Posts by Gareth Hughes

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    TDB – More mining our protected places - by Gareth Hughes



    This is yet another example of National’s disregard for our treasured places, along with permitting drilling and seismic testing in the Maui’s dolphin sanctuary, and logging and mining in our conservation estate read more
    July 10, 2014 3:29 pm - 23 Comments
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    Govt backs Green plan for a second internet cable - by Gareth Hughes



    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. We announced in December 2012 our plan to fund a much-needed second internet cable. The Green Party plans […] read more
    July 2, 2014 3:54 pm - 19 Comments
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    Guest Post – Cr Paul Bruce – Don’t Scrap the Trolleys - by Gareth Hughes



    Lets be clear about this – the scrapping of the trolley buses is nothing to do with age of the fleet and power supply…it has nothing to do with the standard of the overhead wiring…it has nothing to do with the performance of the power stations or under powered trolleys…it has nothing to do with the age of the chassis – they were new 7 years ago. The decision to scrap the trolley fleet is based on prejudice and the... read more
    June 26, 2014 11:31 am - 2 Comments
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    Kermadecs marine reserve smart tactic for UN seat bid. - by Gareth Hughes



    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. read more
    June 17, 2014 7:40 pm - 1 Comment
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    Blueprint for the future: a Digital Manufacturing Strategy for New Zealand - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday I launched a component of the Green Party’s smart green innovation package, Blueprint for the Future – a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand. It deals with a range of technologies but the most notable, disruptive, and headline grabbing is 3D printing. My personal interest in 3D printing started about a year ago. I had read a bit […] read more
    June 10, 2014 5:45 pm - 3 Comments
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    Switched On Energy Roadshow - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday I kicked off a nationwide solar-powered roadshow showcasing what local businesses and communities are doing to help kiwi households achieve cheaper and cleaner power. I visited Phil Wood, a homeowner in Dairy Flat, Auckland who showed me how his family are managing to live off the grid on solar power. Despite having a power […] read more
    June 9, 2014 3:22 pm - No Comments
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    World Oceans Day - by Gareth Hughes



    Today is world oceans day. So I thought today would be a good day to explain how New Zealand is falling behind in marine conservation and how the Green Party would help catch us up. Here is evidence that the National Government is not a champion of marine conservation: National is allowing set net and […] read more
    June 8, 2014 4:19 pm - No Comments
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    We can and need to win on September 20 - by Gareth Hughes



    This election matters. It’s game on. We can and need to win this for all New Zealanders. read more
    May 28, 2014 10:01 am - 41 Comments
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    A surplus of debt and a deficit of ideas - by Gareth Hughes



    Bill English may have focused attention on the surplus but this election the Green Party will be pointing out the other surpluses – the surplus of inequality, debt and pollution. The only thing National can’t point to is a surplus of housing or housing solutions. read more
    May 26, 2014 3:08 pm - 6 Comments
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    There’s one thing I agree with the deep sea fishing lobby on - by Gareth Hughes



    I don’t see eye to eye with the deep sea fishing industry on many things, having personally seen the havoc bottom trawling wreaks on the ocean floor, but one thing I do agree with them on is the issue of seabed phosphate mining. read more
    May 20, 2014 1:45 pm - 3 Comments
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    Working longer for less and paying more - by Gareth Hughes



    Today is Budget Day and a chance to evaluate how the national economy is doing but also how we feel we are doing as individuals and households. read more
    May 15, 2014 8:01 pm - 12 Comments
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    The right to Internet access - by Gareth Hughes



    The Internet has changed our world. It is now a major part of how people access information, express themselves, engage in financial transactions, and participate in the democratic process. UN Special Rapporteur Frank La Rue “…believes that the Internet is one of the most powerful instruments of the 21st century for increasing transparency in the […] read more
    May 15, 2014 4:09 pm - 3 Comments
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    A Green Investment Bank for a smart green future - by Gareth Hughes



    In a nutshell the Green Investment Bank will be a government-owned, for-profit bank. It will partner with the private sector to fund new projects ranging from renewable energy and biofuel production to new clean technologies. You can read the policy here. read more
    May 15, 2014 10:05 am - 12 Comments
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    Dunedin divests from fossil fuels - by Gareth Hughes



