Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Shane Jones ‘right to go’ – Labour Rotorua candidate

Shane Jones ‘right to go’ – Labour Rotorua candidate

View the full video of this interview at www.themud.co.nz

By Mike Smith

The Labour Party’s Rotorua candidate Tamati Coffey says Shane Jones is best off to leave if his heart’s not in the party.

The decision by the senior Labour politician to quit the party and leave parliament has shocked many as it comes in the lead up to the 2014 general election.

However, Tamati Coffey told www.themud.co.nz that Shane Jones has made the right decision, and Labour has sufficient senior Maori MPs aboard to weather the storm.

The Rotorua candidate, who confirmed he will be on the Labour list, has ties to Rotorua’s Ngati Whakaue, and says if any candidate is not feeling like standing, then it is time to go.

“If you’re in politics, you have to be in it a hundred per cent. Any candidate if they’re not feeling a hundred per cent, if they’re not feeling 80 per cent, if they’re not even feeling 60 per cent, then it is time to go.

“So if Shane’s heart isn’t in it, then the best place for him to be is not within the party.”

Tamati Coffey says he is a newbie coming into politics, with fresh ideas and lots of energy, but has been told by MPs, how important it was to have a firm commitment from his partner to be able to take on politics.

He says the Labour Party has a lot of MPs who are sufficiently senior – and not only in Maori seats.

Meanwhile, Tamati Coffey says he would like to see the Rotorua District Council adopt a “wood first” policy in an effort to boost the region’s ailing forest industry.

He says he has been told as many 140 shops are empty in the Rotorua inner city area. While the council has led new initiatives to boost the inner city, Tamati Coffey says more fundamental economic changes are required.

“It saddens me to walk around Rotorua and to see so many shops that are closed. I know the Central Mall is booming but there are too many shops that are empty.”

A lawyer who deals in property had told him that as many as 140 shops were closed.

“All you need to do is walk around the town and you’ll get a sense of that.”

The council and inner city businesses have launched a new push to boost the town but he wanted to come on board and help do more than was being done at present.

By making Rotorua the heart of forestry, Labour was looking to invest a lot of money to make sure that, for example, all government buildings must be built from wood.

“We want the logs to stay here and create a manufacturing hub in Rotorua.”

Asked if the council should also adopt a “wood first” policy, he said to have the council come on board would only help the economy.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Auckland Relocation Grants: 12 Grants Paid So Far

Since the policy took effect one month ago, 12 applicants have received the non-recoverable grant, supporting 32 people. $54,508 has been paid out, covering things like moving costs, bond, rent in advance and letting fees. More>>

ALSO:

Vaccine Funding Change: HPV Vaccines For All Children

PHARMAC has today announced changes to funded vaccines, which will benefit an extra 100,000 people... The human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine will be available for all children and adults up to the age of 26 years, and boys will now be included in the HPV school vaccination programme. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why The Opinion Polls For Key And Trump Defy Gravity

What is going on? Donald Trump got confirmed as the Republican presidential candidate at a bizarrely chaotic political convention… and promptly received an upwards bump in the polls to where he’s now rating ahead of Hillary Clinton, for only the second time this year. More>>

Sugar: Auckland Leisure Centres Axe Unhealthy Drinks

Auckland Council is to stop selling drinks that are sweetened by sugar from vending machines at its leisure centres in a bid to try to reduce obesity and type 2 diabetes... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Todd McClay’s Faulty Memory

Time and again, whenever an issue arises the initial response by government is to deny or diminish the problem – nothing to worry about here, everything’s OK, move on. Then, hang on. In line with the usual pattern, as embarrassing details emerged into daylight, the story changed. More>>

ALSO:

Labour's 'Future Of Work': Major Reform Of Careers And Apprenticeships

The next Labour Government will transform careers advice in high schools to ensure every student has a personalised career plan, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says. More>>

ALSO:

State Investments Management: Treasury Likes IRD, Not Education Or Corrections

The Inland Revenue Department has scored an 'A' in the first tranche of the Treasury's investor confidence rating for state agencies that manage significant Crown investments and assets, gaining greater autonomy as a result, while the Corrections and Education ministries gained a 'C' rating. More>>

ALSO:

Govt Goal: NZ To Be "Predator Free" By 2050

Prime Minister John Key has today announced the Government has adopted the goal of New Zealand becoming Predator Free by 2050... “That’s why we have adopted this goal. Our ambition is that by 2050 every single part of New Zealand will be completely free of rats, stoats and possums." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news