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Budget 2015: What does it mean?


'Twas the night before the budget

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Twas the night before the Budget

When all through the House.

The National Back Benches were keen for a stoush

The promises were hung during the election with care

Of course they would fill them

How could they not

They wouldn’t dare.

September 14 was a different time

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Anzac Day


How we will govern – Labour's future plan

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The government’s changes to ACC levies come into effect this week. Few businesses will notice that in their bottom line though, because the change will be miniscule.

It should not be. Work done for Labour by economic analysts Infometrics has determined that at least $350 million a year is being taken from businesses and employees in excessive ACC levies without good reason.

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KiwiFoo Camp 2015

I was lucky enough to be invited to join some of New Zealand’s best and brightest technology thinkers as part of the "Kiwi Foo Camp" 2015.

The private gathering of about 150 people from New Zealand, Australia and the world is a hothouse for innovation. Invitees are doing interesting work in fields such as neuroscience, Internet applications, robotics, drones and sensory technology, psychology, open source programming, art, business, physics, social enterprise and all manner of interesting science and technology.

But more than anything they represent science and innovation at its best. They are out there doing it – developing ideas, attracting investment and finding innovative ways to market their ideas and collaborate to make them even better.

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Labour's new President

Nigel Haworth has been elected as Labour Party President following a vote conducted among the constituent organisations and elected representatives of the Party. This follows the resignation of Moira Coatsworth in December 2014.

Nigel previously served on the Party's NZ Council as Policy Council representative.

Nigel Haworth said today:

"It is a privilege to take up this role at a time of growing party membership, renewed energy across the party, and a driving commitment to Labour success in the 2017 general election. I'm looking forward to working with members across the party to build a successful 2017 campaign."


Willow-Jean primed for action

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Baby Hihana was only six days old when National MP Mike Sabin’s resignation triggered a by-election announcement for Northland.

“We all looked at one another at home and said ‘at least she’s out’,” laughs Hihana’s mother, Labour candidate for Northland, Willow-Jean Prime.

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Labour at Waitangi - Kelvin Davis

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The landmark 175th anniversary celebration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi was also Andrew Little’s first Waitangi Day as Leader, Kelvin Davis’s first as MP for Te Tai Tokerau and Peeni Henare’s first as MP for Tāmaki Makaurau. Kelvin Davis talked to Labour Voices about the three days of events.

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So it's back to school for Parliament...

So it's back to school and back to Parliament...

Memories of a long dry summer still linger - good for campers, tough for farmers.

I was lucky enough to travel a bit this summer - from the Far North to South Canterbury.

Everywhere I went I was struck by three things: 

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A life-changing experience - Paul Eagle

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Wellington Labour Councillor Paul Eagle’s introduction to local government was at an early age – when his father ran for Labour on the Mt Eden Borough Council.

“I was about five,” said Paul, who will be talking about his own campaign experiences in the Rongotai Electorate and Southern Ward campaigns at the New Zealand Labour Local Government Hui in Wellington on Friday 30 January. 

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