Tag: Child and Youth Issues

Little: Backing The Kiwi Dream

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party The reason I wanted to open with that is our economy is a bit like that story the machines started, theres nothing we can do to stop it, its coming towards us and weve got to decide what to do about it. CHECK AGAINST DELIVERY State of the Nation speech Andrew Little, Leader of the Labour Party Auckland, 31 January 2016 Jacinda, thank you so much for that kind introduction. It’s a pleasure to be introduced by the next MP for Auckland Central. Can I also acknowledge our Labour Caucus, including our deputy Annette King and finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. I’d also like to acknowledge Phil Goff. It’s funny, Phil seems to be at every gathering in Auckland with more than three people for some reason. Phil, this is going to be a big year for Auckland, and I know you’ll do a fantastic job as Mayor. Right, I want to tell you a quick story about the Future of Work and I promise it’s 100% true. When I ran the EPMU, I got an incredible insurance claim form to sign off from one of our senior organisers. He’d taken his union car into the carwash to have it cleaned. He’d punched his code into the computer and had driven in. The machine was running, the car was covered in soapy water and...

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Gordon Campbell on Govt’s favourite crony Serco, and the TPP

Column – Gordon Campbell Gordon Campbell on Sercos emerging role as the governments favourite corporate crony, and the TPP fallout Gordon Campbell on Serco’s emerging role as the government’s favourite corporate crony, and the TPP fallout There’s no success like failure, as Bob Dylan once said, and Serco’s failures mean nothing but trouble on the horizon for ordinary New Zealanders. Unfortunately, its abysmal track record isn’t stopping the relentless intrusion of this particular multinational into the provision of crucial services in this country. Despite their proven history of failure in running British prisons, Serco have been granted major contracts within our prisons and they have no incentive to do better. Because when they have failed spectacularly this year, the Key government waived the fines for which the firm were liable: It has been revealed in Parliament that private prison operator Serco has been let off hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines for serious contract breaches. Mt Eden Prison is currently under the management of the Department of Corrections, while an official investigation is carried out into allegations of mismanagement by Serco. The firm’s problems have now spread to Serco’s management of the new privately run prison at Wiri. Undaunted, Serco has also shown an interest in the co-ordination of youth protection services. Ms Tolley has said she would still be open to Serco – which is looking at...

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Peters: Circus or Soap Opera and Foreseen Circumstances

Speech – New Zealand First Party The performance of the National led government resembles a unique blend of circus and soap opera. When there are major social and economic issues to be resolved our future as a trading nation is at stake the leadership is obsessed with pandas …Rt Hon Winston Peters New Zealand First Leader Member of Parliament for Northland 3 OCTOBER 2015 EMBARGOED TILL DELIVERED Speech to Public Meeting, Tauranga Greerton Community Hall 1263 Cameron Rd Tauranga 1pm, Saturday, October 3, 2015 Circus or Soap Opera and Foreseen Circumstances The performance of the National led government resembles a unique blend of circus and soap opera. When there are major social and economic issues to be resolved – our future as a trading nation is at stake – the leadership is obsessed with pandas or red peaks. New Zealanders are being treated as gullible and naïve. The government’s army of media consultants and spin doctors have dragged numerous red herrings across the path of serious issues that might be questioned and scrutinised. The frivolous idea to change our flag floundered from the beginning so the Prime Minister reverted to a deal with the Greens to change the law upon which the ink had barely dried to put yet another flag design up for public diversion. When the fifth flag option, with barely one per cent support, showed all...

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Q+A: Railway that works will benefit NZ – Mainfreight boss

Press Release – TVNZ CORIN Mainfreight is one of our true global companies, with business in 240 branches around the world. As such, the Auckland-based transport and logistics company is, I think, a good barometer of how business is faring. Its been a turbulent week …Q+A: Railway that works will benefit NZ – Mainfreight boss Q + A Episode 27 DON BRAID Interviewed by CORIN DANN CORIN Mainfreight is one of our true global companies, with business in 240 branches around the world. As such, the Auckland-based transport and logistics company is, I think, a good barometer of how business is faring. It’s been a turbulent week with the Chinese stock market plunge sending markets into a panic, so is it time for New Zealanders to feel worried about the economy? Don Braid is the group managing director for Mainfreight. Just before we get to that, I thought I’d ask you about the paid parental leave debate. You employ thousands of people, don’t you? DON 6500. CORIN 6500 people. You must have a lot of paid parental leave. Do you support the idea of 26 weeks? DON What wasn’t talked about in those discussions is what the cost is to business, so that’s a problem, and it’s messy. The key for us is to get those women back to work. That’s the key. Not often do they come back...

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Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy

Article – Megan Gattey Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today.Post-cabinet: TPP, Family Violence and Solid Energy By Megan Gattey Photo: Francis Cook Prime Minister John Key discussed the current situation on the TPP, Solid Energy and the upcoming discussion document on family violence in a post-cabinet press conference today. The TPP agreement was unable to be concluded over the weekend, and Key said there were a few challenging issues still remaining. “There is a finite window where if we can’t complete the deal in that time, it becomes for difficult for the United States and others,” he said. The offer on dairy from the discussions were “not close enough for a deal to be concluded”, he said. “We want to get the best deal for New Zealand, but not at any cost.” Key said he was confident that the involved countries would reach an agreement that would be in the best interests of New Zealanders. “We won’t get rich selling to ourselves.” He said coming to an agreement would give New Zealand exporters and investors access to more than 8 million companies, and ultimately the TPP would create better opportunities and standard or living for New Zealanders. Justice Amy Adams will soon be announcing a discussion document about...

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