John Key re-announces Len’s plan

Written By: - Date published: 3:57 pm, June 28th, 2013 - 42 comments
Categories: john key, len brown - Tags: , ,

So John Key has today re-announced the Auckland plan, albeit delayed.

So the Central Rail Link is on.  There’ll be a 2nd Harbour crossing that’s tunnels.

Combine it with Christchurch and Key’s spent about $10 billion this week.  Bill English will be having a heart attack… but then, it’s all spending in the distant future on the never-never.  They can promise what they like as they know there’ll be Labour-led government (be it 2014 or 2017) before they have to work out where the money comes from.

Indeed they can be sure that the CRL will be started before 2020, as any government involving Labour or the Greens will be getting onto it straight-away.

But still, nice that National’s finally seen sense, and a great win for Labour’s Len Brown…

42 comments on “John Key re-announces Len’s plan”

  1. Winston Smith 1

    John Key learnt from Helen Clark and will reap the rewards

  2. karol 2

    Aren’t the road upgrades being given more immediate priority?

    Local Bodies Blog

    Auckland Transport Blog

  3. Dv 3

    Blienglish looked very grumpy and was noncommittal when asked could he confirm that southland was going to be sold to pay for the Ak development.

    • Alanz 3.1

      Blienglish should be relieved to find out there is a typo with the piece that should have more correctly read:

      “Work on the $10 billion transport package for Auckland could start sooner than 3020 if employment in the central business district and rail use rise faster than expected.”

  4. Rogue Trooper 4

    “rail patronage to lift from 11M to 20M trips per annum to bring CRL start forward.”
    still, effective politics.

  5. ianmac 5

    I wonder what conversation took place? A few days ago Mr Brownlie was against the tunnel as was Mr Joyce. Suddenly it is all on even if it is just a pragmatic decision to appease the restive Aucklanders.
    So who blinked first? Key, Brownlie, English or Joyce? Wish I was a fly. (Well not really!)

  6. Coronial Typer 6

    Instead of the Auckland Plan being yet another dusty tome, they are now being held to their target numbers like they are real: make the rail pt targets and get your CRL early, or get it when you measure up. Good job. Be real.

  7. dewithiel 7

    Yup, it’s an immediate roadsfest under the cosmetic spin of a delayed CRL which was only mentioned (a) because Sky City think it might bring in more poor punters (b) because it might save Auckland Central in the next election (c) those focus groups (d) if its spun right (and the MSM is only too willing to oblige) then it completely undercuts Labour/Green transport policy (and from what we’ve seen today they’ve been well and truly taken in) (e) the truckies are happy. 100% opportunism; a classic Crosby Textor feint.

    • ianmac 7.1

      dewitiel @(d). It is a good reason of course for Oppostion Parties to not be too quick to publicise policy as the Government can trump it. Hence Housing, Transport etc.

      • handle 7.1.1

        The key is to be able to keep generating policy. If good things are put in place, that’s a win no matter who is in power.

        Or Labour could sit on its hands until the last minute. That ‘plan’ worked so well last election.

      • Murray Olsen 7.1.2

        One alternative could be to come up with such innovative ideas in favour of the workers and the lower socio-economic groupings that NAct can’t possibly sign up for them. To me, the fact that Key can do this just shows how timid Labour policy is.

  8. Rich the other 8

    Winning Again, landslide win at the next election.
    Don’t ya just love it.
    Bring on an early election, wipe out the green/labour dreamers and get the country moving.
    Great stuff Nat’s.

    • locus 8.1

      i thought the country was already moving…. socially and economically in an increasingly rapid downward spiral…. yep a landslide

      sorry to pop your bubble, Rich, but whether the gnats win next or not, there’ll always be a majority of people in NZ who dream of better public transport, a cleaner environment and a fairer society – not the kind of things that the neolib righties are able to deliver

  9. Northshoreguynz 9

    Key, poll driven as always. Remember Lord Acton.

  10. tc 10

    Cynical in the extreme, there is no end of rejections and diversions on record on the CRL by all and sundry including shonkey over the past years including dismissal of detailed reports by experts etc etc.
    This is all about promising something you will never have to deliver, something the MSM have been not bothered at dissecting ever since Blinglish BS budgets , which are just farcical now, that spend those ‘best guess’ asset sale values over and over again.
    Rudd would piss in if our MSM were in Oz.

