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Connectivity Upgrade to close digital divide

Labour will close the digital divide with its Connectivity Upgrade to ensure all New Zealanders can be part of a growing, more connected economy and have the right to access quality broadband, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. 

“The digital revolution presents huge economic opportunities for New Zealand, but the current Government’s lack of vision means these opportunities are being missed and too many New Zealanders are being left behind. 

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New parents deserve support - Labour will deliver

Labour will pass legislation delivering 26 weeks paid parental leave to New Zealand families in its first 100 days in Government, Labour List MP Sue Moroney says.

Her Employment Protection and Parental Leave (Six Months' Paid Leave) Amendment Bill progressed through more of its committee stages last night and would move swiftly to a final reading to become law under a Labour-led Government.

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We must act to save our dolphins

A new report makes it clear for the urgent need to protect Maui’s and Hector’s dolphins while arguing  it is clear that there is no need for further research, says Labour’s Conservation spokesperson Ruth Dyson. 

“Labour backs the public call for protection. This report by Economists at Large shows that the overwhelming majority of the public understands that as well, and are prepared to put both their vote and their tax dollar behind better protection.

 

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School told to manipulate national standards data

Parents can have little confidence in the Government’s National Standards after an Auckland school was told to manipulate its data so it added up, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins.

“Valley School in Pukekohe was advised in an email from the Ministry of Education to arbitrarily adjust student results from ‘below standard’ to ‘above standard’ to make their data add up.

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Regional economies must have tailored plans

News that up to 114 jobs could be lost from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton reinforces the need for a government plan to build resilient regional economies, Labour’s MP for Hauraki-Waikato Nanaia Mahuta says.

“The Canpac site has effectively responded to the demand for value-added milk products. This is a role we hope the Hamilton site can retain through proposals to develop paediatrician milk powder.

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Auditor General slams Shared Services project

The Auditor-General’s Office could not have been more damning about the 18 months spent on the Central Agency Shared Services (CASS) project at the Finance and Expenditure Committee this morning, says Maryan Street, Labour’s State Services spokesperson.

 

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Fonterra job losses a massive blow to Waikato

The potential loss of up to 114 jobs from Fonterra’s Canpac plant in Hamilton is a massive blow to the Waikato region which has already lost hundreds of jobs, Labour says.

Labour’s Social Development spokesperson and Hamilton-based list MP Sue Moroney says the job losses will hit families hard and take money out of the local community.

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Basin flyover decision an opportunity for capital

The decision to reject the proposed flyover at the Basin Reserve must be taken as an opportunity to properly fund Wellington’s transport future and must not be used as an excuse to take resources away from the capital, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say.

“The rejection of the flyover means that alternative ideas for improving traffic flow in Wellington can have a fair hearing,” says Grant Robertson.

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National out of touch with the regions

John Key is out of touch with regional New Zealand if he believes tinkering with council regulations will restore opportunities to small towns, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

“While the regions are crying out for sustainable growth and job opportunities, National today announced a taskforce to fiddle around with the rules.

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Flyover rejection a victory for sustainable transport

The rejection of the proposed Basin Reserve flyover by a Board of Inquiry is a victory for sustainable transport in Wellington and paves the way for other alternatives to be given a fair hearing, Wellington Labour MPs Grant Robertson and Annette King say.

“Labour applauds the decision of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Board of Inquiry,” says Grant Robertson.

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