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Author archives: Cherry Taylor

Increasing retirement age ‘cruel’ for some

Wairoa Star, Wairoa East Coast by STUART NASH 16 Mar 2017 SO Bill English really set the proverbial cat amongst the political pigeons when he came out and said that if re-elected on September 23 his government would increase the age of entitlement for superannuation from 65 to 67. Admittedly, this isn’t going to happen [...]

Napier Port belongs to the people

Hawke’s Bay Today, Hawke’s Bay by STUART NASH 16 Mar 2017 TALKING POINT RECENT talk about a possible sale of a stake in the Port of Napier is concerning. On discussing ways to fund the port’s required expansion, the port chairman has said: “I’m not going to rule out anything yet, given I don’t know [...]

Bay Labour MPs move up ranks of the party

Local Labour MPs Stuart Nash and Meka Whaitiri have moved up the ranks after a minor reshuffle announced by party leader Andrew Little last week. Mr Nash, the Napier MP, has been promoted to Labour’s front bench and picks up the economic development (including regional development) portfolio while retaining the police portfolio. Read more here.

Labour makes big promises for Bay

Labour makes big promises for Bay – Hawke’s Bay Weekend, Hawke’s Bay by Victoria White 11 Mar 2017 Higher police numbers, water bottling levies, and cleaner rivers were touted as part of Hawke’s Bay’s future under a Labour Government yesterday. About 200 people crowded into Clive Hall last night to hear Labour party leader Andrew [...]

Police slash spending on snitches

In 2012 they paid informants $416,114, according to Official Information Act figures. The next two years they spent about $300,000, then $207,000 in 2015, and around $156,000 last year. This financial year police spending is on track to be lower still. Neither police nor the office of Police Minister Paula Bennett would comment on the [...]

More ‘non-crime’ jobs to eat up police time

The Dominion Post, Wellington by John Weekes 23 Feb 2017 The Police Commissioner expects his officers will be increasingly called upon to handle mental health crises and suicide attempts. The prediction of “noncrime” jobs using up more police time and resources was presented in Mike Bush’s briefing to incoming Police Minister Paula Bennett. His comments [...]

Planning so our region benefits

Hawke’s Bay Today, Hawke’s Bay by STUART NASH 23 Feb 2017 TALKING POINT THIS WEEK I attended the Taniwha Dragon Economic Summit organised by Ngahiwi Tomoana in his role as chairman of Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated. The primary (but not only) focus of the summit was to explore commercial partnership opportunities between Maori organisations and [...]

Work on champs began four years ago

Hawke’s Bay Today, Hawke’s Bay by Shane Hurndell 22 Feb 2017 Napier Sailing Club commodore Paul Redman described the hosting of the 21st Flying Fifteen World Championship as the culmination of four years of work. “It was four years ago when Graeme [event convener and long-time class competitor Robinson] came to the club and suggested [...]

Labour’s $20m plan could benefit region

Hawke’s Bay Weekend, Hawke’s Bay by Nicki Harper 18 Feb 2017 Labour’s pledge to inject up to $20 million to support the construction of a timber pre-fabrication plant in Gisborne would have spin-off benefits for Hawke’s Bay, but to work needs both rail and road transport options between Gisborne and the Napier Port, says Hawke’s [...]