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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP): Joint Statement

Green Parties in Taiwan, Canada, the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the Philippines have issuing this joint statement to express our concern over the undemocratic and non-transparent nature of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

More than just another trade agreement, the TPPA provisions could hinder access to safe, affordable

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NZ National Government’s Kyoto decision causing backlash at Doha

“New Zealand is being shamed on the international stage every day here in Doha and we can no longer hold our heads high for our approach on climate change,” said Green Party climate change spokesperson Kennedy Graham, who is at the United Nations international climate change talks.
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New Zealand Losing Big Time in on Climate Talks Time for Urgent Instruction from Prime Minister

Press Release from Dubai – Kennedy Graham, MP, Dec 9.

New Zealand is losing out big time at the extended UN climate change talks in Doha over the weekend, and it is critical that PM John Key send instructions to the delegation to change its stance, says the Green Party.

As the negotiations grind their way to a conclusion, the latest version of the resolution referring to the Kyoto Protocol will have New Zealand barred from access to the carbon credits available from the 2nd commitment period.

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NZ shamed in international climate change report

New Zealand is ranked 41 out of a possible 61 for its performance on climate change and under National our position will plummet, Green Party co-leader Russel Norman said today.

The annual Climate Change Performance Index report, released this week at the international climate talks being held in Doha, evaluates and compares the climate protection performance of the countries that are together responsible for more than 90 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions. 

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NZ slammed for Kyoto decision

The National Government’s failure to make meaningful commitments to reduce New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions has been slammed by the most senior United Nations climate change figure.

Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), described New Zealand’s decision last month not to sign up to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol as ‘very disappointing’.

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Govt's diluted ETS branded 'ecocide'

The National-led Government has been "charged" with ecocide for passing a law which watered down New Zealand's obligations to reduce carbon emissions. The final reading of a bill which amended the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) drew impassioned speeches from MPs, in particular Green Party climate change spokesman Kennedy Graham.
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The New Zealand Greens campaign story

Read a wonderful case study of how the New Zealand Greens increased their votes by 65% and was cited by mainstream journalists as the best run campaign of all the parties.  The following article was published in the Australian Greens magazine this June 2012:

New Zealand’s population would fit nicely into a small city Australians like to call Melbourne. Small population?  Sure, but a country full of innovation and big ideas. The 2011 Green Party election campaign was no exception.

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3rd Global Greens Congress in Senegal…a rising political force

by Kennedy Graham, blog.greens.org.nz

Co-leader Metiria Tūrei and I were the two Kiwi MPs attending the 3rd Global Greens Congress which concluded last week. Green party colleagues, Pete Davis (International Secretary) and Jackson Wood (Young Greens) attended as well, so there was a respectable turnout of four from NZ.  Yes, offsetting occurred.

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