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Unison move sends wrong signal

Charging users of solar panels a special high rate because they won’t be using as much power is ridiculous, says Labour’s Energy spokesperson Stuart Nash. “Hawkes Bay lines company Unison has announced it will begin to charge a special higher rate to users of solar power. They argue this is necessary because solar users consume [...]

Fears of centralised courts

The Government is being accused of “amalgamation by stealth” after claims that Hawke’s Bay police centralisation in Hastings could be followed by a similar move for the region’s courts of justice. Both Napier mayor Bill Dalton and MP Stuart Nash yesterday told a public meeting they had heard “rumours” of a possible centralisation of the [...]

Specialist crime investigation roles reduced

Concerns were raised within the New Zealand Police about staffing changes that have taken specialist officers away from crime investigations, documents leaked to the Herald show. Officers in the Eastern Police District raised serious concerns about the impact of removing Scene of Crime Officer (Soco) positions, according to the documents. The draft papers are draft [...]

Govt to blame for low burglary resolution, not parents

Judith Collins’ latest cop-out is to blame parents for the appallingly low burglary resolution rates when the reality is police are way too stretched to solve them, says Labour’s Police Spokesman Stuart Nash. “Ms Collins has got it wrong again, saying in Parliament today the parents of burglars are the reason less than one in [...]

Labour calls for independent gun inquiry

11 March 2016 MEDIA STATEMENT Labour calls for independent gun inquiry Labour is calling for an independent inquiry into the availability, use and control of guns in New Zealand following the Kawerau Police shootings and the huge haul of firearms and drugs this week. Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash says the number of guns confiscated [...]

Rocket Lab ‘lift-off’ for local region

Congratulations to the Wairoa District Council for pushing to get US-based company Rocket Lab to choose the district to be the base of a manufacturing facility. We reported in Saturday’s paper that the council was aggressively pursuing a bid for the facility. Rocket Lab hopes to complete construction of New Zealand’s first commercial rocket launch [...]

Wairoa bids for Rocket Lab plant

Wairoa District Council is “aggressively” pursuing a bid for the district to be the base of a manufacturing facility for United States-based company Rocket Lab. The company hopes to complete construction of New Zealand’s first commercial rocket launch site on Mahia Peninsula this month, with a target to complete infrastructure and commissioning in late April. [...]

Foreign forest owners must supply local mills

25 February 2016 MEDIA STATEMENT Foreign forest owners must supply local mills The Government needs to crack down on foreign companies that are buying up forests and selling logs overseas, leaving local sawmills short on supply, says Labour’s Forestry spokesman Stuart Nash. “There’s no point in shipping logs overseas for processing when there’s local sawmills [...]

New Zealand needs to be GE free

When driving around the Bay over the next couple of months, you may well see billboards promoting Pure Hawkes Bay (PureHB). This group was set up a few years ago by a number of Hawke’s Bay food producers who understand our region’s competitive advantage, and who want to ensure it is maintained and enhanced for [...]

MP calls on Foss to support GMO stance

Stuart Nash has called on Craig Foss to stand with the region’s MPs in their support of the Hastings district’s bid to go GMO free. The Napier MP, whose electorate covers a decent chunk of the neighbouring district, said it was an important issue and that while all of New Zealand should be GMO free, [...]