New Zealand’s fall in manufacturing sales is the largest in the past 5 years and that is in spite of volumes of sales increasing, says David Clark Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson.
“Given this morning’s stark warning by the OECD that the Government’s complacency is putting the health of the economy at risk from a further downturn in commodity prices, this $1.7 billion fall is a further indictment of the Government’s lack of vision.
The closure of a respected mental health support service in New Plymouth is an indication of the pressures faced across the sector, Labour’s Associate Health spokesperson David Clark says.
Like Minds, which has been a major player in the region's mental health and addictions sector for more than 20 years, closed its doors on Friday citing a lack of funding for the decision. A Wairarapa branch closed late last year after it also lost funding.
Steven Joyce’s wild fluctuations between obsessive micro-manager and arms-length delegator is creating chaos in his personal MoBIE empire, with him waving outrageous spending through but scrutinising reports for colour palette, format orientation and language, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark said today.
“Officials are so exasperated by Steven Joyce’s behaviour one even said in an email: ‘the minister doesn’t know what he wants until often he sees what he doesn’t want’. Mr Joyce even agreed with his official’s assessment.
Steven Joyce today admitted the main exhibition hall at the New Zealand International Convention Centre is 19 per cent smaller than what was described at the time other bidders were edged out of the process, Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says.
“The Government has insisted that any scaling down of the centre would be limited to 10 per cent. The truth is this centre is getting incrementally smaller and 10 per cent is just the latest cut.
Problems at the financially-strapped Southern District Health Board appear to stretch to its HR department with information obtained by Labour showing it still records staff leave entitlements using manual book-keeping methods.
“The Board’s draft 10-year plan document forecasts a cumulative deficit of $75 million in the next five to six years,” Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark says.
Southern DHB’s decision to outsource its food services and lay off staff was forced on it by the Government’s drive to screw down costs, Labour’s Dunedin MPs David Clark and Clare Curran say.
“The DHB has been pushed into a corner by the Government,” David Clark says. “They were damned if they didn’t accept the proposal – they would have had to stump up for a business case to keep the service in house – and damned if they did, with around 20 per cent of kitchen staff expected to lose their jobs.
Anzac Day now has the full recognition that other public holidays have long enjoyed, reflecting the growing significance it has to our sense of identity and pride as a nation, Labour MP David Clark says.
“The importance of the 100th Gallipoli commemorations should not be underestimated, with more New Zealanders than ever turning up to Anzac services this weekend.
The biggest drop in global milk prices for four years is yet another blow to the dairy industry and the many neglected regions that rely on it, says Labour’s Economic Development Spokesperson David Clark.
“This 13 per cent drop in milk powder prices will create an economic black hole of more than $6 billion. The lion’s share of the pain will be felt in regions that National is neglecting.