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Tuesday, February 13, 2018 - 14:53

As Green Party co-leader I extend my sympathies and support to the people of Tonga after the massive devastation of Cyclone Gita.

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s quick initial response to provide $750,000 in relief aid to help in the clean-up and recovery.

The images of destruction are truly heart-breaking after what’s been described as the kingdom’s worst cyclone in 60 years.

It is almost impossible to comprehend what it was like to be caught in such a ferocious storm with Gita carrying winds up to nearly 280 kilometres an hour.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 14:47

I greet you in New Zealand’s indigenous language – te Reo Māori

Kia ora ngā mihi nui kia koutou kia ora

It’s great to be here.

I’m the Green Party spokesperson for Economic Development, ICT, Technology, Science, Research and Devlopment, Animal Welfare, Primary Industries and Biosecurity, Tourism, Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Wellington Issues and the Musterer or Whip – whewh, but my favourite portfolio is energy

As you know politicians love being photographed. As a politican I love the energy  portfolio, and all the great photo-ops you get:

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 10:24

Kia ora, Mr Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. In this opening debate of this parliamentary term, I want to acknowledge the historical nature of this Government. Our country now has an inspiring, new, young Prime Minister, someone who represents generational political change, one of the youngest leaders on the world stage.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 15:32

James Shaw's speech to the Council of Trade Unions' conference, 25 October 2017


Kia tau te rangimārie o te Rangi e tū nei

o Papatūānuku e takoto nei

o te Taiao e awhi nei

ki runga i a tātou.

Tīhei mauri ora!

(May the peace of the sky above, of the earth below, and of the all-embracing universe rest upon us all. Behold, the essence of life!)

E rere haere ana ngā mihi ki ngā mana whenua o tēnei rohe a Te Ātiawa

(I send greetings and thanks to the home people of this region, Te Ātiawa)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:31
James presented the Green Party's fiscal plan for the 2017 election on 18 September 2017 at Biz Dojo, Wellington.

Tena koutou katoa.

Thank you so much for joining us here today, online or in the room.

I am unreasonably excited about this event and the document that we’re launching tonight.

Because what we’re doing is bringing together every policy proposal and plan that the Green Party has offered to the country, about how to make the promise of 100% Pure New Zealand a reality, into one place.

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 18:50

Speech to a rally at the launch of the Green Party's Climate Protection Plan

Kia tau te rangimārie o te Rangi e tū nei

o Papatūānuku e takoto nei

o te Taiao e awhi nei

ki runga i a tātou.

Tīhei mauri ora!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 13:54

Thank you to members of the media for coming along today - but also thank you to those of you watching this on your live stream at home or wherever you are this afternoon.

Our slogan for this campaign was ‘Great Together’. But, to be frank, over the last couple of weeks we haven’t been all that together and it hasn’t been all that great.

We started out talking about the problem of poverty in New Zealand. We ended up talking about our own problems. It’s been messy.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 09:45

 Tēnā koe e Te Māngai o Te Whare. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. That speech from the Hon Paula Bennett is a classic example of the Government's bombast on the economy. We repeatedly hear the Government saying what a wonderful economic manager it is, but we should remind the Government that we have just had a second quarter of negative, real terms, per capita growth—that is two terms of decline in per capita GDP.

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 18:55

Thursday 10 August 2017


Tēnā koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa; nga mihi nui kia koutou

There’s been a lot happening in this election campaign. One of the things I’m glad about is that water is finally an election issue.

I’ve lost count of the number of people who’ve told me on their doorstep or on the phone that they’re concerned about water.

They’re concerned about how dirty our rivers and lakes are, and, in Canterbury, about rising nitrate levels in our aquifers.

Friday, August 4, 2017 - 12:20

BARRY COATES (Green): Tēnā koe e Te Māngai. I rise to speak at the final reading of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill. I want to first start by saying why this bill is important. I think this is actually one of the most important bills that we have had through Parliament in the term that I have been here, since last October. I think this bill has been far too long in coming. We have to remind ourselves that money-laundering is about how criminals hide their money. It is about ways in which illicit money can be washed clean.