Month: January 2016

Labour launches policy offering 3 years’ free tertiary ed

Article – BusinessDesk Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – A Labour Party-led would institute a policy of free tertiary education for up to three years for any New Zealander who has not previously studied past the end of secondary school, its leader, Andrew Little, announced today in a … Labour launches new policy offering three years’ free tertiary education By Pattrick Smellie Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – A Labour Party-led would institute a policy of free tertiary education for up to three years for any New Zealander who has not previously studied past the end of secondary school, its leader, Andrew Little, announced today in a state of the nation speech in Auckland. The first major new policy announcement of 2016, bar the decision not to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership announced mid-week, the “Working Futures Plan” announcement is also the first meat on the bones of the party’s decision to put the future of work at the centre of its positioning for the 2017 election. It also has echoes of the policy that helped win Labour the tightly fought 2005 general election, when it scrapped interest on student loans, a policy the National Party opposed but was forced to adopt once in place. Under the plan outlined today, up to one year of ‘free’ post-secondary school education will be available from 2019 for all school leavers, moving to two years from 2022...

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1,500 Concerned Christchurch Citizens Attend Anti-TPPA Rally

Press Release – Its Our Future Christchurch A large crowd of at least 1500 came to Christchurch’s Cathedral Square today, Sat January 30, 2016, to mourn the death of Democracy if the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is implemented.1500 Concerned Citizens of Christchurch, New Zealand Attended the Anti-TPPA Rally A large crowd of at least 1500 came to Christchurch’s Cathedral Square today, Sat January 30, 2016, to mourn the death of Democracy if the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is implemented. The whole crowd mourned as the coffin containing Democracy was taken from the hearse and put on the stage and a eulogy was performed. The whole crowd raged as Prime Minister John Key [puppet], dressed as an American puppet, kicked Democracy into it’s grave accompanied by Salmonella Dub’s about to be released new song, Jonkey’s. The whole crowd revelled as the Its Our Future Christchurch team arrived with oxygen and a blood transfusion and resurrected Democracy. We heard today that it is virtually impossible for the United States to ratify the treaty as most of Congress and all the leading presidential candidates are opposed to it. Without the US, the treaty cannot be implemented. We heard today that the expert analyses of the first 5 chapters proves the government has lied about the benefits to New Zealand and has covered up the enormous costs to our country. We heard today that John...

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Photos: TPP Rally At Government House

Article – Olex Sydor Photos from today’s Wellington rally to hand over a petition to the Governor-General on the TPP at Government House. [ Press release ] Photos: TPP Rally At Government House Photos from today’s Wellington rally to hand over a petition to the Governor-General on the TPP at Government House. [Press release] Photos by Olex Sydor. After the petition handover. Earlier… ******** Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Shearer’s apology accepted

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party Opposition Leader Andrew Little has instructed David Shearer to apologise to the caucus after accepting his remorse for comments he made to media about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.Shearer’s apology accepted Opposition Leader Andrew Little has instructed David Shearer to apologise to the caucus after accepting his remorse for comments he made to media about the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. “I have spoken with David and he has agreed his comments were careless and did not represent the decision made by the caucus. “I instructed him to apologise to his colleagues, and he has done so. “He has assured me that he will now abide by the caucus position. “I believe David Shearer will make a fantastic Foreign Minister in our government and I want to see him in that role. However every caucus member knows collective responsibility is a requirement of the party.” ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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Trade consensus may be over

Press Release – Business NZ 29 January 2016 Trade consensus may be over ExportNZ is concerned that the consensus between the main political parties on trade may be over. Previously New Zealand exporters could rely on the support of both main parties on trade, said ExportNZ …29 January 2016 Trade consensus may be over ExportNZ is concerned that the consensus between the main political parties on trade may be over. “Previously New Zealand exporters could rely on the support of both main parties on trade,” said ExportNZ Executive Director Catherine Beard. “This has helped our exporters succeed in new markets and earn valuable revenue for New Zealand. “Exporters are now feeling some dismay at the thought that our future trade prospects could be limited by political disagreement. “It is hard to understand why Labour Party should support the China free trade agreement, but not the TPPA, when they are similar in all major respects,” Catherine Beard said. “Labour’s position on the TPP is a step back for New Zealand’s export competitiveness.” ends Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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