Gareth Hughes – why I am standing for co-leader of the greens

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For fifteen years I have dedicated myself to working to protect the environment and climate at organisations like Greenpeace, and winning campaigns. I am now in my third term of Parliament and ready to lead.

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I’m running for Co-leader because our issues are more important than ever. I believe through inspiring hope, better organisation and stronger campaigning we can be the change New Zealand needs. I am standing now because I believe I can do the best job to grow our vote, which is the most effective way we can make meaningful action on our core issues: tackling the climate crisis and social inequality.

I am standing for a new generation of Green leadership representing Kiwis like me who grew up with the Internet, burdened with student loans and who are raising a family and struggling to get into their first house.
My candidacy is for a generational shift in our politics. Unlike previous generations a first home, a good job and an affordable education are considered luxuries by many of my generation.

For fifteen years I have dedicated myself to working to protect the environment and climate at organisations like Greenpeace, and winning campaigns. I am now in my third term of Parliament and ready to lead.

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I'm a dad and a Member of Parliament for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. I can't add any more friends but subscribe to my feed to find out what I'm up to. Here is my website: www.greens.org.nz/people/garethhughes Authorised by Jon Field, Level 2, 17 Garrett Street, Wellington.

23 Comments

  1. mary_a says:

    Good one Gareth. I wish you well.

  2. cleangreen says:

    Do something different Gareth.

    Think outside the square please.

    Listen to all groups when they present with their issues, such as the dangerous “Smart Meter technology” being hosted upon us whether we chose it or not.

    Some people are now very sick and ill with all the high frequency radiation these devices emit as they link up with other smart meters nearby and retransmit them on to the network through the vodaphone network.

    Apart from the loss of a healthy environment these consumers detailed use of energy is sent now to third parties for their use to sell as useful market information and when the home owner is absent from the property.

    We demand the right to have our environment controlled by us and be left in peace health and safety.

    We know you favour the smart meter technology but you need to do your homework and not take the advise from the smart meter industry only.

    Keep your mind open and your enemies closer.

    You will face very dangerous issues, that your citizens are now facing today.

    http://aaemonline.org/pressadvisoryemf.pdf

    Especially now that the surveillance bill has been past to force total control over us all as they who are a strictly business friendly Government, who are not interested in what the people want or need.

    Government have forgotten who they are tasked to represent, as the people vote them into parliament and will vote them out when things turn to mush.

    That’s our advise, and keep the pressure on government to reopen your regions rail service from Napier to GIsborne as the trucks are killing the environment and your people.

    http://www.hbrc.govt.nz/News-Events/Media-Releases/Pages/Napier-%E2%80%93-Gisborne-Railway-%E2%80%98Shortline%E2%80%99-Proposed.aspx

    http://www.napier-gisborne-railway.co.nz/latest-news/

    • countryboy says:

      Good stuff @ CLEANGREEN . You’re definitely on the correct path IMO .

    • George Hendry says:

      Greetings Cleangreen 🙂

      Since you last raised this matter I’ve been looking at having my smartmeter changed back to the old sort.

      Would you please publish the link again?

      Cheers.

      • cleangreen says:

        GEORGE HENDRY & ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS HELP TO REMOVE THEIR SMART METER SEE THIS PLEASE.

        THIS SITE IS FIRST STOP.

        http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/how-to-get-rid-of-a-smart-meter/

        GARETH PERHAPS YOU CAN OFFER TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE OUR METER?

        NB: If your electricity company is helpful, please email through the site Contact form so we know about this and can advise others.

        2) If your current electricity company refuses to remove your smart meter and replace it with an analogue meter or digital meter that is not a smart meter, you may need consider changing electricity companies to a company that will replace it. At present there appear to be several options. These options are listed in alphabetical order, out of fairness to the companies.

        NB: The site coordinator has no financial interest in any electricity company.

        If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up for the email list at http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz as this will allow you receive updates on the smart meter situation in NZ.

        This link also includes a search facility to allow you to search the website for topics of interest.

      • cleangreen says:

        GEORGE HENRY & ANYONE ELSE WHO WANTS HELP TO REMOVE THEIR SMART METER SEE THIS PLEASE.

        THIS SITE IS FIRST STOP.

        http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz/how-to-get-rid-of-a-smart-meter/

        GARETH PERHAPS YOU CAN OFFER TO FIGHT FOR OUR RIGHT TO CHOOSE OUR METER?

        NB: If your electricity company is helpful, please email through the site Contact form so we know about this and can advise others.

        2) If your current electricity company refuses to remove your smart meter and replace it with an analogue meter or digital meter that is not a smart meter, you may need consider changing electricity companies to a company that will replace it. At present there appear to be several options. These options are listed in alphabetical order, out of fairness to the companies.

        NB: The site coordinator has no financial interest in any electricity company.

        If you are interested in the smart meter issue, please sign up for the email list at http://www.stopsmartmeters.org.nz as this will allow you receive updates on the smart meter situation in NZ.

        This link also includes a search facility to allow you to search the website for topics of interest.

