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Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 17:43

The Green Party is celebrating the passing of the Crown Minerals Amendment Bill, ensuring we are act meaningfully to address climate change in Aotearoa.

“This is a significant day for our transformation away from fossil fuels, and towards a clean, green, low carbon future”, Green Co-leader James Shaw said today.

“This Bill is an essential first step in winding down offshore exploration for new sources of fossil fuels. We are in Government together to do this work, to create the change our people and our planet need to flourish.

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.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 09:36

14 March - Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland

Kia ora koutou, ata marie

Nga mihi nui ki a koutou

Well, good morning! And thank you for the rare opportunity to perform a double-act with Dr Megan Woods, my colleague, the Minister of Energy and Resources.

Those of you who I have met over the years may have heard me say before that my first professional job was at a wee outfit called the Electricity Corporation of New Zealand, back when there was such a thing.

Sunday, September 10, 2017 - 15:20

The Green Party today announced a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change including replacing the Emissions Trading Scheme with a Kiwi Climate Fund.

“We’re the first generation that will feel the effects of climate change, and the last that can stop it. We have a responsibility to act, and the Green Party has a plan to do it,” said Green Party leader James Shaw.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 15:02

A new gas power plant granted consent today in southern Waikato is a step backwards for New Zealand’s efforts to generate more renewable electricity, the Green Party said today.

“New Zealand is blessed with an abundance of renewable electricity options like solar, geothermal, and wind, so there’s no good reason we should be allowing new power plants that burn fossil fuels in the era of climate change,” Green Party energy and resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.

 

4. METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green) to the Minister for Economic Development: Nā, ka uru atu ki roto i Te Mahere Mahi Ōhanga Tai Poutini West Coast, a Te Kāwanatanga, he whakatuwheranga ake o te whenua taiao mō te mahi maina?

 

[Will the Government's Tai Poutini West Coast Economic Action Plan include opening up conservation land for mining?]

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:10

The Green Party has today launched a plan for cheaper power bills, cleaner electricity generation, and a smarter electricity network.

The Empowering New Zealand comprehensive plan for the electricity sector includes:

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 11:21

National is not taking seriously its responsibility to protect future generations and eliminate climate-damaging pollution, despite its high-profile commitment last year to the Paris Climate agreement, the Green Party said today.

Information obtained by the Green Party shows neither Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett nor Energy Minister Judith Collins sought advice about the impact on climate change of opening up huge reserves of gas hydrate off the East Coast.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 13:54

News that just one small exploration permit has been awarded in the latest oil and gas Block Offer shows it’s time for the Government to give up its fossil fuel strategy and embrace clean energy, the Green Party said today. 

Previous Block Offers have usually seen 10 or more permits awarded for total areas up to 46,000 sq km, while this year the single permit awarded has an area of just 219 sq km.

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 14:51

The Green Party launched a campaign today to stop the proposed construction of a new gas-fired power plant in South Waikato that would increase greenhouse gas emissions, causing climate change.