    “Fantastic news from the South. Dunedin City Council has become the first council in New Zealand to divest from its fossil fuel investments.” read more
    May 14, 2014 1:25 pm - 2 Comments
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    Could we be a marine energy superpower? - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday I opened the Aotearoa Marine and Tidal Energy Conference in Wellington and spoke about my vision for cheaper, cleaner, smarter power for Kiwis. read more
    May 9, 2014 8:54 am - 21 Comments
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    The September 20 deep sea oil drilling choice - by Gareth Hughes



    This Election, voters have a very clear choice for New Zealand’s energy future: more fracking as National advocates, more risky deep sea drilling as Labour promotes, or more clean energy like solar that the Greens are pushing. read more
    May 6, 2014 1:35 pm - 8 Comments
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    Shifting sands: the uneven playing field in the battle for West Coast ironsands - by Gareth Hughes



    The Environmental Protection Authority is about to decide if large-scale seabed mining is to start off the North Island’s West Coast in a precedent-setting case, but the playing field has been tipped against the environment from the start. read more
    May 6, 2014 9:03 am - 3 Comments
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    We need to protect our Internet rights - by Gareth Hughes



    New Zealanders deserve the right to a thriving, open Internet which supports economic development, innovation and free speech. The Internet over the last twenty five years has changed everything; from how we communicate, how we buy and sell products and even how we fall in love. Our laws in many respects are trying to play catch-up with the rapid development of the Internet and in some cases have actually harmed its free and open nature. read more
    April 29, 2014 2:13 pm - 3 Comments
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    Have your say on what Internet rights should look like - by Gareth Hughes



    Today I launched my Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill – NZ’s first ever bill crowdsourced by a political party. The launch happened live on Reddit, and I was joined in my office Joy Liddicoat (former Human Rights Commissioner and present champion for online rights) and with the media watching on. What I launched today was […] read more
    April 23, 2014 4:28 pm - 3 Comments
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    Can fracking save the climate? - by Gareth Hughes



    Blogging is a great way MPs can communicate and engage with citizens about the issues facing us. I have joined The Daily Blog blogging team and have so far posted on Anadarko’s failure to find oil and a piece outlining my political vision in the lead up to Septembers Election. My latest Daily Blog looks at comments around fracking and climate change: read more
    April 17, 2014 1:16 pm - 61 Comments
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    This week marks the start of my fracking trial…. - by Gareth Hughes



    My colleague in the UK, Green MP Caroline Lucas, is on trial this week following her arrest during anti-fracking protests last summer. She had joined hundreds of peaceful protestors during the “summer of discontent’ in the sleepy village of Balcombe, West Sussex. 83% of locals oppose fracking in the beautiful area, and hundreds of people […] read more
    March 27, 2014 11:14 am - 6 Comments
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    Kiwis’ anti-drilling messages delivered to Parliament - 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 […] read more
    March 20, 2014 2:38 pm - 4 Comments
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    The future is brighter for solar - by Gareth Hughes



    The solar industry is seeing tremendous growth around the world: in the U.S. every four minutes another panel is installed on a home or business’ roof, and Australia already has one million homes with panels. read more
    March 3, 2014 5:09 pm - 311 Comments
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    Power companies letting down the vulnerable - by Gareth Hughes



    Many of you will remember the shocking story of Folole Muliaga, who died in 2007 when her automated oxygen stopped after her power was disconnected. Industry guidelines were subsequently put in place that require power companies to give special consideration to vulnerable families and people reliant on electricity for medical reasons. The idea was to […] read more
    February 25, 2014 12:02 pm - 7 Comments
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    Taking the power back– Green Party Solar Homes policy - by Gareth Hughes



    Solar Homes is about breaking free from the big energy companies and taking the power back. read more
    February 17, 2014 10:43 am - 32 Comments
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    We can make history in 2014 - by Gareth Hughes



    ” A Green government will invest in our people, will protect our environment and will build an economy which works for everyone.” read more
    February 12, 2014 7:34 pm - 11 Comments
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    Why our website has gone black - by Gareth Hughes



    No, we haven’t been hacked and no, it’s not a technical glitch. It’s on purpose. Today the Green’s joined nearly 6000 other websites that have gone black as part of a global day of action against mass surveillance by blacking out their website to stand up for Internet freedom. Today, Tuesday 11th February is ‘The […] read more
    February 11, 2014 8:15 pm - 3 Comments
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    Do you feel power prices are too low? - by Gareth Hughes



