Own Our Future | Environment Initiatives

Labour has a plan to protect New Zealand’s environment so that Kiwis can enjoy this special and unique place for generations to come. Our natural environment is the essence of who we are. It sets us apart from the rest of the world. It provides us with an amazing outdoors playground, it brings expat Kiwis home from overseas to raise their kids, and it is the cornerstone of our vital…

Own Our Future | Immigration

The often overlooked contribution migrants make to New Zealand is recognised in Labour’s immigration policy. Maximising the skills level of new migrants is vital for social and economic growth, hence the policy not only emphasises the value that international talent and investment bring to the economy, but it also aims to address specific and known areas of skills shortages. Our migrant population drives innovation, provides international business connections and reminds…

Own Our Future | Economic Development and Finance

Labour has announced a comprehensive and bold plan to kick-start our economy by helping businesses grow, lifting wages, creating jobs and providing financial relief to struggling Kiwis so we have a future we can look forward to. The time for just muddling through and lurching from one financial disaster to another is over. National is all about short-term fixes with an eye on the election. Labour has the courage to…

Own Our Future | Nick Bakulich

Tamaki | #62 on the Labour list Phone0274 959580Emailnbakulich@gmail.comFacebookprofile.php?id=697112731Twitter@nickbakulich I am 39 years old and am the oldest of four children to parents of Croatian and Samoan heritage. I am a born and bred Aucklander and currently run my own small business. I am a proud member of the Labour Party of which my family has been involved in many years. I come to you with a past that has…

Own Our Future | Biosecurity

Labour will restore the $2 million of cuts to frontline Biosecurity services made by National in 2009. Primary industries are feeling increasingly vulnerable to pest incursions, and unless they can be assured that robust biosecurity protection is in place, they are unlikely to risk making large new investments. The spread of tomato/potato psyllid since 2006, and the Psa outbreak in kiwifruit in late 2010, show the devastating impact such incursions…

Own Our Future | Trevor Mallard

Hutt South | #9 on the Labour list Phone021 461 671Emailtrevor.mallard@parliament.govt.nzFacebooktrevor.mallard1Twitter@TrevorMallard I’m proud to represent Hutt South. I’ve been the MP for Hutt South since 1993 and have lived in Wainuiomata for the majority of my life. My Parliamentary career began in 1984 when I became the MP for Hamilton West – a position I held until 1990. I attended Victoria University where I completed a BCA before attending Wellington…

Own Our Future | Soraya Peke-Mason

Te Tai Hauauru | #55 on the Labour list Phone027 2707763Emailsorayapm@xtra.co.nzFacebooksorayapm Teena koutou nga Whanau, Marae, Hapu, Iwi o Te Tai Hauauru, my name is Soraya Peke-Mason I was born in Tokoroa and grew up in a struggling working class whanau at Castlecliff, Whanganui. My Father is Joseph Peke of Tainui descent, Ngati Tamatera and Mother Delphina Te Oraiti Taiaroa of Tuwharetoa/Atihaunui-a-Paparangi/ Morehu descent. In the mid 70’s I ventured…

Own Our Future | Auckland Issues

Labour today committed to a close partnership to make Auckland the ‘world’s most liveable city’. Labour will work constructively with the Auckland Council to deliver the big changes Aucklanders want, including a world class transport system and a revitalised city centre. Together central government and Auckland Council will tackle poverty and inequality in South Auckland, which was a recommendation of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance that National ignored. Under…

Own Our Future | Andrew Little

New Plymouth | #15 on the Labour list Phone027 551 3476Emailandrew.little@labour.org.nzFacebookAndrewLittleforNewPlymouthTwitter@andrewlittle4NP I was born and bred in New Plymouth and have stayed connected with it through family, work and a recent stint as a councillor of the local polytech, WITT. I left New Plymouth to train as a lawyer and was head of New Zealand’s largest private sector union, the EPMU, for 11 years up to July this year managing…

Own Our Future | Local Government

Under Labour there will be no forced council mergers without people having a say in a referendum. Labour respects local democracy and the right of local communities to decide their own affairs. We will not force Council mergers. People have the right to decide on mergers through a referendum under the Local Government Act and we will respect that. National has shown a disturbing tendency to override local democracy whenever…