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    Tēnā Koutou Katoa

    Thank you Jenny for the introduction. Jenny is one of our newest MPs, but she is already emerging as a star performer. We are very proud to have her in caucus.

    Thank you all for inviting me to speak today.


    Transforming Careers Advice

    The Issue

    There are 87,200 young New Zealanders not in employment, education or training. New Zealand has one of the worst rates of student retention of any developed country. McKinsey and Company international research has found once young people are in the job market, just 45% feel they made the right decisions about their study. Only 42% of employers thought young people were coming into the workforce adequately prepared.


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    Labour's Working Futures Plan

    Labour’s Working Futures Plan will provide three years of free post-school education across a person’s life so New Zealanders can thrive in the 21st century economy.

    The nature of work is changing constantly. To compete into the future and seize opportunities as they arise we need one of the best educated workforces in the world.

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Empty coffers leave children's teams at risk

· July 31, 2016

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has hailed children's teams as the early intervention panacea, but left the kitty empty when it comes to resourcing them, Labour’s Children’s Spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.

“Anne Tolley’s intention was for these children's teams to identify and support up to 20,000 at risk children who don't meet the threshold for a statutory intervention from Child, Youth and Family. They were established to do a serious and important job, but have never been resourced for it.

Saudi sheep deal still stinks

· July 29, 2016

Documents released today confirm Treasury were not aware of any threat of legal action from a Saudi businessman to justify the Government handing over millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money, Labour MP David Parker says.

“Almost $12 million has been spent on equipment and sending sheep to businessman Hamood Al Khalaf's farm in Saudi Arabia.

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