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Nats unprepared for record immigration – Labour Party

By   /  May 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

National’s under-investment in housing, public services, and infrastructure means New Zealand is literally running out of beds for the record number of new migrants, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “People who migrate to New Zealand bring much needed skills and cultural diversity to our country but National’s failure to invest is letting down both […]

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National’s answer to the housing crisis: One new affordable house per 100 new Aucklanders – Labour Party

By   /  May 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  No Comments

National’s fudge of a housing plan will make Auckland even more of a speculators’ paradise, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National’s housing announcement is a shambles with Amy Adams unable to say how many house will be affordable or what ‘affordable’ actually means. It’s bumbling of Nick Smith proportions. No wonder Adams was […]

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National’s answer to the housing crisis: One new affordable house per 100 new Aucklanders

By   /  May 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

National’s fudge of a housing plan will make Auckland even more of a speculators’ paradise, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National’s housing announcement is a shambles with Amy Adams unable to say how many house will be affordable or what ‘affordable’ actually means. It’s bumbling of Nick Smith proportions. No wonder Adams was […]

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Nats lay the ground for housing bust – Labour Party

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Goldman Sachs’ warning that New Zealand has the developed world’s most over-priced housing market, with a 40 per cent chance of a bust within two years, shows the consequences of National’s nine years of housing neglect, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “If the housing bubble pops and causes economic chaos, the blame will sit […]

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Sallies back Labour’s plan for affordable homes

By   /  May 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The country’s most respected social agency has endorsed Labour’s KiwiBuild plan to build homes that families can afford to buy, and delivered a withering assessment of the National Government’s housing record, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.   Speaking on Morning Report, Salvation Army’s senior social analyst, Alan Johnson, said the Salvation Army advocated for […]

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Healthy Homes Bill needed to keep kids out of hospital – Labour Party

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

National’s promise to reduce child hospital admissions can only be kept by backing Labour’s Healthy Homes Bill, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National has promised to reduce child hospital admissions for preventable conditions by a quarter by 2021. If National is serious about reducing the number of kids admitted to hospital, they need […]

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Labour’s housing plan needed for Wellington as prices top $600,000 – Labour Party

By   /  May 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

As the price of the average house in Wellington passes $600,000, the need for Labour’s plan to build affordable houses is getting more urgent, says Labour MP for Rimutaka Chris Hipkins. “Last month, Andrew Little announced a plan to build 400 affordable KiwiBuild homes and state houses on land in the Hutt Valley as the […]

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Parliament inquiry must re-open to consider leaked Pike footage – Clare Curran

By   /  May 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Labour has today called for a parliamentary committee to urgently examine new information following the recent release of footage shot inside the drift of the Pike River Mine, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran. “The Labour Party will ask the Commerce Select Committee to re-open its investigation of a petition calling for Solid Energy […]

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Willie Jackson appointed as Labour’s Māori Campaign Director – Labour Party

By   /  May 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

“The Labour Party welcomes renowned broadcaster and urban Māori leader Willie Jackson to the role of Māori Campaign Director for the 2017 General Election,” said Māori Senior Vice President Tane Phillips. “Willie was asked to take on the role due to his ability to connect with a demographic of Māori voters who live in urban […]

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Why has Pike footage been hidden for so long? – Andrew Little

By   /  May 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  12 Comments

New footage of workers servicing a robot in the Pike River drift appears to show that going into the drift doesn’t pose the danger the Government and Solid Energy claimed, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “The Government must immediately release all Pike footage and images, and explain why it has kept the public […]

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BREAKING: Sue Moroney to stand down at General Election – Labour Party

By   /  April 30, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on BREAKING: Sue Moroney to stand down at General Election – Labour Party

Labour List MP Sue Moroney will not seek re-election to Parliament in September, the Hamilton-based MP announced today. “I made my decision after being notified last night that I had lost support from the party’s ruling council for an electable position on the Labour Party list. I intend to serve out the remainder of the […]

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Nats’ housing policy fails to keep pace with population growth – Labour Party

By   /  April 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Auckland got less than half the new houses it needed in the past year to keep up with record population growth, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Statistics New Zealand building consent data released today confirms the shortage of housing in Auckland is worsening. “Auckland needed 16,000 houses last year. It got just 7,000. That […]

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Another emergency housing grant blow out – Labour Party

By   /  April 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Emergency housing grants data released today show another blow out in spending on putting homeless people up in motels, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Government is renting motel rooms at a rate of $33 million a year. It’s a very expensive band-aid. “In the March quarter 9,218 grants were issued. That’s 358 more […]

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More tinkering, no leadership from Nats on immigration – Andrew Little

By   /  April 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  6 Comments

National’s latest tinkering with the immigration system is another attempt to create the appearance of action without actually doing anything meaningful, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New Zealand is richer for immigration, but our public services, housing, and infrastructure can’t keep up with the current record level of immigration. We need to take […]

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Research underlines need for KiwiBuild – Labour Party

By   /  April 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

New research showing the social and fiscal benefits of homeownership underlines the need for a massive government-backed building programme like KiwiBuild, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Housing Foundation today released three reports that all point to the overwhelming benefits of shifting people into affordable homeownership. “Getting people into affordable homeownership is the ultimate […]

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400 homeless families a night in motels as Nats fail on housing – Labour Party

By   /  April 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

New figures show that 400 Kiwi families a night are being put in motels by the government because there isn’t enough state housing and emergency housing, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. Analysis by the Parliamentary Library shows that the $7.7m spent by the government on putting homeless families in motels in the last […]

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