Parliament

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

 

Frontline services go in fisheries job cuts

30 April 2009 Media Statement

Frontline services go in fisheries job cuts

Around 30 Ministry of Fisheries staff in Nelson, Dunedin, Auckland and Napier will lose their jobs as the National Government makes further cuts to the public service, State Services spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

“So far more than 1000 jobs are on the chopping block in the public service and the National Government isn’t finished yet,” Grant Robertson said.

“The Government has made claims about moving staff from the backroom to the frontline. However, this is nothing more than a meaningless slogan.

“In this case the Government is cutting staff in the regions who work directly with communities, and replacing them with a small central team in Wellington. That is not moving people to the frontline, and will result in poorer services for the public.

Grant Robertson said the latest round of cuts to regional fisheries jobs could potentially harm services in that area.

“Local communities should have their needs met locally, now recreational fishers, iwi and communities will have to contact Wellington to discuss their local issues.

“National seem more interested in feathering their own nest by using public service funded political advisors in their Ministerial offices than delivering increases in frontline services for New Zealanders.

“New Zealanders are struggling and now more than 1000 ordinary Kiwi’s have lost or will lose their incomes because of their short-sighted job and service cuts.



“So far the Tertiary Education Commission, Ministry for Environment, Ministry of Health, National Library, State Services Commission, Ministry of Social Development, Inland Revenue and now the Ministry of Fisheries, have either cut jobs or signalled their intention to. Clearly this makes a mockery of John Key’s ‘cap not cut’ claim.

“Its time the National Party delivered more than slogans, jobs cuts and pay rises for their own staff. Clearly there is one rule for National Government Ministers and another for the rest of New Zealand when it comes to pay rises and staff numbers, “Grant Robertson said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

National Terrorism Threat Level Moves To Medium
Medium is defined as a terrorist attack is assessed as feasible and could well occur. The new level remains higher than it was before the 15 March terrorist attack when the threat level was low. More>>

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble

The report is jointly produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Statistics New Zealand, and is a follow on from the last report in 2015.

The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Scrapping The Capital Gains Tax

As PM Jacinda Arden said yesterday, there was no point in Labour bringing a proposal into the House that it didn’t have the votes to get passed. Looking back, maybe she always felt this outcome to be inevitable... More>>

ALSO:

City Rail Link: Billion Dollar Cost Rise (And Preferred Bidder)

The revised cost envelope for completing the entire Auckland City Rail Link project now totals $4.419 billion. The revised cost has yet to be endorsed by the project’s sponsors (the Crown and Auckland Council). More>>

ALSO:

Meth Scare: Debt Write-Off For HNZ Meth Testing Evictions

People living in Housing New Zealand (HNZ) properties who were wrongly evicted because of flawed methamphetamine contamination policies will have their related debts with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) written off. More>>

ALSO:

RNZ Report: Fears Grow For NZ Nurse Kidnapped In Syria

A New Zealand nurse working for the Red Cross was captured by Islamic State (IS) in Syria more than five years ago, and there are now public pleas for any information that could help bring her home. More>>

ALSO:

Streets Blocked In London: Climate 'Extinction Rebellion' Reaches Aotearoa

Across the world, thousands of people are taking part in a rebellion to avert climate, ecological and human catastrophe. This begins in Aotearoa New Zealand today. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels