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Labour's Uncosted Policy Initiatives - Nats

Justice

No New Policies
1 Major public awareness campaign to change public attitudes
towards buying stolen goods
2 Investigate establishing a National Crime Authority to coordinate the fight against organised crime
3 Establish a Community Safety Office (CSO) to allow community feedback & input regarding the strategic direction of policing [CSO will also take over many current Crime Prevention Unit functions]
4 Promote successful truancy programmes
5 Expand the successful “Project Early” Christchurch pilot which deals with child behavioural problems
6 Expand the placement of social workers & youth workers in schools
7 Subject to positive evaluation, will promote concepts such as the sports academy at Aranui School in Christchurch which encourages young people to stay at school beyond the leaving age
8 Pilot school community conferences using restorative justice & modelled on family group conferences as an alternative to suspension
9 Evaluate programmes such as “cool schools” & ensure that the successful models are used for expanding such programmes to other schools
10 Build on successful community schemes –eg the Mt Roskill project which should be expanded & appropriate training provided for police
11 Pilot mentoring programmes for children who lack any positive male role model. (Need to screen adults & train them)
12 Strengthen family placement services - develop a specialist foster care programme to provide high levels of foster parent training/support
13 Further develop individualised programmes aimed at youth with multiple needs & at risk of offending. (eg Wraparound service piloted by Waipareira Trust)
14 Develop & expand police intervention programmes which try to get youth out of the cycle of criminal offending – eg “turn your life around”
15 Ensure police are organised, trained & supported to respond more effectively to youth crime.
16 Introduce a police infringement notice system for less serious offences – eg community work - restorative justice focus
17 Improve the resourcing & support given to CYPFA
18 Establish a secure purpose-built facility for recidivist young offenders & ensure it is staffed by specially trained staff & offers effective rehabilitation options
19 Allow youth court judges to sentence young offenders to appropriate secure care for up to 1 year instead of current 3 months
20 Promote programmes which involve at risk youth in sports, music etc to develop their talents positively
21 Develop & expand police intervention programmes which focus on trying to get youth out of the cycle of criminal offending
22 Increase funding to community based programmes which tackle causes of criminal behaviour eg STOP programme for sexual offenders
23 Expand placement opportunities for young offenders in the army & wilderness programmes
24 Ensure that specialist youth mental health services are available through the health system.
25
Provide more opportunities for Maori to work with their young offenders and take responsibility for rehabilitation. Will include piloting iwi provision of youth full-time supervision programmes
26 “Beef up” court security so that victims can observe or testify without fear of intimidation or violence
27 Resource the police to purchase anti-gang surveillance equipment
28 Establish a Judicial Commission to bring transparency to the judicial appointment, accountability & removal process
29 Move to restore victims rights to financial compensation

Maori

No New Policies
30 Provide resources for whanau, hapu, iwi & Maori organisations to assess their existing capacity, identify strengths & weaknesses & develop plans to address their skills shortage Assist these groups to implement their development plans
31 Conduct a face to face general enrolment census to ensure all eligible voters are on the electoral role of their choice – (ensure that adequate funding is provided & the campaign is appropriately promoted)
32 Resource a treaty education programme to improve the understanding of all New Zealanders
33 Ensure that illiteracy & poor education of prisoners is fully addressed by educational programmes in prisons.
34 Provide programmes for anger management & teach conflict resolution skills as an alternative to violence
35 Expand intensive programmes dealing with violent offenders
36 Encourage the use of more arts & culture based rehabilitation programmes in prisons
37 Address drug, alcohol & gambling addiction problems of inmates
38 Expand pre-release & post release programmes
39 Adequately resource the Maori land court
40 Immediately update & develop the Papakainga and Kaumatua housing schemes & work with iwi to make more marae based housing available
41 Develop the low deposit rural lending scheme so whanau can own their own homes and use sweat equity as the deposit.
42 Assist the development of sport and recreation programmes specifically for Maori
43
Establish a new Local Economic Assistance Fund that is responsive to Maori to encourage local development
44 Reinstate Maori business venture capital funding & encourage support, mentoring & managerial training programmes designed for Maori
45 Ensure that specific funding is available to assist Maori who wish to live & work on the land, to develop the land commercially
46 Facilitate a national tourism summit for Maori tourism operators
47 Establish a representative Maori tourism board
48 Work with Maori to further develop opportunities in the fishing industry & allocate 20 % of quota to Maori
49 Assist Maori in the development of fresh water & marine farming technologies
50 Encourage Maori organisations to enter the Marine & fisheries tourism industry
51 Provide training programmes specifically aimed at providing commercial and managerial expertise to Maori
52 Investigate the feasibility of establishing an industry training organisation to develop training programmes aimed at providing suitable workers to manage Maori social services delivery organisations
53 Strengthen the Maori Language Commission and government sector Maori language policy
54 Investigate the establishment of a Maori Cultural Foundation to coordinate & promote all forms of Maori culture and arts. (indication that this funding could come from CreativeNZ)
55 Develop viable commercial activities & Maori authenticity standards with Maori to protect & promote Maori artists nationally and internationally
56 Assess the proposed Maori TV channel
57 Strengthen existing iwi radio stations & ensure their continued viability

