Local communities critical to Civil Defence
Posted 2nd Sep 2014
Labour will focus on empowering New Zealand communities to be resilient in Civil Defence disasters, says Labour’s Civil Defence spokesperson Clare Curran.
Announcing Labour’s Civil Defence policy, she says that Labour will work with schools, voluntary agencies and community groups to make sure they are ready to act effectively as the Student Army did in Christchurch. In the aftermath of the Canterbury earthquakes, volunteer networks emerged to tackle the huge recovery task.
“However there are issues that need to be resolved about the sustainability of these volunteer networks.
National finally wakes up to rural broadband issue
Posted 26th Aug 2014
Amy Adams must guarantee that the new fund announced today will be truly contestable and not just a slush fund for large telcos or a continuation of the existing failed Rural Broadband Initiative, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“Today’s new fund is an admission that the RBI has failed and under-shot the ambitions of New Zealanders.
“Broadband connections in rural New Zealand are poor by world standards. New Zealand needs the best rural broadband possible because of the importance of primary production.
“It appears that the National may have woken up to the importance of community solutions – a solution that Labour has already embraced.
Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all
Posted 31st Jul 2014
Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
“Mr Joyce deliberately obfuscated and refused to answer questions on the actual connection numbers to both rural and broadband schemes in Parliament today in an attempt to cover up the National Government’s sluggish progress on both schemes.
“Steven Joyce needs to front up rather than playing cagey at question time. Not doing so only increases suspicions the numbers might be embarrassing.
Taxpayer cash to plug Chorus copper hole
Posted 18th Jul 2014
The Chief Executive and Board of Chorus must be held accountable for striking a deal that uses taxpayer money intended to build a new fibre network to instead plug the company’s revenue
gaps, says Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran.
“The deal between Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings shows Chorus has failed to manage its own business. The deal allows Chorus to access money that was meant to be spent on the UFB roll-out in 2018 and 2019.
“That money will obviously be used to plug revenue gaps and in 2018 Chorus is likely to go back to CFH with the begging bowl.
“CFH should never have struck this deal and Amy Adams should have made that clear. This is a short term fix.
Joyce performs U-turn in Labour’s garage
Posted 15th Jul 2014
Just four days after calling Labour’s ICT Garage Grants ‘off the planet’ Steven Joyce has supported the policy and trumpeted funding for ICT entrepreneurs, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says.
“Last Friday Labour announced its Digital Economic Upgrade which included Garage Grants to provide funding for entrepreneurs to turn their innovative ideas into the Xeros and Trade Mes of the future.
“That same day Steven Joyce condemned the policies as ‘off the planet’.
“In an astonishing feat of shamelessness, just four days later Mr Joyce has heralded $1 million in funding for ICT start-ups. Labour’s policy provides three times that amount to ICT entrepreneurs.