  11. Yes 11

    Brilliant…did you notice that John key made the announcement not Len. Brilliant..it’s a national project..voters will love it.

    Ok all e need now is cath Casey to have a vote to veto the rail link, roads bridges etc!

    • Draco T Bastard 11.1

      Brilliant..it’s a national project..voters will love it.

      No it’s not – National have been, and still are, opposed to it and the voters know that.

  12. RedLogix 12

    More to the point … look what the SuperCity has achieved.

    It’s not just Len Brown’s victory; a large chunk of credit has to go to a lot of skilled and capable staff who’ve worked long and hard on this.

  13. Frank 13

    John Key turned up on Mary Wilsons Gig on RNZ today,What is going on? he NEVER goes on RNZ.

    • peterlepaysan 13.1

      Key fronting Wilson?
      Someone somewhere is worried. The Nats bowels are rumbling.
      Mind you think big prezzies to Auckland and Christchurch do enhance election prospects.

      It used to be called pork barrel politics or (as that intellectual giant, lockwood smith, once said “swallowing dead rats”).

      Does anyone suspect a general election looms?

      • BM 13.1.1

        Why?, the opposition is in complete disarray.

        You only call an early election if you think you’re in the shit.

        • Draco T Bastard 13.1.1.1

          Electioneering starts quite awhile before the official election period. National proved that back in 2005 and they’re proving it again now.

          • BM 13.1.1.1.1

            That’s true, but to call an early election is admitting you think your chances of holding on to power is a bit dicey.
            National isn’t in that situation , with labour is in a death spiral I would be surprised if National didn’t get an out right majority at the next election.
            Absolutely no reason to call an early election.

        • xtasy 13.1.1.2

          John Banks convicted of “fraud” or something of that type perhaps? Him having to resign as MP and Minister perhaps, costing Key and his government the one vote majority?

          http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10887376

          Or Peter Dunne having to resign, after more may yet surface about the emails between him and Andrea Vance, Dunne perhaps getting exposed as “leaker” of a report kept confidential, after perhaps some unknown information comes to show?

          While Shearer and Labour leave to be desired in opposition, there is still potential for things to go wrong for the government.

          • phillip ure 13.1.1.2.1

            key will also want to move while shearer is still leader of labour..

            ..the thought of facing cunnliffe and getting monstered in the televised debates..will be sending a chill thru keys’ bones..

            ..which is all the more reason for those in labour still dallying..

            ..to get some focus..

            ..and to bundle up shearer and robertson..

            ..and put them out for recycling..

            ..and at the same time those tired/old faces from the last labour govt..the kings/goffs..have to be moved into elder (backbench) status..

            ..there is plenty of talent in labour to replace them..

            ..(and y’know..!..fair crack of the whip/suck of the sav..and all that..

            ….and can’t those elders themselves not see that for the party to be able to present a new/fresh/rejuvenated face to that electorate they so long ignored..

            ..that their clark-era/working for (some) families faces cannot be part of that mix..?

            ..these aren’t unintelligent people..

            ..and surely they can dig real deep..back to the reasons/(ideals?) that first drove them to join the labour party..

            ..and realise themselves that for the good of the party/labour-movement..

            ..that they should really decide themselves..

            ..to stand aside..

            ..eh..?..)

            phillip ure..

      • Anne 13.1.2

        Does anyone suspect a general election looms?

        Yes. On the back of the probable Liberal Party win in Australia.

        But he’s got to manufacture a crisis first. Plenty of current issues he can misrepresent and misuse in the process. The extension of the powers of the GCSB and/or the possibility of an Asset Sale referendum next year are but two of them.

        • RedLogix 13.1.2.1

          On the back of the probable Liberal Party win in Australia.

          Please correct me if I’m wrong, but my impression is that for most of the last 30 or so years, New Zealand and Australia have voted out of synch with each other. I don’t recall the two nations both having a left or right wing govt at the same time, except for perhaps a few short rump periods when our electoral cycles overlapped.

