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Housing, families, education and environment top priorities in Labour's first 100 days

Labour will take urgent action in its first 100 days in office to expand support for families and students, make rental homes warm and dry, find solutions to the mental health crisis and accelerate efforts to clean up our waterways, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.

“If we have the privilege of forming a Labour-led Government after the election, we commit to the following 10 priorities during our first 100 days in office along with a range of other urgent work:

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Labour pledges to unlock funding for Te Hiku sports hub project

The Labour Government will inject nearly $3 million into the Te Hiku Sports Hub project, to help realise a much-needed health and recreational facility for the Far North, says Labour Deputy Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis.

“The people of the Far North and Kaitaia have been crying out for a facility that will bring our communities together and provide positive health and recreation options.

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Labour’s plan to get job seekers into better work

Labour will provide real support for people looking for work by increasing the amount of money someone can earn before their benefit begins to reduce, reinstating training incentives, and putting a renewed focus on upskilling and training, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.

 

“40 per cent of children living in income poverty are in working households. On top of that, over half of people currently coming off the benefit are not going into employment.

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Labour sets strong target and plan for climate action

Labour will set a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and take the necessary steps to achieve it, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern. 

“Climate change is my generation’s nuclear-free moment. We have to take our place in the world to combat this problem, we have to show leadership.

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Are education cuts missing in National’s Fiscal Plan?

National needs to explain why its plans for cuts to school transport have not been announced in its fiscal plan, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

 

“Buried in the Pre-election Budget update is a $5m a year cut to school transport, starting in the middle of 2018.

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Joyce must come clean on Health and Education funding

Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and tell them whether he will fund health and education to meet increasing cost pressures, or risk seeing services cut and costs increase for parents, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. 

"New Zealanders need to know if National will fund essential public services to at least keep up with inflation and an increasing and ageing population.

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Housing crisis is National’s legacy

Reports of tenants languishing in boarding houses for years because they cannot get a state house is yet more evidence National’s legacy is the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. 

“We used to pride ourselves in this country on decent housing and affordable home ownership, but instead we’ve become a housing basket-case.

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Labour calls for release of report into civil defence flaws

The National Government must stick by its word given to other political parties and release a technical report before the election addressing critical flaws in New Zealand’s civil defence capability, Labour Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran said today. 

“Cross party talks were initiated in March after the Government was placed under significant public pressure following last November’s Kaikoura earthquake and the February Port Hills fires when a series of delayed decisions and miscommunication exposed significant flaws in our civil defence response.

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Credibility shot as Government runs out of steam

New Zealanders are witnessing the desperation of a government clinging to survival, evidenced by policy on-the-hoof, dodgy maths and dirty politics, says Labour MP Phil Twyford.

“New Zealand had been hoping we’d seen the end of dirty politics, but what we’re seeing is the National Party doubling down on deceit and divisive tactics.

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Steven Joyce must apologise to New Zealand

Steven Joyce needs to front up to New Zealanders and apologise for his patently false and cynical attack on Labour’s Fiscal Plan, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.

“Every respected economic commentator has come out and said that Labour’s Fiscal Plan adds up.

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