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Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 07:35

A Green Party member’s bill that allows New Zealanders to know where their food comes was passed almost unanimously by Parliament today, Green Party MP Gareth Hughes has announced. 

“We’ve established that people have a right to know where their food comes from,” Green MP Gareth Hughes said. 

“Kiwi consumers will now have greater information so they can exercise their consumer power and choice. 

“It’s a good day for New Zealanders and for New Zealand producers. 

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:51

The Green Party has written to the Environment select committee asking for it to consult the public on banning the private sale and use of fireworks.

“Fireworks cause hundreds of accidents each year, start fires and cause distress and sometimes injuries to animals. It’s time for private sales to fizzle out and be replaced by safer, better, public displays”, Green Party spokesperson for animal welfare Gareth Hughes said today.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 11:26

The Green Party will propose an amendment to the Crown Minerals Act Amendment Bill to close a current loophole that allows for oil and gas companies to extend their permits for offshore drilling.

 The loophole means there is no clear end date on offshore drilling, despite the Government announcing an end to further permits earlier this year. 

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - 08:58

The Green Party believes animals should not suffer to provide entertainment for people and we are calling for a ban on the use of animals in rodeo events.

“The Green Party is disappointed with NAWACs rodeo report and think waiting for further research and the rodeo association to self-regulate is negligent and will see animals continued to be hurt”, Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 16:13

Supermarkets should be the next industry to come under scrutiny once the law has passed that allows for the Commerce Commission to properly investigate petrol companies in New Zealand, says Green Party MP Gareth Hughes. 

“For far too long, the supermarket duopoly between Foodstuffs and Woolworths has hurt producers, growers and small business in New Zealand. 

“The Green Party have long called for New Zealand supermarkets to be fairer and more transparent. 

Gareth Hughes MP
Monday, September 24, 2018 - 17:37

The Green Party welcome the introduction of the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, which will legislate to officially stop new offshore oil and gas exploration permits.

“This is a special day for the planet, and proof that this Government are now meaningfully acting to address climate change”, Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

“This is Greens in Government at its best and represents an important step to stopping new offshore permits, so that our environment is better protected.

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, August 31, 2018 - 14:33

The Green Party has welcomed the record level of investment for Wellington in clean, green transport choices like walking, cycling, new trains, and faster public transport.

Wellington based Green Party MP Gareth Hughes, said today:

“Wellington locals love cycling and walking in and around our city. That’s why I am stoked that this Government has announced funding for a separated pathway connecting the city and the Hutt Valley as part of the transport package.

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 17:48

The Green Party is celebrating this court victory for the environment with the High Court saying the EPA’s Decision Making Committee’s interpretation of the law was inconsistent with the purpose of the EEZ Act.

“This is a win for people power and for the whales and dolphins who live in this area threatened by mining”, said Green Party MP Gareth Hughes.

“The result is thanks to the dedication of Ngati Ruanui, Forest and Bird, Greenpeace and Kiwis against Seabed Mining and others who took the case.

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 - 13:52

The Green Party today welcomes correspondence by Government to allow animal organisations to access Emergency Management Adult Community Education training funding to support animals in emergencies.

“Kiwis love their pets and in times of crisis it’s important they aren’t forgotten,“ says Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“Previously, despite having official roles in natural disaster responses, animal groups could not access funding to better prepare their volunteers to support animals in emergencies.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 12:59

The Green Party is welcoming the report- back of Country of Origin Food Labelling Members’ Bill by the Primary Production Select Committee.

“I’m glad the committee has listened to submitters and put cured pork products back in as a food requiring country of origin labelling.

“Over 80% of bacon consumed here is from overseas, many from countries with lower animal welfare standards so it is good Kiwi consumers will now have clear information where their bacon comes from.”