  14. Yes 14

    Len sidelined again by national…shearer where was he by Len side and now you are going to have this embarrassing situation that the greens have to oppose be causes it’s road,,,, opposition totally and rightly so…..screwed.

    Even more funny doest start for five years…lol

    • locus 14.1

      well it’s pretty easy to change policy statements after you’ve made them…. jonkey is well practised at that

    • Draco T Bastard 14.2

      One wonders why you went to such trouble as to make the same comment as you did up thread. The answers still the same.

  15. xtasy 15

    All this stuff is not so surprising after all, when one considers a few things:

    1. When John Key was in China earlier this year, there was this announcement of New Zealand going to work on getting up to 1 million Chinese tourists per year come here in the very near future!
    2. The international convention centre agreement with Sky City is basically a done deal, and it is going to be built in the coming years, extending gambling halls with one armed bandits and extra tables, which will cater for tens of thousands more gamblers of largely wealthy to middle class background from mostly East Asia.
    3. The convention centre will bring some large international conventions here, thus bring in money for Sky City and for hotels, retailers, restaurateurs and so forth, resulting in increased tax take.
    4. The fast track visa agreement with Mainland China and tourism operators and airlines there, to make it easy for tens of thousands of gamblers to get swift permits printed into passports will bring in tens of thousands of visitors to flood into the casino and gamble, but also will bring in other tourism dollars.
    5. The Auckland Unitary Plan is preparing Auckland for population growth by up to a million in the coming 20 to 30 years, so increased migration and local growth of population will mean more consumers, more tenants, more freehold property owners, more this and that and the other. It is like a done deal also, without the public having much input, although the opposite is claimed. Whether urban growth will be more up or spread, that is not the main factor for national government planners, the main factor and goals is population growth to “grow” the Auckland economy, leading to more tax and rates revenues.
    6. The planned inner city rail link will go along underneath Albert Street in Auckland City, and have a stop just down at the bottom of the block where Sky City Casino and Sky Tower are!!!

    In view of all the above, Key and National have come to the realisation and acceptance, that the transport infrastructure for Auckland needs to be expanded and improved. A tunnel as harbour crossing suddenly makes sense, same as the inner city link and more.

    It can be paid for by achieving more “revenue” due to policies and plans as per 1 to 6 above.

    Of course it is again somewhat dodgy planning, as a larger population will result in yet more need for investment down the line, but of course, like with so much else, Key can leave that for future generations to deal with!

    Also is it cunning by Key and consorts to make such announcements of large, costly projects in 10 or 20 years, as much water will go down the bridge till then, different governments will be in charge, some plans may even be changed or stopped again down the line, but the intention is now, to set the government and National up for the next election campaign. Indeed with these announcements, without any clear figures on how it will all be started and financed, Key has started the campaign for the coming general election early. I wonder why, maybe he knows also, his majority may be lost soon?! It is smart to also exploit the weakness of Labour under Shearer now, while the going is good.

    Lofty plans, vague details, a wide time frame and promises or assurances that can be withdrawn at any time, should the economy dip again, that is what we have been sold on Friday afternoon.

    Yet silly Len is all excited, but he is being used as a convenient pawn and servant now, to serve a hidden agenda of Key and Natzies. Len has also already been negotiating with major banks in China, to borrow hundreds of millions for rail and other infrastructure projects.

    Last not least, apart from the inner city rail link, it is apparently mostly about additional roading and highways! No wonder the Greens are critical.

    As an ordinary Kiwi and Aucklander, all this madness should be treated with utter suspicion and highest concern. If all goes wrong, you will all be in debt above your eyeballs and heads, for generations to come, and old age pensions, welfare and much will likely be cut to the bones. If that won’t help they will sell remaining state owned assets.

    • karol 15.1

      Last not least, apart from the inner city rail link, it is apparently mostly about additional roading and highways! No wonder the Greens are critical.

      As an ordinary Kiwi and Aucklander, all this madness should be treated with utter suspicion and highest concern. If all goes wrong, you will all be in debt above your eyeballs and heads, for generations to come, and old age pensions, welfare and much will likely be cut to the bones. If that won’t help they will sell remaining state owned assets.

