Report from 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 Kiwis concerned about deep sea oil. People came out in their hundreds and thousands to take a stand against foreign oil companies drilling in our waters.
I promised those people I’d bring their concerns to Parliament, and today I did that, delivering thousands of anti-drilling messages to Energy Minister Simon Bridges.
I was joined by about 40 people who are adamant that dirty oil is not the future we want for New Zealand.
As the National Government gags New Zealanders’ ability to fight deep sea drilling by limiting the right to protest at sea and to have a say on proposals for exploratory wells, the Green Party is listening to the thousands of New Zealanders who want a safer, cleaner, greener future. I was proud to represent them today.