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David Cunliffe

MP for New Lynn

Spokesperson for Disarmament, Research and Development, Science and Innovation, and Land Information
Undersecretary to the Leader on Superannuation Issues
Associate Education (Tertiary) Spokesperson

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David is in politics because he believes that people matter most, and that we need a new era of positive politics in New Zealand.

As a former business consultant and diplomat, David is motivated by a desire to ensure that every Kiwi has the opportunity to work hard, get ahead, afford a home and raise their families.

The son of an Anglican minister, David was born in 1963 in Te Aroha. He learned the values of social justice and hard work from his father Bill, who was active in the Labour Party and sparked David’s interest in politics. 

A Fulbright Scholar with a Master of Public Administration from Harvard, David understands the important role that education can play in unlocking new worlds of opportunities for young New Zealanders. He is committed to ensuring that every Kiwi kid, no matter who they are or where they were born, get the best education in the world.

In 1999 David was elected as the Member of Parliament for Titirangi, which became the New Lynn electorate in 2002. As a local MP, David has fought tirelessly for over 15 years to help thousands of local constituents in need. As Minister of Communications in Helen Clark's Government, he stood up to a monopoly in the telco industry, and unbundled the Telecom loop, ensuring cheaper broadband for all Kiwis.

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Electorate office

Physical address: 3071 Great North Road, New Lynn, Auckland 0600
Postal address: PO Box 151 111, New Lynn, Waitakere, Auckland 0640
Phone: 09 827 3062
Email: NewLynnMP@parliament.govt.nz

Parliamentary office

Address: Freepost PO Box 18 888, Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160
Phone: 04 817 8212
Email: david.cunliffe@parliament.govt.nz


Latest from David Cunliffe

Major SFO probes rock tertiary sector

February 02, 2016

The scandal in Tertiary Education just keeps getting worse with three new Serious Fraud Office investigations into the sector, says Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“The Government has confirmed that there are at least three SFO investigations underway following  revelations of an SFO probe last week, but it will not name the providers.


High risk institutions tip of tertiary iceberg

December 11, 2015

Five high risk tertiary institutions are just the tip of the iceberg that is threatening the sector, Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe says. 

"After a real funding cut in  Budget 2015, a massive transfer of resources from the public to private tertiary sector, and weak monitoring and oversight systems, National has no-one to blame but itself.


Private tertiary education in freefall under National

November 10, 2015

A major private tertiary education group now being investigated for providing false data to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) shows the sector is in freefall, says Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“Quantum Education Group QT Limited, a subsidiary of NZX listed Itueri, had qualification completion rates of 100% from 2012-2014 and 1758 enrolled students across that period. Now it turns out that more than half of those students dropped out and failed to complete a qualification.


Minister asleep at Agribusiness wheel since January

November 05, 2015

Steven Joyce has admitted in Parliament he knew about the problems around Agribusiness Training Limited back in January, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“The crisis around the training provider was broken in the media late on a Friday afternoon after parliament had risen several weeks ago. However the Tertiary Education Commission made a comprehensive report to the Government on May 19.


Government doubles down on loose governance

November 03, 2015

The Government’s decision to loosen funding criteria for tertiary providers shows that their priorities are all wrong, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.  

“The new model would allow rapid inflation of student numbers and funding without approval from the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC). It comes on the back of a series of rorts uncovered across the tertiary sector that went undetected for years.


No hiding another tertiary provider going belly up

October 26, 2015

"Cynically dumping news of the liquidation of rort-ridden Agribusiness Training Ltd (ABT) over a long weekend can't hide the fact that the tertiary sector is in a compliance crisis", Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.  

ABT has gone into liquidation with a $6 million-plus bill to pay back funds improperly received from the taxpayer following an investigation by the Tertiary Education Commission and Deloitte. The future of students enrolled at the Southland based organisation remains unclear. 


Seven year science wait wasn’t worth it

October 05, 2015

After seven years in office and a year of consultation, today’s Statement of Science Investment (NSSI) was not worth the wait, Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe said today. 

