Peter Fraser and the promotion of peace

Sunday marks 71 years since New Zealand’s then-Prime Minister Peter Fraser signed the founding charter of the United Nations.

Fraser felt so strongly about the need for an organisation that promoted peace in the world that he led the New Zealand mission to the founding meeting in San Francisco himself.

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On refugees – a timely reminder

In 1987 the Government established an annual quota for the resettlement of refugees. Originally set at 800, it was cut back to 750 in 1997, and has stayed at that number until Monday, when Michael Woodhouse announced National would be increasing the number by 250 to 1000. 

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Speech on Notice of Motion on Orlando

Mr Speaker,

The Labour Party joins with the government in expressing our horror at this atrocity and our love and sympathy are with the victims and their families.

Our thoughts are with the people of Orlando and of the United States, as well as their representatives here in New Zealand.

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Introducing Michael Wood – Labour's Candidate for Mt Roskill

Roskill is my home, the place I love.

Julie and I decided that this was where we wanted to settle and build our lives back in 2002, and we haven’t looked back. Our oldest boys go to one of our wonderful local public schools, I’ve spent time volunteering for many local community groups, we enjoy the stunning Waikowhai Coast where I tramp around in the bush trapping rats and possums, and of course both Julie and I have spent the past six years working on the Puketāpapa Local Board.

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Time for a change of government

Andrew Little became the first Labour Leader to speak at a Green Party conference when he addressed its AGM on Saturday.

As the Herald reported Andrew received a “rapturous response” and a standing ovation.

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Andrew Little's Speech to Green Party AGM 2016

Thank you very much.

I have accepted the invitation to speak to your conference out of a profound sense of responsibility.

I am here because I believe those on the progressive side of politics owe it to New Zealanders to offer the hope that change is possible.

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Putting people ahead of politics

In the coming weeks, John Key will decide whether or not to use a financial veto against families with new babies having 26 weeks paid parental leave.

Our Parliament has been debating this measure since 2012, when my Bill was first pulled from the ballot. For almost all of that time, a majority of MPs have supported this measure.

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Immigration - it's about basic fairness

Immigration is important to New Zealand. We’re a nation built on immigration. But our immigration system was never supposed to be used to prop up a low wage economy and exploit new migrants.

A new report from Treasury has warned the Government that immigration is increasingly being used to fill low-skill, low wage jobs, rather than to fill the skills shortages we need to grow our economy and create more jobs for everyone.

"It benefits us economically and enriches us culturally."

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Working together for change

When I became Labour leader, I made it clear that we couldn’t head into the next election leaving voters in doubt about what we stood for and who we’d work with.

Since then we’ve rebuilt Labour from our worst election defeat – uniting our caucus, reforming our Party and building a strong, progressive policy platform.

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Q+A: Labour and Greens Memorandum of Understanding

Why an MOU?

It is about being clear with New Zealanders that Labour and the Green Party will be working together to change the Government. We believe the interests of our movements and ideals can best be achieved by working co-operatively while respecting we are separate parties with our own policies and principles.

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