Tack­ling in­equal­ity in the com­mu­nity

Rachel Boy­ack, 37, is the Labour can­di­date for Nel­son.

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - 1. How long have you lived here and where are you from? 2. Who is your role model and why? 3. What three words come to mind when I say Nel­son? 4. Where’s the best place to buy din­ner in your elec­torate? 5. Tell us what your poli­cies will do for peo­ple i

I was born in Ti­maru and our fam­ily set­tled in Palmer­ston North.

I’ve lived in Nel­son since 2009, when I mar­ried my hus­band Scott, who is a lo­cal.

I’m a pro­vin­cial girl at heart and proud to call Nel­son home.

Jacinda Ardern. I first met Jacinda in 2006 at a con­fer­ence in Ber­lin, and was im­pressed with her val­ues, heart for peo­ple and abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate pol­icy.

I am de­ter­mined to rep­re­sent Nel­son in a Labour govern­ment un­der Jacinda’s lead­er­ship.

Sun­shine. Great peo­ple.

Tough choice be­tween Lit­tle In­dia on Hardy St and Nahm on the wa­ter­front.

I’m stand­ing for Labour in Nel­son be­cause Nel­son needs poli­cies that will en­sure our econ­omy works for the whole com­mu­nity.

Our team have knocked on over 5000 doors, and peo­ple are telling me that in­equal­ity is a ma­jor is­sue in Nel­son. Many work­ing fam­i­lies strug­gle on Sun­shine Wages and young peo­ple lack de­cent op­por­tu­ni­ties.

I’ve heard sto­ries from peo­ple strug­gling to af­ford or ac­cess med­i­cal care and other health ser­vices.

Labour’s poli­cies will make a real dif­fer­ence for the peo­ple of Nel­son, specif­i­cally:

* Re­duc­ing GP vis­its for all New Zealan­ders by $10.

* Plac­ing men­tal health nurses into ev­ery Sec­ondary School and fund­ing men­tal health co­or­di­na­tors in GP prac­tices.

* Build­ing af­ford­able Ki­wiBuild homes for first home buy­ers, build­ing more state houses, re­quir­ing all rental homes to be warm and dry and restor­ing cap­i­tal grants for com­mu­nity hous­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions like the Nel­son Tas­man Hous­ing Trust.

* Restor­ing our rivers and lakes to a truly swimmable state within a gen­er­a­tion.

* Pro­vid­ing three years of free ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion (poly­tech­nic, trades and uni­ver­sity) for school leavers and work­ing peo­ple who are re­train­ing. The first free year will be in­tro­duced from 2018.

* En­cour­ag­ing em­ploy­ers to hire young peo­ple, by pro­vid­ing wage sub­si­dies and in­vest­ing in ap­pren­tice­ships.

* Restart­ing con­tri­bu­tions to New Zealand’s su­per­an­nu­a­tion fund (the ‘‘Cullen Fund’’), so that re­tire­ment in­come for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions is se­cure.

All of our poli­cies have been fully costed and in­de­pen­dently as­sessed by econ­o­mists. Labour will can­cel Na­tional’s un­af­ford­able tax cuts and rein­vest in fam­i­lies, health and ed­u­ca­tion.

As MP for Nel­son in a Labour govern­ment, I will also champion an In­no­va­tion Hub at NMIT, work to end Sun­shine Wages and con­vene a task­force to more emer­gency hous­ing op­tions in our city.

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