the housing crisis in New Zealand is once again being exposed by the Reserve Bank today, in a scathing assessment of the Government’s response, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson “Governor Wheeler is clearly worried ...
    1 week ago
  • Palm Oil Labelling: Possible Progress?
    On Friday, the Minister for Food Safety, along with her Australian colleagues finally looked at the issue of mandatory labelling of palm oil. We’ve been calling for mandatory labelling for years and we were hoping that the Ministers would agree ...
    GreensBy Mojo Mathers
    1 week ago
  • National: Fails to achieve
    The ineffectiveness of the National Government’s approach to schooling has been highlighted by the latest Trends in International Maths and Science Study (TIMSS) report released overnight, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. ...
    1 week ago
  • Faster into Homes – a new pathway for first home buyers
    This week Parliament will select another members’ bill from the cookie tin (I kid you not, it really is a cookie tin) and I’ve just launched a new bill I’m hoping will get pulled – to help people get into ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    1 week ago
  • Selling off our state housing stock isn’t working for NZers
    I want to end homelessness and ensure that everyone has a warm, safe, dry home. This National Government has let down New Zealanders, especially the thousands of New Zealanders who are struggling with something so basic and important as housing. ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Government needs to ensure fair deal on EQC assessments
    Kiwis affected by earthquakes might not get a fair deal if the Government pushes ahead with secret plans to let private insurers take over the assessment of claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. “Under questioning from Labour the Government ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s priorities the real ‘load of nonsense’
    The Prime Minister’s fixation with tax cuts, despite a failure to pay down any debt and growing pressure on public services is the real ‘load of nonsense’, says Labour Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “We’re getting mixed messages from National. John ...
    1 week ago
  • Free Speech and Hate Speech
    Last week we were very concerned to hear that an Auckland imam, Dr Anwar Sahib, had been preaching divisive and derogatory messages about Jewish people and women during his sermons. It was a disturbing incident coming at the end of ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Young Kiwis struggling under record mortgage debt
    The Government needs to step in and start building affordable homes for first homebuyers now more than ever, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    1 week ago
  • Tairāwhiti says No Stat Oil!
    Tairāwhiti says yes to a clean environment for our mokopuna today and for generations to come. Tairāwhiti are have a responsibility to uphold their mana motuhake over their land and their peoples and are calling on the Government to honour ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    1 week ago
  • Swimmable Rivers tour – Ōkahukura/Lucas Creek
    When Environment Minister Nick Smith said in Parliament that some waterways – like Auckland’s Lucas Creek – are not worth saving because no-one wants to swim in them, he forgot to ask the locals we met last week who have put ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Wellington business relief package needs flexibility
    The Government’s Wellington business support package is welcome news but needs to be implemented so that all affected businesses get the help they need, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. “Wellington businesses will be pleased that the Government ...
    1 week ago
  • EQC’s staff cuts show disregard for quake victims
    The Earthquake Commission’s stubborn insistence on slashing its workforce and its operational funding by nearly half shows callous disregard for victims of the Kaikoura earthquake and the thousands of Cantabrians still waiting to resolve claims, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan ...
    1 week ago
  • Maori Land Court job losses must be delayed
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell must request that pending job losses at the Māori Land Court are put on hold until the Māori land reform process is resolved and the risk of losing centuries of collective institutional knowledge is ...
    1 week ago
  • Financial support needed for urgent earthquake strengthening
    The Government must provide urgent support to residents for important earthquake strengthening work so that it happens quickly, says Grant Robertson, Wellington Central MP.  "I support the call from Wellington Mayor Justin Lester to bring forward work to strengthen the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour welcomes equal pay
    Labour has long appreciated the value of women’s work and welcomes the Government’s decision to address pay equity for women, say’s Labour’s associate Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Sue Moroney. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Surgeons’ letter a damning indictment
    A letter from Waikato Hospital’s orthopaedic surgeons claiming that hospital managers are stopping them from making follow-up checks on patients is a damning indictment of the health system, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.  “It’s terrifying that one woman’s elective ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Out of touch Nats continue state house sell-off
    The Government should be focused on building houses for families to buy and more state houses for families in need, not flogging them off, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National’s state house sell-off does nothing to help people ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Joyce drags feet while Capital businesses suffer
     Wellington businesses affected by the earthquake are continuing to struggle while the Government drags its feet on getting a business assistance package up and running, says Grant Robertson, Wellington Central MP.  “Steven Joyce needs to front up with an assistance ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Health and Safety Act fails to reduce work fatalities
    After the Pike River tragedy, New Zealanders realised that workplace health and safety culture needed to change. Last Saturday marked the 6th anniversary of the tragedy that killed 29 miners at the Pike River mine on the West Coast of ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 weeks ago