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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, 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
Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 07:35

A Green Party member’s bill that allows New Zealanders to know where their food comes was passed almost unanimously by Parliament today, Green Party MP Gareth Hughes has announced. 

“We’ve established that people have a right to know where their food comes from,” Green MP Gareth Hughes said. 

“Kiwi consumers will now have greater information so they can exercise their consumer power and choice. 

“It’s a good day for New Zealanders and for New Zealand producers. 

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 10:51

The Green Party has written to the Environment select committee asking for it to consult the public on banning the private sale and use of fireworks.

“Fireworks cause hundreds of accidents each year, start fires and cause distress and sometimes injuries to animals. It’s time for private sales to fizzle out and be replaced by safer, better, public displays”, Green Party spokesperson for animal welfare Gareth Hughes said today.