Can­di­dates ad­dress em­ploy­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, is­sues

With the gen­eral elec­tion fast ap­proach­ing, South Waikato News re­porter Caitlin Wal­lace con­tin­ues to find out what the is­sues are in the dis­trict and what the elec­torate can­di­dates can bring to the ta­ble.

South Waikato News - - ELECTION 2014 -

Bill­boards with grin­ning politi­cians will not af­fect An­drea Rout’s vote, for her it is all about the poli­cies.

The 51-year-old was not quick to point out faults in any po­lit­i­cal party. She said it was what they had done right that mat­tered.

‘‘I’m vot­ing for Na­tional, they just stand for the ba­sic core val­ues,’’ she said.

But the care­giver was not will­ing to bad mouth the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘Go­ing back to their main poli­cies, Labour fo­cuses on em­ploy­ment . . . they did do a lit­tle good for me when they were in power.’’

South Waikato News asked Rout what she thought could be im­proved in the dis­trict.

‘‘I would love the op­por­tu­nity to train and work in a shop . . . it would be good to have night classes you could do ev­ery now and again . . . train­ing costs are a prob­lem though, this isn’t a wealthy com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

She wants a sec­ond a chance at a ca­reer but knows jobs are not easy to come by.

‘‘ I’ve strug­gled with em­ploy­ment most of my life,’’ she said.

Re­sponse from can­di­dates in the Taupo and Te Tai Haua¯ ru elec­torates

Chris McKen­zie – Ma¯ ori Party

We are launch­ing our ed­u­ca­tion pol­icy this week and it will in­clude help for those with young chil­dren, op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­velop en­tre­pre­neur­ial skills in our ran­gatahi and adult lit­er­acy skills for those sec­ond chance learn­ers. We are also sup­port­ing free pub­lic trans­port for stu­dents, First in Wha¯ nau schol­ar­ships for a bach­e­lor level qual­i­fi­ca­tion, learn­ing hubs for com­mu­ni­ties that tar­get wha¯ nau en­gage­ment in learn­ing and lo­cal Ma¯ ori his­to­ries as a com­pul­sory part of the cur­ricu­lum.

We will build on the gains made while we have been in Gov­ern- ment by dou­bling Ma¯ ori and Pasi­fika trade train­ing from 3000 to 6000 place­ments a year and se­cur­ing $2.5 mil­lion a year for 250 Ma¯ ori Af­fairs cadet­ships for un­em­ployed Ma¯ ori. Louise Up­ston – Na­tional We are boost­ing the sub­sidy rates to help keep fees af­ford­able for par­ents, and more money is go­ing to­wards sup­port­ing ECE ( early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion) ser­vices that work with chil­dren from our most vul­ner­a­ble com­mu­ni­ties.

Through our Business Growth Agenda we want to con­vert a cou­ple of years of good eco­nomic growth into a sus­tained lift in our eco­nomic per­for­mance that ben­e­fits New Zealand long term.

Our Business Growth Agenda fo­cuses on the six key in­puts large and small busi­nesses need to be suc­cess­ful – ex­port mar­kets, in­no­va­tion, cap­i­tal mar­kets, skilled and safe work­places, in­fra­struc­ture and nat­u­ral re­sources.

An ad­di­tional 83,000 jobs were cre­ated in New Zealand in the year to June, and we’re on track for about 150,000 new jobs by mid-2018. Jamie Strange – Labour Labour will re­duce class sizes, and in do­ing so hire 2000 more teach­ers.

Re­move school do­na­tions through fund­ing schools $100 per stu­dent per year if they don’t de­mand do­na­tions from par­ents, scrap Na­tional Stan­dards, in­crease fund­ing to adult and com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion and re­peal char­ter schools leg­is­la­tion.

Our poli­cies will en­cour­age busi­nesses to invest, in­no­vate, and cre­ate good, se­cure jobs for Ki­wis ( es­pe­cially those in the re­gions).

We’ll re­duce un­em­ploy­ment to 4 per cent within three years, in­crease the min­i­mum wage to $15 an hour in our first 100 days and raise it again to $16.25 in 2015. We will also pay the dole to em­ploy­ers to fund ap­pren­tice­ships for un­em­ployed New Zealan­ders.

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