Posts by Gareth Hughes

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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 - 12 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
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    TPPA: terms and trades of copyright - by Gareth Hughes



    There are many concerning aspects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), most notably the fact that it is being negotiated in secret but the intellectual property provisions recently revealed are deeply worrying.. The leaked intellectual property chapter reveals serious disputes between NZ and US negotiators. The proposals, driven by US corporations, push for substantial changes […] read more
    November 14, 2013 3:28 pm - 18 Comments
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    To boldly go where no sub has gone before - by Gareth Hughes



    The Kermadecs are a special part of New Zealand deserving of greater protection and new scientific discoveries are adding urgency to the call to create a Kermadecs Ocean Sanctuary. The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) has been undergoing an around-the-world voyage, “to research marine organisms which have evolved to live in unique […] read more
    November 13, 2013 2:54 pm - 2 Comments
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    Drill it, mine it…or walk it? - by Gareth Hughes



    The passion Tommaso has for this cause inspired me, and reminded me of the spirit New Zealand’s environment can bring to people. Tommaso’s efforts are an example of the cool and unique ways people can fight to protect our environment every day. read more
    November 12, 2013 3:33 pm - 5 Comments
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    Victory: better shark protections on the horizon - by Gareth Hughes



    It’s time to celebrate. The Green Party along with the NZ Shark Alliance and lots of everyday New Zealanders have managed to convince the Government that shark finning is a grossly wasteful practiceand should be stopped. Shark finning – the practice of killing a shark, cutting off its fins and discarding the carcass back to […] read more
    November 11, 2013 4:50 pm - 2 Comments
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    The Chorus copper kerfuffle - by Gareth Hughes



    The announcement today of an independent review into Chorus will hopefully provide some answers to the next mess National has created around the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband and how copper pricing is now affecting it. I support Minister Amy Adam’s independent review announcement and believe it is the necessary first step before taking any further […] read more
    November 7, 2013 2:05 pm - 17 Comments
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    The solar revolution is here - by Gareth Hughes



    New research just released has shown that solar installations in New Zealand have increased by 370% in just two years and the solar energy sector is currently worth around $40 million. It’s a huge rise and highlights the real potential of clean energy in New Zealand. It also marks the beginning of a big change […] read more
    November 6, 2013 3:14 pm - 19 Comments
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    Live-streaming select committees - by Gareth Hughes



    Today, we take a step in the right direction for parliamentary openness and transparency, with the start of a trial of live-streaming public sessions of Select Committees. read more
    November 6, 2013 9:40 am - 7 Comments
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    What do we value? - by Gareth Hughes



    What matters to us? What work do we value, and how do we recognise that value? Many metrics are used; job satisfaction surveys, opinion polling, endless Buzzfeed lists, but inevitably it seems we gravitate to that universal measure – remuneration. read more
    October 24, 2013 4:16 pm - 16 Comments
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    Oil spill modelling a wake-up call - by Gareth Hughes



    Oil spill modelling released by Greenpeace today should be a wake-up call to the National Government who must immediately abandon its risky deep sea drilling agenda.  Greenpeace today launched an innovative new website which tracks possible oil spills off the Taranaki and Otago coasts. Greenpeace also released Trajectory analysis of deep sea oil spill scenarios […] read more
    October 23, 2013 3:30 pm - 1 Comment
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    Why would NZ actively disadvantage clean energy? - by Gareth Hughes



    Today’s DomPost had an excellent opinion piece around clean energy, penned by the chief executive of the NZ Wind Energy Association. My priority this Parliament is to protect our environment and climate by stopping risky deep sea oil drilling and promote clean energy opportunities. read more
    October 22, 2013 3:58 pm - 5 Comments
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    Our oceans are dying - by Gareth Hughes



    I’ve been reading some interesting ocean articles this week. First up is the harrowing tale of an Australian sailors recent journey “The Ocean is broken”, second is Tim Flannery’s exceptional must-read “They’re taking over!” and lastly this crucial study investigating the impact of climate change on our oceans: “It was very sad to see all […] read more
    October 21, 2013 4:41 pm - 49 Comments
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    Coal to stay in the hole: waking up from the Southland ‘lignitemare’ - by Gareth Hughes



    New Zealand’s future is in looking to provide clean energy services, technology and expertise to the world and building our valuable clean, green brand. We won’t do this by looking to the Nineteenth Century and fossil fuels for economic inspiration. read more
    October 16, 2013 2:21 pm - 9 Comments
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    Frackers sue Canada – another reason to oppose TPPA - by Gareth Hughes



    If you were wondering about why environmentalists are so concerned about the so-called trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, have a look what is happening in Canada. read more
    October 15, 2013 9:24 pm - 9 Comments
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    London School of Economics on copyright - by Gareth Hughes



    Yesterday I had a guest blog published on Kiwiblog, discussing a new report from the London School of Economics, challenging the punitive and protectionist stance to copyright that many Governments, including our own, have taken.  It’s a timely report that challenges the claims the music industry is at mortal peril from online file-sharers and that […] read more
    October 9, 2013 3:30 pm - 9 Comments
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    Preserving the Kermadecs - by Gareth Hughes



    Last night in Auckland I spoke at the launch of a stunning new book on the importance of preserving the Kermadecs. I have a Bill in the ballot which would do exactly that, by creating NZ’s largest marine reserve around one of our most important and pristine aquatic environments. The Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary Establishment Bill has […] read more
    October 9, 2013 3:16 pm - 2 Comments
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    Clean energy: the real brighter future for New Zealand - by Gareth Hughes



    Over the weekend I launched proposals that will make it easier for families to reap the benefits of solar panels and other small scale renewable distributed generation. read more
    October 7, 2013 2:56 pm - 35 Comments
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    It is time to change Parliament’s prayer - by Gareth Hughes



    It’s important that New Zealanders are able to have a say on the way our Parliament starts each Parliamentary day. It is symbolic for the country, and everybody should be able to contribute to shaping that symbolism. read more
    October 3, 2013 1:20 pm - 20 Comments
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    Tonight my mate goes to sleep in a Russian jail - by Gareth Hughes



    To Haussey, and the dozen other activists unjustly behind bars: kia kaha. We’re with you all the way. read more
    September 27, 2013 4:50 pm - 74 Comments
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    Celebrating our right to know - by Gareth Hughes



    Tomorrow (28th September) is ‘International Right to Know Day’ – a day set up to promote the right to access information – the right to know. This year marks ten years since it was first launched by the Freedom of Information Advocates Network, who wanted to raise awareness about the public’s right to access government-held […] read more
    September 27, 2013 4:34 pm - 2 Comments