An Employment Court judgement requiring Talley’s AFFCO staff at its Wairoa freezing works to return to their normal shifts is a victory for the locked out workers, say Labour’s Workplace Relations Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway and MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“This has been a five month ordeal for the workers, their families and the wider Wairoa community,” says Iain Lees-Galloway.
The disregard shown to the Waitangi Tribunal by the National-led Government and their support party the Maori Party is unacceptable and a warning sign of their desire to push through unpopular changes to laws governing Māori land, says Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
The decision by the Central Hawkes Bay Council to abandon their present free water supply and buy water from the controversial Ruataniwha dam is a disgrace, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“This is nothing less than an attempt to make the poor ratepayers of Waipawa and Waipukurau foot the bill for a scheme that simply doesn’t have the financial backing to go ahead.
A secret meeting tomorrow of the Central Hawkes Bay District Council may foreshadow a council bid to abandon their current town water supply and buy water from the Ruataniwha project, says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“This appears to be a shameful attempt by the Council and its investment company HBRIC to make the Ruataniwha financially viable at any cost.
Today is D Day for assessing the viability of the Ruataniwha Dam and its backers still have to offer up some concrete answers on the future of the scheme, says Labour’s Spokesperson for Water Meka Whaitiri.
“The Hawkes Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) set this morning as the deadline for the project finances to be lined up.
A landmark report on the state of the environment paints a disturbing picture and highlights the need for a private member’s bill that reinforces the role of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), says Labour’s Water spokesperson Meka Whaitiri.
“The Environment Aotearoa 2015 report focuses on the quality of fresh water, and found rivers in agricultural and urban areas had reduced water clarity, aquatic insect life, and higher levels of nutrients and E.coli bacteria.