Broadband failure sucks up more cash
Posted 3rd Jul 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
The Commerce Committee has blocked an inquiry into the $300 million rural broadband initiative (RBI) despite mounting evidence it’s a massive policy failure and waste of money, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.



“The Government is about to spend an extra $150 million on a programme that isn’t working. The RBI could prove to be one of the most misguided spends of this National Government.
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Copper decision a victory for status quo, not Kiwi households
Posted 2nd Jul 2015
Filed under: Communications & IT
New Zealanders hoping for cheaper copper broadband will be disappointed by the Commerce Commission’s latest decision in the long running saga to determine the price of copper, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.



“In an apparent attempt to appease everyone, the Commission’s decision is a victory for the status quo.
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Minister must explain Maori TV interference
Posted 24th Jun 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
Te Ururoa Flavell must explain why he told Maori TV staff all complaints about the CEO must come to him – months before he became the Minister responsible for the broadcaster, Labour’s Broadcasting Spokesperson Clare Curran says.

“Sources have told me that Mr Flavell rebuked staff for signing a petition against Paora Maxwell’s appointment and insisted all complaints about the CEO must be made through him, in a speech made in May 2014 welcoming Mr Maxwell to the organisation.
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Black Caps backs South Dunedin flood recovery
Posted 17th Jun 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
People dealing with the aftermath of the Dunedin floods will be supported by the boost from Black Caps skipper Brendon McCullum and coach Mike Hesson who have put their weight behind the Dunedin Flood Appeal in a video released this afternoon, Clare Curran, Labour Dunedin South MP says.



“It is brilliant that South Dunedin’s favourite son has shown his support for those affected by the floods. Brendon has never forgotten where he came from, and recording this video is a real shot in the arm for those picking up the pieces from the floods.
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Māori TV editorial interference scandal deepens
Posted 17th Jun 2015
Filed under: Broadcasting
The Maori Development Minister has misled a select committee and appears to have broken the law through editorial interference in Māori Television, Labour’s Broadcasting spokesperson Clare Curran said today.

Labour has released emails between Te Ururoa Flavell’s press secretary and Maori television that show the Minister's press secretary tried to alter the format of a proposed Native Affairs debate on Whanau Ora and attempted to dissuade Māori Television from inviting NZ First to appear on the show.
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