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Tourism fund for infrastructure and conservation

Labour will establish a Tourism and Conservation Infrastructure Fund that will invest $75m a year into supporting the vital tourism economy, says Labour’s Tourism spokesperson Kris Faafoi.

“This will be funded by a $25 levy on international visitors.

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Labour’s plan to unlock Canterbury’s potential

Christchurch’s rebuild will be fast-tracked with a $300 million capital acceleration facility, providing certainty for investment and choice for where Christchurch wants to invest, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“A Labour Government will provide the certainty Christchurch needs and the choice it wants to invest in its future.

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Government’s education policy doesn’t compute

 

National says their latest $160m commitment over four years for a second language at primary schools will ‘ensure all children have the opportunity to learn a second language at primary school, if they choose to.’ But the figures don’t add up, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

 

“Such a policy would require a language teacher in every primary school, or at least the equivalent resourcing across the country. Assuming a salary of $60,000 and not accounting for any overheads or training, it would cost $117m per year to ensure every primary school had a fully qualified language teacher.

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Nice idea, but where's the detail Bill?

Equipping primary school children with a foreign language looks like a good idea on paper, but today’s promise by National is short on substance, says Labour Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

“If this was one of the few signature announcements from today’s National campaign launch, then voters have been short-changed.

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Labour underlines backing for Pasifika culture

Labour will push the recognition of the five main Pacific languages in New Zealand through our education system, says Aupito William Sio, Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesman.

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Labour to cut GP fees by $10

Labour will invest in our families’ health by boosting funding for GP practices and cutting fees so people can afford to visit the doctor when they need to, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

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Band aid bonding scheme not enough

The Government’s scheme to pay new graduate teachers an extra $10,000 to work in Auckland is an admission their housing policies have failed, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford.

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Dunedin Hospital to start in Labour’s first term

Labour will start construction on a new Dunedin Hospital in the city centre in Labour’s first term, says the Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“We will build the new hospital without a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and it will be rebuilt within existing funds.

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Labour will fund Auckland’s Skypath

A Labour Government will commit up to $30 million to build Skypath, the shared cycling and walking path across the Auckland Harbour Bridge, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood.

“The Skypath, which will be built from modern composite materials, will be clipped on to the city side of the bridge. This will give Aucklanders the ability to walk and cycle safely from one side of the Waitemata to the other.

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Reducing road deaths a priority for Labour

 

Labour’s transport policy prioritises action to cut the rapidly rising death toll on our roads, says Labour’s Transport spokesperson Michael Wood, after new figures show the road toll on track to increase for the fourth consecutive year. 

“We simply must reduce a road toll which is skyrocketing. 244 people have died in crashes so far this year – that’s nearly as many as the 253 who died in the full 2013 calendar year. Every one of these people was a parent, a child, or a friend.

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