Kevin Hague

Green Party: Trougher in, trougher out as Kevin Hague resigns


Mr Hague has announced he will be taking up the role of chief executive of environmental organisation Forest and Bird.

He has been a Green MP since 2008, and is currently the party’s spokesperson on health, conservation and rainbow (LGBT) issues. Read more »

The Greens want to ban private healthcare

The Greens have once again shown themselves to be clueless. ?Banning private healthcare is insane. There should always be a two-tiered system. Why would anyone who could afford private health care want to leech off the public system? ?I have always paid for medical insurance so that I can get the care when I need it. I don’t want to languish on a waiting list.

If the Government abolished private healthcare, ?every private hospital in New Zealand would be closed, private health insurance would become illegal and every medical Centre in New Zealand would have to be nationalised.

Green Party health spokesman?Kevin Hague said he would get rid of private healthcare altogether.?I think that distorts the health sector completely and produces a two-tier system.?


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Ban, Tax, Inquiry. The 3 answers to any problem


The Green Party says an autistic man forced into lock-up deserves compassion, rather than being treated like a violent criminal.

Ashley Peacock’s plight has been described by the Chief Ombudsman as degrading, inhuman and cruel.

Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague believes his problems are only being made worse by his treatment at the hands of the Government. Read more »

Ban-and-Tax Greens have a sweet tooth for a sugar tax

While National and Labour are against sugar taxes the Greens are all for it.

70 public health specialists have written to the Government asking for the tax.

Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said a tax on sugary drinks would help curb New Zealand’s high obesity rates.

“We do know that putting a tax on a product reduces consumption of that product. And we know that reducing consumption of sugary drinks will reduce obesity.”

He said he refuted the Government’s claim that there was not enough evidence to support such a tax.

“In fact there is stronger evidence for a levy on sugary drinks than there is for any other aspect of the government’s obesity packet,” Mr Hague said.

70 unnamed experts say stronger unspecified evidence exists and that’s a fact. Read more »

Precious little Kevvy Hague doesn’t like it up him

Kevin Hague likes to talk about?transparency, but he also likes to break value?6 of the Green party values,?which states:

Engage respectfully, without personal attacks

It is somewhat unbelievable that, given those values, he engages in such an appalling manner on Facebook, attacking Katherine Rich, Carrick Graham, David Farrar and me.

For anyone following the debate on whether or not we should impose a levy on sugary drinks. Something I found noteworthy (and predicted at the start of the day in fact) was that the voices raised in support of the Government position of doing nothing were first Katherine Rich, CEO of the Food and Grocery Council (ie the industry, second Carrick Graham, PR consultant to noxious industries, and thirdly blog posts on Kiwiblog and Whaleoil. Now where have I seen that alignment before? Sounds very familiar. For good measure there was also comment from Eric Crampton, economist for ‘the NZ Initiative’ (or as I prefer to still call it, to ensure transparency, the Business Roundtable)

Clear breaches of value 6. I’m not sure how calling industries noxious is engaging respectfully, without personal attacks. ? Read more »

Poms introduce Sugar Tax; predictably the left want it here

Overnight the Chancellor, George Osborn, announced the imposition of a Sugar Tax for the UK?that has seen stocks in soft drink manufacturers take a hiding. Investors are losing billions.

Britain has introduced a?sugar tax in what’s being called a “profound move” which will take over the world.

UK Chancellor George Osborne made the surprise move to introduce a sugar-levy on soft?drinks from 2018 in Wednesday’s budget, in which other so-called “sin taxes”, including the excise on beer, whiskey and cider, were all frozen.

Osborne said?the tax increase, which the government?ruled out?as recently as February, was being introduced to improve children’s health.

“I am not prepared to look back at my time here in this Parliament, doing this job and say to my children’s generation… I’m sorry. We knew there was a problem with sugary drinks. We knew it caused disease. But we ducked the difficult decisions and we did nothing,”?he told the House of Commons.

The sugar tax will be?limited to soft-drinks and not other sugary foods like lollies.

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Kevin Hague slips a knife between Labour’s ribs

The Greens and Kevin Hague have seen an opportunity and taken it, slipping a knife into Andrew Little’s ribs in the wake of revelations Labour has been entertaining (and now lobbying for) Big Pharma.

And he is smart enough to issue an apology for some intemperate language before plunging the knife deeper.

Yesterday, melanoma sufferers and their supporters delivered a petition signed by over 11,000 people to Parliament, calling for funding for immunotherapy drug Keytruda.

Mr Hague said he was wrong and insensitive to suggest the sufferers were pawns.

“I don’t regard those people who came to Parliament yesterday as pawns. If I was in their position, I would have done the same thing,” he said.

“In fact, I’ve been on all sides of this issue. When I was the director of the AIDS Foundation, I was frequently in the position of advocating for medicines that Pharmac didn’t currently fund and were above Pharmac’s threshold.” ? Read more »

Labour, Greens forget the pie ban cost them the 2008 election


Typical, politicians have extremely short memories. Labour?s Annette King should know better, but long-term memory seems to be failing her.

Labour lost the 2008 election after New Zealanders got sick and tired of Labour politicians telling Kiwis how to live. They also ended up being called the ?food police?.

Now they?re back at it, wanting bans on tuck shops and pushing their agenda via embedded journalist Kirsty Johnson;

Labour health spokeswoman Annette King said she would now expect the Government to bring back tuck shop regulation.

“It’s horrifying to New Zealanders that we are now considered one of the fattest nations in the world,” she said.

“We have wasted seven years, when we could have been doing something about it, for purely political reasons, because apparently saying what kids could eat was being a ‘nanny state’. I now look forward to seeing what the minister will do.”

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Wowser Green TaliBAN shamed into Wowser Green TaliCAN

The co-penis Mr Shaw is clearly not well tuned to what makes good politics and what doesn?t.

He had Kevin Hague spitting tacks about it yesterday, yet this morning a different Hague met the media – one that was all for Kiwis celebrating the Rugby World Cup live. ?Funny that.

The Green Party just always want to tax or ban. Tax or ban. ?They don?t have any other ideas.

Act Party leader David Seymour says the Green Party has gone from “party poopers” to “party facilitators” after reversing its opposition to his Rugby World Cup bill.

Mr Seymour made a second attempt to table his bill today, and this time the Greens did not object.

The law, which will allow all bars to stay open between 4am and 8am for World Cup matches, will have its first reading this evening. ?? Read more »

Seymour goes again and gets his bill introduced


David Seymour?tried to get his bill introduced again.

ACT leader David Seymour is going in for round two with his bill to allow pubs to stay open in the early hours of the Rugby World Cup.

Seymour’s bid to allow pubs to open outside of legal trading hours to show matches in the United Kingdom flopped on Tuesday when the Green Party rejected it.

On Wednesday morning Prime Minister John Key said the Government would pick the bill up and Justice Minister Amy Adams was in the process of drafting it.

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