The party, not the leader
Days out from the election South Waikato News editor Petrice Tarrant puts one man’s view of Tokoroa’s issues to the candidates.
Tony Herlinky is voting Labour this year despite the fact he feels it will be a ‘‘one horse race’’ in both the party vote and electorate vote.
The strong red supporter said his party of choice ‘‘looks after the workers’’.
Despite a lack of convincing leadership, Herlinky believed Labour was more concerned with the general public rather than just the white collar or upperclass.
‘‘I don’t like David Cunliffe, but I vote for the policies.’’
But he is not holding his breath for Tokoroa to be painted red anytime soon.
‘‘National will always get it because Cambridge and Taupo are big National supporters.’’
He said the biggest issues facing the district were unemployment, forestry and crime.
The party that is elected needs to ‘‘look after the export section a lot more’’, he said.
‘‘700 workers have been laid off [in forestry], my brother being one of them.
‘‘I work at the mill and if we don’t have forestry we don’t have anything.’’
Response from Taupo and Te Tai Hauara electorate candidates. Chris McKenzie - Maori Party The Ma¯ ori Party believes if wha¯ nau and families are healthy, strong and contributing positively to their communities we will see a reduction in criminal offending.
Our response to poverty and low socioeconomic status has been Wha¯ nau Ora where the wha¯ nau health and wellbeing is the priority.
The Wha¯ nau Ora approach is working well and around 8916 whanau representing 41,952 wha¯ nau members have benefited so far. Wha¯ nau Ora requires government agencies to work co-operatively and collaboratively for the benefit of our families and their communities.
First of all can I say that health and safety in the forestry industry must be a priority with the number of forestry deaths and accidents in the past few years.
We cannot afford to depend on one industry alone.
So the Ma¯ ori Party wants to see more regional development in a number of industries and that means building more partnerships between tertiary providers, iwi and community groups and businesses. We will extend the 3000 Ma¯ ori and Pasifika trade training places we fought for and won while in Government to 6000 places. Louise Upston - National We set challenging targets – to reduce the crime rate by 15 per cent, violent crime by 20 per cent, youth crime by 25 per cent, and reoffending by 25 per cent by 2017.
If re-elected, National will increase the total crime target to a 20 per cent reduction.
National’s put more cops on our streets, and deployed them more strategically, when and where Police know there’s a greater risk of crime. And we’re using technology better so Police can spend less time behind a desk and more time in their communities.
National is helping to create more forests, which will mean more jobs. The Government is investing $22.5 million over five years to encourage and support the planting of new forests.
This money will help landowners establish new forests between five and 300 hectares. It’s expected to result in around 15,000 hectares of new forest being established. Jamie Strange - Labour To reduce crime Labour would: - Provide leadership to eliminate violence against women and children from the Prime Minister down.
- Adopt a New Zealand Action Plan to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Children in consultation with other parties and the sector.
- Provide $60 million over four years for family and sexual violence to support front line services, primary prevention, and education.
To stop lay-offs in/boost the forestry industry Labour would:
- Promote leading- edge innovation through research and development (R&D):
- Reintroduce an R&D tax credit to encourage stronger private investment in high-quality R&D.
- Ensure suitable infrastructure and a skilled and safe workforce:
- Introduce a corporate manslaughter law.
- Finish relevant roading development in forestry regions in order to make it easier to get wood from forest to plant.