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Young Greens call on Government to act after fiscal announcement

The Young Greens are calling on the Government to take advantage of their economic position to do more to improve Aotearoa’s environmental and social conditions. There are 290,000 children that live below the poverty line, our teachers aren’t being paid enough, we have a mental health crisis, the housing and homelessness crises are still pervasive…

Haast River - near Thunder Creek Falls
Haast River - near Thunder Creek Falls

There’s something in the water…and it isn’t us

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Haast River – near Thunder Creek Falls (source) The freshwater and marine environments of New Zealand are in a state that is unjustifiably poor considering our population density. Our rivers, lakes, wetlands, harbours, estuaries and the ultimate receiving environment of the oceans are in a bad way, with many unfit to swim in…not to mention…

Keep It 18

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One of the reasons I got involved in politics at such a young age (I’m 18), is because I hope to be able to provide representation for those many young people whose voices are not always heard. Too often MPs make decisions that have significant effects on youth without seeking input from youth themselves. To…

Why we love MMP

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On November 26th MMP must fight to prove its worth against contenders for ‘New Zealand’s best electoral system’ including FPP, PV, STV, and SM. For me, this fight is far more important than the one for the Web Ellis Trophy. Who wins is up to you. However, the choice to save MMP should not be…

Entoloma hochstetteri, the Sky Blue Mushroom. This mushrom is native to New zealand and is small but powerful because it breaks down decay, making nutrients available for other organisms to asimulate and grow.
Entoloma hochstetteri, the Sky Blue Mushroom. This mushrom is native to New zealand and is small but powerful because it breaks down decay, making nutrients available for other organisms to asimulate and grow.

“If you think you’re too small to be effective, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.” – Betty Reese

Category: Election

Photo: Entoloma hochstetteri, the Sky Blue Mushroom. This mushrom is native to New zealand and is small but powerful because it breaks down decay, making nutrients available for other organisms to asimulate and grow. (Source) It is always alarming when I hear a young person say they are not going to vote because they feel…

Housing for vulnerable now under bigger threat from National

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It would seem National are not done with stomping on the backs of NZ’s most vulnerable. On Saturday Housing Minister Phil Heatley struck another blow to our already desperately under-resourced state housing. Ignoring the Green’s call for substantial new building projects, National have been slashing budgets again.   Now they will unceremoniously dump thousands of…

Open Letter to Minister of Energy

Category: Education, Energy

Dear Minister, During part of the student consultation process at my high school Onslow College, which is at the formative stages of extensive renovation plans, it shocked me to learn that there is absolutely no financial incentive for schools to become more energy efficient. The principal explained to the students present that the school is…

Capitalism, Cannabis and Kindness

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Young Greens Speech to Green Party AGM 2006 John Pilger’s film ‘Palestine is Still the Issue’ spoke true to many of us; not only about the inalienable rights of Palestinians to self-determination, but the deep frustration of such an important issue unconsciously slipping-off the media and public’s foreign affairs agenda. “Palestine is still the issue”…

Views on Education

Category: Education

Babies learn incredibly fast. They learn to crawl and walk, to speak a language without even doing any study. As they grow older they learn to interact with others and even how to be diplomatic with their parents. How do babies do it? Surely they don’t have any special learning powers, it just comes naturally….