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


The Right To Work Run Is Launched

Ultra distance runner, Siegfried Bauer started his 454km 'run for the right to work' this morning. He will run from Wanganui to Auckland.

Siggy, a one time world champion ultra distance runner, is running to highlight the 200,000 people who are jobless in New Zealand.

If you stood 200,000 jobless people in a line with two metres separating them, the queue would reach from Wanganui to Auckland.

Siggy, who normally lives in Eltham, will arrive in Auckland on October 17th to coincide with the Alliance Campaign launch on that day.

Alliance leader Jim Anderton was in Wanganui to farewell Siggy.

454km is not a long run for Siggy. In the past he has run the length of New Zealand (2,170km) in eighteen days and nine hours. He set a world record when he ran from Pretoria to Capetown in South Africa (1,609km) in twelve days and 21 hours.

58 year old Siggy has come out of retirement to make this run and ensure that job creation becomes an election issue. 'It's not just unemployment I want to highlight. It's the fact that a lot of the jobless figures are hidden and manipulated by the government. People working in very small part time jobs, work schemes and in training don't show up in the unemployment figures,' Siggy said.

Siggy's itinerary: 1st October - Wanganui; 2nd October Raetihi/Ohakune; 3rd October Raurimu; 4th October Taumaranui; 5th October Turangi; 6th October Taupo; 7th October Taupo; 8th October Tokoroa; 9th October Tirau; 10th October Tauranga; 11th October Katikati; 12th October Waiahi, Paeroa; 13th October Te Aroha, Morrinsville; 14th October Hamilton, Ngaruawahia; 15th October Huntly, Pokeno; 16th October Auckland City; 17th October North Shore City, Alliance Campaign launch.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>


More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news