The Prime Minister must sack Todd McClay for failing to do his job as Trade Minister and be on top of a significant potential threat to some of our biggest exporters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Todd McClay is clearly out of his depth. The lapse is so serious he cannot credibly continue to be Minister of Trade.
Labour’s new housing map shows the housing crisis is now affecting more than 98 per cent of New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“Housing pressures have seen house prices rise faster than wages in all but four areas of the country: the Grey District, Masterton, Westland and Wairoa. These four areas make up 1.25 per cent of our population.
There would be 1400 new emergency accommodation places – enough to put a roof over the heads of 5100 homeless people a year – under Labour’s emergency housing policy announced today, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Too many of our families will spend this winter living in cars, couch surfing or cramped into the lounges and garages of relatives. It is a disgrace.
The Chilcot Report released today shows John Key was wrong to call New Zealand “MIA” over the 2003 war in Iraq and Labour made the right decision not to send troops, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“At the time John Key said: ‘Our traditional allies are in this agreement. Where is our name? Missing! It is MIA just like it was during the war in Iraq—missing.’
Government figures showing that fewer than 500 affordable houses are being built in Auckland this year reveal the scale of National’s failure to act on the housing crisis, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“In his pre-Budget speech, Bill English said only 5 per cent of new houses are affordably priced. There were 9,400 new houses consented in Auckland in the past year – that amounts to fewer than 500 affordable homes.
Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“In this year’s Budget the Government cut funding to the Warm Up programme from $100 million over three years to $18 million over two years. That means annual funding for the subsidy has fallen from $33 million to $9 million.