"Even as far out as 2025, the targeted total science investment of 1.8 per cent does not even reach today's OECD average and falls well short of smart small countries who invest 3 to 4 per cent of their GDP.


Last chance for Joyce to fund science

October 04, 2015

Tomorrow is the  Government’s last chance to avert disaster in our science and research sector with its National Statement of Science Investment (NSSI), Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“Since Steven Joyce released the draft NSSI in May last year, he has gone on a spree of mergers and cuts that have rocked universities and research institutes to the core.


National underfunds scientific research

October 02, 2015

A new report released this morning confirms that the Government is underfunding research, Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe says. 

“The analysis by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research examined how public funding affects research output. It has found that New Zealand spends less on research than three-quarters of the OECD countries.


Despite the spin our universities slide

October 01, 2015

 A dramatic slip in rankings for three New Zealand universities in The Times Higher Education report released today is a legacy of the Government’s underfunding of tertiary education, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says. 

“Three of our oldest universities have gone backwards in these rankings, with Victoria University dropping by at least 50 places and the University of Canterbury and University of Waikato both dropping more than a hundred places.


Widespread caution on tertiary league tables justified

September 30, 2015

Steven Joyce's proposal to implement league tables for tertiary institutions takes a backward looking, short term view that could do more harm than good, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says. 

“The proposal, to publish data matched to Statistics and IRD showing graduate employment and salaries by subject and institution, has been widely panned by the sector.


Government’s flawed science funding policy slammed

September 22, 2015

The Government’s science policy has again been slammed as inadequate and lacking any strategic direction, says Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson, David Cunliffe. 

“University of Waikato Professor of Agribusiness Jacqueline Rowarth has today criticised Steven Joyce as Minister, highlighting the frustration with the government’s short-term approach to an essential public good.


National MP implicated in Taratahi funding rorts

September 16, 2015

National MP Barbara Kuriger sat on the board of Taratahi Agricultural Training College and failed to stop rorts which were going on for years, Labour’s Tertiary spokesperson David Cunliffe said today. 

"Barbara Kuriger makes a joke of Steven Joyce's claim that the public's guarantee of proper funding processes are the boards of tertiary institutions.


Information important, but raw data not robust

September 14, 2015

Moves by the Government for tertiary institutes to reveal where graduates end up working and what they earn is a step in the right direction, but comes with fish hooks, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

From 2017 universities, wānanga and polytechnics will be required to publish information about the employment status and earnings of graduates.


Investigation needed for search and rescue shortcuts

September 13, 2015

Police and Land Search and Rescue NZ (LandSAR) need to investigate whether public safety has been compromised by shortcuts and rorts at Tai Poutini Polytechnic (TPP), Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

Conclusive evidence is being provided from multiple sources that a 54-credit, 540-hour Advanced Rope course that used to take eleven months to complete, has been delivered by TPP in just one week.


Credit rorts, ‘ghost students’, ‘lives forsaken’ in latest tertiary scandal

September 10, 2015

Greymouth’s Tai Poutini tertiary education provider has been accused of putting lives at risk, rorting course credits and inflating course numbers with ‘ghost students’, but Steven Joyce refuses to investigate, Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“The Search and Rescue Institute of New Zealand (SARINZ) has made damaging accusations against Tai Poutini, specifically its Advanced Rope search and rescue course.


Undue secrecy on tertiary sector rorts

September 09, 2015

Steven Joyce’s refusal  to reveal details of other tertiary institutions being investigated in the wake of the Taratahi debacle is unacceptable, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“Damning inquiries into Taratahi, Te Whare Wananga o Awanuiarangi and the Western Institute of Technology are already in the public arena.


Joyce must explain Taratahi fiasco

September 08, 2015

Steven Joyce must explain why a whistle-blower was needed to launch an investigation into the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe.

“At least $7.5 million has been inappropriately received by Taratahi and now must be paid back.


