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Green candidate part of anti-nuclear campaign awarded Nobel

By   /  October 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

The Green Party congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), a global coalition of NGOs that has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel Committee recognised ICAN for its work to achieve the international treaty to ban nuclear weapons, which opened for signature at the United Nations in September. The Green […]

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Once Upon a Time in Mainstream Media Fairytale Land…

By   /  October 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

You can feel mainstream media’s frustration with the news-vacuum created by the two week period necessary to count the approximately 384,072 (15% of total votes) Special Votes that were cast this election.

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Observations on the 2017 Election campaign… (Iwa)

By   /  September 28, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

. . Red-Green, Blue-Green? There is mischief-making afoot. Suggestions for a National-Green coalition are being floated by various right-wing commentators, National Party figures, and some media pundits. Despite Green Party Leader, James Shaw, repeatedly ruling out any such possibility – the suggestion continues to circulate. On  election night, as TOP leader Gareth Morgan realised his […]

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Green Party Announces a Better Deal for Students

By   /  September 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Green Party Announces a Better Deal for Students

The Green Party announced today that, in government, it will provide genuine support for students by bringing in a universal post-graduate student allowance and increasing allowance rates for all students. “The rise in the cost of living and higher rents are making life increasingly hard for students, and the Green Party has a plan to […]

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Chlöe Swarbrick first to line up to vote – Green Party

By   /  September 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Green Party candidate Chlöe Swarbrick got in early this morning, becoming the first political candidate in the country to place her vote at 8.30am at Ellerslie’s Mountainside Lutheran Church. “I’m going to give everything I have to ensure young people have their say this election, and will spend the next fortnight visiting all of New […]

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Shaw to Peters: show us your fiscal plan

By   /  September 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Shaw to Peters: show us your fiscal plan before attacking Labour’s Winston Peters needs to show us how he plans to pay for his $10 billion ofrecent election promises before he attacks Labour on their fully-costed plan,the Green Party said today. Winston Peters set out another new condition of going into government with Labour this […]

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Second language support should be for universal te reo Māori – Green Party

By   /  August 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Second language support should be for universal te reo Māori – Green Party

The Green Party has reiterated its commitment to universal te reo Māori in schools, following National’s education announcement yesterday. “It’s good that National is open to Kiwi kids learning a second language andte reo Māori should be at the front of the queue. We want a more ambitious plan for te reo Māori in schools, […]

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Parties agree drugs about health not crime – Green Party

By   /  August 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Parties agree drugs about health not crime – Green Party

At Wednesday’s Child Poverty Action Group Whangārei election debate, the Green, Labour and National candidates all agreed that drugs are a health issue, not a criminal issue. “Do we treat is as a health issue or do we treat is as a criminal issue? And that’s a conversation society will develop over time.” said National […]

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New Zealand should not follow Trump into Afghanistan – Green Party

By   /  August 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

The Green Party would oppose any deployment of combat troops to Afghanistan, following President Trump’s announcement on Tuesday that he would immediately beef up the United States’ military presence there. The Government has indicated today that they will make a decision on sending some NZDF personnel before the election on September 23. “We are calling […]

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One Day Out with Green Team #5

By   /  August 20, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

As part of my contribution to the Green party election campaign, I joined the Green’s Billboard Team #5. Our team was assigned to the Rimutaka Electorate – and it was an eventful day…

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From TV’s “The Nation” – Patrick Gower and James Shaw have a heart-to-heart

By   /  August 13, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  34 Comments

Then, at 6:10 into the interview, there was this jaw-dropping exchange between Gower and Shaw;

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Shouldn’t Radio NZ feel ashamed for its Metiria Turei coverage?

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  83 Comments

For the first time ever, I had willfully switched off a Radio NZ political programme. Listening to three, privileged, well-paid, middle-class, pakeha professionals pontificating on the sins of a 23 year old young maori woman two decades ago was more than I could stomach. 

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Jacinda Effect > Metiria Affect – Why The Greens’ Polls Are Down

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Curwen Rolinson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

In the coming days, as the vultures of various news outlets attempt to pick clean the carcass of a once-indomitable woman in their pursuit of sensationalized post-mortems, you are going to hear a lot about how Turei’s transgressions in the court of public opinion rendered her resignation both unavoidable and vital for the Green Party’s […]

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The most grievous betrayal of all – two so-called “Green” MPs who should know better

By   /  August 7, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  72 Comments

I am livid with anger at the selfish actions of these two. I have given my weekends to help erect Green Party billboards. I have helped draft letters to newspapers defending Metiria Turei from the reactionary media pack who are hounding her. I plan to give up my time to help the Green Party as much as I possibly can with leafletting and doorknocking.

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Greens Launch Manawatū – Hawke’s Bay Rail Plan

By   /  July 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Green Party today launched a plan to trial a new twice-daily passenger train from Palmerston North to Napier, while the Manawatū Gorge is closed to road traffic, as well as a commitment to increase funding to reduce fares on the Capital Connection service between Palmerston North and Wellington. “National has let regional rail services […]

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New Zealand the most homeless country in the world? – Green Party

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New Zealand the most homeless country in the world? – Green Party

On Thursday 27 July, at the Butter Factory, Green MP Marama Davidson will come together with Whangārei’s leading developers, providers and innovators to discuss the epidemic of homelessness in New Zealand, and how we will change it. Yale University has just released a study that shows New Zealand has the highest rate of homelessness in […]

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