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Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

Today is world oceans day. So I thought today would be a good day to explain how New Zealand is falling behind in marine conservation and how the Green Party would help catch us up.

Here is evidence that the National Government is not a champion of marine conservation:

National is allowing set net and trawl fishing (which can kill our critically endangered Maui’s dolphins) in a marine mammal sanctuary

August 9, 2014

The Green Party congratulates the New Zealand Medical Association for its ground-breaking report on battling obesity, and commits to implementing all its recommendations when in Government.

The Green Party strongly applauds the leadership of the New Zealand medical profession in the battle against obesity-related disease, marked by the release of the NZ Medical Association's landmark report on the subject today.

August 9, 2014

Out of all the people that come to our shores, refugees and asylum seekers are the most vulnerable.  They often carry many scars- some visible, some less visible.  They often have seen and experienced horrific conditions.  So when they arrive, having willingly accepted them, New Zealand has an obligation to provide services and the care to deal with their unique predicament.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

Yesterday I kicked off a nationwide solar-powered roadshow showcasing what local businesses and communities are doing to help kiwi households achieve cheaper and cleaner power.

August 9, 2014

Supporting our children to make the most of their gifts and to experience education as exciting is vital. Gifted Awareness Week is here again to remind us that we need to pay attention to the unique gifts of the full range of our students.

August 9, 2014

True to his developing reputation as an original and courageous leader, Pope Francis has led the Israeli and Palestinians in prayer together.

http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/europe/10133858/Pope-brings-Middle-East-leaders-together

It is probable that no other individual on Earth right now could bring that off.

If ping-pong diplomacy could cut the ice in US-China relations in the 20th century, then maybe prayer can do the same in the 21st.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has published a report that concludes the situation for New Zealand's highly endangered Maui's dolphin is dire, and that the Government's "current management situation falls short of that required to reverse the Maui's decline."

The Commission calls on the Government to "take immediate management actions that will eliminate bycatch of Maui's" and to "commit to specific population increase targets and timelines."

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

My personal interest in 3D printing started about a year ago. I had read a bit about 3D printing on blogs and websites but it wasn’t until I heard Maurice Williamson talking on the radio of the risks of 3D printing drugs and guns at parties and then going on about printing gems and gold that I thought we need a more informed public discussion and that I had to research this issue further. So I tried to meet as many experts and makers as possible to understand the technology further.

August 9, 2014

The Green Party is urging the Education Minister to move to the central funding of school support staff as primary principals and teachers reject her $359 million flagship education plan.

"It's a bit ironic that the Minister's failure to convince primary principals and teachers of the need for her $359 million expert teacher education package comes as the national day is held to recognise school support staff," Green Party education spokesperson Catherine Delahunty said.

August 9, 2014

Last Wednesday the Minister of Education attended the Estimates hearing at the Select Committee and showed us some interesting figures. Apart from the bizarre sideshow whereby Trevor Mallard accused her of hitting a staff member I did get to raise some issues about the education plans in the latest Budget. Since then I have spoken to quite a few teachers and teachers groups about the big new idea “Investing in Educational Success” or IES.