Immigration & Veterans Affairs

No New Policies
58 Establish a working party of representatives of the Pacific Island (PI) community & officials to investigate & review the issues of traditional discipline & cultural values
59 Promote programmes which involve at-risk young PI in sport, music, cultural or recreation activities to develop interests and talents
60 Provide funding for education initiatives especially at the point of immigration, to educate PI on the social values & laws of NZ
61 Ensure that public servants who interact with PI in the justice system are trained to appreciate & understand the cultural values of the PI community
62 Set aside a “contestable fund” for employment programmes (proposals put forward by PI employment groups)
63 Implement a through review of the Ministry of PI affairs
64 Appoint a board to advise & monitor the work of the Ministry
65 Re-establish a national radio network for PI groups
66 Investigate the establishment of a PI Broadcasting Foundation to co-ordinate strategy for the broadcasting of PI languages.
67 Increase funding for PI broadcasting both in radio & TV
68 Ensure all war veteran pensions are adjusted annually to maintain their relativity with average wages & NZ super & reverse the changes that were made this year.
69 Ensure that NZ service personnel who were exposed to agent orange & their children receive state support & financial assistance.
70 Support the development of a register of immigration consultants to ensure that services provided are of an acceptable standard
71 Promote & develop settlement programmes in partnership with local & regional government & key community organisations
72 Encourage & assist the development of refugee & migrant resource centres
73 Support & fund a languages policy that includes both provision of English language tuition for speakers of other languages & a commitment to inheritance language
74 Take a pro-active approach to seeking those migrants who have the potential to contribute to a knowledge-based economy
75 Provide adequately funded policies that address the key areas of needs of refugees – community orientation, housing, health, education, ESOL, intergration, family reunification, skills development & work
76 Encourage festivals, art exhibitions & other cultural activities for people of different ethnic backgrounds & programmes to increase community understanding of major ethnic groups
77 Consult with ethnic communities and their organisations to develop effective government advice structures that would best meet their needs
78 Encourage the development of programmes aimed at helping people from traditionally isolated ethnic communities to contribute & interact with the wider community
79 Introduce community & school programmes to improve understanding of the major ethnic groups which have settled in NZ

