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Labour will revive the regions with new fund

The next Labour Government will co-develop Regional Growth Plans for every region of New Zealand and will invest at least $200 million in a fund to create breakthrough opportunities for jobs and sustainable growth, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says.

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Speech to Local Government New Zealand

Speech to the Local Government New Zealand Conference 2014

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Introduction

Early in my time as an MP I went for a long walk on a windswept Kare Kare beach with Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey. We talked for about four hours of our hopes and dreams for the future.

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Road fix needed now, not later

Northland’s roading system is in chaos and needs fixing fast, Labour List MP Kelvin Davis says.

 “According to NZTA’s 10 year funding data every area of Northland has had a decrease in NZTA funding since 2008

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KiwiSaver innovations needed to build wealth

The innovative changes to KiwiSaver suggested by the Financial Services Council today will be seriously considered by Labour as part of plans to make KiwiSaver universal, Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker says.

“Universal KiwiSaver is an essential part of Labour’s plan to grow the wealth of New Zealand and create better jobs that pay higher wages.

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Te Reo Māori a doorway to opportunity

A Labour Government will ensure more of our children have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori by encouraging the learning and use of it in schools, Labour’s Māori Affairs spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta says.

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Work numbers not all they’re cracked up to be

The Government's figures on the numbers of beneficiaries don't add up, Labour's Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney says.

"Paula Bennett keeps saying 1500 people are going off the benefit into work every week, yet today she announced just 16,000 fewer people were on benefits in the past year.

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Don’t contract out your loyal cleaners SkyCity3

SkyCity should put aside its proposal to contract out its cleaning staff and not be lured by the prospect of washing their hands of these essential jobs and leaving them to the world of third party contracting, Labour’s Associate Labour spokesperson Darien Fenton says.

“One of the features of SkyCity employment practices over the years is that they have improved relationships with unions, collectively bargained and kept key staff employed in house and working as part of their team.

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Gaza ground offensive can only result in more deaths

Israel’s decision to continue with a ground offensive into Gaza can only result in more civilian deaths and push a ceasefire further beyond reach, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.

“There is no such thing as a surgical strike with a tank. I have witnessed ground offensives in Gaza: it is inevitable that more civilians will die.

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Paying patients to go away not a solution

A voucher system being used by emergency departments in Southern DHB - which pays patients to see a GP – is designed to skew figures to meet Government targets, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson and Dunedin North MP David Clark says.

It follows reports of Counties Manukau police recoding some 700 burglaries, so they were not recorded in crime statistics

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Common sense a better response

The actions of two police officers who walked into a marae's wharenui in the early hours of the morning to search and photograph a group of children in their pyjamas are deeply concerning, Labour’s Associate Police spokesperson Kelvin Davis says.

 "There are ways and means to do things that maintain dignity and do not cause offence. Unfortunately in this case they seem to have been were ignored.

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