Disappointment Mondelez will not discuss options for keeping Cadbury part operational
Posted 5th Mar 2017
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin Labour MPs Clare Curran and David Clark have questioned whether good faith has been shown by Cadbury factory owner Mondelez in refusing to discuss options for keeping the plant operating or part operating.

At a recent meeting convened by Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull to discuss the impact of the Cadbury closure Labour MPs asked Cadbury to come back to us on whether there was any likelihood of options being put on the table to keep all or part of the site operational, said Clare Curran.
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Cadbury closure huge blow to Dunedin
Posted 16th Feb 2017
Filed under: Dunedin South
News today that Mondelez intends to close the Cadbury manufacturing plant in Dunedin is a devastating blow for Dunedin, local Labour MPs David Clark and Clare Curran say.

The loss of 362 jobs is shattering for the people working there and for the city. I have visited the factory many times and appreciated the warm welcome, kind hospitality, and good cheer of the staff, says David Clark.
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Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture to celebrate the achievements of women
Posted 2nd Sep 2016
Filed under: Dunedin South
This Monday, the fifth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture will continue the strong tradition of honouring the late Dame Dorothy by highlighting the achievements of New Zealand women, and remembering their contributions.

Professor Barbara Brookes of the University of Otago will deliver the lecture on the topic Generations of Change: How women shaped history. Her research, writing and teaching have contributed significantly to new perspectives on women’s history. She has published widely both internationally and in New Zealand on women and on health.
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No WINZ in the MSD Waiting Game
Posted 7th Dec 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
There have been no wins for the South Dunedin community in the continued delay in answers on the status of the South Dunedin WINZ office, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

It is now six months on from the June floods that wreaked havoc on the community and forced the closure of the South Dunedin WINZ office.
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Watered down report gives few solid answers
Posted 26th Nov 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
The long overdue Dunedin City Council report on the infrastructure performance during the June flood event point to a culture of shell be right, which has had huge implications for an already vulnerable community, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

The release of this report has been long-anticipated by the public in the hope it would provide some answers to burning questions on the June flood event. Instead it raises more questions than answers, and provides little guidance to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
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Dunedin South Youth MP selected
Posted 27th Oct 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
After a two month selection process, the Dunedin South Youth MP for 2015/16 has been selected with Hamish Duncan from Kings High School selected, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

I was hugely impressed by the calibre of all the finalists. They all shared a passion for youth issues, and will all make great advocates. I look forward to working with all four of the finalists on projects around youth engagement.
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Louise Nicholas to deliver 4th Dame Dorothy Fraser lecture
Posted 31st Aug 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
The woman who took on the police force over rape and abuse and won will deliver the fourth annual Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture on Monday 28 September in Dunedin.

We are excited to have confirmed Louise Nicholas ONZM to deliver the first lecture since Dame Dorothys death. She will be introduced by Labours deputy leader and health spokesperson Hon. Annette King, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said.
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Save Saddle Hill petition a community-driven campaign
Posted 16th Jul 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
More than 3500 people have signed the petition to save Saddle Hill, showing the depth of community support in protecting the local landmark, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

The wider Saddle Hill community has rallied behind the protection of Saddle Hill in an effort to ensure the local landmark is preserved.
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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 Dunedins 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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Urgent plea for donations to support Dunedin after floods
Posted 11th Jun 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran is urging people to get behind a plea that has gone out today for donations to help uninsured residents who lost their homes and possessions in last weeks floods.

The worst affected suburbs are some of New Zealands most densely populated and disadvantaged areas. The elderly, people with disabilities and families with young children on low incomes are disproportionately affected by the extreme flood event.
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Urgent action needed in South Dunedin
Posted 5th Jun 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
Honest lessons need to be learnt about the state of South Dunedins sewers, storm water drains and pumping systems following this weeks horrific floods, says Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran.

South Dunedins infrastructure clearly had problems coping with heavy rain and rising water tables.
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Invermay petition delivered to Parliament
Posted 24th Mar 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
Labours Economic Development spokesperson David Clark handed over a 12,450 signature Save Invermay petition to Dunedin South MP Clare Curran on the steps of Parliament today.

The level of support that the petition has received across New Zealand is overwhelming, says David Clark.

