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Kiwi renters subjected to damp and mouldy homes

New data shows that too many Kiwis are being exposed to damp, cold, mouldy and frankly dangerous homes because landlords aren’t maintaining their homes, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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Tertiary staff suffering under National

New survey results from the Tertiary Education Union of more than a thousand sector staff members show wellbeing is in decline and stress levels are up under National which ultimately leads to students suffering, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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English shows how out of touch he is on housing

Bill English has shown how out of touch he is by claiming the Auckland housing crisis is ‘in the process of being solved’ and all that is needed is ‘a few more’ houses to be built, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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National failing to deliver on R&D goals for New Zealand

Today’s release of the 2016 Research and Development Survey figures shows that the Government is falling further behind its goal to be ‘better than comparable countries’, says Labour’s Research and Innovation Spokesperson Megan Woods.

“The figures show a government that is headed in the wrong direction. Government spending as a percentage of GDP actually fell to 0.26 per cent in 2016 – continuing a four year declining trend. Total R&D expenditure as a percentage of GDP is now a paltry 1.28 per cent – almost exactly where it was in 2012.

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Productivity Commission report welcome, but Nats lack will

Labour is welcoming the Productivity Commission’s new report on urban planning, saying many of the recommendations reflect Labour policy.

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Minister mangles Māori land reforms

The Minister of Māori Development must make amends for botching what was supposed to be his stellar policy move with Māori land reform, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

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Quarter of a million hectares sold into overseas ownership illegally

Over 250,000 hectares of land have been bought by foreigners without required approval from the Overseas Investment Office since 2011, and the response was a slap with a wet bus ticket by National, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

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Government continues to fail migrant workers

Recent reports that wages and working conditions are plummeting for seasonal migrant workers in New Zealand reveal the Government’s failure to adequately protect migrant workers from exploitation, says Labour’s Immigration and Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. 

 

“The exploitation of seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands is a direct result of National’s refusal to give the Labour Inspectorate the resources they need. There is no Labour Inspector based in the Marlborough region despite the high use of migrant workers.

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Record level of investors as first homebuyers squeezed out of Auckland

Latest CoreLogic data shows investors accounted for a record 44% of Auckland house sales in the first quarter of 2017 while first homebuyers’ market share fell to just 19%, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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National and Maori Party to carve up playgrounds

The Labour Party remains resolute that Auckland’s parks and playgrounds are not to be carved up for housing development and that Auckland’s public reserves remain public reserves, says Labour's Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

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