Joyce's penny pinching dooms Generation Debt

August 13, 2015

NZ tertiary students have become Generation Debt after repeated penny pinching from a Minister who just does not care, says Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“A survey released today shows 36% of students say their student debt will affect their decision to have children and 70% say it will influence their ability to own their own home.


ICT graduates a drop in the sector’s empty bucket

July 16, 2015

The Government’s ICT graduate schools announced today will only train a tiny fraction of the workers the sector is crying out for, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“The industry estimates it has a shortage of 10,000 skilled workers, with some putting the shortfall as high as 15,000. The Auckland and Christchurch graduate schools announced by Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce today will only train 350 a year at most.


Latest polytech merger result of budget cuts

July 15, 2015

Bay of Plenty and Waiariki polytechs are the latest victims of National’s chronic underfunding of regional polytechs, after they announced today they are being forced to merge, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe.

“Since 2010, the Government has made $60 million of real cuts to the budget for regional polytechs. As a result, there are more mergers like this one as polytechs in the regions struggle to do more with less.


Venture Investment Fund needs clearer start-up focus

July 14, 2015

The $260 million Venture Investment Fund is failing New Zealand’s start-ups and needs to be reviewed so that it meets the needs of growing businesses, Labour’s Innovation and Science spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“The Government’s plan to roll over VIF funding but transfer $12 million from the Seed Capital Investment Fund is recognition this funding isn’t working for start-ups.


Independent investigation needed into claims scientists gagged

June 22, 2015

Steven Joyce must launch an independent investigation into claims that scientists are being gagged, says Labour’s Science and Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe.

“When 40 percent of scientists say they are being gagged and can’t speak out on issues of public importance, it’s clear evidence something is wrong.


Joyce admits tertiary education promise overblown

June 17, 2015

Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce was today forced to admit the Government’s Budget announcement of a further $113 million for tertiary education was overblown and actual new spending is a mere $7 million, says Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe.

“On Budget Day, Steven Joyce announced a further $113 million of operating funding over four years for tertiary education.


Joyce AWOL over Callaghan grants

June 05, 2015

News that the Government is not going to get a cent back from the Callaghan Fund’s investment in NextWindow is an indictment of Steven Joyce, says Labour’s Innovation spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“The Minister has failed to be the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff for the taxpayer’s $3.9 million investment in the failed touch screen company.


Access to qualifications slashed

June 04, 2015

The National Government has declared war on the next generation with a plan to axe two- thirds of New Zealand’s qualifications, Labour Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

In answer to Labour’s written Parliamentary question, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce has revealed a plan to slash the number of Level 1-6 qualifications from 3,593 to 1,204.


National must back our future doctors

May 27, 2015

National must support our future doctors and agree to the calls from the Medical Students’ Association and the Young Nats to lift the arbitrary 7 year cap on student loans for medical and dental students, Labour’s Tertiary Education Spokesperson David Cunliffe said today.

“It’s ridiculous that the next generation of Kiwi doctors cannot complete their studies because of National’s arbitrary 7 year cap.


Bay growth plan too little too late

May 12, 2015

Today’s Bay of Plenty growth study from MBIE is another example of Government spin - lots of talk but little action, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“This is a region that desperately needs to develop the downstream processing of its timber. Instead it’s laying off mill workers and exporting its raw logs and jobs offshore. 


National’s changes leave student bodies in chaos

March 30, 2015

The chaos created by National’s scrapping of compulsory student association membership may force the 86-year old Union of Students Association to fold, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe says.

“National’s 2011 Voluntary Student Membership Act has left student associations with no minimum funding.


Labour backs return to university democracy

March 19, 2015

Labour is backing the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations’ and Tertiary Education Union  campaign to restore student and staff participation in university councils, with a member’s bill.

Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe has lodged the Education (Restoration of Democracy to University Councils) Amendment Bill, which could be drawn from the member’s ballot today.