Housing

No New Policies
80 Pilot programmes for tenants to participate in decision making about their housing.
81 Investigate ways the government can encourage private landlords to improve the quality of housing available to low income households.
82 Scrap the tenancy tribunal $20 application fee
83 Pilot programmes to meet the needs of the PI community – may include the design of appropriately sized housing & the development of community centred living
84 Establish “special housing action zones” in areas with serious housing need where the land available is predominantly multiply owned with the objective of increasing the supply of houses & home ownership in those areas.
85 Provide appropriate houses for organisations providing emergency housing, refugees, services for youth at risk and people with disabilities & special needs.
86 Ensure that subsidised lending facilities are available to community groups for the purpose of financing housing projects
87 Support local government housing initiatives, especially for pensioners / innovative housing programmes.
88 Reinstate the advance for major home repairs programme & investigate introducing a home equity conversion scheme.
89 Further develop the low deposit rural lending scheme
90 Ensure that a strategic process for rehabilitation & disability support includes a comprehensive plan for the housing needs of people with disabilities
91 Have HousingNZ develop programmes designed to assist people into home ownership. Eg, extending the coverage of home ownership workshops & other initiatives designed to get people into housing
92 Investigate ways to help low & modest income earners buy their first home
93 Establish a training programme for house construction & maintenance to accommodate the principle of sweat equity & investment protection.

Adult Education

No New Policies
94 Extend local involvement in adult & community education programmes through the establishment of Community Learning Programmes (CPLs) with a view to a nationwide network over time.
95 Appoint a short term working group to prepare an action blue print for the implementation of Labour’s Adult Education policy – including funding mechanisms

Employment & Workplace

No New Policies
96 Establish an Employment Rights Unit (ERU) to coordinate a review & update of minimum code legislation
97 Establish an Employment Equity office within the Department of Labour & review the future of the EEO trust & EEO Fund
98 Offer encouragement & financial assistance where appropriate to industry based safety & health promotion & education programmes
99 Better resource the current labour inspectorate & will require it to move from being reactive to pro-active
100 Provide a centrally administered contestable fund to consider applications for funding to assist in the provision of employment related education.
101 Expand the “Be your own Boss” programme
102 Support the availability of quality childcare through the provision of childcare subsidies & after school programmes
103 Establish a FutureWork Unit to be responsible for promoting the value of changes to working arrangements & provide policy advice to the government on the policy implications of changing work structures
104 Establish a Workplace Literacy Group to provide recommendations to Government on a new policy framework for literacy & numeracy in the workplace
105 Introduce a comprehensive Workplace English Language & Literacy Development Fund to support literacy & numeracy in the workplace
106 Introduce a “Live Wire” initiative aimed at new businesses run by young people
107 Encourage towns & communities to participate in the Mainstreet programme to revitalise town centres, thereby creating employment opportunities

Broadcasting

No New Policies
108 Establish a taskforce to investigate & report on future funding mechanisms for TVNZ
109 Support the growth of regional TV & conduct a review of barriers to its development. Investigate ways of providing finance or spectrum allocation to encourage growth
110 Reserve a FM frequency for youth, and establish a board made up of representatives of youth interests to allocate broadcast times within the frequency

Energy, Transport & Fisheries

NO New Policies
111 Increase research funding for renewable energy & energy efficiency & facilitate the development of relevant technologies such as wind & solar power
112 Fund energy efficiency programmes for state houses, pensioner units, schools etc & restart the energy saver fund to support community based energy efficiency programmes.
113 Promote public education on energy efficiency
114 Set up an inquiry to establish whether there is a need to regulate distribution & transmission companies, the robustness of the valuation & efficiency benchmarks needed to undertake any such regulation, and an appropriate structure for any regulatory response.
115 Consider re-amalgamating the 3 “baby ECNZs” & making that new company responsible for maintaining security of generation
116 Widen the role of the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority
117 Support the progressive upgrading of electricity generation efficiency
118 Ensure significant & ongoing investment in roading & public passenger transport
119 Reduce black spots & increase the number of passing lanes
120 Improve road surfaces & trial rumble strips before sharp corners
121 Consider new arrangements such as joint ventures to speed up investment in alternative routes
122 Separate opposing lanes with barriers in high risk accident areas
123 Pilot child road safety programmes
124 Develop driver education programmes in schools
125 Introduce a comprehensive safety programme to ensure that significant improvements are made to vehicle safety
126 Introduce a spot-check requirement for the testing of taxi drivers to ensure that drivers are not exceeding license hours requirements & meet required standards.
127 Increase the activity of the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit
128 Establish the NZ Shipping Industry Review team to conduct a short-term inquiry into the future of the shipping industry.
129 Review all aviation agencies to ensure logical & sensible developments & the eradication of unnecessary costs.
130 Establish a National Fisheries Advisory Council to help develop a co-operative partnership & provide the Minister with policy advice. (Help fund sufficient consultation to ensure all relevant parties are able to contribute)
131 Consult with permit holders with the aim of establishing fair compensation.
132 Consider establishing an Oceans Commission to bring fisheries, environment, scientific etc & other interests together in a more holistic approach to marine management.

