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Gareth Hughes MP on 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.

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Gareth Hughes MP on 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.

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Gareth Hughes MP on 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.

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Gareth Hughes MP on 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.”

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Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, August 2, 2018 - 11:09

The Green Party is celebrating the latest figures that New Zealand’s game development industry earned a record $143 million in the last financial year and is urging practical policies to kick this into overdrive.

“While this growth is phenomenal, the New Zealand Government can do more to assist in growing it to a billion dollar industry,” said Green Party ICT spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“While income has been concentrated amongst the ten largest companies we think the Government needs to act to encourage start-ups for a more diverse, sustainable industry.”

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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 13:53

The Green Party is celebrating the launch of the Warmer Kiwi Homes programme today, which will deliver warm, dry, healthy homes for a huge number of New Zealanders.

“We’re incredibly happy to see our policy becoming a reality,” says Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes. “We’ve campaigned for proper home insulation for every Kiwi home for so long, and we’re making it happen in government.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Friday, June 29, 2018 - 12:04

The Green Party has called for a review of MPI’s investigation of a milking shed after new footage of dairy cow abuse was released by Newsroom today.

“The footage is absolutely shocking and beating animals with steel tubes should have no place on New Zealand farms,” says Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“This should have been detected and prosecuted the first time the farm was investigated.

“MPI needs to do its job and investigate or the entire country’s animal welfare standards will be questioned.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 13:02

The Green Party is calling on the greyhound racing industry to better address animal welfare issues, following the release of a finding by the Judicial Control Authority for Racing that a dog was found to have traces of methamphetamine and amphetamine in its system after winning a race last year.

The dog’s owner has been only given a two year ban and will simply hand ownership of his dogs over to this wife. 

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Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:15

I want to start with a personal story – The Rena

I remember being on the beach and seeing those oil blobs on the sand, the dead birds in buckets and people in Hazmat suits.

Oil spills were something you normally saw on TV but this time – you could see it, touch it, and smell it.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 14:28

There is no future in burning coal to produce electricity in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

The comment comes after Genesis Energy today revealed its intention to finally put an end to using coal for electricity production by 2030.

“While it’s all well and good that Genesis has made this announcement around its intentions, in reality the time to stop burning coal is now,” said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“Coal belongs in the ground, not burnt in the atmosphere.