      Yep. It’s a road and SkyCity deal, masquerading as a rail transport policy. And rail is promised tomorrow,and tomorrow, and tomorrow……

      Slippery is as slippery does.

      • bad12 15.1.1

        You do have to give the Slippery little Shyster a couple of brownie, (sorry Len), points tho, as far as the difference between left and right goes on the hard local issue of transport Slippery has dealt himself and National 5 aces off of the bottom of the deck,

        This expands hugely upon that old budget trick, announcing ‘new’ spending that is already occurring again much like Bill from Dipton did with His little ‘white-ware for Bene’s’ announcement in His previous budget, 90% of people out there wouldn’t know that those reliant on a benefit as their income have had the ability to purchase such white-ware through WINZ for longer than Slippery has been the Prime Minister,

        The lazy press of course, more to the point the absolutely bent and corrupt, (in terms of the truth), mass media make little of the fact that when pressed upon the monetary aspect of such grandiose major public works Slippery and Co haven’t even taken the time to apportion the costs to various monetary sources, instead we have the glib and Slippery Prime Minister ‘shot-gunning’ the issue of ‘where’s the money Slippery’ by pointing to every source of possible or probable funding except for the true nature of expected funding for these multi-billions of expenditure which is of course ‘all in the Slippery one’s mind’,

        What has to be asked here, besides the relative fact that none of these projects will be funded by this National Government in particular, is why this far from an election are such announcements being made, desperation perhaps,

        If you believe the ‘latest’ polling Labour are falling and the ‘juicy’ sub-text of this is that Shearer has a couple of month’s to turn this around or on His sword He will be going in the same direction as the polls,

        Of course if your mind is focused upon gleaning the ‘facts’ as opposed to being captured by the headlines you would have read in john Armstrong’s column a few weeks back an open admission from Armstrong that the ‘Reid-poll’ in particular has been skewing it’s questioning of voters so as to elicit a ‘required’ response,

        That ‘required’ response of course is biased toward the current National Government and where there is smoke there is fire so we must suspect some, many, or most of the other polls as also being skewed to elicit the ‘required response’,

        The sheer joy for Slippery and National of announcing these big ticket multi-billion dollar projects now is that there may be a % or 2 to be gained from ‘the dead cat bounce’ in the polls but They don’t and wont actually have to lift a finger to find the money or to even carry out the building process as the start dates for these projects is so far into the future,

        My analysis, Pixie Dust, a Slippery Shysters 3 card trick of announcing spending of billions of dollars which he hasn’t the faintest idea of where such billions will originate from, (and could care less), all of which will occur at some future point in time when the current Prime Minister has long scarpered off to a sunny island in the Pacific,

        To coin a phrase, ”show us the money Slippery”, such sloppy accounting makes me believe that such ‘largesse’ from this Government was dreamed up whilst the architects were indulging in some drug fantasy…

        • Graham 15.1.1.1

          I agree with you but from the point of a national supporter this is great politics .

          • bad12 15.1.1.1.1

            Perhaps as you say ‘good politics’, however as any card trickster or amateur magician will tell you sleight of hand requires the audience not examine in any depth the ruse,

            On the one hand the present Slippery National Government gets a sugar rush from committing future Government’s to 8 odd billion dollars of someone else’s hard earned cash, the real question inherent in this has to be WHY NOW, a government this far out from an election totally caving in to opposition party’s policy on the issue of Auckland transport and giving the incumbent Auckland Mayor a guaranteed 2nd term Mayoralty has to have a reason no matter how ‘loopy’ it makes this government look on matters of funding such grand projects,

            Could it be that the brains behind this National Government,(and don’t foolishly credit Slippery the Prime Minister with such depth of intelligence), have through successive National party internal polling come to the conclusion that they are 3 % points light from being able to form a third term government given any coalition scenario they have modeled,

            Having effectively ‘sold a dummy’ and been largely let off the hook by the light-weight mass media when it comes to housing affordability and policy in Auckland the Slippery lead National Government have talked up big on housing while delivering what exactly,

            The danger here for National is that having stolen the rail and road transport policy of the opposition coupled with that empty sleight of hand housing policy which will see Auckland house prices continue on their inevitable rise through to the next election they will have exposed themselves to the electorate as a Government of empty promises…