Government vetoes Labour’s call for trees inquiry

March 12, 2015

National Party members today rejected a petition by Labour’s MP for New Lynn David Cunliffe for an urgent Parliamentary inquiry into the proposed felling of an ancient Kauri tree in Titirangi.

“It beggars belief that National MPs would block this work when their own ministers say there is a problem to be fixed,” David Cunliffe says.


Further tertiary cuts evidence of ad hoc approach

February 11, 2015

The Government has once again made ad hoc and short term cuts in the Tertiary Education sector, says Labour’s tertiary education spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“Cuts of 107 places for theology students and 124 fewer hairdressers in the private education sector are evidence of this government’s doctrinaire policy and ad hocery.


UE bar hike denies access to thousands

January 30, 2015

A Government rule change denying access to thousands of young Kiwis access to tertiary education is doing nothing to build a smart, fair future, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson David Cunliffe said today. 

“NZQA rules changed by the Government have reduced student enrolments from 71% to 58%, or by about 4000 students as UE has been lifted from NCEA 2 to NCEA 3.


Consent should come before research grants for phosphate mining

December 11, 2014

 

The Government’s decision to make a grant by Callaghan Innovation to Chatham Rock Phosphate is highly questionable, says Labour’s Science spokesperson David Cunliffe. 

“The fact is that the company still has to get a marine consent to mine the Chatham rise for phosphate nodules.


Labour recommits to Pike River families

September 06, 2014

An incoming Labour-led government will do everything possible to recover the bodies of the Pike River Miners and return them to their families, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“This tragedy and its aftermath has left the families of the 29 men in limbo and everything that can be done must be done to retrieve their bodies.

“Labour supports the work done by Solid Energy and the government, but it does not go far enough.

“While there may be significant safety issues in progressing the operation, Labour would hold an independent review of the plan to see what more could be done.


Better trained and skilled workforce under Labour

September 04, 2014

Labour is committed to a skilled workforce that benefits businesses as well as their workers, and will increase workplace training to improve productivity and drive innovation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“Labour believes the Government should support New Zealanders into work. We will build a world class skills training system and give all workers a pathway to realising their full potential.


At least 15 new taxes under National

September 03, 2014

John Key is the last person to talk about creating taxes, presiding over a Government that has imposed at least 15 new taxes, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“John Key tried a novel line in the debate last night claiming Labour will introduce five new taxes. That was a massive stretch because he tried to include taxes from other parties.


Labour will strengthen New Zealand's democracy

September 03, 2014

A Labour Government will act quickly to protect and enhance New Zealand’s reputation as one of the most open and least corrupt countries in the world, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“The health of any democracy is improved by greater participation of its people.

“I am voting early today to encourage all New Zealanders to exercise their democratic rights and cast a vote before September 20.

“However, a robust and good government also requires voters have full confidence in its checks and balances.


Speech to Canterbury Chamber of Commerce

September 01, 2014

Today I'm going to talk about our policy package to upgrade and grow our economy and how we turn that growth into a foundation for a decent and fair society.

But first I want to address the issue of our body politic, and the blows it has taken to its reputation over recent weeks, and the last few days in particular.


Rapid Transit to unclog Christchurch

September 01, 2014

Labour will build a 21st century Rapid Transit system for Christchurch, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“The long delayed recovery of Christchurch hinges on a modern commuter system for the city.

“We will invest $100 million in a modern rail plan that will unclog Christchurch’s roads.


Labour’s plan to end homelessness

August 30, 2014

Labour has a comprehensive approach to end homelessness starting with the provision of emergency housing for 1000 people each year and putting an end to slum conditions in boarding houses, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“Labour believes that homelessness is not a lifestyle choice. That’s why we will take action to provide more emergency housing so vulnerable New Zealanders are not left to sleep on the streets or in their cars.


First home buyers $200 a week better off with Labour

August 27, 2014

A couple earning around $75,000 a year would be $200 a week better off buying a two bedroom terraced Labour KiwiBuild home instead of an equivalent new build under National’s housing policy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe. 

