by Gareth Hughes
I spent a lot of my summer at the beach, which might sound a bit lazy for an MP in election year, but I was in it for more than the surf and sunburn. I was meeting with Kiwis concerned about deep sea oil.
Up and down the beautiful coasts of Aotearoa, people came out in their hundreds and thousands to take a stand against foreign oil companies drilling in our waters. School kids, surfers, swimmers, business people, tourism operators, fishermen, kayakers – all these people had looked at what the National Government and oil drilling companies like Anadarko are offering and said “no thanks”.
I promised those people I’d bring their concerns to Parliament, and today I did that, delivering thousands of anti-drilling messages to Energy Minister Simon Bridges.
I was joined by about 40 people who are adamant that dirty oil is not the future we want for New Zealand.
The choice for New Zealand is a stark one, and to demonstrate this, we created a 7 metre long vision of a cleaner, smarter future for New Zealand.
As the National Government gags New Zealanders’ ability to fight deep sea drilling by limiting the right to protest at sea, and to have a say on proposals for exploratory wells, the Green Party is listening to the thousands of New Zealanders who want a safer, cleaner, greener future. I was proud to represent them today.