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Labour victory signals there’s more to come

Jacinda Ardern’s victory in the Mt Albert by-election shows Labour is winning and is ready to fight on what matters most to New Zealanders, says Labour Leader Andrew Little.

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Smith’s water quality con falling apart

Nick Smith’s latest announcement is another political scam which will not clean up our polluted rivers, says Labour’s Water spokesperson David Parker.

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National sits on cash while parents stump up even more

The National government is sitting in a massive $330 million underspend while parents are being asked to stump up even more to pay for kids’ education that’s supposed to be free, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.

 

“Only 7 per cent of the $359 million the National government allocated for their flagship investing in Educational Success initiative has made it into classrooms. Meanwhile schools are left begging parents for ever greater contributions in the form of donations, materials fees, and even payments for basics like photocopying.

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Nats’ Water policy a colossal U-turn

In a jaw dropping display of political hypocrisy the Government has announced a fresh water policy that was promised by Labour in 2008, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“Today’s promise to have a swimmable water standard by 2040 is a belated acknowledgement that they have polluted our rivers for nine years . Labour’s 2008 policy was to stop waterways getting dirtier, with any dirty rivers to be cleaned up to a swimmable standard over a generation starting immediately.

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Labour applauds Capital’s housing development

The Wellington City Council’s plans to boost their social and affordable housing portfolio is proof that delivery of warm, dry and affordable homes can be achieved when there is a strong will, says Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central.

“This is a superb initiative from the Wellington City Council and will help supply another 750 much-needed beds at the Arlington site and other locations in Wellington, with a mix of social housing to rent and affordable housing to buy.

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Bill English’s housing crisis has pushed banks to the limits, stifling construction

S&P’s report on the New Zealand banking system warns the banks are having to slow new lending, which will slow the construction of desperately needed houses, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“Bill English and his bumbling mate Nick Smith have made a hash of housing. S&P’s report confirms that banks are cutting back lending, meaning development projects will struggle to get financing exacerbating New Zealand’s housing crisis.

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Kia rite! Te Matatini!

Kia rite whanau. It’s haka time. Labour congratulates the 47 kapa haka teams competing in Te Matatini - the Olympics of Maori performing arts which begins today, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

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Sad to see Māori Party playing race card

Andrew Little is right to call out the Māori Party, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Kelvin Davis.

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Fraudster hired despite previous conviction

It’s a matter of concern that fraudster Joanne Harrison was hired by the Ministry of Transport despite a previous conviction, says Labour Transport spokesperson Sue Moroney.

“At today’s sentencing of the former Ministry’s senior manager the Judge, Sanjay Patel, made it clear that Harrison had been charged with fraud related matters in 2007. She was hired by the Ministry of Transport in 2011.

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Kids suffering under mental health strain

A newly released report from the Ministry of Health on the mental health and addictions workforce shows a worryingly large vacancy rate in child and youth mental health services, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King.

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