“National’s policy to give grants to first home buyers to buy new build homes does nothing to address supply and rein in runaway house prices. In fact it will likely push prices higher.


Labour will drop power prices for Kiwi families

August 26, 2014

New Zealanders will get cheaper power prices under NZ Power, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“The electricity market is clearly broken. With falling demand for electricity, prices should be going down. Instead prices are going up and companies are extracting excess profit.


National applies band-aid to housing crisis

August 24, 2014

The Government’s flagship housing announcement is a band-aid approach that will push up prices rather than solve the housing crisis, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“House sales to first home buyers have collapsed as a direct result of the Government’s failed housing policies, and now they are offering up a sticking plaster.


Labour irons out low income tax issue

August 23, 2014

The increasing casualisation of work has led to many New Zealand families being disadvantaged through the tax they pay, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

"Many low paid workers are having to work two or three jobs to make ends meet and support their families.


Dunedin will be a knowledge and innovation centre under Labour

August 21, 2014

Dunedin will become a knowledge and innovation centre under a Labour Government that will back local businesses, support technology initiatives and fund dynamic regional projects, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“Nowhere has the National Government’s short-sightedness been more apparently than in its decision to gut Invermay. AgResearch’s facility provides invaluable contribution to the productivity of our livestock farmers.


Labour – supporting and valuing carers and the cared for

August 20, 2014

Placing real value on our elderly and the people who care for them will be a priority for a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

Releasing Labour’s Senior Citizens policy today David Cunliffe promised that a Labour Government would establish a working group tasked with implementing a range of initiatives that put the needs of older people and their carers at the forefront of policy.


Labour will facilitate regional Māori economic development agencies

August 17, 2014

The next Labour Government will facilitate the creation of regional Māori economic development groups lead by iwi and hapū to work in partnership with business and public agencies as part of its Māori Development policy.

“Labour is committed to working towards a positive Treaty partnership in the post-settlement era that supports Iwi, Hapū and Whanau to determine their aims, aspirations and success,” says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.


Labour’s regional development fund to support Palmerston North

August 12, 2014

Labour will consider a proposal to develop an inland port at Palmerston North, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“The Palmerston North community has developed plans for an inland port which will bring jobs and economic growth to a region which has been badly neglected by this Government,” says David Cunliffe who has been meeting with people in the Manawatu today.


Rock-star economy unplugged by China log jam

August 12, 2014

The collapse of log prices due to oversupply in China threatens to wash the gloss off what remains of National's so-called rock-star economy, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

“Already this year the price of milk solids has plunged by more than 40 per cent. Now the price of raw logs has halved in the past six months, highlighting the risk of exporting so much unprocessed timber.


Campaign Launch - Ready to Win

August 10, 2014

Today I launched Labour's election campaign at the Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland. Here is the speech I gave.


Labour extends free GP visits, free prescriptions

August 10, 2014

Nearly 40 per cent of Kiwis – or 1.7 million people – will be eligible for free doctors’ visits and free prescriptions under a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“Last year more than half a million New Zealanders didn’t go to their doctor when they needed to because of the cost. A quarter of a million didn’t pick up a prescription for the same reason.

“When people get sick their ability to pay shouldn’t be a barrier to getting good healthcare, which is why Labour is committed to progressively reducing health costs across the board as economic conditions allow.


Labour sends condolences to whānau of Dave Hereora

August 07, 2014

The Labour Party sends its heartfelt condolences to the whānau of former MP Dave Hereora who passed away on Tuesday.

Dave, who was 58-years-old, died after a short illness. He was a list MP from 2002 to 2008 and chaired the Maori Affairs Committee in his second term. He was also Labour’s Senior Vice President Māori.


Labour boosts primary health care with $60 million

August 06, 2014

A Labour Government will invest $40 million a year to support GPs providing free or low cost visits to some of our most vulnerable communities, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. 

