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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. 

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.

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.

Friday, August 12, 2016 - 10:26

People’s homes are one step closer to being free of a potentially harmful chemical with the reassessment of triclosan, the Green Party said today.

Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that, following an application from the Green Party, triclosan can be put forward for reassessment of how it is used. Triclosan is found in hundreds of household products, including soap and toothpaste.

“This is a great win and the first step in getting this nasty ingredient out of people’s homes,” Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty said today.

Gareth Hughes MP
Tuesday, February 16, 2016 - 11:03

The Green Party supports the Labour Party’s call to bring back New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) Chief Executive Peter Chrisp in front of the select committee over his comments last week on the Saudi sheep agri-hub scandal.

“There seems to be some genuine confusion about funding by the NZTE board for the Saudi sheep agri-hub,” said Green Party spokesperson Gareth Hughes.

“In light of this, we support Labour’s call to bring back Peter Chrisp back in front of the select committee to answer more questions and clear up the confusion.”

Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 10:47

Parliament will today have the opportunity to support the establishment of a supermarket adjudicator tasked with developing a code of conduct to level the playing field between big supermarkets and local produce suppliers, following problems exposed by the 2014 Countdown investigation.

Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 13:27

Parliament will have the opportunity to establish a supermarket referee to ensure supermarkets treat suppliers fairly, after Green MP Mojo Mathers’ Commerce (Supermarket Adjudicator and Code of Conduct) Amendment Bill was pulled from the members’ bill ballot today.