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Taxpayer picking up Rena spill costs

May 29, 2012 Gareth Hughes 3

Last week the Rena’s captain and its navigator were both sentenced to seven months’ jail after being held responsible for our worst maritime environmental disaster however, they couldn’t be charged under the Resource Management Act because they were foreign seamen.

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Nuclear-free New Zealand?

April 3, 2012 Gareth Hughes 14

These last few days, the world has watched Seoul as the global leaders discuss the ever-pressing issue of nuclear security, right in the shadow of North Korea. In increasingly uncertain times, the prevention of nuclear terrorism and the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons is one of the leading topics on the international political agenda.

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The best way to oil independence is to provide alternatives and use less

February 3, 2012 Gareth Hughes 31

The Ministry of Economic Development’s Briefing to the incoming Energy Minister predicts New Zealand could become a net exporter of petroleum by 2030 if new oil fields are developed. It’s a laudable goal to reduce our expensive dependence on foreign oil but it would be a lot smarter to invest in alternatives like better public transport, renewable electricity and sustainable alternative fuels.

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