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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.

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.

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.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

I'm going to start, as have many of my colleagues in this House, by acknowledging the incredible generosity of Ngāti Tūwharetoa 

MARAMA DAVIDSON (Green): Madam Speaker

Madam Deputy Speaker – Hon Anne Tolley: I call Marama Davidson

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 14:47

I greet you in New Zealand’s indigenous language – te Reo Māori

Kia ora ngā mihi nui kia koutou kia ora

It’s great to be here.

I’m the Green Party spokesperson for Economic Development, ICT, Technology, Science, Research and Devlopment, Animal Welfare, Primary Industries and Biosecurity, Tourism, Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Wellington Issues and the Musterer or Whip – whewh, but my favourite portfolio is energy

As you know politicians love being photographed. As a politican I love the energy  portfolio, and all the great photo-ops you get:

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 - 09:23

The Green Party today proposed creating a Taranaki-based Regional Research Institute focused on developing marine energy technology as part of the transition away from oil drilling.

Green Party energy and resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes made the announcement at a First Union meeting in New Plymouth. Marine energy includes tidal and wave generation.