A frustrated champion of transformation will retire – now let’s wait for Peters to declare his intentions

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”

Research suggests we should take a harder look at the benefits of organic foods

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.

Mather said:

“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”

Megan Woods still in the firing line over handling of energy legislation

“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”

Gareth Hughes will host discussion on Armenian genocide – but where does he sit on waka jumping?

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?”