The Commerce Commission’s decision to allow Z Energy to buy Caltex can only undermine the competition in the fuel industry that is needed to ensure New Zealanders pay the lowest price for petrol, Labour’s Consumer Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“This is an essential industry and needs the greatest amount of competition possible, not have it reduced. Sadly, petrol is going the same way as a number of other essential industries, meaning New Zealanders are typically paying higher prices for goods here than they would in Australia.
Foreign Minister Murray McCully needs to come clean on why a New Zealand aid-funded vessel intended to service the Tokelau Islands is delayed, over budget and failed its sea trials, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“The new ship Mataliki which just arrived in Apia, Samoa has been described as a ‘fiasco’ by shipping insiders.
There’s an old saying that Auckland is great at planning – for yesterday’s needs.
So I was disappointed at the decision by Auckland Council to reject the plan for greater housing density in Auckland City. It betrayed short-term thinking and a lack of vision by our city leaders, and will leave our city about 200,000 homes short of what we will need by 2040.
While it is now over a week since cyclone Winston hit Fiji, leaving at least 44 people dead and close to 40,000 people without homes, the islands are still reeling.
the heart-breaking pictures coming out of the region have prompted me to make a donation to Cyclone Winston relief. So many people have lost their homes and – in worst cases – family members. A little help can go a long way in a disaster zone.
The Whitehead report into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade's handling of the Rizalman case confirms Murray McCully and his office knew officials were planning to let the diplomat leave but didn’t intervene, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“The report did not investigate Minister Murray McCully’s involvement, or otherwise, in this issue.
A guilty plea from a Malaysian diplomat charged with indecent assault can’t be used by the Government as an excuse to wash its hands of the affair, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
“While Malaysian diplomat Muhammad Rizalman might have pleaded guilty to indecent assault, the Government still has some serious explaining to do.
With Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party looking to have won a landslide victory in Myanmar’s first proper democratic election in decades the next big challenge will be the smooth handing over of power by the current military-backed government, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says.
The MP has just returned from Myanmar where he served as an election observer.