        • xtasy 15.1.1.2

          “His previous budget, 90% of people out there wouldn’t know that those reliant on a benefit as their income have had the ability to purchase such white-ware through WINZ for longer than Slippery has been the Prime Minister,

          The lazy press of course, more to the point the absolutely bent and corrupt, (in terms of the truth), mass media make little of the fact that when pressed upon the monetary aspect of such grandiose major public works Slippery and Co haven’t even taken the time to apportion the costs to various monetary sources…”

          Yes, sad really, depressing, shocking also, that they get away with misleading the public again and again.

          Snooze, snooze, snooze, while press releases go straigth to the editor, on to the printer, and the article is complete and ready for publishing, straight from John Key’s desk into the daily publications.

  16. burt 16

    So do we want the rail development or not ? Is it only a good thing when it’s announced by a party determined to make people believe they are entitled to other peoples money ?

    • xtasy 16.1

      Rail from Albany to Britomart and on to Papakura, rail from Waitakere (or at least Swanson) to Botany, from Newmarket to the Airport (possibly via Onehunga), yep, absolutely!

      As for more multi lane motorways and highways, NO, only after cross party dialogue, after equal negotiations and agreement with Auckland Council also, as these are huge infrastructure investments, which affect the whole country and need wider support than just a one vote majority government.

      Motorways and highways should only be built where they are absolutely necessary, but really, the future must be public transport to get priority in all major centres: Auckland, Hamilton, Palmerston North, Wellington, Nelson, Christchurch and Dunedin. Rail must be built where it makes sense for longer term, roads primarily only with a clear focus on giving buses priority right of way – before other traffic, and cycle lanes where they can be built along and apart from most streets and roads, to offer alternative, environmentally friendly, efficient and sustainable alternatives.

      Gradually increase tax on fuel for all individual private motor vehicle users over years, and give exemptions only for trucks, buses, and farming or similar transport modes, to gather some funding, and dis-incentivise wasteful transport.

      Use taxes to change behaviour and thinking, like with cigarette consumption.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Typhoid report shows health officials under the hammer
    A chaotic picture has emerged around the response of Auckland public health officials to this year’s typhoid outbreak, says Aupito William Sio Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesman.  “Our Pacific community was left exposed by the Auckland Regional Public Health Services’ ...
    23 hours ago
  • Huge high country station risks going to overseas ownership
    The real estate advertisement is spot on in describing Mt White Station as an “iconic” South Island high country station. The 40,000 hectare property is adjacent to Arthur’s Pass National Park and the upper reaches of the Waimakariri River. Mt ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    1 day ago
  • Bill English must be upfront about his involvement in Barclay scandal
    Bill English’s explanations that he was on the periphery of the long running employment dispute involving Todd Barclay don’t stack up, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister claims to have been a bystander, but we know he was ...
    2 days ago
  • Labour will not resile from royalties
    Labour believes cleaning up our rivers so that they are clean enough to swim in is the most important freshwater issue for this election, but that it is also fair that a royalty should be charged where public water is ...
    3 days ago
  • With friends like Hone, who needs enemies?
    With less than three months until the election, Hone Harawira has delivered another blow to the Māori Party’s flagship policy of Te Ture Whenua Māori reform and the already unstable MANA-Maori Party alliance, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. “On The ...
    3 days ago
  • Shifty Bill jumps the shark
    Bill English's claim today that it has never been established that Todd Barclay's recordings of his staff took place is bizarre and shows a complete lack of honesty and leadership, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson.  "Todd Barclay told Bill ...
    4 days ago
  • Te Ture Whenua – gone by lunchtime?
    Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has to front up about yesterday’s mysterious withdrawal of Te Ture Whenua Bill from Parliament’s order paper, says Labour’s Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.  “Has he lost his way and has decided to run ...
    5 days ago
  • Bill English ignorance of law beggars belief
    For Bill English to claim he and others in the National Party didn’t realise the law may have been broken in the Todd Barclay taping scandal is simply not credible, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “The Prime Minister ...
    5 days ago
  • Government ignored advice on Pacific people’s superannuation
    The Government ignored advice from the Ministry of Pacific Peoples that raising the Superannuation age of eligibility would have a ‘disproportionately high impact’ on Pacific people, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Aupito William Sio.   “The Ministry for Pacific ...
    5 days ago
  • Bill English misleads Parliament on Police statement
    Bill English's attempt to restore his damaged credibility over the Todd Barclay affair has backfired after his claim to have "reported" Mr Barclay's actions to Police has proven not to be true, says Labour MP for Wellington Central Grant Robertson. ...
    6 days ago
  • Keep it Public
    The Green Party strongly supports the Tertiary Education Unions call to #KeepitPublic Keep what public? Out quality tertiary education system that National is trying to open up to more private for-profit providers with a new law change. The (Tertiary Education ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    6 days ago
  • This ‘technical error’ is hurting big time
    Jonathan Coleman cannot resort to his ongoing litany that the Ministry of Health’s $38 million budget blunder is an error on paper only, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. “He might keep saying it’s a ‘technical error’ but the reality ...
    6 days ago
  • Labour to invest in public transport for Greater Christchurch
    Labour will commit $100m in capital investment for public transport in Greater Christchurch, including commuter rail from Rolleston to the CBD, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “As the rebuild progresses, there are huge opportunities for Greater Christchurch, but ...
    6 days ago
  • Green Party will repeal solar tax
    It’s ridiculous for an electricity distribution monopoly to apply a charge on solar panels but worse than that, it’s harming our effort to tackle climate change. Hawke’s Bay lines company Unison last year announced a new solar charge for their ...
    GreensBy Gareth Hughes
    7 days ago
  • English fails the character test over Barclay
    Bill English is hoping this scandal will go away, but he is still dodging important questions over his role in covering up for Todd Barclay, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    7 days ago
  • Government must apologise for Christchurch schools stuff-up
    The Ombudsman’s findings that the Ministry of Education botched the reorganisation of Christchurch schools after the 2011 earthquake are damning for an under-fire National Government, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. “The Ombudsman has found the reorganisation of schools in ...
    7 days ago
  • Government’s multinational tax measures weak
    The Government’s proposals to crack down on multinational tax avoidance, by its own admission only recovering one third of the missing money, means hardworking Kiwis will bear more of the tax burden, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Michael Wood. “The Government ...
    7 days ago
  • World Refugee Day – we can do our bit
    I’m really proud that yesterday, on World Refugee Day, the Greens launched an ambitious plan to increase the refugee quota to 5000 over the next six years. Of those places, 4,000 will be directly resettled by the government and another ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • PM’s leadership in question over Barclay affair
    The Prime Minister must belatedly show some leadership and compel Todd Barclay to front up to the Police, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “Twice today Bill English has been found wanting in this matter. ...
    1 week ago
  • Another memory lapse by Coleman?
    The Minister of Health ‘couldn’t recall’ whether the Director General of Health Chai Chuah offered his resignation over the Budget funding fiasco involving the country’s District Health Boards, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark. “In the House today Jonathan Coleman ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill English needs to come clean over Barclay
    Bill English needs to explain why he failed to be upfront with the public over the actions of Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay, following revelations that he knew about the secretly recorded conversations in the MP’s electorate office, says Labour Leader ...
    1 week ago
