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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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