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    • Step 1 to changing the Government: The MOU
      Yesterday we told New Zealanders thirsty for a better country that change is on the way. Yesterday Labour and the Greens announced an historic agreement to work cooperatively to change the Government at the 2017 election. The Memorandum of Understanding… ...
      GreensBy Metiria Turei
      3 hours ago
    • Third strike for Brownlee from Treasury
      Gerry Brownlee should be hugely embarrassed that Treasury has given the central city recovery its third fail grade in a row, amidst revelations of further delays to the stalled convention centre project, says Labour’s Canterbury spokesperson Megan Woods. “Treasury has… ...
      4 hours ago
    • Government gives up as average Auckland house nears $1 million
      With the average Auckland house price approaching $1 million it is clear the Government has given up on fixing the housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The Government has run up the white flag. It has admitted defeat.… ...
      4 hours ago
    • WINZ need a reality check
      I’ve been hearing an increasing number of stories about how hard it has become for people to get the help they need, and are legally entitled to, from Work and Income. I’ve heard of people who are have become homeless… ...
      GreensBy Jan Logie
      4 hours ago
    • Minister Tolley failing her responsibilities
      I’ve been hearing an increasing number of stories about how hard it has become for people to get the help they need, and are legally entitled to, from Work and Income. I’ve heard of people who are have become homeless… ...
      GreensBy Jan Logie
      4 hours ago
    • Govt housing failures sees big borrowing rise
      National’s failure to tackle the housing crisis is putting the economy way out of kilter, with borrowing rising four times faster than incomes - the fastest rise since the financial crisis, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government’s inability… ...
      8 hours ago
    • Minister flounders over Auckland Council farce
      Local Government Minister Sam Lotu-Iiga should step in and resolve an escalating Auckland Council reorganisation debate before it becomes even more complicated and expensive, says Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Meka Whaitiri. “The Local Government Commission (LGC) has announced that the… ...
      9 hours ago
    • Labour and Greens sign historic agreement to change the Government
      The Labour Party and the Green Party have announced today they have signed an historic agreement to work cooperatively to change the Government. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the parties commits them to working cooperatively to change the Government… ...
      1 day ago
    • Budget ignores vital role of quality ECE
      Last night I watched a fascinating programme about the Otago University 45 year study of 1000 New Zealanders. It concluded that there are ways to intervene and support people who are at risk of becoming violent. One of the key… ...
      GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
      2 days ago
    • More ice for Radio NZ in Budget
      Budget 2016 once again left our only public broadcaster, Radio NZ (RNZ), worse off. After eight years of funding freezes, you have to wonder if RNZ is being iced-out for ideological reasons. I believe public broadcasting is an important cornerstone… ...
      GreensBy Gareth Hughes
      2 days ago
    • Fisheries inquiry must be widened to include Trident
      The Government must widen its inquiry into the Ministry for Primary Industries to include its awarding of a company owned by Sanford and Moana Pacific Fisheries to monitor commercial fishing vessels, Labour’s Fisheries spokesperson Rino Tirikatene says. The Ministry for… ...
      2 days ago
    • Government spend up on state house sell off
      The Government has spent $28.9 million and has 129 officials working on its misguided state house sell-off, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “This is a scandalous waste of taxpayers’ money on a policy that won’t deliver a single extra… ...
      3 days ago
    • Housing crisis has huge impact on education
      The National Government’s failure to get on top of the housing crisis is having a major impact on the quality of education a lot of school kids are getting, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says.  “There are thousands of kids… ...
      3 days ago
    • Minister celebrates while arts organisations face cuts
      Maggie Barry was full of self-congratulations for her small arts announcement in the budget, ignoring the pain that a large number of organisations are facing due to her inaction, says Arts, Culture, Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.  “The Budget delivered a… ...
      3 days ago
    • Regions miss out again in Joyce’s Koru Lounge Fund
        The regions have missed out yet again with Steven Joyce offering just $10m a year for key regional development projects while trumpeting a bunch of re-heated announcements, says Labour’s Economic Development spokesperson David Clark. “The dairy downturn has put… ...
      4 days ago
    • Children’s Commissioner misses out in Budget
        The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has missed out on a much needed boost in this year’s Budget, meaning they will be forced to continue their reduced monitoring role of CYFs residences, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern. … ...
