The Labour-led coalition may have to generate a second wave of Jacindamania if it is to win another term in the Beehive.
Re-election is not an impossible dream, despite the failure of Labour to deliver what many of those who voted for it in 2017 expected.
Retiring Green MP Gareth Hughes summed it up when he told reporters the government had not delivered “transformation”.
The pace of change, he reckons, has not matched what he sees as the problems facing the country.
“Across my 10 years here, things have actually got worse. Emissions have increased, homelessness is growing. I don’t think the government has been transformational. There’s been pockets of transformation, but I don’t think historians are going to look back and say ‘This was a turning point on the scale of the 1930s or 1980s’. And I think that’s desperately needed. It’s a disappointment that we aren’t seeing the change I think we need”. Continue reading “A frustrated champion of transformation will retire – now let’s wait for Peters to declare his intentions”
The Green Party’s food policy may need revisiting, in the light of research published in the past week.
The policy was introduced in May 2017 by Green Party MP Mojo Mathers, who lost her list place in Parliament at the general election.
How we produce, distribute and consume food is of critical importance to growing
resilient healthy communities, minimising our ecological footprint and maintaining a
stable economy, she said. That’s why food policy lies at the heart of Green policy.
“Aotearoa New Zealand can reap multiple benefits from a healthy and equitable food system that ensures environmental protection, social connection, and healthy communities.”
Continue reading “Research suggests we should take a harder look at the benefits of organic foods”
“NZ’s economic engine will seize under oil ban”, is the New Zealand Herald headline over a rant by radio talkback star Mike Hosking.
“What this government is doing to places like Taranaki with its ban on new exploration licences for oil and gas is economic sabotage,” he thunders.
Well, not quite.
Only this week, listed oil explorer NZ Oil and Gas and its partners have started drilling the Kohatukai-1 exploration well south-east of New Plymouth. The objective is to test the Matapo and Mangahewa sands that deliver gas in the Pohokura, Turangi and Mangahewa fields north-east of the city. Continue reading “Megan Woods still in the firing line over handling of energy legislation”
An email this morning reminded us of the work of Gareth Hughes, whose biography on the Green Party website includes a reference to his being the longest-serving Green MP and a bloke who “helps keep the team running as Musterer (Whip)“.
It goes on to say:
“His pace has not slowed since entering Parliament in 2010, the youngest MP at the time.
“His main focuses are cleaner energy, cheaper, smarter energy, protecting the environment and embracing technology and innovation.”
The website notes that …
“Gareth has spent his entire adult life working for good green change. Since graduating from Victoria University with a degree in Religious Studies, History and Politics, he has been at the centre of campaigns around many of the most pressing issues for New Zealand and the planet.”
The matter highlighted in his media advisory today does not necessarily rank among the most pressing issues for either New Zealand or the planet, although this obviously is a matter of opinion. Continue reading “Gareth Hughes will host discussion on Armenian genocide – but where does he sit on waka jumping?”