MAKI HER­BERT, ALCP

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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.

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