At the same time thousands of New Zealanders are being locked out of the property market, the Government is spending up on a lavish New York penthouse for its diplomats, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
News that taxpayers have forked out $11.4 million for an upmarket New York apartment has been posted on an Australian website.
“That is extravagance in anyone’s language. The neighbourhood is home to some of Hollywood’s A-listers.
A leaked email that reveals the Government is warning MPs not to attend Falun Gong celebrations and that China will be spying on people who do has no place in a free society, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
Advice sent from Foreign Minister Murray McCully’s office says Ministers and MPs should not attend World Falun Dafa Day events next week because of Chinese Embassy ‘sensitivities’.
The Government should act immediately to help with earthquake relief efforts in Nepal, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“The Nepalese Government is appealing for international assistance following yesterday’s massive quake. The full impact is only now being realised and there are growing reports of outlying villages that have suffered badly.
Sadly it looks like National won’t support successful and proven school programmes shown to reduce obesity and ensure all our kids are well-nourished at school, Labour MP David Shearer says.
“I had hoped that my private members’ bill would be supported through first reading to a select committee process where a wide, non-political discussion could be held on how to support schools rolling out food in schools programmes.