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Statement on John Key’s resignation

Labour Party Leader Andrew Little has acknowledged John Key’s contribution to Government. 

“John Key has served New Zealand generously and with dedication. Although we may have had our policy differences over the years, I respect the Prime Minister’s decision to stand down.

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Positive plan secures victory

The victory of Labour’s newest MP, Michael Wood, in Mt Roskill is the result of a well-organised campaign run with honesty and integrity, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

“I congratulate Michael Wood on his great victory. He will be a strong voice for Mt Roskill and a passionate campaigner for Labour policies and values.

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Wave of support for Kiwibuild continues to grow

Apartment builder Ockham Residential has become the latest voice to call for the government to build affordable homes for Kiwi families to buy, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“Helen O'Sullivan of Ockham has now joined prominent businesspeople like EMA chief executive Kim Campbell and the country’s biggest residential builder Mike Greer in calling for the government to start building houses.

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‘Exemplar’ Māori Land Court under siege

TheMāori Land Court, hailed as an “exemplar” by the Ministry of Justice chief executive and Secretary, Andrew Bridgman is under siege by the Government through Māori land reforms and a Ministry restructure, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

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CYF reforms ignoring whānau based solution

When approximately 60 per cent of children in state care are Māori processes need to change in favour of whānau, hapū and iwi solutions, said Labour’s Whānau Ora spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. 

“Widespread concern about Government reforms of Child Youth and Family Services reveal that not enough has been done to engage with Māori to develop solutions that improve long-term outcomes.

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Hip and knees surgery takes a tumble

The statistics for hip and knee electives under this Government make depressing reading, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. 

“Under the last Labour Government we achieved a 91 per cent growth in hip and knee elective surgery. Sadly under this Government it has fallen to just 24 per cent.

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Parata’s spin can’t hide cuts to early childhood education

No amount of spin from Hekia Parata can hide the fact that per-child funding for early childhood education has been steadily decreasing under the National government, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

“In the 2009/10 year early childhood services received $10,011 per child per year. By 2014/15 that had fallen to $9,473. That’s a cut of more than $500.

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Nats will jump at chance to vote for KiwiBuild Bill

National will welcome the chance to vote for a real solution to the housing crisis after their many, many failed attempts, says Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis.

Kelvin Davis’s Housing Corporation (Affordable Housing Development) Amendment Bill was drawn from the ballot today. It implements Labour’s KiwiBuild policy by requiring the Housing Minister and Housing New Zealand to plan and undertake an affordable house construction programme that will build 10,000 affordable houses per year for selling to first home buyers.

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Million dollar houses put homeownership out of reach of middle New Zealand

35% of New Zealanders now live in places where the average house costs over a million dollars, and it’s killing the Kiwi dream of owning your own place, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

Latest QV stats show that Queenstown has joined Auckland in having an average house price of over $1m. Their combined population is 1.65m, or 35% of New Zealand.

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Solid Energy must open the drift

Solid Energy is showing no moral spine and should not have any legal right to block re-entry into the Pike River drift, says Damien O’Connor MP for West Coast-Tasman.

 “Todays failed meeting with  representatives from the state owned company is another tragic blow to the Pike River families. Why can’t the Government responsible for this company ensure that every possible step is taken to retrieve their loved ones as they did in the Erebus disaster.

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