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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 13:02

The Green Party is calling on the greyhound racing industry to better address animal welfare issues, following the release of a finding by the Judicial Control Authority for Racing that a dog was found to have traces of methamphetamine and amphetamine in its system after winning a race last year.

The dog’s owner has been only given a two year ban and will simply hand ownership of his dogs over to this wife. 

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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 14:28

There is no future in burning coal to produce electricity in New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

The comment comes after Genesis Energy today revealed its intention to finally put an end to using coal for electricity production by 2030.

“While it’s all well and good that Genesis has made this announcement around its intentions, in reality the time to stop burning coal is now,” said Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“Coal belongs in the ground, not burnt in the atmosphere.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 11:01

The Green Party is calling on the racing industry to immediately address animal welfare issues, including the high rates of death, in the greyhound racing industry or risk losing its social licence to operate, following the release of a scathing report by Hon. Rodney Hansen QC today.

“Only eight other countries in the world have commercial greyhound racing industries and this damning report raises the question if in fact it should be reduced to seven,” said Green Party animal welfare spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

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Gareth Hughes MP on 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.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Friday, August 11, 2017 - 16:52

The Green Party is calling on the oil industry to hold itself to a higher code of conduct after it was alleged that some companies have paid private investigators to spy on Greenpeace activists and their families.

“It is outrageous and unacceptable for private investigators to invade the personal lives of Greenpeace staff and volunteers. We are calling on the oil industry to strengthen their existing code of conduct and hold itself to higher standards,” said Green Party Energy and Resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Friday, August 11, 2017 - 16:36

The Green Party is calling on the oil industry to hold itself to a higher code of conduct after it was alleged that some companies have paid private investigators to spy on Greenpeace activists and their families.

“It is outrageous and unacceptable for private investigators to invade the personal lives of Greenpeace staff and volunteers. We are calling on the oil industry to strengthen their existing code of conduct and hold itself to higher standards,” said Green Party Energy and Resources spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 12:32

The Green Party will stop destructive sea-bed mining in Taranaki with a moratorium on all sea-bed mining, to protect the habitat of several whale species, including blue whales.

The comments follow a decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to grant consent for Trans-Tasman Resources Limited (TTRL) to mine iron ore off the coast of Taranaki.

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Gareth Hughes MP on 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.

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Gareth Hughes MP on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 11:36

Conservation Minister Maggie Barry will have to go against the will of the New Zealand public if she pushes ahead with more open-cast coal mining on conservation land on the West Coast, the Green Party said today.

It has been revealed that the Government is planning to open up areas of the West Coast’s Buller Plateau for open-cast and underground coal mining, home to kiwi, geckos, and other rare plants and animals.

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Gareth Hughes MP on 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: