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Labour’s Manukau East candidate selection

Written By: - Date published: 1:22 pm, February 22nd, 2014 - 41 comments
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The selection for the Labour Candidate for the Manukau East seat is being held today.  The nomination is heavily contested and there are a number of candidates who could perform the job well.  Of course there can be only one winner but hopefully for the unsuccessful other opportunities will arise.

Candidates include:

  1.  Jerome Mika, a union organiser and the party’s 2011 candidate in Papakura where he performed well.  He would provide much needed organisational strength to the area and has a strong background in the party. He is one of the serious contenders.
  2.  Lydia Sosene.  She is the chair of the Mangere Otahuhu Local Board, is well regarded locally, and has extensive links into the local community.  I would regard her as having a good chance of success.
  3.  Sunny Kaushal.  He was Labour’s Pakuranga candidate at the last election.  He is a very seasoned campaigner and works hard for the party.
  4.  Efu Koka.  He is a previous Manukau City Council and has been active locally for many years.  I would rank him as one of the front runners.
  5.  Anahilia Suisuiki.  She has worked hard for the party both locally and regionally and has strong links to the Tongan Community and Labour’s pacifica sector.
  6.  Efeso Collins.  He is the chair of the Otara Papatoetoe Local Board and topped the poll at the last election.  He blogs on the Daily Blog and has one of the most amazing campaign videos I have seen.  It is here for everyone to enjoy.  I would rank him as a prospect for the seat and if not this seat then his talents have to be put to use somewhere else.
  7.  Jenny Salesa.  She is a lawyer and a member of the Tongan community.  I have not met her but her CV is impressive and she has skills which could be very useful in Parliament.
  8. Nhorrie Dillon.  Again she is someone I have not met but she has business background and experience which could be helpful for the party.

Update:  And Jenny Selesa has been selected.  She gave the second best speech IMHO and she has skills that will be very useful to Labour in the next Parliament.

41 comments on “Labour’s Manukau East candidate selection”

  1. Disraeli Gladstone 1

    Efeso Collins’s submission to the select committee on marriage equality reduces any enthusiasm for him. Sure, Labour’s a broad church and people may be against equality for religious reasons, but his submission also suggested he was also against same-sex adoption and threw out a slap at single parents as well.

  2. tamati 2

    Efeso’s video is brilliant. Clearly some musical talent amongst his supporters. Bit strange how he threatens a ‘hiding’ if you don’t vote for him. I know it’s meant to be a joke but domestic violence is no laughing matter!

    • Lanthanide 2.1

      A+ for effort but C for actual message. Far too much chorus and not enough verse, and the verses don’t have much in the way of real content.

    • No Man Ban here 2.2

      That is your opinion, for Manukau East he was the strongest and most passionate and now the “man Ban” has provided us with self serving cronies, and robbed Manukau East of any decent representation. This is a stitch up!

  3. Old Tony 3

    Why don’t you choose another union organiser and narrow the Labour gene pool yet further? Even better go along with Disraeli Gladstone and confirm the party is not in fact a broad church. More like a cluster of sexual activists masquerading as a political party to whom the concept of church is anathema.

    • Disraeli Gladstone 3.1

      Collins being against marriage equality for religious reasons isn’t that troubling. Like I said, Labour -is- a broad church. And people who genuinely think that marriage is a religious institution and shouldn’t be meddled with by the State… well, I don’t think that’s true, but okay, I’m not going to hold that against a person.

      My concern was his submission also was against same-sex couples adopting and also making single parents seem substandard. Unlike say the argument of marriage being a religious institution (it’s not anymore, but never mind) neither of those have anything to do with the Church and marriage (unless you want everyone to be dictated to by the Church).

      So those comments in his submission weren’t necessary but were added anyway. They are comments of a social conservative than a potential Labour MP.

      You can be a liberal, progressive person and not be a “sexual activist” whatever the hell that means.

      • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1.1

        Sexual activism is when the gay onslaught goes ’round to Old Tony’s house and makes suggestive comments that make him blush.

        He’s been waiting patiently these last sixty years. Won’t someone notice Old Tony? Please?

  4. karol 4

    David Cunliffe just tweeted:

    Congrats Jenny Salesa on Labour selection for Manukau East & Cliff Allen for Hamilton East.

    • Cliff Allen’s selection for Hamilton East is a great choice.Cliff won the selection against two excellent candidates .
      .I can assure you all that hard working Bennett will find he is up,against a man who wants to win.I am predicting that Cliff Allen will beat the least known MP in the country .Hamilton needs and deserves an MP who will work for all Hamilton residents Cliff Allen is that person.

  5. xtasy 5

    Well, I am not sure, whether they picked the best candidate, but that is my personal feeling. Jenny Salesa seems to be an engaged professional, who has worked and lived in the US for about 8 years, and only been back a year and a half or so. That may represent a bit of a “challenge” to hit the ground running and be fully in tune with what’s happened in NZ since 2005.

    Well, it is not my business, but best wishes to Jenny Salesa. It seems we will get a spark or splash of “Obama type campaigning” in the upcoming election campaign, given her strong involvement withthe Democrats in the US.

    • karol 5.1

      It’s hard to know where a candidate is coming from just from their work CV. I did have some misgivings about selection of 2 candidates with highly professional backgrounds. But there’s no telling what activism, etc. they have done in the past.

      I’d like to see more Labour MPs with a strong background from, or working at grass roots level with low income people – maybe some with activist backgrounds.

      • Bill 5.1.1

        I’d like to see more Labour MPs with a strong background from, or working at grass roots level with low income people – maybe some with activist backgrounds.

        All those institutional barriers and them damned gatekeepers…not happening.

        • weka 5.1.1.1

          Micky, or anyone, would you please explain how the selection process works?

          • Jenny Kirk 5.1.1.1.1

            Its a reasonably robust process, Weka. Nominations are called for – potential candidates must put up a CV etc and they face a Question and Answer session before the actual selection meeting. I think in the case of Manukau East, there might have been two Q & A sessions.
            Candidates ideally should have been financial members for at least 12 months, but there is allowance for dispensation in special cases. All the candidates give a 10 minute speech to the selection meeting, and then a selection panel goes off to a separate room to decide who should be the candidate.
            The selection panel consists of a certain number of people (usually three, sometimes two) appointed by NZLP’s top body – the NZ Council – and often includes the president and general secretary of the Party, plus two, three, maybe four Party members selected from the “floor”. (These numbers are dependent on how many financial LP members that electorate has).
            The only people able to vote for the local members on the selection panel are local LP financial members of 12 months standing.
            There’s also a “straw vote” from the floor – local LP financial members – which gives the selection panel an indication of which candidate has the strongest LP support in that electorate.

            Forgot to say – the candidate’s CV usually provides details of their voluntary, community activism alongside their involvement in Party activities as well as their professional career, etc.

            • weka 5.1.1.1.1.1

              Thanks, that’s interesting.

              Can I clarify – the NZ Council appointees are chosen ahead of time, but the local party members are voted in on the day by whoever is present?

              • Jenny Kirk

                Yes to Weka. Everyone seems to know who the NZ Council appointees are – which wasn’t known in my day (30-odd years ago), and the local party members are voted in on the day by those local LP members who are eligible to vote (ie financial, and been active in the LEC for a certain period of time) .

                And I don’t know so much about the puff of smoke, MS, sometimes it takes a few hours ….. I’ve known selection processes to go on long into the night and into the next morning – doesn’t that happen any more these days ?

          • mickysavage 5.1.1.1.2

            Jenny basically described it although it is a bit like Papal selections and there is a puff of smoke and the successful candidate appears …

  6. Tiger Mountain 6

    “Career opportunities–the ones that never knock…”
    –The Clash

  7. Ad 7

    I feel a bit sad for Jerome. That’s a stand-up dude. He’s union, he’s Rugby League, he’s a Cunliffe bridge to the Mike Tolich-esque Blue Dog end of Labour, and he’s actually cool in an “Across 100 and tenth street” kinda way.

    Personally however I would have swallowed my liberal pride and gone with Efeso. Massive enrollment and mobilisation numbers go with him.

    Sigh.

    I sure hope Jenny Salesa can mobilise numbers – Labour won’t win the country without mobilised numbers in the south.

    • No Man Ban here 7.1

      No fan, I was there and I feel that Efeso and Jerome had the floor. Moreover, I think that the decision was decided to go for a woman long before this process had begun. Today felt like a formality, and it also felt like the delegates were not taking the voting process seriously, I saw all sorts of people putting in voting slips, plus people putting in more than one, no close scrutiny or monitoring, the whole thing was too casual for my liking!

      • One Anonymous Bloke 7.1.1

        Considering what a sore loser you are, looks like Labour dodged a bullet.

      • Pasupial 7.1.2

        Not Man Ban but Woman Elan!

      • Claris Moses 7.1.3

        Actually, I have never been to a Labour selection process where the floor voters haven’t been checked to see if they meet the criteria and are marked off a list so they don’t have two votes. If you were a candidate you might need to learn a wee bit more about the processes and what solidarity means.

        • Jenny Kirk 7.1.3.1

          Yes – Claris. That’s been my experience as well. Very close monitoring as to who can vote when,
          and who cannot vote. Having been on the sideline often enough not being able to vote, and having to be just an observer …. I have to say I think the Party’s checkpoints at selection meetings are robust.

      • cricklewood 7.1.4

        “People putting in more than one” as in people were putting in a sealed ballot for say the person sitting next to them or people were voting multiple times? If you honestly believe the latter (which would constitute vote rigging etc) you really should lay a complaint it is a serious allegation…

    • greywarbler 7.2

      Another lawyer to stand for Labour.. Were there any worker-and-wise candidates. I get the feeling that anyone who isn’t a lawyer is at a disadvantage in trying to get into politics in Labour.

      In the NACTs the advantage would be in knowing how to wheel and deal. John Banks this morning talking in his raucous way about how good commercial radio is, sets the type, Joyce is Choyce too. According to Banks Radionz is not up to it and better to leave it to the privates. The trouble is then you don’t know who the Generals are.

      Perhaps that’s why Labour needs the lawyers. To check up on NACT’s latest heist. We can do with a real police force. Perhaps Labour’s role role into the distant future – to try and prevent the raids by the likely lads and usual suspects into whatever asset we have managed to make or retain .

      • cricklewood 7.2.1

        Agreed that it would be nice to have a few that had done a few years on a shovel, meet more than a few guys over the years who practically speaking run rings around most. Sure they are not book smart but the different angles they approached / saw things from found many a solution to a difficult problem. I do think there are to many career politicians or academic types in labour now and the average person on the street struggles to relate to them.

  8. eleni 8

    Jen not only has the qualifications, the experience, and the love of Pacific and ethnic people, she also knows how to make it happen for all new zealanders!Labour has sense!

    • Claris Moses 8.1

      Agreed. There were 8 terrific candidates showing a lot of depth and value so we were spoilt for choice with the caliber of candidates for the selection.

      However, the best candidate was chosen on the day and Jenny has a proven track record of campaigning, has good Labour values which are not dubious and wont be compromised, and will represent Manukau East and the whole of Labour well both in the house and outside of it.

      As a lawyer she also has the ability, with a bit more experience, of holding lofty positions later.

  9. Tracey 9

    Mickey

    Who do you think gave the best speech and why.

    Can you try to convey to us how jenny soubded and spoke?

  10. Positively Labour 10

    Good on her for winning, good to get quality candidates. So many talented people running in one electorate, it must have been a difficult position.

  11. ropata 11

    Labour needs to get over its reputation of the Helengrad thought police and this didn’t help. Still a lot of resentment from blue collar NZ about supposed PC meddling. Shoulda gone with Efeso.

  12. Paul 12

    Until Coatsworth and Barnett go we will continue to get selections where the bast person isn’t chosen. Moira needs to go, she’s a hopeless fundraiser and she’s stuffing up candidate selections all over the place. Everyone who was at yesterday’s selection meeting knows Efeso Collins and Jerome Mika were the best nominees. She should hang her head in shame. It was a disgraceful jack up to get a woman selected irrespective of who was the best. So why not cancel selection meetings and get Barnett and Coatsworth to announce there coterie of candidates by media release from Frazer House.

    And no I’m not a troll but a paid up member in Hutt south..

    • Colonial Viper 12.1

      So, when are you guys sorting out a new candidate in Hutt South. Snap to it.

    • xtasy 12.2

      Hear, hear, hear, so there are more “challenges” than the caucus and than with getting policy designed and communicated without flaws.

      Although Efeso may have his own shortcomings, I would have thought he had been picked. I was wrong, and I read some things here, that reveal why that may be.

      Also no extra post on the new poll on TV One yet, which tells me, there is a lot of depression around, that is in certain quarters.

      Some urgent and deep soul searching is needed, before any true revival of Labour can take place. You have a new leader, but a good captain alone cannot necessarily rescue a ship in stormy seas.

      Yet the Greens have some stuff to think about too, and Russel better return to focus on policy and stuff that matters, rather than play school yard games with Colin “Cringe” or whosoever.

  13. Tracey 13

    paul were yoy there or at home in the hutt?

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    The most shocking example of Government bias can be seen when comparing the treatment of the Problem Gambling Foundation and Relationships Aotearoa with how they bail out failing private and Charter Schools.Wanganui Collegiate is an elite Private School of around… ...
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  • Stalled TPP chance for wider discussion
    Failure to get the TPP agreement across the line gives New Zealanders an opportunity to put more pressure on the Government not to sign away our sovereignty, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“New Zealand land, dairy and medicines are up for… ...
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  • Will poor TPP dairy outcome stop National selling out our homes?
    After failing to protect the right to stop foreign speculators buying our houses it’s clear the Government is not going to get wins on dairy in their TPP negotiations either, Labour’s Trade and Export spokesperson David Parker says. “Labour has… ...
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  • Feeling aspirational
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    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 day ago
  • Feeling aspirational
    Yesterday the Rich List showed the number of people who have over 50 million of wealth had increased by another 15 people since last year. Collectively this group are now worth 55 billion, an increase of over 7% since last… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • Bennett’s legacy a test for Tolley
    Former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been thrown under the bus by her successor after its been suggested that Ms Bennett gave the green light to an ‘unethical’ observational study of high-risk children, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.… ...
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  • Submission to Greater Christchurch Earthquake Recovery: Transition to Rege...
    Thank you for the opportunity to contribute to the Draft Transition Recovery Plan on behalf of the New Zealand Labour Party.  It is important that the citizens of Canterbury have a voice in the governance of the next step of… ...
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  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
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  • Troubled school wanted $25,000 dollars to fence farm
    The troubled Whangaruru charter school asked Hekia Parata for $25,000 to fence the school farm at the expense of spending on teaching, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “This unbelievable revelation comes hard on the heels of Hekia Parata’s decision to… ...
    2 days ago
  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
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  • Government report on sexual & family violence a good first step
    Yesterday the Government released the cabinet paper on progress on the work programme of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence. Along with the Human Rights Commissioner and Women’s Refuge, I really welcome the report. I’m relieved that… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    2 days ago
  • Prisoner voting disqualification and the Bill of Rights Act
    In 2010, National rammed the Electoral (Disqualification of Sentenced Prisoners) Amendment Bill through Parliament. Paul Quinn’s Member’s Bill existed because Paul Quinn thought anyone who’d been imprisoned was a serious offender, and serious offenders had ‘forfeited’ their right to vote.… ...
    GreensBy David Clendon MP
    2 days ago
  • Mainfreight ‘appalled’ by Government’s rail madness
    The Government has been given a serve by New Zealand-based international trucking and logistics firm Mainfreight which says it lacks a national transport strategy, and has treated rail badly, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says. The company has told shareholders it… ...
    3 days ago
  • National’s Health and Safety Reform Bill: less safety and fewer rights at...
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    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    3 days ago
  • All options need to be put on meat sector table
    Farmers must be given every assurance that all potential risks have been considered before Silver Fern Farms opens its door to foreign equity, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “The ongoing saga involving the meat sector and amalgamation has… ...
    3 days ago
  • Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote
    Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “John Key has already wasted more than $8 million on his vanity project… ...
    3 days ago
  • 90,000 cars reclassified in botched ACC ratings
    New figures obtained by Labour show the ACC Minister’s botched motor vehicle levy system has resulted in 90,000 vehicles having to be reclassified so far – at a cost of $6 million, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “Nikki Kaye’s… ...
    4 days ago
  • Brutal health cuts confirmed, crucial services suffer
    Chronic under-funding by National has seen the health budget slashed by $1.7 billion in just five years, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. A report by Infometrics, commissioned by Labour, shows health funding has been cut in four of the… ...
    4 days ago
  • Meth ring under Serco’s nose
    The news that two Serco inmates have been arrested for helping to run a methamphetamine ring from prison should be the final straw and see their contract cancelled, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “National has stood by Serco despite… ...
    4 days ago
  • Ministers failing women and their own targets
    New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender… ...
    4 days ago
  • Charges up for some as funding up for grabs
    A proposal being considered by the Government would see some people having to pay more for health care and district health boards forced to fight amongst themselves to fund regional health services, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Information leaked… ...
    5 days ago
  • Stop experimenting on kids
    The trouble with the Charter school model is that it is a publicly funded experiment on children. The National Government has consistently put its desire to open charter schools ahead of the safety of the children in them, ignoring repeated… ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty MP
    5 days ago
  • Bank puts the squeeze on mid Canterbury farmers
    News that an unnamed bank in Ashburton has put a receiver on notice over financially vulnerable farmers will send a chill through rural New Zealand, says Labour’s Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson. “The Government needs to work with  New Zealand’s banks… ...
    5 days ago
  • Key is trading away New Zealand land and homes
    John Key yesterday admitted what National dishonestly refused to confirm in Parliament last week – he is trading away New Zealand’s right to control who buys our homes and land, says Opposition leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister must now… ...
    6 days ago
  • Razor gang takes scalpel to health
    Plans by the Government to take a scalpel to democratically elected health boards are deceitful and underhand, coming just months after an election during which they were never signalled, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says “Leaked documents reveals a radical… ...
    6 days ago
  • Spin lines show a department in chaos
    Corrections Spin Doctors sending their place holder lines to journalists instead of responding to serious allegations shows the scale of chaos at the department over the Serco scandal, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “As more and more serious allegations… ...
    1 week ago
  • Court ruling shows law should never have been passed
    A High Court ruling that a law banning prisoners from voting is inconsistent with a properly functioning democracy should be a wake-up call for the Government, Labour’s Justice spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. In an unprecedented ruling Justice Paul Heath has… ...
    1 week ago
  • Judicial Review Gamble Pays Off for Problem Gambling Foundation
    Congratulations are due to the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGFNZ) who have won their legal case around how the Ministry of Health decided to award their contracts for problem gambling services to another service provider. Congratulations are due not just for… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Environmental Protection Agency appoints GE advocate as new CEO
    This week, the Environmental Protection Authority Amendment Bill passed its first reading in Parliament. The Bill puts protection of the environment into the core purpose of the Environmental Protection Authority. This month, Dr Allan Freeth, the former Chief Executive of… ...
    GreensBy Steffan Browning MP
    1 week ago
  • Charanpreet Dhaliwal death demands genuine health and safety reform
    The killing of a security guard on his first night on the job is exactly the kind of incident that National’s watered-down health and safety bill won’t prevent, says Te Atatu MP Phil Twyford. The coronial inquest into 22-year-old Charanpreet… ...
    1 week ago
  • Arbitrary sanctions hit children hardest
    Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions,… ...
    1 week ago
  • Hekia just won’t face the facts
    Hekia Parata’s decision to keep troubled Whangaruru Charter school open despite being presented with a catalogue of failure defies belief, goes against official advice and breaks a Government promise to close these schools if they were failing, says Labour’s Education… ...
    1 week ago
  • No more silent witnesses
    Yesterday I attended the launch of a new initiative developed by and for Asian, Middle eastern and African youth to support young people to name and get support if there is domestic violence at home. The impact on children of… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Single Use Plastic Bags campaign – Some wins and some green-washing
    As we near the end of Plastic Free July I’m nearing the conclusion of my Say No To Plastic Bag tour when I will have completed all 30 of my public meetings. The campaign was designed to work with community… ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche MP
    1 week ago
  • Minister must take responsibility for problem gambling debacle
    The Government’s handling of the Problem Gambling Foundation’s axing in a cost-cutting exercise has been ham-fisted and harmful to some of the most vulnerable people in society, Associate Health Labour spokesperson David Clark says.“Today’s court ruling overturning the axing of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will not support TPP if it undermines NZ sovereignty
    The Labour Party will not support the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement unless key protections for New Zealanders are met, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.“Labour supports free trade. However, we will not support a TPP agreement that undermines New Zealand’s sovereignty. ...
    1 week ago
  • Coleman can’t ignore latest warnings
    Resident doctors have advised that a severe staffing shortage at North Shore Hospital is putting patients’ lives at risk, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says. “They say a mismatch between staffing levels and patient workloads at North Shore has… ...
    1 week ago
  • ACC must remove barriers to appeals
    The Government must prioritise removing barriers to justice for ACC claimants following a damning report by Acclaim Otago, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. “ACC Minister Nikki Kaye must urgently scrap her flawed plan to remove claimant’s right to redress… ...
    1 week ago
  • Six months’ paid parental leave back on the agenda
    Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says. “My Bill… ...
    1 week ago
  • Sole parents at risk of having no income
    New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says. “Increasing numbers… ...
    1 week ago
  • Juking the Welfare Stats Again
    Last week the government’s major initiative to combat child poverty (a paltry $25 increase) was exposed for what it is, a lie. The Government, through the Budget this year, claims to be engaging in the child poverty debate, but instead,… ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie MP
    1 week ago
  • OCR rate cut a result of flagging economy
    The Reserve Bank's decision to cut the Official Cash Rate to 3 per cent shows there is no encore for the so-called 'rock star' economy, says Labour's Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.   "Today's interest rate cut comes off the back… ...
    1 week ago
  • Reboot to an innovation economy, an Internet economy and a clean economy
    In my short 33 years on this planet we’ve seen phenomenal technological, economic and social change, and it’s realistic to expect the next 33 will see even more, even faster change. You can see it in the non-descript warehouse near… ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes MP
    1 week ago
  • Bill that puts the environment into the EPA passes first hurdle
    A Bill that puts the environment squarely into legislation governing the Environmental Protection Authority passed its first reading today, says Meka Whaitiri.  “I introduced this member’s bill as the current law doesn’t actually make protecting the environment a goal of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Key’s KiwiSaver deception exposed
    KiwiSaver statistics released today expose John Key's claim that the cutting of the kickstart payment "will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver” to be duplicitous, says Labour Finance Spokesperson Grant Robertson.  “Official… ...
    1 week ago
  • Minimum Wage Amendment Bill to protect contractors
    All New Zealanders should be treated fairly at work. Currently, the law allows non-employment relationships to be used to get around the minimum wage. This is unfair, says Labour MP David Parker. “The Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill, a… ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill raises bar to protect Kiwi farmland
    The Government’s rubber-stamping of every one of the nearly 400 applications from overseas investors to buy New Zealand farm land over the last three years proves tougher laws are needed, Labour MP Phil Goff says. “In the last term of… ...
    1 week ago
  • Costly flag referendum should be dumped
    John Key must ditch the flag referendum before any more taxpayer money is wasted, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “Millions of dollars could be saved if the Prime Minister called a halt to this hugely expensive, and highly unpopular, vanity… ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Nats letting Serco off scot free
    Government members have prevented Parliament’s Law and Order select committee from getting answers out of a senior Serco director about the fight clubs being run at Mt Eden prisons, says Labour’s Corrections Spokesperson Kelvin Davis. “At today’s Law and Order… ...
    2 weeks ago

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