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Upper Hutt Leader : November 23rd 2011
40 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 23, 2011 NEWS Make voting easier. Take your EasyVote card and vote at a polling place close to home. Check your EasyVote pack for a list of polling places. For more information: Visit our website elections.org.nz Freephone 0800 36 76 56 VOTING ECF0041 VOTE CLOSE TO HOME. FOR A FAIR GO GENERAL ELECTION 2011 ELECTIONS 2011 Party vote: During the last Labour govern- ment 280,000 people moved to Australia. If we don t reverse this trend, we will lose another 412,000 people in the next 13 years -- that s the entire population of Wellington! In 2008 National was elected promising to get government spending and waste under control. Instead, they increased govern- ment spending from 60 billion to almost 80 billion. If you voted National in 2008 because you wanted a new Prime Minister but wanted to keep Labour s policies, you should prob- ably vote for National again, but if you voted for National in 2008 because you wanted a change in policies, then this time you need to Party Vote ACT! CHRIS HIPKINS, Labour. Sitting MP for Rimutaka, 33, lives Trentham. Actively involved in a wide range of community activities, from sports clubs to the local Chamber of Commerce. Labour Party member since 1997. Standing because:I m passionate about the Hutt Valley. It s where I grew up and I ve been proud to rep- resent and serve my local com- munity in Parliament. I m standing for re- election because I want to ensure that every Kiwi gets a fair go in life, from the cradle to the grave. Vote because: Over the past three years I ve proven that I will work hard on behalf of our local community as an accessible, approachable and active representative. If re- elected, I will continue to be an outspoken advocate for the Hutt Valley and fight hard on behalf of our local residents. Most exciting new policy: Our children s policy, which guarantees every kid quality early childhood education, free healthcare around the clock, and gives their parents the support they need. It s a real investment in our future. I m also excited by our policy to convert dole payments into apprenticeship subsidies for young people. Party vote: This year s election is a choice between selling valuable public assets or making the bold decisions we need for New Zea- land to be a richer and more prosperous country in the future. Labour is ready to make those bold decisions. We ll pay down the debt through a fairer tax system, provide relief for families struggling to make ends meet, and invest in the future through education and training. The govern- ment should be there for all New Zealanders, not just those at the top. If you want the next gener- ation of Kiwis to own their own future, give your party vote to Labour. TANE WOODLEY, Greens. I live in Johnsonville and I m 39 years old. I work for Civil Defence and I m a major in the army res- erve. I ve been in the Green Party since 2005. Standing because: I believe that New Zealand should be a clean, fair and vibrant country that is living within its environmental limits; we ve still got a way to go to get there. We were taught in the Army that if something needs doing, you should take responsibility for it and do it. Vote because: I m not seeking the elec- torate vote, though I believe I would be a good MP. The Greens will one day campaign for the electorate vote, but this time we have to focus on the party vote. Readers should vote for whomever they think will be the best MP for Rimutaka. Most exciting new pol- icy: Our Wellington transport policy, which will shift funding away from Trans- mission Gully, the Kapiti Expressway/Concrete River and the Basin flyover. More buses, trains, cycleways and footpaths will benefit every- one, even drivers, by giving more transport options and reducing traffic. As petrol costs continue to increase, these will be essential. Party vote: Many of our rivers and lakes are dirty, including the Hutt. We want to set a high water quality standard, so we can swim, fish and play in them. We aim to bring 100,000 children out of poverty. Raising the minimum wage and extending Working For Families will improve the lives of many poor children, and ours, by cutting health and welfare costs. Extending the home insulation scheme, and investing in science and manufacturing will create jobs, and help provide New Zea- land with products to export. The Greens are also opposed to the sale of your state assets. Ikaroa-Rawhiti MAURICE WAIRAU, indepen- dent. Kia-ora, my name is Maurice Wairau. I am 35 years old and am standing as an indepen- dent