    • Brabinger says:

      The Greens have been quiet on smart meters, an unwarranted and potentially dangerous intrusion into our privacy.
      I recently instructed my power company not to install one, and the company cancelled the planned change, or ”upgrade” as they called it. I fear it won’t be as straightforward in future if and when they become compulsory.
      As a Green voter this is disappointing, but I sense the fear of the luddite label means the issue is untouchable for the Greens, who have become rather risk averse.

      • Pasupial says:

        Brabinger

        I did the same when my electricity supplier tried to push one of these things on my household. I don’t have much fear about this particular source of radiation, given the urban ubiquity of; wifi, radio, and cell-phone towers. But vodafone have been repeatedly demonstrated to have treated their customers with contempt when it comes to privacy issues.

        However, this does seem a bit of distraction from Hughes’ run for the coleadership. I have been impressed by him, particularly in his actions against the deep-sea oil peril. Unfortunately, I am no longer a GP member, so will be unable to vote for him (currently still part of the IP – a gamble that didn’t succeed, but was better than acquiescence).

        Hughes would be my first choice for GP, leader followed by Hague. I think I would probably reup with the GP if either of them were to win the coleadership – though I’d probably wait until election year if it was Hague.

  3. Molly says:

    Great news Gareth.

    Always appreciate your depth of knowledge, and considered responses in the media.

    Wishing you all the best in this endeavour.

  4. Tom says:

    Good on ya Gareth, I’m sure you know at the moment politics is a shitty game with corporate/business interest having most parties and MP’s in there pocket.
    On a personal level you seem like a decent guy and appears your heart is in the right place. Are you sure you can handle going up against the likes of key and his con men (and woman) plus some of the shifty left. Will you be able to shower it off before you go home to your wife and kids at night?

    On a positive note, we need good people who can turn this corruption around. All the best.

  5. countryboy says:

    @ Gareth . You might find this interview interesting . Particularly since we’re an agrarian economy yet corporate farming’s fucking things up terribly here .
    The politician who has the ear of the NZ farmer also has the purse strings . Ask any swindling Nat ?

    Vandana Shiva – Towards Agroecology
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/nights/20150218

  6. Geoff Lye says:

    Also do something about this picking and choosing which meds get subsidised.

    I am sick of a young man who is a friend of mine having to harass me day in and day out for money to buy meds while he is on a benefit.

    Also when he gets a job and still has to harass everybody for the first two weeks until he gets paid.

    He cant afford food because all his money and his partners money goes on his meds

    Martyn and all you Green and Mana party campaigners need to do something about this.

    This bullshit above has cost me 10’s of thousands of dollars to pay for this young diabetics meds needs.

    This young man has been in and out of hospital so many times for different reasons it is beyond a joke.

  7. Trevor Mills says:

    It’s going to take a hell of a run up for you to fill the shoes of Russel Norman. To do that, you’ve got to stand up against Key without hesitation or fear. If you can’t do that, don’t take on the position. If you believe you can, then show us you mean business. Support the people, by holding Key accountable for every move Key makes.

  8. Mike in Auckland says:

    Gareth, good for having a go, I must say, but personally, I feel you are not the “leader” the Greens need as “Co Leader”.

    You can do good work as a list MP on your topics of preference, but no, I cannot see you as the best Co Leader the Greens need and can work with.

    Good luck though.

  9. Geoffy says:

    This interview here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaOMGLINdpw

    is why Gareth Hughes should be one of the leaders.

    Such wit and an ability to think on his feet, a remarkable intellect indeed.

  10. Dan says:

    Gareth, you are talking sense. Good luck.

  11. JC says:

    The Greens need a leader who can somehow forge a meaningful relationship with another party. If they carry on as they have to this point then their chances of ever being in Government are remote at best.

  12. Andrea says:

    Draft one, take one, issued for beta testing?

    “My candidacy is for a generational shift in our politics.”

    Which means what, exactly?

    After fifteen years – your achievements are? Personal and participatory… Last ten years at least.

    “I believe through inspiring hope, better organisation and stronger campaigning we can be the change New Zealand needs.”

    Any specifics? Inspiring hope about what? For whom?
    Better organisation of what?

    And what is, at least, the broad ‘change New Zealand needs’ – from what to what? What is needed? Who gets to contribute? How will you measure the rate and degree of change?

    Are there any veggies in this vapid soupe du jour? Any ingredients at all?

    • Mike in Auckland says:

      Andrea, you are being cynical, and give Gareth no credit. He may not be leader material, but he has certainly made a lot of effort and done a lot of work raising environmental concerns, especially about Maui dolphins. So Gareth deserves a lot of credit for the work he has done. Whether that is enough to also be a leader is another question.

  13. kiwiburner says:

    What do we think of this, Clint?

    Sorry, couldn’t resist.

  14. R Atack says:

    I hope, if you do gain the co leadership you front up and out the scam that is Kiwi Saver
    As you know there isn’t another 40 od years of growth left in the planet, so every Kiwi Saver under say 50 isn’t going to see a return on their growth dependent investments.



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