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New power station shows energy policies failing – Gareth Hughes MP – Green Party energy spokesperson

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Every day when you open the newspaper it seems there’s a new study, record broken or super storm related to climate change. Alongside 190 other nations, New Zealand has agreed to start reducing our emissions, but the country’s next power station looks like it will run on gas and release climate-changing pollution.

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Government by slogan and spin

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Last night Kevin Hague in his final speech to Parliament talked about all the worthy issues avoided by National and the frustrations experienced from their partisan political approach. I agree with the sentiment and I think it’s clear after 8 years we can say they’ve been a government that makes only a token response to the tough questions. We have a bare minimum government more focused on the spin than substance.

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A tax haven or a haven for refugees?

By   /  July 2, 2016  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

Why is it such a struggle for New Zealand to provide a safe haven to refugees in need yet we have to fight to clean up our tax haven laws? These two issues offer an insight into the values (or lack thereof) of John Key’s Government.

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Housing dividing generations

By   /  May 5, 2016  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  47 Comments

Home ownership is an issue that divides our country and our generations. There are hundreds of thousands of these young New Zealanders locked out of home ownership and they have a name, Generation Rent.

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Nuclear disarmament and climate action speech to the Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference of Youth MPs in Lusaka, Zambia, March 2016.

By   /  March 21, 2016  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  14 Comments

Not profiting from pollution is one part of the solution, another is ending the more than $600 billion annual fossil fuel subsidies, according to the International Energy Agency.

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Debating the Prime Minister’s Statement

By   /  February 11, 2016  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  53 Comments

Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech.

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The future is Electric – reflections from a US study tour

By   /  October 19, 2015  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  56 Comments

I’ve seen the future and it’s electric! Over the October Parliamentary recess I travelled to Oregon and California for a personal study tour and discovered we have some way to go towards clean energy, electric vehicles and a smart grid.

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Hey buddy, spare some change for the oil industry?

By   /  September 11, 2015  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

The Government has just announced another $10m for petroleum data to be secured and supplied to the oil industry, paid for by, yes you.

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TISA – Another secret trade deal you may never have heard of

By   /  July 2, 2015  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

TISA is another so-called trade deal, negotiated in secret, aiming at a liberalisation of rules and regulations benefitting global corporations.

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Gareth Hughes on leadership

By   /  March 9, 2015  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  3 Comments

Gareth Hughes on leadership

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

By   /  March 5, 2015  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  23 Comments

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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The Countdown Begins: 300 Days to Paris

By   /  February 5, 2015  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  27 Comments

Today marks 300 days until world leaders meet in Paris to negotiate a climate agreement, so here are my thoughts in 300 words.

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Voting starts tomorrow!

By   /  September 2, 2014  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

I believe advance voting will be a game-changer this Election.

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We can have clean politics and get our democracy back.

By   /  August 21, 2014  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  11 Comments

Something is rotten in our politics and it stinks.

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More mining our protected places

By   /  July 10, 2014  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Today is the last day for submissions on Chatham Rock Phosphate’s (CRP) marine consent application to mine the seabed in a protected area, in our most productive fishery. I just got my submission in which you can read here.

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Kermadecs marine reserve smart tactic for UN seat bid

By   /  June 17, 2014  /  Gareth Hughes, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The world knows us as stunning Middle Earth. This environmental image is our strategic advantage and building on it by creating the Kermadecs Sanctuary, the world’s largest marine reserve, strengthens our point of difference in the Security Council bid.

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