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Labour to invest in parents and babies

Labour will fund an additional 100 Plunket and Tamariki Ora nurses to increase the help available for vulnerable parents and babies, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“It’s so important that our children get the best start in life. Well-Child providers like Plunket and Tamariki Ora do amazing work in our communities with new parents.

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Labour to build affordable homes and state houses in Hawke’s Bay

Labour will build a mix of 240 affordable KiwiBuild starter homes for first home buyers and state homes for families in need in Napier and Hastings, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“In 2016, the populations of Napier and Hastings both grew by 700, but only 100 additional houses were built in each. According to the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay has the lowest housing supply in the country. There’s a growing homeless problem.

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Labour pledges more for Whānau Ora

Labour will strengthen the oversight of Whānau Ora and provide an extra $20 million over four years to improve outcomes for whānau and families, says Labour’s Deputy Leader Kelvin Davis. 

 

“We’ve created a new position of Whānau Ora Reviewer to enable better outcomes for whānau and ensure improved access to Whānau Ora services.

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National’s housing band aid

Throwing subsidies at an under-supplied housing market is one last desperate bid by National to be seen to do something about the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. 

“First home buyers have been the collateral damage of National’s housing policy. They have been hammered by policies that have given speculators a free rein. But chucking more subsidies at the problem without increasing the supply of housing, risks making the problem worse.

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Housing, families, education and environment top priorities in Labour's first 100 days

Labour will take urgent action in its first 100 days in office to expand support for families and students, make rental homes warm and dry, find solutions to the mental health crisis and accelerate efforts to clean up our waterways, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“If we have the privilege of forming a Labour-led Government after the election, we commit to the following 10 priorities during our first 100 days in office along with a range of other urgent work:

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Labour pledges to unlock funding for Te Hiku sports hub project

The Labour Government will inject nearly $3 million into the Te Hiku Sports Hub project, to help realise a much-needed health and recreational facility for the Far North, says Labour Deputy Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis.

“The people of the Far North and Kaitaia have been crying out for a facility that will bring our communities together and provide positive health and recreation options.

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Labour’s plan to get job seekers into better work

Labour will provide real support for people looking for work by increasing the amount of money someone can earn before their benefit begins to reduce, reinstating training incentives, and putting a renewed focus on upskilling and training, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

 

“40 per cent of children living in income poverty are in working households. On top of that, over half of people currently coming off the benefit are not going into employment.

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Labour sets strong target and plan for climate action

Labour will set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and take the necessary steps to achieve it, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. 

“Climate change is my generation’s nuclear-free moment. We have to take our place in the world to combat this problem, we have to show leadership.

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Are education cuts missing in National’s Fiscal Plan?

National needs to explain why its plans for cuts to school transport have not been announced in its fiscal plan, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

 

“Buried in the Pre-election Budget update is a $5m a year cut to school transport, starting in the middle of 2018.

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Joyce must come clean on Health and Education funding

Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and tell them whether he will fund health and education to meet increasing cost pressures, or risk seeing services cut and costs increase for parents, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. 

"New Zealanders need to know if National will fund essential public services to at least keep up with inflation and an increasing and ageing population.

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