Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 18:55

Thursday 10 August 2017


Tēnā koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa; nga mihi nui kia koutou

There’s been a lot happening in this election campaign. One of the things I’m glad about is that water is finally an election issue.

I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve told me on their doorstep or on the phone that they’re concerned about water.

They’re concerned about how dirty our rivers and lakes are, and, in Canterbury, about rising nitrate levels in our aquifers.

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 12:20

BARRY COATES (Green): Tēnā koe e Te Māngai. I rise to speak at the final reading of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill. I want to first start by saying why this bill is important. I think this is actually one of the most important bills that we have had through Parliament in the term that I have been here, since last October. I think this bill has been far too long in coming. We have to remind ourselves that money-laundering is about how criminals hide their money. It is about ways in which illicit money can be washed clean.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 - 16:11

Thank you

Energy is one of our priority areas this Election.

In Parliament, we established the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, allowed the ETS to pass and insulated 300,000 homes

Earlier this year we launched the next phase of our vision for electricity with our Empowering NZ policy.

In the 4 years since NZ Power, technology has developed so much we’ve found better policy solutions to the same problems, and we’ve also identified new problems that need different kinds of solutions.

Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 14:14

METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green): Poverty is not a weapon to be used against the poor.


Mr SPEAKER: Order! The member can start her speech again. She does not need to be interrupted by those interjections.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 09:03

Kia ora, Mr Chair. I have the great pleasure of talking about a subject that is near to my heart. I want to talk about overseas aid, and it is a subject that we do not talk enough about in this House. In particular, the mission for New Zealand giving aid to foreign countries is around the reduction of poverty in those countries. It is about sustainable development. These are really important goals in our troubled world, where we often forget that much of the world is still struggling with the basics of life.

Sunday, July 16, 2017 - 13:55

Taku kuru pounamu e! Tīhei mauriora!

I te tuatahi ka mihi au ki te mana whenua o te rohe nei; Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrakei, tēnā koutou.

Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, e te ti, e te ta, tēnā koutou katoa.

Tēnā koutou kua ikapahi nei ki te hāpai ake ki te kaupapa o tēnei hui.

Kia ora koutou katoa.

To our party members and our supporters – welcome, thank you for being here.

I am thrilled to be standing here before you on what is the last day of our last AGM before we change the government!

Saturday, July 15, 2017 - 14:13

He koutu whenua, he take whenua, e kore e taea te riri.

Tīhei mauriora!

(‘A point of land, a base of a hill, cannot be conquered. I breathe the essence of life!)

He mihi nui ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei takiwā, Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrakei, tēnā koutou katoa mō tō manaakitanga.

(Greetings to the mana whenua o this area, Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrakei, thank you so much for your hospitality)

Ki a koutou e te whānau o Te Rōpū Kākāriki, harikoa ana ahau ki te kite i a koutou i tēnei rā.

(To all of you of the Green Party, I am so happy to see you all today)

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 11:54

For 15 years I've been told to tone it down.

That for me and our Party to be 'credible,' to be electable, we have to be moderate, middle of the road, less radical. For many years we have struggled with whether that was true.
Our own people, members, supporters want us strong, outspoken, speaking truth to power. They also want us in power, in government making good green change.

Are these two things mutually exclusive?
It's true that in my 15 years in Parliament we have changed.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 11:39

Kia tau te rangimārie o te Rangi e tū nei
o Papatūānuku e takoto nei
o te Taiao e awhi nei
ki runga i a tātou.
Tīhei mauri ora!

He mihi nui ki ngā hapū me ngā iwi maha o Te Tau Ihu mō tō manaakitanga i tēnei rā.

He hōnore nui ki te kōrero ki a koutou e pā ana ā mātou kaupapa ki te tiaki i ngā taonga tūturu i tēnei whenua, arā, ngā puna waiora.

Nō reira, tēnā tātou katoa.

Thank you Metiria. For your leadership. For your inspiration. For being a truly great Green.

New Zealand and the Green Party are truly Great Together.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, July 6, 2017 - 11:38

Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. I rise to support this bill in its third reading, which establishes the launch regime for companies such as Rocket Lab, which is going to be launching its 17-metre carbon fibre Electron rockets into orbit, something this whole House can join in congratulating.