      4 days ago
    • Communities miss out in Budget
      Budget 2017 has left community and NGO providers feeling exposed about the services they provide to vulnerable families especially in smaller towns and communities, says Labour’s Whānau Ora Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta. “Approximately $40m will go into Whānau Ora to work… ...
      5 days ago
    • Budget2016: Two Worlds
      Sometimes I feel as if I live in two worlds. The world created by the National Government where everything is great and they’re doing a great job and the world as seen through the eyes of child advocates, community workers,… ...
      GreensBy Jan Logie
      5 days ago
    • Parekura would be proud – MTS gets boost
      The Labour Party is ecstatic that the Māori Party have shown support for one of Labour’s proudest policies, says Labour’s Māori Broadcasting Spokesperson Peeni Henare.  “The Māori Television Service was launched in 2004 by the late Hon Parekura Horomia. ...
      5 days ago
    • Māori housing in state of emergency
      The Government needs to declare a state of emergency for Māori Housing, says Labour’s Māori Development spokesperson and Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis. “The extra $3 million a year Māori Housing Network fund will not scratch the surface in… ...
      5 days ago
    • State house sell off in disarray after provider pulls out
       The Government should cancel its planned sell-off of state houses after the second big community housing provider pulled out leaving the process in disarray, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.  “It is time for the Government to back away from… ...
      5 days ago
    • Nothing in Budget to help police to solve crime
      The Police Minister has failed to make communities safer with virtually no new money in yesterday’s Budget for police to address the appalling burglary resolution rates, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “It’s a disgrace there’s no money or aspiration… ...
      5 days ago
    • Blog – Budget 2016: What about ordinary working people?
      Ordinary working New Zealanders don’t fare very well from this Budget. Setting aside the spin from the Government, it contains a lot to be concerned about and a fudging of the numbers. Green Party workplace relations spokesperson Denise Roche For… ...
      GreensBy Denise Roche
      5 days ago
    • Real wages go backwards for next two years
      New Zealanders’ real wages will fall for the next two years as the cost of living outpaces forecast pay rises, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New Zealanders have been doing it tough for far too long. They expect… ...
      5 days ago
    • The Attack on Public Education – by a thousand cuts
      Budget 2016 is another step towards the free public education system being a memory from the past. The Budget freezes the operations grant for schools and does not sufficiently cover the real increase in numbers of students entering the education system.… ...
      GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
      5 days ago
    • The Attack on Public Education – by a thousand cuts
      Budget 2016 is another step towards the free public education system being a memory from the past. The Budget freezes the operations grant for schools and does not sufficiently cover the real increase in numbers of students entering the education system.… ...
      GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
      5 days ago
    • The give with one hand – take with the other Budget
      The Minister of Health has pumped out media releases to 20 District Health Boards heralding increases in funding for their regions, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. “But when you add population growth and inflation into the figures you get… ...
      5 days ago
    • Budget offers no hope of fixing housing crisis
      The Budget’s underwhelming housing measures will give New Zealanders no hope that National is capable of fixing the housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “There isn’t a scrap of an idea to help desperate young Kiwi families into… ...
      6 days ago
    • How the budget fails new New Zealanders
      Greens co-leader James Shaw was absolutely correct to say the 2016 budget is just papering over the cracks. There’s nothing in this budget to increase wages, address inequal pay for carers or deal with the shocking pay rates and employment… ...
      GreensBy Denise Roche
      6 days ago
    • Parents will pay more as school budgets frozen
      Parents will pay more for their kids’ education as a result of this year’s Budget after the Government froze operational funding for schools, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This means schools are effectively going backwards. They will need to… ...
      6 days ago
    • Sticking Plaster Budget fails the test
      Bill English’s penultimate Budget fails to tackle the structural challenges facing the economy – a housing crisis, rising unemployment, underfunded health and creaking infrastructure, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This Budget applies a sticking plaster to a compound fracture.… ...
      6 days ago
    • John Key fails middle New Zealand with no fix for housing crisis, more underfunding of health
      Middle New Zealand has again missed out in this year’s Budget with not a single fix for the housing crisis, and health and education woefully underfunded again, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “This Budget is just a patchwork… ...
      6 days ago
    • Labour Bill would back Kiwi jobs
      The Government’s $40 billion of buying power would go towards backing Kiwi businesses and jobs under a Labour Member’s Bill which will be debated by Parliament, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “My Bill – which was pulled from… ...
