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Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

Today over in the US, John Key is drumming up support for a UN Security Council seat and Murray McCully is attending John Kerry’s Oceans conference but it seems no one in National has thought of joining the two issues up. I would love to see New Zealand sitting at the United Nations top table and I support our bid to be represented on the UN Security Council. I think the world needs our voice for peace and environmental protection around that table as it debates thorny issues like Syria, Ukraine and climate change.

August 9, 2014

John Key should not be making up foreign policy on the hoof and pledging support for possible unilateral action by the United States in Iraq, the Green Party said today.

August 9, 2014

The situation for New Zealand's highly endangered Maui's dolphin is dire, and the Government is making it worse by opening up more of their habitat to petroleum exploration and drilling, the Green Party said today.

August 9, 2014

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.

It's great to be here today.

Thanks to Jason for hosting us, to Roy from SolarKing for his great work spreading the solar word in schools, homes and businesses around New Zealand, and to all the pupils and members of the community who are here. I'm really honoured to be part of this occasion.

August 9, 2014

EUGENIE SAGE (Green): One of the few things that I would agree with Nicky Wagner on is that things have been tough in Christchurch. Research out today from Healthy Christchurch shows that 65 percent of Christchurch residents reported feeling tired in 2014, and that is a 10 percent increase on 2012.

August 9, 2014

The Government has chosen to reject over a fifth of key recommendations by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the state of human rights in New Zealand.

Gareth Hughes MP
August 9, 2014

The Green Party has welcomed the Environment Protection Agency's (EPA) decision not to allow massive seabed mining in the habitat of the world's most endangered dolphin - the Maui's Dolphin - and close to a blue whale breeding ground.

The proposal was to allow iron sand mining of the seabed off the Taranaki coast. The EPA declined the application, saying evidence provided to support the application was uncertain and inadequate.

August 9, 2014

This morning I caught up with a group of people who have been mandated to attend a pre-employment course by Work and Income.

There was a wide range of people on the course, from the young to those close to retirement age, sole parents, people with a range of fairly serious illnesses as well as people just really wanting a job. There were very well respected community members and people who have been struggling for a while.

Everyone, including the tutors was worried about what  is happening in Work and Income.

August 9, 2014

At its AGM last weekend, the Green Climate Protection Package was rolled out.

-    It contains the over-riding goal of net carbon-neutral economy by 2050, with a National Carbon Budget comprising a series of five-yearly budget components to get to that goal.

-    There will be an independent Climate Commission to advise the Government on both budget and policy.

-    The policy will be two inter-related policy mechanisms: an economic instrument and a suite of complementary measures.

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.