Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

More Needs To Be Done In Northland

Smoke Alarms Will Save Lives But More Needs To Be Done In Northland

Alliance MP Grant Gillon is welcoming a major fire-safety drive to install smoke alarms in at-risk Northland homes but warns that smoke alarms should not be relied upon to stop the Northland fire tragedies.

"Smoke alarms should not cause us to be complacent about fire safety. While alarms are highly valuable in warning the occupants of a house to a fire danger they do not prevent ignition or extinguish a fire. They should not be seen as the entire solution," said Grant Gillon.

"The cause of some of the recent fires in the Northland region has been attributed to the use of candles. As smoke from candles can set off a smoke alarm there is a danger that this may lead to the devices being removed or the batteries being disconnected.

"The danger of ignition must also be urgently addressed.

"The Accident Compensation Corporation and the Fire Service are to be applauded for the smoke alarms initiative. The Northland region has had to face far too many fire tragedies, not only in the last few months but in the last few years. The initiative will undoubtedly save lives but it should be seen as a great first step in the unravelling of a complex problem," said Grant Gillon.

"Tragedies such as the Herekino fire highlight the devastating downstream consequences of long standing poverty. In order to prevent further tragedies underlying socio-economic factors such as poor housing and lack of employment opportunities must also be addressed.

"The Government has already embarked on policies to aid the regional development of Northland and is fast tracking initiatives in housing, housing maintenance, education and other important areas," said Grant Gillon.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election