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Everyone deserves a chance

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My mum left school at 15 to help look after her baby twin sister and brother and then became a cleaner and KFC worker.  Dad left school at 16 and worked at West-plains Abbatoir.  Both left school with no qualifications.  They now both work together at the freezing works.

Union and Labour values are in my DNA.

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Fighting for the underdog

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My name is Rachel Jones and I am the Labour Party candidate for Tauranga.

Politics was a private affair in my family. I never knew how my parents voted and we didn’t really talk about politics at the dinner table.

It wasn’t until I went to university that I became politically aware.

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Hoardings 101

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Over two days, my whanau, supporters and I undertook an epic mission to erect our election hoardings and corflutes from Muriwai, south of Gisborne up to Te Araroa, at the north of the Ikaroa-Rāwhiti electorate. A round trip of 400 kilometres, with vehicles people and resources in toe. As we moved through the East Coast, new conversations were initiated and old friendships rekindled.

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Are you coming to Campaign Launch?

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There’s less than a week to go until Labour’s 2014 campaign launch and I’d love to see you there. It's this coming Sunday at 1:30pm in the Viaduct Events Centre in Auckland.

At our campaign launch, I’ll be unveiling the next step in our positive vision for New Zealand: a plan to strengthen our public healthcare system to make sure all New Zealanders can get the care they need, when they need it.

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Back to the real issues in East Coast Bays

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With National finally deciding not to do an electorate deal with the Conservatives in East Coast Bays, Greg Milner-White, Labour’s candidate for the high-profile seat, is working to get the election focused on issues that matter to local people.

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Our volunteers: The core and backbone of our Party

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Grant Robertson discusses the huge contribution made by Labour Party volunteers, their crucial role in the election campaign …. and the dangers of taking a pen to your first Labour meeting.

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Essential Viewing

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Last week I stumbled across the first episode of Nigel Latta’s six-part TV series. In the lead-up to the election it’s essential viewing. In it he covers issues like home ownership, work and wages, the cost of living, and the growing gap between the haves and have nots.

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Tamati's Big Red Fundraiser

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Wow. I’d never organised a fundraiser before.

Some people have got that organising gene and some people don’t.

I don’t really, but I’m a hard worker and I love a good challenge.

Picture this. Saturday night, venue all set, drinks poured, photographers arrived, tickets sold - but would anyone show up?

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Labour Posters are going up!

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We've got massive posters up all around the country. They're about Labour's plan for a positive future for New Zealand that puts people first.

The posters in the photos here are in Auckland, but there's lots more going up around New Zealand.

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Our Work and Wages policy

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I want New Zealand to be the fairest, most decent, society in the world. To get there we need to grow the economy. But we also need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to get ahead. That’s because people matter most.

It’s no secret that wages in New Zealand are too low – over the last few decades we’ve seen the share of the economy that Kiwis get through their wages fall from 55% of GDP to 45%. The last Labour Government brought it back from a low of 40%, but it’s still too low.

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