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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, October 11, 2018 - 16:13

Supermarkets should be the next industry to come under scrutiny once the law has passed that allows for the Commerce Commission to properly investigate petrol companies in New Zealand, says Green Party MP Gareth Hughes. 

“For far too long, the supermarket duopoly between Foodstuffs and Woolworths has hurt producers, growers and small business in New Zealand. 

“The Green Party have long called for New Zealand supermarkets to be fairer and more transparent. 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

I'm really proud to stand up tonight and support the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, which will prohibit letting fees.

 

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP

I rise to support the Taxation (Annual Rates for 2017–18, Employment and Investment Income, and Remedial Matters) Bill.

 

Saturday, September 9, 2017 - 10:38

The Green Party today announced a plan for honest food labelling to ensure ‘free range’ means what it says, and consumers can easily see where their food comes from.

In government, the Green Party will develop mandatory consumer information standards for ‘free range’ and country of origin labelling under the Fair Trading Act. Country of origin labelling will apply to single ingredient foods like fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, nuts, grains, and oils.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 10:10

National should follow today’s advice from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and implement deposit insurance to protect New Zealanders’ savings, the Green Party said.

The IMF’s Financial Sector Assessment Programme recommended today that introducing deposit insurance is “the best option” to strengthen the Reserve Bank’s crisis resolution framework.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 20:03

Support for Green MP Steffan Browning’s member’s bill is a win for the vast majority of New Zealanders who want to know where the food they buy is produced, the Green Party said today.

The Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill will make it mandatory for food producers to label their fresh or single-ingredient food products with the country of origin. The Bill was passed to select committee stage this evening.

“I’m delighted that National has had a change of heart and decided to support my Bill at first reading,” said Mr Browning.

The government’s legislation to respond to the scandal over foreign trusts, as revealed in the Panama papers, was agreed yesterday. This is, as we have come to expect, too little and too late.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 09:41

The Green Party is calling for cross-party support for its Members’ Bill that would introduce mandatory country of origin labelling for meat, fruit, vegetables and nuts, after the release of a poll that shows more than 70 percent of New Zealanders support the idea.

Green MP Steffan Browning’s Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill, which would make it mandatory for food producers to label their fresh or single-ingredient food products with their country of origin, is awaiting its first reading in Parliament, likely to be in mid-April.

METIRIA TUREI (Co-Leader—Green): I just wanted to respond, just in brief, to the comments from the Hon David Parker. I accept that my Supplementary Order Paper 216 does take the bill backwards a step and that the bill is deliberate in removing the requirement for four-sided fencing and instead replacing that very clear and simple requirement with more of a performance-based standard.