Labour: Creating opportunities

Aug 7, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

A Labour government will boost career opportunities in the cultural sector by establishing 200 new creative apprenticeships, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Releasing Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage policy this afternoon she said the apprenticeships offer the kind of flexible, open-minded and innovative approach to training New Zealand’s creative industries are known ...

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Healthy contribution from creative sector

Jul 10, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

A report prepared for a newly formed group that champions New Zealand’s creative industries highlights the contribution they make to the economy, and proves the sector is not a 'nice to have' that should only be supported in good times, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “New Zealanders have long understood the role ...

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Crime targets no excuse for fewer prosecutions

Jul 8, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Police are being instructed to charge fewer people in order to meet National’s crime reduction targets, Labour says. “Front line police and others in the criminal justice system are telling us police have had pressure put on by senior officers to reduce the number of charges they lay to meet the Government's targets,” Justice spokesperson Andrew ...

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Unique heritage needs protecting

Jul 3, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

A Labour government will repeal legislation which has allowed dozens of Christchurch’s most important and significant buildings to be bulldozed without community consultation following the Canterbury earthquakes, and ensure Cantabrians have their say on the future of iconic buildings like the Christchurch Cathedral. “Almost half of the central city’s heritage-listed buildings have been lost as a ...

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Aging cop cars another concern for Police

Jun 26, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

The current state of the Police road fleet is further evidence of how budget cuts are having an impact on frontline policing, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Material released under the Official Information Act shows 71 police vehicles failed their warrant of fitness tests in the last year. “Given 58 vehicles have more than ...

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Police shouldn’t have to play ‘pick the priority’

Jun 19, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Forcing police to pull resources from one area to cover for shortfalls in another is the inevitable consequence of the Government’s $40 million funding cut, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. Police confirmed today that drug squads in four districts – Waikato, Eastern, Bay of Plenty and Central – have been temporarily reassigned to ...

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Ticking all the right boxes

Jun 17, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Tick for Kids, a campaign to encourage political parties to put children at the centre of their decision-making, has the full backing of the Labour Party which has pledged to do exactly that, its Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “As clichéd as it might sound, our kids really are our future – it’s a no ...

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Music centre strikes right note

Jun 12, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

he construction of the Music Centre as part of the long-awaited Performing Arts Precinct will be a boon to the Canterbury arts community, Labour’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “It is great to see some progress being made on rejuvenating Canterbury’s cultural heart, with the creative sector already having played such a critical ...

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Explanation needed over decision not to consult Crown Law

Jun 11, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Revelations that the Police never sought advice from the Crown Law Office over whether to prosecute John Banks are extraordinary, Labour’s Police spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “Crown Law is more often than not called on to provide advice in complex or high-profile cases. The investigation into Mr Banks’ 2010 mayoral donations was always going to ...

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Taxpayers pick up tab while private prison cuts corners

Jun 4, 2014 Comments Off Barbara Ward

Despite claims by Anne Tolley that an incident at the privately run Mt Eden prison last week was not significant, details of the event suggest otherwise, Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says. “The Minister confirmed at select committee today that a standoff at Mt Eden last week lasted at least six hours and reportedly involved eight ...

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