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Labour to build starter homes and state houses in Palmerston North

Labour will build 149 homes – a mix of KiwiBuild starter homes for first homebuyers and state houses – on land that National has left vacant for years, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“Palmerston North is a growing, vibrant city that urgently needs more houses. With house prices in Palmerston North up 23 per cent in the past two years, it’s getting hard for people to buy a place of their own.

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Labour’s transport plan will get New Zealand moving

Labour’s transport policy will create an integrated, 21st century transport system to move people and freight around New Zealand. As a priority we will act to immediately stop work on National’s plan to de-electrify the North Island Main Trunk Line, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood.

 

“Today I have written to the KiwiRail CEO to provide fair notice that if elected, a Labour Government will issue a clear letter of expectation to cease work on de-electrification. This is a major strategic issue for New Zealand and Labour will not allow this backwards step to proceed. Diesel trains will spew out five times the greenhouse gas emissions of the existing electric rail operation.

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Farming leaders pledge to clean up New Zealand rivers

Labour welcomes a pledge by the Farmers Leaders Group to make New Zealand’s rivers swimmable for our children and grandchildren, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker.

 

“The farmers’ leaders say they have come together for the first time to set this goal because ‘it’s the right thing to do - for all New Zealanders’.

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Labour pays tribute to Peter Dunne

Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern has today paid tribute to United Future leader Peter Dunne, who announced he would no longer be standing in the 2017 General Election.

“Today I acknowledge the significant contribution by Peter Dunne over 33 years to the electorate of Ōhāriu and the New Zealand Parliament.

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Labour is the only party with a plan to fix teacher shortage

Only Labour has a comprehensive plan to fix the critical shortage of teachers that is already hampering our schools and is set to get worse after nine years of inaction by the National Government, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

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Labour to invest in regional road & rail

Labour will invest in a rapid rail network connecting Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga, and double funding to help complete important regional roading projects, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. 

“The ‘Golden Triangle’ of Auckland, Hamilton, and Tauranga contains half our population and economy. In the next 25 years, it is projected to gain another 800,000 people – three-quarters of national population growth. It’s time this growing region had a modern, rapid rail service.

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Rattled Nats announce slapdash roads policy

 

The Government rattled by the polls, has announced a poorly thought through slapdash policy for new Roads of National Significance, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood. 

“There is a complete lack of any answers in National’s plan to build 10 new roads of National Significance (RONs). They want to spend $10.5 billion on these new RONs without a business case.

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Let’s do this – Labour’s election campaign launched

The Government I lead will be a government that listens, then acts. A Government that leads, not follows, says Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern at the launch of the Labour Party’s 2017 election campaign at a packed Auckland Town Hall.

“I will never stop believing that politics is a place where we can do good.

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Government must apologise over rebuild debacle

The Prime Minister owes the public of Otago and Southland an apology and then he must come up with an unredacted copy of the business case for the Dunedin hospital rebuild, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark.

"For too long the interests of protecting evidence of Government incompetence has prevailed over the public's right to know what decisions are being made, and how.

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Government caves to multi-national tax avoiders in the shadows

News that the Government has secretly caved in to the demands of multi-national tax avoiders come as no surprise, but will disappoint Kiwi taxpayers, says Labour’s spokesman for Revenue Michael Wood.

 

“It has been revealed that a United States lobby group, the Digital Economy Group piled the pressure on the Government in a secretive submissions process, to water down proposals to stop ‘profit shifting’, one of the key methods of multi-national tax avoidance.

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