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Healthy homes for all

Remember Emma-Lita Bourne? She died last year from causes the Coroner attributed to the appallingly “unhealthy” state house rented by her family.

Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills says the effects of cold, mouldy and damp housing on kids contributes to 42,000 hospital admissions and 15 deaths each year.

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Western Springs - better bang for your buck

Recent talk of a stadium on Auckland’s waterfront costing hundreds of millions is all very well, but how about seeing an old treasure through new eyes and planning for the future of Western Springs. With the amount of use the area gets, I can’t think of better bang for the ratepayer buck.

At the moment Western Springs is a collection of disparate elements – but it could be a beautifully-designed whole. It’s crying out for it. Think about what’s currently there.

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Returning to Labour's Roots

Blackball is Labour's spiritual home – a mining town with strong and deep roots in the union movement and organised Labour. The 'cribtime' strike at Blackball in 1908 created the national union structure in New Zealand. The fight for better conditions at work began there and in other towns like Blackball, at the end of the 19th and start of the 20th Centuries.

And last weekend, Andrew Little headed to the Labour Party Region 5 (top of the South Island) regional conference, held in Blackball to celebrate Labour's Centenary.

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Speech to NZ Planning Institute conference

Thank you for the invitation to speak today. Ever since Bill English said he wasn’t going to allow 20 planners to hold the economy to ransom I’ve been intrigued by your profession’s power and influence.


Who would have believed urban form would become one of the country’s hottest political issues?

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Labour: Backing Young Entrepreneurs

The next Labour Government will encourage innovative and driven young entrepreneurs to create a viable business by providing training, a business mentor and up to $20,000 capital for successful applicants in its Young Entrepreneurs Plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.

“The changing nature of work is creating a new generation of smart, innovative young Kiwis who need nurturing and capital to get successful ideas off the ground.

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Ten Big Ideas

Labour’s Future of Work Commission consultation has been developed into Ten Big Ideas that will help shape Labour’s policy development.

We’ve pulled the consultation together into Ten Big Ideas that give a snapshot of the ideas and thinking of the Commission so far. 

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The Future of Work Conference

You can watch the livestream back here:

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Towards a shared prosperity

Labour’s Future of Work conference, which kicks off on Wednesday, brings together some of the world’s most progressive thinkers to look at how best New Zealand can respond to the rapidly changing nature of work. 

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The power of one, plus twins

The final submissions were heard on Labour’s proposal to extend paid parental leave to 26 weeks this week, marking another chapter in this important debate.

Never under-estimate the power of a good submission – some of the most powerful are when people come along and tell their personal stories.

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Andrew Little responds

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. 

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