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Regional economies must have tailored plans

News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says.

“The Canpac site has effectively responded to the demand for value-added milk products. This is a role we hope the Hamilton site can retain through proposals to develop paediatrician milk powder.

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Auditor General slams Shared Services project

The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.

 

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Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato

The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says.

Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue Moroney says the job losses will hit families hard and take money out of the local community.

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Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital

The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say.

“The rejection of the flyover means that alternative ideas for improving traffic flow in Wellington can have a fair hearing,” says Grant Robertson.

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National out of touch with the regions

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.

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Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport

The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say.

“Labour applauds the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Inquiry,” says Grant Robertson.

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Loss Leading could destroy Kiwi lamb’s reputation

Meat companies that supply supermarkets and sell New Zealand lamb as a loss leader in the United Kingdom should lose their access to this valuable quota market, said Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor.

“Our reputation as a Lamb producer must be hurt by today’s reports that Welsh farmers are protesting outside British supermarkets where New Zealand lamb is being sold at what those farmers claim are artificially low prices. Those prices are in turn reducing the price of British lamb at the height of the northern hemisphere season.

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Labour will revive the regions with new fund

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.

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Speech to Local Government New Zealand

Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014

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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.

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Road fix needed now, not later

Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.

 “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008

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