Ashburton Guardian, Canterbury by Susan Sandys 20 Apr 2017
The Labour Party is hoping to get as many people as possible along to a public meeting on policing and regional development tonight.
Labour police spokesman and economic development spokesman Stuart Nash, alongside Labour candidate for Rangitata Jo Luxton, will address the meeting, which will follow an afternoon public meeting held by National MP Jo Goodhew on youth crime.
Labour organised its meeting some time before public concern over youth crime prompted Goodhew to hold the afternoon meeting, which will be attended by Ministry of Justice officials.
Nash said while it was coincidence the meetings were on the same day, he believed youth offending would also be among popular topics at the Labour meeting.
“You can’t talk about policing without addressing youth crime,” Nash said.
He said the 880 more frontline officers over the next four years promised by National recently was not enough, and if elected Labour would go further in improving police resources.
Additionally he believed a message needed to be sent to the judiciary that society expected them to use the powers they had for dealing with young offenders.
Nash was also looking forward to talking about regional development, for which he believed it was important that government worked in partnership with communities to help them realise their plans.
“I’m really looking forward to hearing from the people of Ashburton about what the issues are, and listening to what they believe the solutions are, and talking about how we can work together to actually implement solutions that work,” Nash said.
He hoped the time of the meeting, 7pm in the Ashburton MSA card room, would be convenient for many.