Gareth Hughes (politician)

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Gareth Hughes
MP

Hughes outside the Beehive

Member of the New Zealand Parliament
for Green party list

Incumbent

Assumed office
11 February 2010

Preceded by
Jeanette Fitzsimons

Personal details

Born
(1981-10-31) 31 October 1981 (age 35)
Gisborne, New Zealand

Political party
Green

Spouse(s)
Meghan Hughes

Children
Arlo (b. 2008) and Zoe (b. 2010)

Residence
Wellington, New Zealand

Signature

Gareth Thomas Llewelyn Hughes[1] (born 31 October 1981) is a New Zealand politician and member of the Green Party. He took a seat in Parliament as the next person on the Green party list following the retirement of Jeanette Fitzsimons.[2]

Contents

1 Early life
2 Member of Parliament
3 References
4 External links

Early life[edit]
Hughes grew up in Gisborne,[3] and, after attending Gisborne Boys’ High School,[4] studied religious studies, history and politics at Victoria University of Wellington.[5] He became a vegetarian while a student.[6] He worked for Greenpeace in Australia and New Zealand from 2000–2005, and then worked for the Green Party on climate change issues. He is married with two children, Arlo and Zoe.[7]
In May 2004, Hughes was arrested after dressing as Ronald McDonald and chaining himself to the gates of McDonald’s New Zealand distribution centre in Wiri, Auckland, protesting against the use of genetically modified chicken feed.[8]
In the 2008 elections, Hughes stood in the Ōhariu electorate, placing fourth with 7.06% of the vote.[9] However, Hughes was campaigning mostly for the party vote,[10][11] of which the Green Party gained 9.13%.[9]
In 2009 Hughes co-ordinated Greenpeace New Zealand’s ‘Sign On’ campaign, which called for stronger action on climate change.[5][10]
Member of Parliament[edit]

Parliament of New Zealand

Years
Term
Electorate
List
Party

2010–2011
49th
List
11
Green

2011–2014
50th
List
7
Green

2014–present
51st
List
5
Green

Following the retirement of list MP Jeanette Fitzsimons Hughes was declared elected as the next candidate on the Green party list,[12] ranked at place 11.[13] He was sworn in as an MP on 16 February 2010.[14] He was the youngest MP in Parliament at the time of his election.[3]
In his maiden speech on 24 February 2010, Hughes declared his support for a New Zealand republic.[15][16]
Hughes is the Green Party’s spokesperson on housing, ICT, libraries and archives, tertiary education, GE, food, oceans,[1
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