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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
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.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 13:50

A second report released by Police yesterday shows that the previous National Government established a secret intelligence group involving oil and gas companies, Thompson and Clark, and state departments including the NZ Defence Force, Police and MBIE to protect the interests of the oil and gas industry.

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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 13:13

Petrol prices haven’t been this high since the 1980s, highlighting the need to free ourselves from fossil fuel reliance, Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw said today.

“Prices have always been volatile and this Government is investing in clean alternatives like electric vehicles, public transport infrastructure, cycling and walkways to free New Zealanders from fossil fuel reliance.

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
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.

Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 10:57

An application to mine coal on public conservation land near Te Kuha in the Buller District has been declined, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Energy Resources Megan Woods announced today.

Rangitira Developments Ltd had applied for an access arrangement under the Crown Minerals Act to mine 12 hectares of public conservation land in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area, near Te Kuha, as part of a large opencast coal mine.

Gareth Hughes MP
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.