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

 


Copper Tax – No thanks, says the Maori Party

Media Statement

28 November 2013

Copper Tax – No thanks, says the Maori Party

The Maori Party will oppose any legislation to reduce or delay the cuts to internet prices ordered by the Commerce Commission to come into force on 1 December 2014.

“The Maori Party is keenly aware of the digital divide within New Zealand, as reported by the World Internet Project last week. We do not support further entrenching that divide by increasing the cost of copper broadband and voice services above the price set by the Commerce Commission,” says Maori Party Co-Leader Tariana Turia.

“Low income, elderly, Maori, Pasifika and rural communities already have inferior access to the internet. The Commerce Commission’s final pricing determination would help bridge that divide by making access to the internet nearly 25% cheaper, and we are certainly not going to stand in the way of that.”

“Maori have made a huge contribution to ICT services and development in New Zealand, likewise Maori have been keen users of this technology as a means of promoting the development and growth of our language and culture.”

Maori Party Co-Leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the UFB and RBI roll out is extremely important for improving access of all New Zealanders to vital services, information and opportunities.

“We have policies for marae access to broadband that drives development for Maori communities, turning marae into business incubators, training classrooms, employment agencies and marketing hubs. We also believe, however, that New Zealanders should not be paying a premium to utilise existing copper infrastructure that has already been paid for over a number of decades. Many will not be able to afford or will not have access to the new fibre infrastructure – especially low-income Maori families for whom price is a real barrier to internet access. An affordable copper based technology is essential,” says Te Ururoa Flavell.

“Given that Chorus will have a monopoly in the market, we think that the Commerce Commission as an independent regulator is the right group of people to set the monthly charges for copper services. We do not think that Parliament or Government should override that decision, particularly when it seems to be simply creating an income generating scheme for a private company.”

“We urge the government to find another way to deal with any problems with Chorus’s roll-out of ultra-fast broadband than imposing higher prices for copper services on all New Zealanders, including the 25% of New Zealanders whom it appears will never have access to ultra-fast broadband.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news