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Gareth Hughes MP
Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 09:00

Experienced campaigner and party strategist Gareth Hughes is moving on from Parliamentary politics to open a new chapter in his life and focus on his kids.

“It’s been a true privilege to serve as a Green MP in Parliament and support our Party’s journey into Government as our Musterer and Strategist,” Gareth Hughes said.

“After ten years as an MP, and my children knowing nothing but a Parliamentary life, I want to spend more time with them. Even as a Wellington-based MP it’s far from a family-friendly job.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 16:21

“I congratulate Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi, for deciding to introduce an amendment to cap interest rates on high cost loans”, Green Party spokesperson on Consumer Affairs Gareth Hughes said today.

“I’ve been urging the Minister to take this step otherwise the legislation wouldn’t have been as effective to protect consumers from loan sharks.

“Without interest rate caps we still could have seen annualised interest rates in the high-hundreds or thousands of percent which is simply wrong and damaging.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 11:15

The Green Party welcomes grant funding that ensures more low emissions vehicle infrastructure for a clean green New Zealand.

“As a Government we’ve set a priority for a clean green future and grants announced today show that being put into action”, said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“With more resources put in by Government and the private sector, we are increasingly electrifying our roads, freeing us from polluting, gas guzzling vehicles.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 15:06

The Green Party is glad special treatment for oil and gas industries has been winding down since this Government was elected and the last remaining taxpayer funded support measures for fossil fuel industries in New Zealand will be reviewed.

In the work program response to the tax working group report the ‘seven-year spreading’ provision, which officials have described as ‘least defendable’, as well as the future of the non-resident oil rig exemption will be reviewed.

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 12:38

The Green Party is deeply concerned by Japan’s resumption of commercial whaling, Green Party Animal Welfare Spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

“This is a sad day for whales and a real blow to international efforts to protect these magnificent creatures.

“I am very disappointed by Japan’s decision to pull out of the International Whaling Commission after the International Court of Justice ruled their previous whaling program was not for scientific purposes.

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, June 14, 2019 - 10:26

The Green Party welcomes the re-opening of the Napier-Wairoa railway line announced today, said Green Party MP Gareth Hughes.

 

“The Greens are committed to regional rail, which should be the backbone of our transport system for people and freight. 

 

“The Greens are pleased to be part of a Government that is upholding our commitment to restoring our railways in the regions.

 

“The restoration of this like will provide a huge boost to the local economy, it will create jobs and keep people connected in the regions.

 

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, June 11, 2019 - 15:30

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement by Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor to review New Zealand’s live animal exports rules.

“New Zealand’s live animal export laws are in serious need of an update to protect animal welfare and our agricultural brand,” Green Party Animal Welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

“New Zealand exports tens of thousands of live animals for breeding purposes every year and these animals can face appalling treatment when they arrive in the importing country.”

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, June 7, 2019 - 09:27

The Green Party is glad to finally see the rollout of cameras on selected fishing boats but believes it needs to be scaled-up fast.

“We need cameras on all fishing boats as soon as possible to help stamp out illegal practices and protect our fisheries for future generations” says Green Party spokesperson for Fisheries, Gareth Hughes. 

“The rollout in its current form is too generous with taxpayer’s money, too narrow and too slow.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 09:54

News that OMV intend to start drilling in the Great South Basin is bad news for our planet, the Green Party said today.

“It is time to put a line in the sand on offshore oil and gas drilling,” Green Party Energy & Resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes says. 

“Only the Green Party is committed to stop deep sea oil drilling. This isn’t the future we want for New Zealand or the world.

“The consent application announced today for oil drilling shows that last year’s ban on new permits needs to be strengthened.

Gareth Hughes MP
February 15, 2019

We must stop cruelty in the name of ‘entertainment.’ 

The Green Party's rodeo animals protection bill would amend the Animal Welfare Act to outlaw the rodeo activities that cause the most pain and distress to animals - specifically calf roping, steer wrestling and the use of flank straps.

New Zealand law acknowledges animals as sentient and it’s unacceptable in 2019 to have animals hurt, scarred and killed for fun. How we treat our animals is a reflection on our values as a society.