Parliament

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

 

More Kiwi families miss out on fresh food

Stuart

NASH

Revenue Spokesperson

17 November 2011 MEDIA STATEMENT
More Kiwi families miss out on fresh food

A survey has revealed a third of Kiwis are replacing fresh fruit and vegetables with tinned food as prices continue to spiral upwards, says Labour’s Revenue spokesperson Stuart Nash.

The survey by Canstar Blue of 2,500 Kiwi consumers showed people in Auckland, Christchurch and Dunedin were most likely to have increased the amount of tinned food they buy.

“Families are telling us they are hurting, and food banks say it is increasingly working families who are asking for assistance. Hardship is on the increase as prices have risen four times faster than wages in the past three years,” Stuart Nash said.

“Labour’s policy to take all 15% of GST off fresh fruit and vegetables will make a significant difference to weekly family budgets.

“The concern raised by this survey is not that tinned food is unhealthy, but that fresh food is becoming too expensive,” Stuart Nash said

“Labour’s plan to take all GST off fresh fruit and vegetables, along with making the first $100 a person earns a week tax free, will be a real help to middle and low income families. Lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour will also be a welcome boost to those who really need it.

“Affordable healthy food makes economic sense. The more local fresh fruit and vegetables people buy, the more local businesses benefit and the more jobs are created.

“While National gets caught up in sideshows, Labour has a plan to secure New Zealand’s long-term future, keep our assets and take the immediate financial pressure off families who are struggling with the rising cost of living,” Stuart Nash said.

ENDS




© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

SCOOP COVERAGE: CHRISTCHURCH MOSQUES TERROR ATTACK


Gordon Campbell: On Reforming Parliament’s Toxic Culture

It would be nice to think Parliament was a forum where rationality ruled – and where policies are raised and evaluated in terms of their contribution to the greater good. Obviously, it isn’t like that... More>>

Historic Assualt Allegation: Parliamentary Service Staff Member Stood Down
Rt Hon Trevor Mallard said today: “I do not want to cut across any employment or possible police investigations, but I am satisfied that the Parliamentary Service has removed a threat to the safety of women working in the Parliamentary complex." More>>


 

Fatal 2018 Crash: Police Officer Should Not Have Engaged In Pursuit

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police officer should not have tried to stop or pursue a car thought to contain young people in Palmerston North on 28 May 2018. More>>

ALSO:

New Poverty Targets: Goals Overlook 174000 Children In Worst Poverty

Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to see the Government set ambitious 10-year targets for child poverty reduction, but we are disappointed not to see a target set for improving thousands of young lives where the worst of poverty is found. More>>

ALSO:

Study: Guidelines Needed To Avoid Risks In Government AI

New Zealand is a world leader in government algorithm use – but measures are needed to guard against their dangers. This is the conclusion of a New Zealand Law Foundation-funded report from the University of Otago’s Artificial Intelligence and Law in New Zealand Project. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Families Welcome Opening Of Drift

The group representing 29 of the Pike River Families - the Pike River Family Reference Group - has welcomed the unsealing of the mine at a private family event this morning... More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Harbour Bridge: New Design For Walking And Cycling Crossing

The NZ Transport Agency has released plans for its preferred option for a shared path over the Auckland Harbour Bridge which will transform walking and cycling not only across the harbour, but throughout the city. The Transport Agency says its preferred ... More>>

ALSO:

Wellington:

Shaw First Reading Speech: Climate Change Response Bill

Madam Speaker, today we begin the task of amending the Climate Change Response Act [2002], to fulfil the commitment that we have made, as a country, to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: More Unsold Kiwibuild Houses Bought By Govt

The Crown underwrite for unsold Kiwibuild homes has been triggered for a second time. Now lack of sales in Mike Greer's development in Canterbury and Auckland means the government has had to buy back seven more homes. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels