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Commuter Rail for Canterbury

By   /  September 10, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  2 Comments

The rebuild of Canterbury provides us with a unique opportunity to build a better city. But there is a sense that the unique opportunity is being missed and the optimism following the “share an idea” process has diminished.

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Momentum shift

By   /  August 20, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  18 Comments

Despite the pleas to the contrary Dirty Politics is an election issue because it raises questions about how we conduct our politics. Elections are about trust, they are about moral and ethical leadership, they are about the kind of country we aspire to be, they are about what we value as a country.

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Opportunities for youth important for Canterbury rebuild

By   /  August 6, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  3 Comments

This week Labour announced  a significant policy package to ensure that all New Zealanders under the age of 20 are in work, education or training.

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Canterbury housing crisis a moral, economic, health, education, and social failure

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  4 Comments

Occasionally I come across people who don’t believe me when I say there is a housing crisis in Christchurch.

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Canterbury’s future to be democratic

By   /  July 16, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  4 Comments

Labour announced that we would return decision-making to local organisations by immediately beginning to wind down CERA and cancelling its extraordinary powers.

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A better Canterbury and a better NZ

By   /  July 9, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  1 Comment

Labour’s first 100 days is going to be a busy time – we’ve got a lot to change! Kick-starting the Canterbury recovery is going to be a crucial part of those first 100 days. Labour has announced several Canterbury specific policies that put people first.

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All politics is local

By   /  July 2, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  4 Comments

For me this is Labour values in action. Responsive to local people on local issues and then working with local people to create change that makes a tangible difference for people’s lives. Whether it’s a turning arrow or a living wage – change starts at a local level.

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Housing at the Heart of the Canterbury Rebuild

By   /  June 28, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Most Recent Blogs, Tony Milne  /  10 Comments

This is no more fundamental a responsibility of any Government than housing its people. Today Labour outlined a bold and ambitious plan to solve the Canterbury housing crisis and ensure that people have a roof over their heads.

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The moment the housing crisis in Christchurch could have been averted

By   /  June 18, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  6 Comments

The housing crisis was entirely predictable. Mike Coleman (and others) warned Gerry Brownlee and the Government. The Government has watched and waited and watched and waited and done nothing.

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Labour’s bold plan to get things moving in Canterbury

By   /  June 11, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  5 Comments

The first of Labour’s Canterbury policy announcements was aimed at allowing people to move on with their lives. After almost four years far too many are stuck in limo fighting EQC or insurance companies, or dealing with repeated flooding.

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Flooding solutions emerging for Flockton

By   /  June 4, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  Comments Off on Flooding solutions emerging for Flockton

I’ve been to a lot of meetings on flooding in the past year. The new Council may have been slow to pick up the ball but they are now running strong. Tonight’s Flockton Basin/Dudley Creek Flooding Taskforce meeting presented a solution to the community that received significant support from the 200+ who attended.

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“We won’t survive this government”

By   /  May 28, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  35 Comments

Our wonderful government has taken an ordinary family and crushed it through the accumulated impact of the decisions of their various departments. We survived the earthquake and after three years the physical and psychological injuries are starting to heal. Unfortunately, we won’t survive this government.

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Christchurch CBD more war zone than red zone

By   /  May 21, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  Comments Off on Christchurch CBD more war zone than red zone

Take a walk through the central city and it will remind you of a war zone.

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Labour’s Christchurch flooding proposal

By   /  May 14, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  4 Comments

A few weeks back I reported on the flooding in Flockton. It is the area that has had the most media (thanks to the passionate advocacy of Jo Byrne), but it is not the only area seriously impacted by flooding in Christchurch.

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Labour’s first 100 days vital for kick-starting the Canterbury recovery

By   /  May 7, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  9 Comments

There is a cacophony of voices speaking out against the National Government’s slow and mismanaged recovery.

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Flockton Floods Again

By   /  April 23, 2014  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda, Tony Milne  /  4 Comments

On Thursday I helped several older and vulnerable residents, like Julie above, in the Flockton Basin area with their sandbags. But sandbags are an inadequate response for those facing repeated flooding until the Council’s two year area-wide solution kicks in.

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