Ruth Thomas

  • signed renters-rights 2017-06-08 15:08:03 +1200

    Support fair and secure renting

    A good and secure home is fundamental to our wellbeing but for people who rent our tenancy laws offer no stability. This disrupts our families, schools and communities. Back the Green Party's Bill to guarantee all kiwis have a secure home and a fair deal.

    2,035 signatures

    Our current tenancy laws allow unfair rent increases and evictions with little notice. This condemns renters to a life of uncertainty that impacts on their jobs, schooling, neighbourhood and community.

    Renting is no longer temporary or short-term, hundreds of thousands of families are locked out of home-ownership and it's time our renting laws caught up.

    The Green Party's Bill will make the standard tenancy three years with renters having the first right of refusal to renew. It will also control rent increases and end letting fees. Please support the Bill to bring renting into the 21st century:

    We urge parliament to pass into law the Residential Tenancies (Safe and Secure Rentals) Amendment Bill to ensure that every family has a secure and stable home, regardless of whether they rent or own their own home. 

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  • signed Thank You Driver 2017-06-08 15:04:00 +1200

    Thank You Driver

    On a bus anywhere in the Wellington region, you hear it all the time - “thank you, driver” - as passengers get off at their stop. We say it because we appreciate our bus service - a good bus network and great drivers make a huge contribution to the life of our cities.

    But, for something that is so important, we’re treating the people who drive us poorly.

    Greater Wellington Regional Council has ditched the current bus companies from many of the region’s routes. The drivers on those routes are about to lose their jobs - they have no idea if they will get work with the new contractors. Even if they do, they may be forced to work for less money or under worse conditions.

    So, let’s show the Regional Council that - unlike them - we appreciate our bus drivers. Please sign and say thank you driver!

    8,100 signatures

    I value the contribution that bus drivers make to the bus network in the Wellington region.

    Wellington’s bus drivers should not have their jobs taken from them or get paid less to do the same work when the Wellington Regional Council makes a decision to change the bus contracting company.

    I want Greater Wellington Regional Council to provide job security for Wellington’s current bus drivers.

    And I want the Greater Wellington Regional Council to show they value bus drivers too, and make sure that if they decide to change the company who provides the bus service, then bus drivers are protected and have security.

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  • signed keep it public 2017-05-19 16:47:06 +1200

    Keep it Public!

    Public tertiary education gives all New Zealanders the opportunity to develop skills, learn trades, and create knowledge which helps our families, communities and economy.

    But Paul Goldsmith, the Minister for Tertiary Education, is trying to change the law to take public funds away from our universities, polytechs and wānanga and hand them to private companies who are more concerned with profit than providing quality education.

    Together, let’s make sure tertiary education stays public, local and focused on learning.

    4,871 signatures

    This would be the single biggest change to tertiary education funding in a generation. If enough of us speak out, then together we can stop it happening.

    By pledging to support public tertiary education you will be adding your voice to the many others that want to keep tertiary education public, local, and focused on learning, not profit.

    Tertiary education belongs to all of us. Now is the time to tell Paul Goldsmith you want it to stay that way.

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