Gareth Hughes

X-Factor Green Co-Penis marches on

The PM’s hair pulling and Gallipoli really have broadsided the Green Taliban’s plans to get some good news about their party into the media.

Here are some media bites to let you know how their individual races towards achieving co-penis status is going.

Gareth Hughes says the Green Party’s ready for a new generation in to be leaders in parliament.

Mr Hughes doesn’t agree with naysayers who think he’s too young.

“Some people, very few are judging me on my looks and what are being described as boyish good looks.

“But the fact is I’m in my third term of Parliament now, I’ve been an MP for five years – I’ve had significant wins over the course of the time.”

On the defensive.  Explaining is losing.  Don’t address your weak points, emphasise your strengths.   Score:  1/10.   Co-penis chance:  17% Read more »

And James Shaw makes four

The Greens now have four blokes to choose from for their male co-leader role vacated by Russel Norman.

Wellington-based MP James Shaw will bid to be the Green Party’s co-leader, after earlier saying it was “highly unlikely” he’d run.

It is understood the first-term MP is planning to make the announcement on Monday, after telling caucus colleagues at a meeting earlier this week.

Last month Shaw said it was too early in his parliamentary career. However, he appears to have had a change of heart after being approached by supportive members, including at a recent policy conference in the Hunua ranges, south of Auckland.    Read more »

Gareth Hughes to run for co-leader of the Green Taliban


After toppling play-away Norman, Kevin Hague now has to contend with the one of the loonier of the Greens running to be the bridesmaid to Metiria Turei

Kia ora koutou

As a Green Party member I wanted to let you know first that I am running for Green Party Co-Leader.

I am standing because I believe I can do the best job to grow our vote, which is the most effective way we can make meaningful action on our core issues: tackling the climate crisis and social inequality. I am lucky to have found my passion in life as a young person fresh out of school. Since then I have dedicated myself to environmental campaigning, with a particular focus on climate change. I believe that my background and experience would be a great match to work alongside Metria as Co-Leader.

Dear Electorate.  I’ve never had a real job.  This qualifies me to lead a political party.   Read more »

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Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

Green Hypocrisy on Coat-tailing and strategic voting

The Green taliban are at their sanctimonious best with their hyperbole over strategic voting and coat-tailing.

The only way they are going to get into power is because of coat-tailing and strategic voting.

But while they hyperventilate over it we should perhaps remind ourselves of their hypocrisy.

First up is Denise Roche and her outright lies despite being caught on camera, where she secretly endorsed Jacinda Ardern – while Labour railed against the cup of tea?

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Great news: Green Party agrees plastics are the way to the future

Gareth Hughes announced yesterday that 3D printing/manufacturing was going to be something the Green Party can get behind.  So much in fact, they made it part for the “blueprint” for the future.

So I though it would be a good opportunity to have a look and see why the Green Party has thrown away decades of opposition to oil exploration, oil extraction, oil refining, and of course the result of all this, plastics.

But not all plastics are created equal.  Plastics are bad.  As is oil.  But somehone, “3D” plastics are not.

(Perhaps we need to invent 3D oil?)

Now, truth be known, not all plastics are created equal, and we have been educated to hate plastic bags, and those things that used to hold 6 cans together, because somewhere in the world a tortoise gets stuck in them.  And who can argue with that.  Tortoises don’t come in six packs.

For 3D printing, you need a plastic called “Thermoplastic”.

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) (chemical formula (C8H8)x· (C4H6)y·(C3H3N)z) is a common thermoplastic. Its glass transition temperature is approximately 105 °C (221 °F). ABS is amorphous and therefore has no true melting point.

ABS is a terpolymer made by polymerizing styrene and acrylonitrile in the presence of polybutadiene. The proportions can vary from 15 to 35% acrylonitrile, 5 to 30% butadiene and 40 to 60% styrene. The result is a long chain of polybutadiene criss-crossed with shorter chains of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile). The nitrilegroups from neighboring chains, being polar, attract each other and bind the chains together, making ABS stronger than pure polystyrene. The styrene gives the plastic a shiny, impervious surface. The polybutadiene, a rubbery substance, provides resilience even at low temperatures. For the majority of applications, ABS can be used between −20 and 80 °C (−4 and 176 °F) as its mechanical properties vary with temperature. The properties are created by rubber toughening, where fine particles of elastomer are distributed throughout the rigid matrix. — Wikipedia

You can see what set Gareth’s motor spinning.  This isn’t “just plastic”, this is “amorphous” and who can resist styrene-co-acrylonitrile?  The Green Party certainly can’t.   Read more »

Green Taliban’s “3D blueprint” for the future nothing but hype

New Zealand Green Party printing plastic logos

New Zealand Green Party printing plastic logos

Now, go get some Paracetemol, because what I’m about to tell you will  make your head hurt

Green Party information and technology spokesperson Gareth Hughes launched a component of the Green Party’s Smart Green Innovation package today.

The Blueprint For The Future, a digital manufacturing strategy for New Zealand, will:

• develop a digital manufacturing strategy;

• support and develop 3D printing;

• educate and empower students in the use of digital manufacturing.

“This component, like the Green Party’s proposed structural timber award, is a blueprint for the future,” said Mr Hughes.  [ opportunity gone begging:  The Greenprint For the Futuretm  ]

“The world is changing, we need to change with it and invest more in smart green innovation like digital manufacturing.

“We need to be investing more into smart green manufacturing and digital manufacturing technologies like 3D printing, which offer new economic opportunities. Read more »

Gareth Hughes going to nerd conventions on your dime

Gareth Hughes states at The Daily Blog:

I spent Sunday campaigning in Hamilton and chatting to people about the issues facing them. It was pretty clear that more and more people are starting to realise that this Government doesn’t have the interests of everyday Kiwis at heart and are looking for alternatives.

But here is what he was actually doing…attending Armageddon in Hamilton.

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Hey Clint! Will you start bashing the Greens now you work for Cunners?

Clint Smith aka James Henderson aka Steve Pierson, a blogger at The Standard and former green staffer has cut and run, poached by David Cunliffe to work for Labour.

Labour has had its own ”Hey Clint!” moment.

Leader David Cunliffe’s chief of staff Matt McCarten has confirmed the party has recruited the Green Party’s political and media adviser, Clint Smith, to beef up selling its economic message.

Smith, who had earlier worked for Labour before going across to the Greens, shot to prominence when, during a television interview, MP Gareth Hughes turned to him with a ”Hey Clint!” to check if the party was happy its power policy had put a dent in the Mighty River Power sale.  Read more »