candi- date for Ikaroa Rawhiti. I am born and bred in Flaxmere, Hastings, but I have walked the length of the whole Ikaroa- Rawhiti from the top of the East Coast to bottom of Newtown/Wel- lington and sometimes even in bare feet. Standing because: I am opposed to the policies of this current Government. The sale of state-owned assets, 29 unrecovered lives, multiple failed finance companies, armed police, killings, intimidation, soldiers dying, GST rise, health, edu- cation, early childhood education cuts, AMI, SCF, CERA, the costs of living etc. I am a voice from a roots point of view and have an opinion on a wide range pol- itical spectrum from the bot- tom up and not from a main- stream colonial perspective. I am out to expose who are the thieves in Parliament and send them to JAIL for once? I am a strong advocate of health, education and law and order and the foundations of the economy should be based upon these state-owned enterprises. Vote because: If you vote for me I will stand for all our people from a roots point of view. TAWHAI McCLUTCHIE, Mana Party. I m a farmer, busi- ness owner, and involved with Runa- nga o Ngati Porou and youth programmes in Ruatoria. Standing because: I chose to stand because Mana is the only party committed to helping people ahead of profit. The only party committed to Papatua- nuku ahead of exploitation and destruction. That s why I chose to stand as the Mana candidate for Ikaroa-Rawhiti. Because Mana is the movement for the people. Vote because: Te Araroa to Wairoa, Flaxmere to Upper Hutt, I want warm homes, strong tamariki, a sustainable oil-free seabed. But it is with your help, whanau, we can make sure our future is not com- promised or suppressed by National or Labour s agenda. With you, together, for Maori pros- perity. Most exciting new policy: Many solutions like raising the low wage to a dignified $15 per hour, give the children of strug- gling whanau free breakfast and lunch, build more warm state homes and protect welfare. We accomplish this by taxing 1 per cent of the gambling derivatives of the stock exchange to benefit struggling whanau. Party vote: I am honoured to stand for Mana. I am honoured to represent you in Te Ikaroa Rawhiti. The glo- bal recession, unemployment, rising food and fuel prices is affecting the entire country. But it is our struggling whanau and tamariki who are particularly vul- nerable. Mana s response to these key issues is to put in place pro- found changes to eradicate the causes of poverty. Mana means social justice. Come join me on Saturday to vote for a better way of life for our people. NA RONGOWHAKAATA RAIHANIA, Maori Party. Lives Bridge Pa, Hastings, 49, Corrections officer, chair- man of iwi, chair of two Maori relationship hospital boards, for- mer president of the PSA Union and member of the CTU. Member Maori Party since its inception in 2004. Standing because: I have a broad base of skills that has prepared me for a role in Par- liament. My single focus to gain social equity for Maori people and to establish opportunities for Maori to further ourselves. Vote because: Because I am a family man with four children and five mokopuna so I know what it takes to feed a family and struggle for a living. I have a solid background in com- munity activity especially on the marae and in the iwi. Grass roots experience combined with stra- tegic planning abilities makes for a strong leader that looks for the best in everyone. Most exciting new policy: There are so many. The review of the justice system is probably a big one for me. Having worked in Corrections for more than 20 years I know that there is much to change if we are serious about working with whanau, hapu and iwi to reduce the recidivism rates and, no, the three strikes law is not the answer. We spend in excess of $4 billion each year, we built more prisons and worse still youth prisons for 15-18 year olds -- that s a sad indictment on our country. I want to change that. Party vote: The Maori Party policies are all centred on whanau and those values handed down from our tipuna. Our focus is to provide the platform for Maori and to empower us to take care of our- selves. We should not allow the state to be our parent -- true tino rangatiratanga starts in the home by looking after our children, guiding them through life and ensuring that our wahine are protected. It is also about making good decisions around education and health. We are leading that call and will champion the values of our old people manaakitangata, aroha tetahi ki tetahi. PAREKURA HOROMIA, Labour, sitting MP. No answers received to our questionnaire.
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