“The Very Low Cost Access scheme was introduced by the previous Labour Government to support general practices in high needs areas that agree to maintain patient fees at a low level.


Milk price collapse puts recovery at risk

August 06, 2014

“Another massive drop in milk prices overnight shows New Zealand needs an Economic Upgrade to limit its overreliance on the dairy industry, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“Since February, milk prices have collapsed by 41 per cent, which suggests the short-lived economic recovery may have already ended.


Small business success a priority for Labour

August 05, 2014

Small businesses with fewer than 20 staff will get a bigger bite of the procurement pie under a Labour Government, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“Too many small businesses are struggling in today’s tough economic environment. 


Sacrifices of World War One never forgotten

August 04, 2014

As we today mark 100 years since the beginning of World War One, we remember a time of grief and loss which defined New Zealand as a nation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“The Great War broke and refashioned so many ideas of who we are. It hurled humanity into the modern era and gave birth to a new international age.

 


Conviction a sorry reminder of the cost of a cup of tea

August 01, 2014

John Banks’ conviction for filing a false election return underlines a sorry chapter in our political history, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.

"This is a sad but just end to a long career political career.


Labour will raise minimum wage, restore work rights

July 30, 2014

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“That will put around $4000 a year into the pockets of hard working Kiwi wage earners.


Public deserves electoral integrity

July 28, 2014

National's deals with spent political forces ACT and United Future will be met with a deepening sense of unease over the manipulation of MMP, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

"These parties have no electoral mandate and will return to Parliament only through blatant electoral manipulation.


Key must stand Brownlee down during investigation

July 25, 2014

The wise thing for the Prime Minister to do is ask Gerry Brownlee to hand in his transport warrant and to stand him down for the duration of the CAA investigation, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“It’s not good enough for the minister to delegate the aviation portfolio to the associate minister. It’s just not on to continue as Transport Minister while being investigated by transport officials.


Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide

July 24, 2014

Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. 

“The digital revolution presents huge economic opportunities for New Zealand, but the current Government’s lack of vision means these opportunities are being missed and too many New Zealanders are being left behind. 


National out of touch with the regions

July 22, 2014

John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities, National today announced a taskforce to fiddle around with the rules.


Labour will revive the regions with new fund

July 22, 2014

The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.


Speech to Local Government New Zealand

July 22, 2014

Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014

Read our full regional development policy Download

Introduction

Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked for about four hours of our hopes and dreams for the future.


Digital economic upgrade to boost jobs and incomes

July 11, 2014

A Labour Government will support the ICT sector to make New Zealand a tech-savvy nation and put ICT at the heart of our economic upgrade strategy, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

Among several new initiatives David Cunliffe announced today are plans to establish 1200 digital apprenticeships and support first-time entrepreneurs with ‘Garage Grants’.


Canterbury’s future must be Canterbury’s choice

July 10, 2014

A Labour Government will restore the right of Cantabrians to make their own decisions about the future of their communities, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“For almost four years Cantabrians have had the right to determine what they want for their communities over-ridden by a law which gives extraordinary powers to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Earthquake Recovery Minister.


Address to Congress 2014

July 06, 2014

Watch the speech here.

Tena tatou e te whanau o te Roopu Reipa i tenei ra.

Tenei te mihi kia koutou katoa.

It’s 2014. It’s election year. And we are going to win.


Labour to revolutionise schools and learning

July 05, 2014

A Labour Government will modernise New Zealand’s schools and close the digital divide by ensuring all students in Years 5-13 have access to a portable computer in the classroom and their home, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.


Labour will take decisive action on family violence

July 03, 2014

Labour will take decisive and far-reaching action to address violence against women and children, says Labour Leader David Cunliffe.


Labour will end ‘voluntary’ school donations

July 02, 2014

Labour will provide an annual grant of $100 per student to schools that stop asking parents for “voluntary” donations to help fund their day-to-day spending, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.


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