The way comments made by me have been reported are baffling. Of more concern, however, is that they may have offended anyone. I would never want for anyone in this country to feel they are being somehow targeted. That's not what I stand for and it's not what Labour stands for either.
The Reserve Bank’s stress test of the banks’ dairy assets shows they would be able to withstand the most extreme financial scenario, showing they have the ability to provide support and commitment to farmers, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“The dairy downturn is having a huge impact on businesses and the regions and is flowing on to the rest of the economy. The last thing New Zealand wants is farmers being forced off the land and farms sold offshore.
Changes demanded by Labour to new workplace legislation have today resulted in the banning of zero hour contracts, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“National was forced to seek Labour’s support after United Future and the Maori Party echoed our concern that the Employment Standards Legislation Bill in its original form would entrench, not stop the exploitative practise of zero hour contracts.
A miniscule rise in the minimum wage of just $18 a week in take-home pay will barely cover rent rises and shows how little the Government cares about growing inequality in New Zealand, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“In the last 12 months the average rent in New Zealand rose by $14 a week, $24 a week in Auckland, showing what a drop in the bucket today’s increase is. Labour first called for a $15 minimum hourly rate seven years ago – today we are just 25 cents above that.
The Prime Minister has a great opportunity to stand up for the rights of New Zealanders in Australia when he meets his Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull tomorrow, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“John Key should set aside their mutual admiration club and continue the work done by myself and my colleague Phil Goff last year to urge the Australian Parliament to treat Kiwis living in Australia better.
New analysis shows the home ownership rate among Kiwis under 40 has plummeted since student loans were introduced, putting long-term financial security at risk and shutting a generation of New Zealanders out of the Kiwi dream, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Three quarters of New Zealanders under 40 now don’t own a home, many of whom have given up on ever buying a house as they continue to pay down loans well into their mid-life.