  • Minister, show some backbone and front up and debate
    Rather than accusing critics of his Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill of telling ‘lies’, Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell should show some backbone and front up to a debate on the issue, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri. “Te ...
    1 week ago
  • Equal pay for mental health workers
    Today, mental health workers are filing an equal pay claim through their unions. Mental health support workers do important and difficult work in our communities. But because the workforce is largely female, they are not paid enough. It’s wrong for ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    1 week ago
  • Nats’ HAM-fisted housing crisis denial
    National’s decision to knowingly release a flawed Housing Affordability Measure that underestimates the cost of housing is the latest evidence of their housing crisis denial, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    1 week ago
  • New Pike footage builds compelling case for mine re-entry
    New footage of the Pike River Mine deep inside the operation, revealing no fire damage or signs of an inferno, provides a compelling reason to grant the families of Pike River’s victims their wish to re-enter the drift, says Labour ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour will get tough on slum boarding houses
    The next Labour-led Government will legislate a Warrant of Fitness based on tough minimum standards to clean out slum boarding houses, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “It’s not acceptable for New Zealanders in the 21st Century to be living ...
    1 week ago
  • Green Party tribute to Dame Nganeko Minhinnick
    Haere ngā mate ki tua o paerau; te moenga roa o ngā mātua tupuna. Haere, haere, haere. It was with a huge sense of loss that we learned of the death of Dame Nganeko Minhinnick yesterday. The Green Party acknowledges ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Urgent answers needed on DHB funding
      Jonathan Coleman must come clean and answer questions about what actual funding DHBs received in Budget 2017, says Labour Health Spokesperson David Clark.   ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Treasury puts Māori Land Service on red alert
    A damning Treasury report raises serious questions about the delivery of Te Ururoa Flavell’s proposed Māori Land Service, giving it a ‘red’ rating which indicates major issues with the project, says Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.  “Treasury’s Interim Major Projects Monitoring ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Economy stalling after nine years of National’s complacency
    The second successive quarterly fall in per person growth shows the need for a fresh approach to give all New Zealanders a fair share in prosperity, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwi kids deserve much more
    All Kiwi kids deserve so much more than the impoverished picture painted by the shameful rankings provided by the UNICEF Innocenti Report Card, says Labour’s children spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • NZ Zone a precursor to a total nuclear weapon ban
    New Zealand’s nuclear-free zone, legislated by Parliament in 1987, is something we all take pride in. It’s important, however, that we don’t let it thwart its own ultimate purpose – a world free of nuclear weapons. That goal must be ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    2 weeks ago
  • English must confirm we still stand by our principles on UN resolution
    Bill English must tell New Zealand whether we remain in support of the UN Security Council resolution on Israeli settlements in Palestinian territory, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. “After Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee’s evasive answers to repeated questions on ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Māori party drop the poi on Māori health
    The Māori Party have dropped the poi when it comes to supporting Ngati Whakaue and Māori interests in Bay of Plenty by allowing an iwi owned and operated service Te Hunga Manaaki to be brushed aside in favour of a ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Labour to invest in Whanganui River infrastructure
    Labour will work in partnership with the Whanganui Council to repair and redevelop the city’s Port precinct in advance of planned economic development and expansion. To enable Whanganui’s plans, Labour will commit $3m in matching funding for repairing the Whanganui ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Parihaka: an apology
    An apology only works for healing if it is sincere and if it is accepted. We teach our children to apologise and to be genuine if they want to be forgiven. On Friday, June 9 at Parihaka, the Crown apologised ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    2 weeks ago
  • Survey shows many international students plan to stay in NZ after study
    Most international students in New Zealand at PTEs (private training establishments) who have a plan for themselves after study intend to stay in New Zealand to work. This shows how low-level education has become a backdoor immigration route under National, ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Councils step up as Nats drop the ball on housing crisis
    Phil Goff’s Mayoral Housing Taskforce is another positive example of councils stepping up where National has failed on housing, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Time for a breather on immigration
    Labour will introduce moderate, sensible reforms to immigration to reduce the pressure on our cities, while ensuring we get the skilled workers our country needs, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “New Zealand is a country built on immigration. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Inaction puts Māui dolphins at risk
    Conservation Minister Maggie Barry was at the United Nations Oceans Conference in New York last week, trying to convince the world that the New Zealand Government is doing a good job at protecting our marine environment.  Yet last week after ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    2 weeks ago
  • National unprepared as immigration runs four times faster than forecast
    National has been caught asleep at the wheel by record immigration that has outstripped Budget forecasts, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. ...
    2 weeks ago
  • First home buyers shouldn’t carry the can for National’s failed policies
    The introduction of tighter limits on lending to first home buyers would see them paying the price for the National Party’s failure to recognise or fix the housing crisis, Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “Nine years of denial and ...
    3 weeks ago
  • Motel bill blows out as Nats fail to deliver emergency housing
    Minister Amy Adams has admitted at select committee that National has now spent $22m on putting homeless families in motels as it fails to deliver the emergency housing places it promised, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    3 weeks ago