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Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Friday, June 23, 2017 - 14:26

Kia ora, Mr Chair. Ngā mihi nui kia ora. I would echo the comments from the honourable member Stuart Nash that Peter Beck is doing a fantastic job. He is a great inspiration to, particularly, young New Zealanders, and hopefully more of them get interested in engineering and science and maths, and dream of a future among the stars. It is truly fantastic.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Friday, June 23, 2017 - 14:25

Kia ora. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I rise to support the Outer Space and High-altitude Activities Bill. I was born in 1981, and I am always disappointed that in the 21st century, there are no hoverbikes, there are no hover-skateboards, and there are no flying cars—it does not really feel like the 21st century we were promised from science fiction growing up.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:48

I would also like to touch on the points made by the honourable member, Stuart Nash, regarding consultations, which is clauses 3 to 6 and clauses 8 to 15. I guess it has always been a vexed issue as to what happens with levies, and the ownership and governance when those levies are collected, and how they are actually spent. I think we share some of the concerns around the adequate and appropriate level of consultation, if it is just token.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:41

Kia ora, Mr Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. In this general debate, I want to speak directly to young New Zealanders. Day in and day out, you are being told by your parents, teachers, and society how to act, and I want to share some good life advice that I have picked up serving a while in this Parliament. It is all pretty simple, common-sense stuff. If you are having a disagreement with someone, do not secretly record them on audiotape. That is just creepy and illegal.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 12:02

Kia ora, Mr Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I am disgusted—disgusted—with what we are seeing tonight, which is National members who care more about the electoral roll than about New Zealanders voting. At a time when we have got the lowest voting in absolute generations, and when the second biggest party in this Parliament would be did not vote at the last election, National is voting against making it easier to vote. I am disgusted with the arguments we have heard tonight, because they are all in electoral and political self-interest not in the national interest.

on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:39

Eugenie Sage MP on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 - 15:36

EUGENIE SAGE (Green): E Te Māngai o Te Whare, tēnā koe. This Budget lacks vision. It lacks ambition to solve the major challenges of our time. I would like to comment briefly on some of those issues in relation to Vote Environment and Vote Primary Industries. We have seen that failure to deal with the really hard issues, in question time today and in terms of what happened with the action outside Parliament in response to Secretary of State Tillerson's visit.

on Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:30

Talofa lava, 

I rise to speak about the Budget. To me it is a little bit like a dirty river, occasionally it looks nice and sparkly on the surface but if you dive down into the details it will make you sick. What is more, it is going to, I think, get this Government into trouble.

on Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 09:27

Talofa lava, 

I rise to speak about the Budget. To me it is a little bit like a dirty river, occasionally it looks nice and sparkly on the surface but if you dive down into the details it will make you sick. What is more, it is going to, I think, get this Government into trouble.

Gareth Hughes MP
Gareth Hughes MP on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 12:04

Kia ora ngā mihi nui kia koutou kia ora

Everyone no doubt has seen the newspaper series featuring headlines like 'I almost lost hope': Woman, 23, lands dream home in Auckland, or How to buy a home before you turn 30: Millennial tradies get a head start or From nothing to two homes, one in Auckland, in two years,It’s a bit like instgramming food in a famine but people are clicking the clickbait because buying a house has gone from normal to unusual.