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.

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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