ACC

No New Policies
133 Reconstruct ACC
134 Collect & monitor a national database of injuries
135 Resources will be applied to ensure advocacy services are available for injured persons should they wish to have someone act on their behalf
136 Address the anomaly between the entitlements of people incapacitated by illness compared with those incapacitated by accident
137 Occupational diseases will be explicitly recognised in ACC schedules to shift the burden of proof in cases where workers are employed in industries in which the diseases are endemic
138 Reinstate cover for stress which follows a traumatic event or which has a significant work component
139 Move to a realistic assessment of potential loss of earnings so that no one will be paid less than an Invalids benefit
140 ACC will have the flexibility to pay for actual & reasonable costs associated with an accident & subsequent incapacity. This includes home help, rehabilitation, related travel costs for the injured person & immediate family. A funeral grant will also be made available
141 Will allow private insurers the option of applying for a buy out of their liabilities

Rural Affairs & the Sharemarket

No New Policies
142 Rebuild the effective partnership with producer boards & continue to support statutory boards
143 Advance agriculture by forming active partnerships between the public and private sectors to boost funding for new R&D, add value, push for access to markets.
144 Provide access to funding through the Local Economic Assistance Fund for feasibility studies for potential water management & irrigation schemes, & regional initiatives.
145 Support research & investment to build expertise in diverse forestry techniques.
146 Investigate providing a public prosecution agency & improving monitoring & surveillance of the sharemarket

Research & Development, & Labour Online, Small Business & Industrial Development

No New Policies
147 Establish a Science & Innovation Advisory Council
148 Establish national awards for excellence in science & technology
149 Undertake science & technology promotion through NZ on Air, careers advisory agencies etc…
150 Promote TechNZ programmes more effectively
151 Establish a contestable fund for science promotion so that existing & new initiatives can bid equally for support
152 Increase the budget for the Marsden fund
153 Allow all R & D expenditure to be expensed in the year of investment for tax purpose.
154 Accelerate the depreciation regime for new capital investment in technology
155 Establish a small business research fund & encourage the formation of Group Research Trusts to make recommendations to the fund for public/private research
156 Introduce a national science & technology information service to co-ordinate existing services & fill the current gaps
157 Investigate establishing a Social Services Science Research Council to direct the funding and priority setting for social science research
158 A $ for $ subsidy for small businesses purchasing computers
159 Provide an arbitration regime where parties to anti-competition disputes can have their disputes resolved without having to go through the formal court process
160 Provide additional resources to the Commerce Commission
161 Achieve a unified E-Commerce-based system of notifying purchasing requirements across all central & local government agencies facilitated by the Industrial Supplies Office to ensure all producers of goods & services have access to the information needed to tender for contracts & have the option of submitting such tenders online.
162 Develop the “single window” electronic service delivery option across central & local government so that all citizens are able to deal with central & local government online, & have access to all departments through a “single window” via the Internet
163 Convene a E-Commerce leaders summit to agree on an implementation strategy to achieve objectives in E-Commerce
164 Provide assistance through industry development programmes to assist Small/Medium Enterprise’s to take up E-Commerce
165 Establish a programme through Industry NZ to attract foreign investment in areas such as technology and R&D that will help accelerate NZ’s transition into the knowledge economy
166 Develop a Small/Medium Enterprise Guide to E-Commerce in partnership with local government & the information industry
167 Establish an Office of Small Business within Industry NZ
168 Deliver a range of government assisted enterprise finance options to help small businesses obtain funds they need to grow
169 Introduce a modern Business Development Programme to be run by the Small Business Office


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