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Promises to Pike families must be kept

Six years on from the Pike River disaster, the memory of that day still burns strong, and the families still wait for the Government to make good on its promises. They are still waiting for justice.

Mining communities are special. The work creates a tight bond – your life depends on the person next to you. That spirit of solidarity flows through the whole community. When I was head of the EPMU, the miners were always some of our staunchest members. They stand beside each other no matter what. When tragedy struck, it hit everyone hard.

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The Kaikoura Earthquakes

I had the opportunity to join the PM's flight today over the parts of the South Island hardest hit by last night's earthquake.

It was a sobering journey. This massive force of nature has seen huge land slips and blocked our main national highway in many places. Seeing hundreds of metres of rail tracks ripped off their sleepers and pushed across the neighbouring road was jarring. This is going to be a long and expensive repair job.

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More cops on the beat needed to curb crime

Crime is on the rise in New Zealand. We need more police. There’s no doubt about it. So it’s something of a shock to see National claiming crime is falling and we don’t need more police – as Chester Borrows wrote recently.

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Creating opportunities for young people

A big focus of my leadership of the Labour Party has been about creating more opportunities for young people. It’s only by giving people the freedom to achieve their goals that we can ensure they get a shot at the Kiwi dream.

If you look at the policies we’ve launched in the last two years – three years free tertiary education, dole for apprenticeships, building 100,000 affordable homes for first home buyers, entrepreneur grants for young people – they’re about creating opportunities for people that they increasingly don’t have under the current government.

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Andrew Little: Speech to Labour Party Conference

E nga mana

E nga tapu

E Te whanau o te roopu reipa

Tena koutou katoa

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Factsheet: Ready for Work

Labour has a plan to give young people opportunity and hope. Our vision is that all young people who are able, will be in work, training or education, including through Ready for Work.

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Annette King: Speech to Labour Party Conference

Kia ora tatou nau mai haere mai

As I told you last year delegates, I have something in common with Hilary Clinton, I’m the same age!

Come Wednesday she will, hopefully, be the 45th President of the United States – their first woman president.

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A plan for the future

Everyone knows that the world of work is changing. Technology is developing at a pace faster than ever before, and many of the jobs and roles we know today simply won’t exist in a decade. 

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Grant Robertson: Launch of the Future of Work Commission Report

Delegates, 

This year my speech to conference as Finance Spokesperson is a bit different. 

Normally I would regale you with the tales about Blasé Bill, our Finance Minister and Chief Accumulator of Debt.  

And there is much to talk about when it comes to the economy. 

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Winning, together.

The slogan of Hillary Clinton’s campaign is ‘stronger together’. It's an idea that I think also applies to how I have approached leading the Labour Party and the Opposition. It explains why we have had so many wins in the last two years, and why the polls show the race for 2017 is now neck and neck. 

The right wing of politics is always about dividing people from each other: whether on ethnicity, employment status, sexual identity, or simply those who have and the have nots.

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