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Upper Hutt Leader : September 28th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service Radius Pharmacy - 53 Main Street, Upper Hutt T: 04 528 4808 F: 04 528 1440 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Mon to Fri: 8am - 8pm Sat, Sun & Public holidays: 9am - 6pm follow us on Facebook L'Oréal Paris Cosmetics On all cosmetics. BUY 3 GET 30% OFF* BUY 2 GET 20% OFF* Laetitia Casta for L'Oréal Paris. 3722236AJ Goff's 'the guy with Chris Hipkins' Home care: Building apprentices Jarred Kirkland and Ryan Smith catch up with Labour leader Phil Goff at a new residential building site in Silverstream. Labour's training and apprenticeships policy is a central plan in its election campaign. Men in Black: Local Keri Roughton has her time in the Main St sun pleasantly invaded by Mr Goff and Mr Hipkins. Photos: COLIN WILLIAMS Labour leader Phil Goff spent a day in Upper Hutt and the Rimutaka electorate on Wednesday. Along with local MP Chris Hipkins he talked with builders Ray Thorner and Ross Hammersley-Myers and their apprentices on a residential building site, visited the Heretaunga Retirement Village and Rest Home, had lunch with city mayor Wayne Guppy and, after a Main St walkabout, spoke to a meeting of the Upper Hutt Grey Power. COLIN WILLIAMS reports. ' So on election day give Chris and Labour the big tick. That's it, that's my advertising over. ' Labour leader Phil Goff After a couple of opening niceties about Upper Hutt on a great day Mr Goff spoke to a Grey Power audience about the only game in town, the Rugby World Cup, and Ireland s stirring win over Aust- ralia. It was great to see the under- dog come from behind and beat the favoured team, Mr Goff said, leaving the comment hanging in the Hapai Club air. Was this a pointed or even sub- liminal comment from the very much underdog Opposition leader about the momentous task ahead of him on election day -- now less then two months away? Mr Goff spoke with some feeling about the massive crowd problems and dangers on the cup s opening night and the poor management and decision-making around it. We ll get the cup behind us and start getting serious about the election, he said before some kind words about his colleague and first term Rimutaka MP, Chris Hipkins. I ve been hugely impressed with the job Chris has done. Walk- ing around the Main St people were saying who s that guy with Chris Hipkins? , he joked. Although new to Parliament Mr Hipkins is always on top of issues, and is a fine debater who is rising through the ranks and I think he has a great future , he said. So on election day give Chris and Labour the big tick. That s it, that s my advertising over. Mr Goff then concentrated on the path ahead for New Zealand- ers, on the challenges, visions and policies . Unemployment ( three times what it was three years ago ) and the large number of people moving to Australia ( 100,000 since December 2008 ) was a big con- cern. Mr Goff s two tradesmen sons, in their 20s, were considering the move over the Tasman, where wages are 40 per cent higher. Where are my grandkids going to grow up? I do want them to have the chance to grow up here and contribute to New Zealand. The gap between the haves and the have nots was increasing and the National Government s tax cuts had further exacerbated this, he said. How many here got $300 per weekintaxcuts?Idid. . .John Key was generous. How many got $1000 a week? John Key did. Mr Goff outlined his party s tax- ation policies including a tax-free threshold for a wage earner s first $5000, no GST on fresh fruit and vegetables and the introduction of a capital gains tax. Labour s training and appren- ticeship policy is in line with the party s strong record in this area, Mr Goff said. It will feature subsidies to employers towards the the cost of an employee s first training year. Costed at $65 million a year, it will increase training numbers so that each year 10 per cent of the New Zea- land workforce is taking part in formal training. We will make sure every under-20-year-old has the oppor- tunity to be earning or learning, Mr Goff told the Grey Power audi- ence. You ll create a better New Zea- land that way. National s intention to sell New Zealand assets occupied a large portion of Mr Goff s address. Labour, and Mr Goff himself, had learnt the lessons of the past and shown the way by buying back Air New Zealand and Kiwi- Rail after Fay Richwhite asset- stripped it and ran it into the ground . We set up Kiwibank and other banks, changed the way they do things. National, to be fair to them, have told us what they are going to do -- but we need to keep them [State assets]. We should keep these assets but we only have one chance to -- at this election, Mr Goff said.
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