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August 9, 2014

According to John Key, solar PV systems “never pay for themselves, let alone reduce energy bills, or make money”.

That was his response when we launched our Solar Homes policy earlier this year.

Well, Peria School in the far North is about to prove the PM wrong.

August 9, 2014

National has finally relented to years of Green Party pressure by agreeing to put the Government's banking contract to competitive tender, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said today.

Treasury and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment said the previously untendered deal was no longer meeting the Government's needs.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

I’m cautiously optimistic of news that the government-owned company Research and Educational Advanced Network New Zealand Ltd (REANNZ) has signed a $65 million anchor tenancy contract with Hawaiki Cable Ltd for its proposed new second internet cable.

August 9, 2014

AR_Infographic_Main_Optimised_2Last week the fantastic ‘All Right?’ campaign in Christchurch released results of their ‘Are we all right?’ project – their latest research into how Cantabrians are doing.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

Motion passed at Public meeting on 22nd June 2014

GWRC’s due diligence on the trolley bus system is fundamentally flawed, and the meeting requested a
complete full review, encompassing all aspects of the system before any decision is made to scrap them.

Paul Bruce’s speech at Newtown Community Centre public meeting 22nd June 2014

August 9, 2014

Tēnā koe, Mr Chairman. This is the Government whose 2014 estimates contain a time bomb of fiscal deficit over the next two decades through a failure in carbon budgeting.

This is the Government whose climate policy is a mess. It has paltry targets with no plan to attain them. It has weak policy settings, so emitters have no incentive to change, and that, Minister, will kill the golden goose. But even worse is the failure to convey to the taxpayer the fiscal costs that its climate policy will impose on future generations.

August 9, 2014

The Government has a strategy to avoid protecting the environment, especially land set aside for its conservation values. It’s called “net conservation benefit” and the poster child of this disingenuous piece of spin is the Bathurst Resources agreement with DOC at the Denniston Plateau.

August 9, 2014

National has finally relented to years of Green Party pressure to put the Government’s banking contract to competitive tender.

This banking contract – the largest, most lucrative banking contract in the country – has been held by Australian-owned Westpac Bank since 1989 and has never been retendered since then.

August 9, 2014

On Saturday I went up to visit the families who farm on the affected land and who live close to the coast. I have to say the violence of this event terrified me. I have seen a lot of floods and slips over more than 30 years in our area but nothing as bad as this. The weather bomb hit Te Moehau, the mountain and gouged swathes of native forest off the back country slopes. Tonnes of water, trees and large boulders roared down the mountain and blocked up creeks which turned into debris choked rivers. The silt and boulders tore through fences and paddocks all the way to the coast.

August 9, 2014

Over the past few months I have intervened on a number of occasions in the general debate to draw our collective attention to the issue of climate change.

I have heard it said, including in this Chamber, that the Green Party does not own the issue of climate change. We could not agree more. The issue is owned by humanity—that includes the National Party—so the Greens do not have sole ownership. But shared ownership does not in itself mean shared insight.