The State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme has no business investing in companies which manufacture cluster bombs, anti-personnel mines and nuclear weapons, Labour MP and Parliamentarians for Global Action executive member Su’a William Sio says.
“I endorse the call made by the Public Service Association to stop this investment as it runs counter to New Zealand's historic stance against all these weapons over the past three decades.
City and district councils must ensure they don’t rush into trading on Easter Sunday ahead of local body elections next month, Labour’s Pacific Islands Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“This decision must be taken seriously and only after extensive consultation with local communities. Councils that agree to Easter Trading will be giving away one of only three-and-a-half days families are guaranteed to be able to spend together without the pressure of work.
Pacific Peoples Minister Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga must explain why the business advisory group Pacific Business Trust is being restructured and is considering selling-off its assets, Labour’s Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“The Trust’s chairman has warned it is ‘looking at redeploying assets’.
The New Zealand Government must push for more Pacific nations other than just the Cook Islands to be given support from the UN’s Green Climate Fund, Labour’s spokesperson on Pacific Climate Change Su’a William Sio says.
“Our Government must lead the charge to ensure all Pacific Island nations can easily access readiness support so they can use the Fund to strengthen their climate change capacity.
Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio and Chair of New Zealand’s Parliamentarians for Global Action says his priority will be getting the Pacific to sign up to the Arms Trade Treaty after being appointed by the PGA as a Programme Co-Convenor for Peace and Democracy.
“I’m honoured with my new appointment and I will be looking for opportunities to work closely with MPs for the Pacific Island nations and their parliaments to promote practical ways to promote peace, democracy and the rule of law in our region.
The Government needs to tell us the truth regarding the funding of the Pasifika Education Centre, says Pacific Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio.
“Is it going to reinstate the $700,000 it cut earlier this year or not? I know it would be embarrassing for Tertiary Minister Steven Joyce and Pacific Islands Affairs Minister Peseta Sam Lotu Iiga to admit to a u-turn because of pressure by Labour and the Pacific community to continue funding, but it is the right thing to do.