      6 days ago
    • Julie Anne Genter: My Budget 2016 wish is fairness
      When my parents first visited me in Auckland ten years ago, they remarked on how there were no homeless people on the streets. Coming from Los Angeles, they were used to seeing the impacts of horrendous inequality and a lack… ...
      GreensBy Julie Anne Genter
      6 days ago
    • Steffan Browning: Pesticide reduction and Organic Growth Strategy in Budget 2016
      Pesticide reduction The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to launch a pesticide reduction strategy that multiplies the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ capacity to reassess pesticides and other toxins.  The Agricultural Compounds and… ...
      GreensBy Steffan Browning
      6 days ago
    • Steffan Browning: Pesticide reduction and Organic Growth Strategy in Budget 2016
      Pesticide reduction The Budget is an opportunity for the Government to launch a pesticide reduction strategy that multiplies the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) and the Ministry for Primary Industries’ capacity to reassess pesticides and other toxins.  The Agricultural Compounds and… ...
      GreensBy Steffan Browning
      6 days ago
    • Minister won’t fess up on wrong figures
      The Minister of Health was caught out telling porkies in Parliament today when he was asked about the number of people getting access to mental health and addiction services, says Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King. ...
      1 week ago
    • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
      LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
      GreensBy Jan Logie
      1 week ago
    • Budget 2016 and our LGBTQI communities
      LGBTI people make up about a tenth of our population, and our communities face a unique set of needs and challenges. These challenges are caused or exacerbated by discrimination, invisibility and barriers to appropriate support. We have a long way… ...
      GreensBy Jan Logie
      1 week ago
    • Scrambled announcement policy on the hoof
      Paula Bennett’s scrambled desperate announcement that she will pay homeless people to move to the regions is just the latest evidence of the disarray this Government’s housing policy is in, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. “This is policy… ...
      1 week ago
    • Police Minister admits resolution rates fall short of expectation
      Police Minister Judith Collins has admitted in Parliament current burglary resolution rates are not meeting the expectations of our communities, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash “Out of 284 police stations in New Zealand in 2015, 24 stations recorded zero… ...
      1 week ago
    • Mojo Mathers: A better deal for animals in Budget 2016
      Currently we are failing animals in NZ. On the face of it farmed and domestic animals in this country have strong legal protection from abuse, cruelty and neglect. In reality it seems that only the very worst, most extreme cases… ...
      GreensBy Mojo Mathers
      1 week ago
    • Metiria Turei: What we need from Budget 2016
      Every family deserves a warm decent home.  Everyone believes that. This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.  Families are doing it… ...
      GreensBy Metiria Turei
      1 week ago
    • Dairy exports fall of 11%: Budget action on diversification needed
      Dairy exports have fallen 11 per cent compared to this time last year, a fall of almost $1.5b, showing the Government must take clear action on diversifying the economy in tomorrow’s Budget, says Labour’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson David… ...
      1 week ago
    • Investors driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland
      Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “New analysis shows… ...
      1 week ago
    • Budget must deliver on paid parental leave
      Budget 2016 must deliver 26 weeks paid parental leave by April 2018 – anything less will be short-changing families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “My Bill which is before Parliament this afternoon has majority support and does just that. I… ...
      1 week ago
    • Key’s “brain fart” on tax cuts news to English
      John Key didn’t tell his own Finance Minister he was about to go on radio and announce he wanted $3b of tax cuts, just days after Bill English ruled them out, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “In Parliament today… ...
      1 week ago
    • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
      Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
      GreensBy Marama Davidson
      1 week ago
    • What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 – A better start for our tamariki
      Ensuring the best start for our tamariki is a priority for me in everything I do. And so in Budget 2016, my first budget as an MP, I looking for the Government to make a real investment in the wellbeing… ...
      GreensBy Marama Davidson
      1 week ago
    • Denise Roche: What I’m looking for in Budget 2016 Pt II
      Aotearoa’s new New Zealanders,  come to our country in vulnerable position: – often away from the culture, communities and families they know, sometimes in neighbourhoods without familiar faces and often encountering barriers to employment. With net migration at 50,000+ a… ...
      GreensBy Denise Roche
      1 week ago

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