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Yes to Sallies – Labour will build more state houses – Labour Party

By   /  August 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Salvation Army’s latest report ‘Taking Stock’ shows why New Zealand needs a Labour-led Government committed to a massive house building programme, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “When the Sallies say the country needs 2000 extra state houses a year just to stand still, it is time to sit up and listen. “They rightly […]

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New Zealanders deserve better than scaremongering over water – Labour Party

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

New Zealanders need to hear from National about how they will fund the clean-up of our rivers and lakes for future generations. Instead, National has broadened its scare-mongering, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker.   “Everyone knows our water is too polluted. We know we need to stop pollution getting into our rivers and lakes, […]

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Pike footage raises questions over government’s actions – Labour Party

By   /  August 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Government’s seeming determination to turn a blind eye to new questions about what happened at Pike River Mine is troubling, says Labour’s West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor.   “The video from Pike River mine, appears to show movement in the mine ahead of the second explosion, and open self-rescue packs.   “It raises questions […]

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Solution to rent rises lies in building houses and stopping speculators – Labour Party

By   /  August 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  7 Comments

The spread of rental increases from the big cities to the surrounding regions shows why we need to get on top of the housing shortage build homes our families can afford, and lock out the speculators, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.   “The latest figures from MBIE show that, since National came to power, […]

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Clean rivers don’t cost $18 a cabbage – Labour Party

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

National is falling into a bad pattern of promising the world and not saying how they will fund it, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker.   “New Zealanders deserve an answer from Nick Smith on how he would fund his promises for cleaning up water. In Parliament today, he said it would cost $100m a […]

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Time for honest answer on transport funding – Labour Party

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

National needs to explain how they will fund the $6 billion funding gap in their 10-year Auckland transport plan, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford.   A yet-to-be-released report of the refreshed Auckland Transport Alignment Project shows $2.9 billion in extra funding is needed in the first decade because of faster than expected population […]

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Time for true numbers on overseas speculators – Labour Party

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

It’s time for the Government to give accurate figures on the number of houses being bought by overseas speculators, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson Raymond Huo.   “National still isn’t giving us a true picture of the size of the overseas speculator problem. The Land Information NZ report itself admits ‘this document is not a […]

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Clean rivers for future generations – Jacinda Ardern

By   /  August 9, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Labour will lead a nationwide effort to restore our rivers and lakes to a clean, swimmable state, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.   “Clean water is the birth-right of all of us. I want future generations to be able to swim in the local river, just like I did. All our children deserve […]

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Kelvin Davis – an unforeseen disaster on 23 September?

By   /  August 2, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

August 1 began a new chapter in Labour’s 101 year history: the sudden – though not wholly unexpected – appointment of Jacinda Ardern and Kelvin Davis as Leader and Deputy Leader, respectively, of the NZ Labour Party;

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Public support keeps Healthy Homes Bill on track – Labour Party

By   /  July 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The strong call from the public for warm, dry, healthy rentals has helped the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill to pass its second reading, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   It is believed to be the first time in New Zealand history that a Leader of the Opposition has succeeded in getting a Member’s […]

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Strong support from medical community for Healthy Homes Bill – Labour Party

By   /  July 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

More than a thousand medical professionals, medical students, and other New Zealanders have shown their support for Labour’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.   Andrew Little received a petition today from Medical Students for Global Awareness in support of his Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill ahead of its second reading […]

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English out of touch on homelessness – Labour Party

By   /  July 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on English out of touch on homelessness – Labour Party

Bill English’s comments that he doesn’t know why people are complaining about the blowout in the number of homeless families the government is putting up in motels just shows how tired and out of touch National is after nine years, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “New Zealanders are rightly outraged that National is selling […]

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Schools before tunnel – Greg O’Connor

By   /  July 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

“While having lanes in the Ngauranga Gorge closed for several hours this week was inconvenient, and highlighted the need for immediate remediation and prevention, it needs to be kept in perspective compared to the frustration of pupils, teachers and parents with years of overcrowded schools and classrooms across Wellington’s northern suburbs,” Ōhāriu Labour Party candidate […]

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Time for a breather on immigration – Labour Party

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

National has no idea how to house the record number of people entering New Zealand, let alone cope with the pressure on health, education, and transport from this record population growth, says Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Labour will take a breather on immigration while making record investments in housing, health, education, and infrastructure. We […]

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National’s shame: worst homelessness in the OECD – Labour Party

By   /  July 21, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on National’s shame: worst homelessness in the OECD – Labour Party

National’s legacy is a housing crisis that has given New Zealand the worst homeless rate in the developed world, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Yale researchers have found New Zealand’s homelessness rate of nearly one per cent of the population is higher than any other OECD country, and several times worse than the UK […]

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Nats blow the Budget on motels after bowling state houses – Labour Party

By   /  July 20, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Nats blow the Budget on motels after bowling state houses – Labour Party

National is spending $140,000 a day putting homeless families in motels, the legacy of nine years of selling off and knocking down state houses, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “There are 30 times as many families needing emergency housing in motels than the government expected. National thought they would need to issue just 350 […]

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