    Rising power prices under National or cheaper, cleaner power with the Greens – I know which future I prefer. read more
    January 31, 2014 11:39 am - 9 Comments
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    Summer campaigning - by Gareth Hughes



    Happy New Year, hope you are having a fantastic summer. For the last two weeks I’ve been on the road campaigning to stop risky deep sea oil drilling and promote clean energy. Over summer I’ve been running the ‘Anadarko: wish you weren’t here’ campaign on our beaches to send a message to Anadarko they can […] read more
    January 21, 2014 5:34 pm - 8 Comments
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    Latest leak reveals TPPA undermines environmental protection - by Gareth Hughes



    It’s nothing short of absurd that a modern agreement like the TPPA doesn’t address critical issues like climate change and biodiversity loss. read more
    January 16, 2014 3:11 pm - 1 Comment
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    Gigantic seabed mining application not NZs future - by Gareth Hughes



    “New Zealand’s future lies in protecting the environment that is the basis for our prosperity.” read more
    December 19, 2013 12:12 pm - 26 Comments
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    Anadarko’s deep sea oil drilling information blowout - by Gareth Hughes



    “…with Anadarko itself predicting a 66% chance of oil on beaches, I shudder to think of the impact on our animals, ocean, and economy while we wait for a relief rig to sail to New Zealand.” read more
    December 13, 2013 4:25 pm - 13 Comments
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    Tax breaks for oil companies? - by Gareth Hughes



    “What’s next? Community bake sales for deep sea drilling rigs?” read more
    December 11, 2013 11:51 am - 7 Comments
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    The future of Huntly? - by Gareth Hughes



    “Huntly…is a symbol of the ‘think big’ centralised fossil fuel-dominated electricity system that served us reasonably well for its time, but like the faded and peeling paint inside the station, it is an old-fashioned reminder times have changed.” read more
    December 10, 2013 2:26 pm - 56 Comments
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    We can save the world’s smallest dolphin - by Gareth Hughes



    The Green Party would respond to the scientific and international call to action to protect this dolphin. We would immediately stop all lethal fishing in the Maui’s sanctuary, extend protection measures over their full range and work with the fishing industry towards a sustainable transition. read more
    December 5, 2013 11:07 am - No Comments
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    Key rewriting history over Chorus - by Gareth Hughes



    Chorus has decided to head off to Court to challenge the Commerce Commission’s ruling Kiwis should receive cheaper Internet – no surprise there. The biggest surprise has been the Government’s response to the unprecedented parliamentary revolt over legislating regarding the Commerce Commission. I believe the Prime Minister is trying to rewrite history: all the minor […] read more
    December 3, 2013 2:40 pm - 8 Comments
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    New Zealand needs to say ‘fin’ to shark finning - by Gareth Hughes



    Sharks are amazing creatures and fearsome predators, but they don’t stand a chance against our industrial fishing fleets and growing demand for shark fin soup. Many New Zealanders would be shocked to discover that shark finning – the practice of killing a shark, cutting off its fins and discarding the carcass back to sea – […] read more
    December 3, 2013 11:56 am - 3 Comments
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    Why we can’t risk deep sea drilling - by Gareth Hughes



    Recently Anadarko’s drillship, the Noble Bob Douglas, arrived in New Zealand waters to drill our deepest ever oil well, and to serve as a graphic reminder of the risks New Zealand faces from a deep sea oil spill. I remember watching the Deepwater Horizon oil spill unfold on television and seeing the images of devastated […] read more
    December 3, 2013 11:49 am - 4 Comments
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    Oil Free Seas flotilla are heroes - by Gareth Hughes



    Since I last wrote a catch-up about the Oil Free Seas Flotilla’s progress, they have continued pumping out an incredible number of updates for us which I wanted to share as they head back to port. They are now up to 22 video blogs, the most recent published earlier today, as the Tasman Sea gets […] read more
    November 26, 2013 4:21 pm - 10 Comments
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    Oil free seas flotilla meets Anadarko - by Gareth Hughes



    Over the last week I’ve been joining many Kiwis in keeping up with the updates of the Oil Free Seas Flotilla online. Ships began departing ports from around New Zealand last week and I was privileged to attend and speak at the Wellington send-off. Since being cheered off by hundreds of New Zealanders, the flotilla […] read more
    November 19, 2013 2:04 pm - 5 Comments