Cracks are appearing in Cabinet ranks with the Minister of Pacific Peoples, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, throwing his predecessor under the bus over a huge spike in spending by advisers, Labour's State Services spokesman Kris Faafoi says.
"Spending to 'staff the Ministers office' on flights, taxis, meals and incidentals and on apartment accommodation soared from a little over $5000 to more than $60,000 in the space of a year.
The Government’s plan to demolish and sell off Housing New Zealand units in Porirua must lead to the construction of new affordable housing not just more empty allotments, Mana Labour MP Kris Faafoi says.
“National’s plan to demolish at least 15 homes along Esk Place and Hazard Grove will be of enormous concern to the community given this Government’s track record of leaving the job half done when it comes to local housing needs.
An admission by the Government that it is happy to experiment with Pacific and Maori audiences shows just how weak its vision for public broadcasting in New Zealand is, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Kris Faafoi says.
“National today admitted it doesn’t have a view on who should produce Television New Zealand content for Maori and Pacific audiences. That shows a Government that has no public broadcasting spine.