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Bill English misleads Parliament on Police statement – Labour Party

By   /  June 23, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Bill English’s attempt to restore his damaged credibility over the Todd Barclay affair has backfired after his claim to have “reported” Mr Barclay’s actions to Police has proven not to be true, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. “Yesterday in Parliament, Bill English claimed in response to a question from Andrew Little that […]

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English fails the character test over Barclay – Labour Party

By   /  June 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Bill English is hoping this scandal will go away, but he is still dodging important questions over his role in covering up for Todd Barclay, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “Throughout this whole affair, Bill English has failed to be upfront with the public. He misled the public for months, both as […]

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Nats’ HAM-fisted housing crisis denial – Labour Party

By   /  June 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

National’s decision to knowingly release a flawed Housing Affordability Measure that underestimates the cost of housing is the latest evidence of their housing crisis denial, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.   “Five years in the making, and HAM is another Nick Smith stuff-up. The interest rate used is wrong, the data is two years […]

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Economy stalling after nine years of National’s complacency – Labour Party

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The second successive quarterly fall in per person growth shows the need for a fresh approach to give all New Zealanders a fair share in prosperity, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. Data released by Statistics New Zealand today shows that GDP per capita fell 0.1 per cent in the March Quarter, following an 0.2 […]

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Labour to invest in Whanganui River infrastructure – Labour Party

By   /  June 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Labour will work in partnership with the Whanganui Council to repair and redevelop the city’s Port precinct in advance of planned economic development and expansion. To enable Whanganui’s plans, Labour will commit $3m in matching funding for repairing the Whanganui River moles, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   “There is major infrastructure work […]

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Councils step up as Nats drop the ball on housing crisis – Labour Party

By   /  June 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Councils step up as Nats drop the ball on housing crisis – Labour Party

Phil Goff’s Mayoral Housing Taskforce is another positive example of councils stepping up where National has failed on housing, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.   “Auckland’s call for large-scale building, unlocking land, and improving the efficiency of consenting, are completely compatible with Labour’s comprehensive housing plan. We will build 100,000 houses over 10 years, […]

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National unprepared as immigration runs four times faster than forecast – Labour Party

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

National has been caught asleep at the wheel by record immigration that has outstripped Budget forecasts, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New Zealand is a vibrant modern multicultural society and we have been made all the richer for immigration. But National has not kept up with the infrastructure, housing, and public services we […]

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Motel bill blows out as Nats fail to deliver emergency housing – Labour Party

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Minister Amy Adams has admitted at select committee that National has now spent $22m on putting homeless families in motels as it fails to deliver the emergency housing places it promised, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “In just seven months, National has spent $22m on putting homeless families in motels. That compares to a […]

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Road pricing years off, public transport investment needed now – Labour Party

By   /  June 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Road pricing years off, public transport investment needed now – Labour Party

With road pricing still years away, Labour will step up with investment in public transport to ease Auckland’s congestion woes, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford.   “Labour believes Auckland should be able to decide for itself how it funds its share of transport investment. For too long, Central Government has dictated to Auckland […]

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Single Child Tax hidden in Budget – Labour Party

By   /  May 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Single Child Tax hidden in Budget – Labour Party

Buried in National’s so-called family Budget is a Single Child Tax that will hit medium to low income families, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.   “National’s Single Child Tax will see a family with one child lose as much as $830 a year in Working For Families payments.   “The families targeted by National’s Single […]

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National running out of excuses on Pike – Labour Party

By   /  May 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The latest Pike River revelations further erode National’s position of blocking a manned re-entry of the Pike River Mine drift, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “National is running out of excuses to hide behind. It’s time to re-enter the Pike River Mine drift to recover the men and evidence of why they died. […]

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Foreign firm allowed to bottle millions of litres of water from Belfast aquifer

By   /  May 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Labour Candidate for Waimakariri, Dan Rosewarne has expressed concern that a valuable water consent has been transferred to Cloud Ocean Water Ltd, an overseas company registered in March with the business classification for manufacturing mineral water. Dan Rosewarne said, “If the entire water allocation is used, the plant will be free to extract 4.32 million […]

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

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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