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    It's a sitting week, so without further ado, here's the week in retrospect:

    Fired up

    There were whoops of delight as Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Bill passed its first reading on Wednesday night. The bill makes it compulsory for all rentals to have efficient insulation, heating and ventilation. As expected National and Act voted against it, siding with those landlords who care more about bottom lines than tenants’ health, rather than the tens of thousands of kids who are ending up in hospital because of cold, damp living conditions. 


    Questions from Iraq

    I have just returned from a visit to Camp Taji in Iraq to meet with the New Zealand troops and see for myself the situation they are dealing with.


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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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Plumber shortfall highlights gaps in trades training

· May 05, 2016

A shortage of skilled plumbers highlights major gaps in the Government’s trades training which is having serious implications for our construction industry, Labour’s Skills and Training spokesperson Jenny Salesa says.

“Information obtained under the Official Information Act shows an undersupply of plumbers is predicted to hit 58 per cent over the next few years. That means Auckland alone will be 601 plumbers short.

Rates rebate on the cards for retirement village residents

· May 05, 2016

People living retirement villages could be entitled to a rates rebate after a Labour Member’s Bill was today pulled from the ballot, Labour’s Senior Citizens spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

“Most residents in retirement villages cannot currently claim a rebate because they pay them indirectly to the retirement village owner and therefore don’t get billed separately.

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