Joel had a conversation with James Shaw about his experience at the COP23 talks and what he thinks New Zealand needs to do to reach carbon neutral goals. They also talked about why The Green Party is currently refusing to comment on the situation on Manus Island, despite being extremely vocal about it in the past.
The high court has decided the previous Government had not done enough to meet its obligations on climate change. Joel talked to Green MP Marama Davidson about this as well as Te Rā o Parihaka Billl. This bill, which was in the name of former Maori party MP Marama Fox, is calling for a national day of commemoration to recognise the Crown invasion of Parihaka on the November 5 1881.
Green Party leader James Shaw has made a call for donations after a costly campaign. Joel talked to him about this and the need for more transparency surrounding party donations.
Green Party member Golriz Gharahman has also called out for New Zealand to take more action on Manus Island. New Zealand’s current refugee population sits at around .030% per capita. This is around thirty to forty times lower than world leaders. Joel talked to James about why this is, and what needs to change.
NZ First is refusing to release the board members who are helping them decide their coalition partners. This is on top of negotiations being hidden away from the public which is raising issues about transparency in the democratic process. Joel to James Shaw about this.
They also spoke about Bill English accusations that the Green Party care more about getting National out of Government than they care about the environment.
On the lead up to the election we are focusing on livability, so we’re focusing on issues such as homelessness, poverty, and housing. This is timely considering the Green Party’s renting and insulation policy announced yesterday. Joel talked to Marama Davidson about this policy and how livable she thinks New Zealand is right now.
On the lead up to the election, we are focusing on different issues each week and this week we are focusing on healthcare. Joel spoke to Green Party leader James Shaw about the Green Party's view on our health and mental health systems. They also chatted about drug use and whether it's a health issue, and the rebranding of the Green's campaign image.