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Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 09:45

Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I do not think it would be a surprise to the people of New Zealand when National is putting a bill about the environmental protections of New Zealand that it would be a bill that is anti-environment. I do not think it would surprise anyone in New Zealand that a bill the National Government was putting on the Resource Management Act (RMA) would avoid and take away local people's right to have a say what happens in their towns and communities. I do not think anyone would be surprised by that.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:23

Imagine if this Chamber was on fire. Would we sit around and debate what to do? Would we argue and vote whether it was important or whether it was happening at all? What would we do if petrol was being poured on it, making it worse? I ask these questions because they relate to a little story I want to tell.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 14:51

Kia ora, Mr Chairperson. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou, kia ora. Look, it is 2017. I do not need to tell the Committee how important this year is, but I think it is important to stop and reflect that it was only 10 years ago, in 2007, that we really saw the transformational power of technology, which is what we are dealing with in this legislation. It was only 10 years ago that the iPhone was launched, 10 years ago that Airbnb was conceived, 10 years ago that Twitter was spun off, 10 years ago that IBM started work on its Watson supercomputer, and 10 years ago that Facebook opened up.

Gareth Hughes MP
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 14:50

Kia ora Mr Chair. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I want to start by asking a question. This is a real question relating to this bill. Imagine if someone went up to a Resource Management Act (RMA) commissioner and said: "I wanna build a power station running on gas, which comes from fracking, which is gonna release 425,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases a year."—to put that in context that is the same as all the cars in Palmerston North driving for a year—and the commissioner had to say: "Well, I can't look at climate change cos the law prohibits me from doing it."

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 15:36

EUGENIE SAGE (Green): Tēnā koe, Mr Chair. Thank you very much. Government members are not falling over themselves to take calls on this bill. They seem to be leaving it to the Minister for the Environment, Nick Smith, to defend this shambles of a piece of legislation.

Rt Hon Winston Peters: They're too scared.

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 09:09

Kia ora

It’s great to be here with you all today to share in the celebration.

I always like to start at the beginning. In a book a few of you will recognise, it was once said, ‘let there be light,’ so let’s start there with the light.

Now about 150 million kilometres away, at the centre of our solar system, our sun burns bright. At its core, hydrogen atoms are fused into helium by nuclear fusion.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 12:32

GARETH HUGHES (Green) to the Minister of Energy and Resources: Firstly, happy 32nd wedding anniversary today. Can she confirm that the Crown is liable for 42 to 48 percent of the cost of decommissioning offshore oil and gas rigs through tax and royalty rebates and, if so, what is the estimated cost to the Crown arising from rigs that will potentially be decommissioned?

Gareth Hughes MP
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:10

Kia ora, Mr Chair, ki a koutou, kia ora. I would like to rise to speak to Part 6 of this bill, and in particularly the Supplementary Order Papers (SOPs) in the name of Andrew Little and Kennedy Graham. Essentially, what we are discussing today is the size and the constitution of the intelligence and security statutory committee.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 13:50

I think I just made it. Kia ora, Mr Assistant Speaker. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou. Kia ora. I rise to support the Electoral Amendment Bill and the Broadcasting (Election Programmes and Election Advertising) Amendment Bill. The Green Party supports this pretty pragmatic but, albeit, very small change to our electoral arrangements in New Zealand. We have all seen the decline of the opening and closing broadcasts and the need for greater flexibility for the political parties to get their message out to the voters, wherever they are.

Gareth Hughes MP
Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 10:37

I move that the Student Loan Scheme (First Home Student Loan Repayment Diversion) Amendment Bill be now read a first time, I nominate the Education and Science Committee to consider the bill.

A home of your own used to be the Kiwi dream. For too many, particularly Generation rent it’s just that, a dream.