Paula Bennett must attend secret mayor’s meeting Local Government Minister Paula Bennett must attend tomorrow’s secret mayors’ meeting about super cities, Labour’s Local Government spokesperson Su’a William Sio says.
“It is a sad day for local democracy that these mayors feel they have to meet in secret to discuss their concerns about the Government’s amalgamation agenda.
“Paula Bennett has declined to attend the Taupō meeting but she needs to be there.
“The secret meeting is an embarrassment for the Minister and for Local Government president Lawrence Yule who heard about it from Paula Bennett.
Time for Collins to face up to conflict of interest Judith Collins denials that she did anything wrong in visiting the Shanghai office of her husband's company on a taxpayer-funded trip late last year are becoming increasingly untenable, Labour MP Grant Robertson says.
“The public condemnation of Judith Collins' actions is growing. Three major newspaper editorials in recent days have all concluded not only that there was a conflict of interest in the trip, but that the Minister's denials are arrogant and out of touch with the public mood.
Labour to protect citizens with a digital bill of rights Citizens will have their access to the internet guaranteed and be protected from blanket mass surveillance under Labour’s proposed digital bill of rights, Labour Leader and ICT spokesperson David Cunliffe says.
“Kiwis are technology-savvy people who rely on the internet for fundamental daily activities such as banking and communicating with friends, family and colleagues.
“Unfortunately the legal framework to protect New Zealanders’ online hasn’t kept up with the pace of technology.
Power companies unfairly targeting the poorest Power companies are unfairly targeting the poorest New Zealanders by charging them the highest electricity rates, Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says.
New figures obtained by Labour show those on pre-pay electricity plans – paying electricity bills in advance – pay up to 60 per cent more than those paying a regular power bill.
“That’s just wrong. Power companies are squeezing the poorest to maximise their profits. It’s a disgrace that they are hurting Kiwis who can least afford it.