MAKI HERBERT, ALCP
HONE HARAWIRA, MANA
When Labour started selling crown assets and privatising government departments, 20,000 workers were let go in 5 years. Successive governments continued the trend, and in the north forestry, freezing works, post office, power board and railway workers were hit hard. Worker’s rights suffered, wages went down, cost of living went up, people were forced to work more hours, Ma¯ori unemployment skyrocketed and rural Ma¯ori communities have struggled to cope ever since. MANA has simple and immediate remedies. Workers Rights: restore worker’s rights, decent wage rates and proper safety conditions; abolish secondary tax for those with 2-3 part-time jobs; allow workers to join unions. State Housing: we can create hundreds of jobs by a commitment to not selling state houses but renovating them, building emergency accommodation for the homeless, and building 2,000 state houses for lowincome whanau, every year until the housing crisis is over. Community Rebuild: Put the unemployed back to work on projects enhancing community wellbeing, such as: neighbourhood clean ups, marae renovations, upgrading kaumatua/kuia flats, community halls, sports clubs, and carbon forestry. If ALCP were to get into Parliament, we would endorse: 1. Development of the Hemp Industry: Hemp (Cannabis Sativa) is suitable for organic production, grows in marginal soils and improves soil quality. There is a wide range of products such as biodegradable packaging, clean burning fuel (Methanol), fibre for building materials like Hemp Crete, if our Runanga were able to invest in ‘Hemp Licences’ from the Ministry of Health and have the authority to issue licences to whanau who fulfil the obligations set by the Ministry of Health. Also invest in the development of a refinery where farmers would drop off their Hemp crop, get paid and walk away. This has a huge potential for creating: apprenticeships in horticulture, manufacturing, engineering and management. 2. Law reform for the Recreational Industry: Law reform would instantly free up $400 million of tax payers money and we would invest in the infrastructure for health education (education minimises abuse) and well-being centres. Normal GST and Income Tax liabilities would apply. Youth are more likely to respect an honest reliable law that is demonstrably reasonable. Prohibition encourages binge use, protects thieves, thugs and promotes standover tactics, intimidation and fear.
KELVIN DAVIS, LABOUR
The call for jobs in
Te Tai Tokerau is huge. Employment or lack of it is a big deal for everyone in my electorate and we have exciting plans to get more young people into work. There’s huge demand for trades workers, particularly in the building sector. We’re looking at encouraging pupils who have shown talent in vocational education to keep training and pursue a career to lift the profile and importance of trades. We want more schools offering vocational courses, and working with students who show a preference for these topics over traditional core subjects. That’s why every high school student will develop a personalised careers plan while at school, and will be equipped with the right tools, such as driver’s licenses, to succeed when they leave. Labour’s also looking at investing $200m through our Regional Development Fund to unlock economic potential and introduce a Young Entrepreneurs Policy, aimed at kids aged 18 23 of up to $20,000 to start a new business based on innovative ideas. With the award and Labour’s KiwiBuild programme, our plan to subsidise employers who agree to take on young unemployed people as apprentices, and fees free post-school education and training, we plan to get more young people into jobs.
GODFREY RUDOLPH, GREEN
I totally support the
Green Party belief of a strong manufacturing sector which is essential for improving export performance, creating new jobs, raising incomes, and transitioning to a low carbon economy. Prioritising New Zealand suppliers in government procurement decisions should support the growth of high value manufacturers and create well-paid jobs in Northland. The Green Party will change the government procurement policy. This policy will benefit the many small businesses in Te Tai Tokerau, which are the lifeblood of our towns, and communities in Te Tai Tokerau. The Green Party will also establish a government-owned, for-profit, Green Investment Fund. This fund would kick-start new clean infrastructure projects like solar and wind power installations, energy efficient buildings, bio-fuels, and other clean technologies. The fund would combine private and public investment to invest in organisations including iwi pursuing green infrastructure projects. A visionary response to climate change is an opportunity to put our economy onto a cleaner path. The Green Party will look to reduce tertiary fees until tertiary education is free. Reducing fees should create a more vibrant and accessible tertiary sector that improves economic and social wellbeing.