Sunday, 25 September 2011
Friday, 2 September 2011
"They could have built three new houses for that sort of money," Rimutaka MP Chris Hipkins said.
Despite winning a legal battle spanning five courts and more than two years, Housing New Zealand has pulled the pin on efforts to evict the women from Farmer Cres, Pomare.
The stoush had "torn the guts out" of the community, Mr Hipkins said.
Robyn Winther, Huia Tamaka and Billy Taylor were handed eviction notices after a violent incident involving Mongrel Mob members in Farmer Cres in February 2009. Stuff.co.nz 2 Sept 2011
Thursday, 1 September 2011
Oh dear oh well, how sad, never mind?
The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows support for Prime Minister John Key’s National-led Government is virtually unchanged at 56% (up 0.5%). Support for Key’s National Party is 52% (up 0.5%), ACT NZ 2% (unchanged), the Maori Party 1.5% (unchanged), and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).
Support for Opposition Parties is at 44% (down 0.5%) — Labour Party 29.5% (down 2.5%), Greens 9% (up 2%), New Zealand First 3.5% (down 0.5%), Mana Party 1% (up 0.5%) and Others 1% (unchanged).
If a National Election were held today the National Party would easily be returned to Government.
The latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating has risen 3.5 points to 131.5 with 59% (up 2%) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 27.5% (down 1.5%) that say New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction.’
You have to wonder what Labour is going to do to gain some traction?
Is it too late to ditch Phil Goff, they must be seriously contemplating it after this poll.
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Transport minister Steven Joyce and Auckland Mayor Len Brown this afternoon signed an agreement to buy 57 electric multiple units (EMUs), each with three carriages.
"This agreement will mean greater rail accessibility for Aucklanders in all parts of the city, and secures trains that are modern, better for the environment, fast and quiet."
Mr Brown said the trains were a prerequisite for the inner city rail loop he has championed since taking office last year.
"To be the world's most liveable city, we need a world class transport system. This brings us one big step closer." NZ Herald, Sept 1 2011
One just has to wonder what Len Brown is on about when he thinks that spending this much money on a large trainset to carry a tiny number of people around the city in luxury is a good idea when the city is already in hock to the eyeballs and residents rates were substantially hiked this year.
"Environmentally friendly"? Moving the pollution form the city to the areas where the electricity is generated might be good for Auckland but it is our country cousins that will suffer the smog instead. Half empty trains run on inefficient electricity transported over hundreds of kms.
Hardly clean or fiscally prudent Len.
"Labour would turn dole payments into apprenticeships subsidies to tackle youth unemployment rates, leader Phil Goff said today.
Mr Goff unveiled a $251 million package aiming to leave the 24,000 currently unemployed teenagers either earning or learning within three years.
The four-year plan follows youth from school into education or the workforce.
It suggested converting dole payments into an $8700 subsidy to fund 9000 apprenticeship placements.
"Our package will convert dole payments into incentives for employers to take on additional apprentices. We will match skill training within and outside of schools with real job opportunities," he said.
The package also suggests introducing 5000 new training places for 16 and 17 year olds and 1000 new group and shared apprenticeships.
Mentors would be set up for at-risk school leavers, so they could be encouraged into a job or employment opportunities.
"We will build on proven programmes such as Gateway, the youth transition service, tertiary high schools and trades academies, and the Conservation Corps," he said.
Mr Goff said the four-year package would be paid for from revenue from Labour's proposed tax plan.
"However we will reprioritise $80 million from existing schemes, with $58 million going to the apprenticeship subsidy instead of dole payments, giving a net total cost of $171 million over four years." NZ Herald, 1 Sept 2011
All good stuff but this has been tried by Labour and other political parties before and failed. In the previous Labour Government they turned out thousands of individuals trained in much needed skills such as scuba divers and media personal just to name a few. When politicians get involved in things like this they have always failed. Training has never met demand in the market and millions have been lost in the process.
The kicker for this policy though is that it would involve borrowing at least $170 million to fund it and as we know the country really cant afford this kind of borrowing and Labour say they will pay for this eventually from new taxes that they will introduce.
Not an original idea but Labour at least are getting some policy out there instead of concentrating on rolling their leader and they should be respected for that.
Their Youth Employment policy gets a 4 out of 10 from me.