Over 12,000 people have signed the petition to keep Invermay in the South. They know that the Government is making the decision to shift the facility without a solid business case, and a with mounting pile of evidence against such a move.
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Damning report card for womens advancement in 2015
Posted 9th Mar 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
In 2015 New Zealand women face a widening gender pay gap, ongoing harassment at work and are increasingly being blocked from senior positions, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

Delivering the opening speech of the YWCA Dunedin UN International Womens Day event, Clare Curran said the gender pay gap in the public sector stood at 19%, the highest it has been since 2007.
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Empowering New Zealand women to voice their worth
Posted 9th Mar 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
Firstly Id like to thank the Dunedin YWCA Angel Fund for the invitation to speak, especially on International Womens Day. Happy International Womens Day everyone.

This is a first for me. An audience of angels. It surely cant get better than that.

What you do is quietly changing the world. Helping women move into greater financial self-reliance and independence through education, business and personal development.
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Mixed emotions
Posted 8th Mar 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
I am absolutely committed and excited about the challenges that lie ahead for me in standing as the Labour candidate for Dunedin South, but I do feel some mixed emotions about the decision to stand.


When, on 8 March, New Zealand celebrated International Womens Day and we rightfully congratulated ourselves on how far weve come and the achievements that weve helped make for women over the years, its worth taking a moment to reflect on the impacts of those achievements, impacts that many of us face every day in our working lives.
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Hospital needs to be rebuilt, not downgraded
Posted 12th Feb 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South
Mahatma Gandhi once said: It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver. A robust healthcare system is the true measure of a good society; it stands at the forefront of how we treat our most vulnerable, and serves as the bellwether of effective governance. But if a strong healthcare system is the mark of a good society, then Dunedin-ers are being failed dismally.
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Dunedin South selection speech
Posted 2nd Feb 2015
Filed under: Dunedin South

Friends, Labour colleagues, fellow union members, NZ councillors.


Dunedin South electorate has a long and proud history in our Party. And I’m proud to be standing here before you today.


I have a simple philosophy that I try to live my life by.


It comes from the values that I grew up with.
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Families being penalised over housing affordability
Posted 4th Dec 2014
Filed under: Dunedin South
Housing New Zealand Minister Bill Englishs confirmation that HNZ will declare surplus housing stock in Dunedin and other regional centres is penalising the increasing number of families struggling on low incomes to afford private market-based rents, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

This follows the recent Government announcement to sell off up to one-third of the countrys state houses.
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Donaghys job losses another blow to Dunedin
Posted 2nd Oct 2014
Filed under: Dunedin South
The loss of 30 jobs from Donaghys rope and twine factory is yet another blow to the people and economy of Dunedin, says Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran.

Donaghys was founded in 1876; the company has survived two world wars and the Great Depression, so its devastating the South Dunedin company has to practically halve its 70-strong workforce.
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Labour Will Save Invermay
Posted 29th May 2014
Filed under: Dunedin South
AgResearchs Invermay hub would be retained as a world class research centre under a Labour government.

Cosmetic changes announced today do nothing to mitigate the Governments plan to dismantle Invermay, Dunedin North MP David Clark says.

This is a big step backwards for the New Zealand export sector.
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180 South Otago families join the National Govts regional jobs scrapheap
Posted 21st May 2014
Filed under: Dunedin South
National has turned its back on regional New Zealand and allowed an important South Otago wood processing industry to collapse, costing two mills, a processing facility and 180 jobs in the process, Labours Forestry spokesperson Chris Hipkins and Dunedin South Clare Curran said today.

Under a Labour Government, Southern Cross Forest Products would not have to close, with our Forestry Upgrade policies ensuring raw logs would be processed here rather than sent overseas, said Chris Hipkins.
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Mosgiel community urged to rally behind pool project
Posted 1st Apr 2014
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin South MP Clare Curran has stressed the importance of the Mosgiel community engaging in talks with the Dunedin City Council over the proposed Mosgiel pool project.

After sustained lobbying from the community, the DCC has agreed to a proposed amount of $30,000 in its Draft Annual Plan, which would be used to support the Taieri Community Facilities Trust to investigate the redevelopment of pool facilities in Mosgiel.
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Growing public health crisis in Dunedin
Posted 24th Feb 2014
Filed under: Dunedin South
A Public Health Meeting hosted by Dunedin MPs, Clare Curran and David Clark will be held this Friday at the Hunter Centre, located corner Great King Street & Fredrick Street to discuss the serious state of health issues in the region.

Labour Spokesperson for Health, the Hon. Annette King will lead the panel discussion and open questions from the floor.
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Government sits on hands while meat workers forced onto dole
Posted 29th Nov 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
Mosgiel meat workers are being forced onto the dole, or into precarious or part time low paid work as Government continues to turn a blind eye to the rapidly deteriorating meat industry, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says.

While almost half of the workers from Silverstreams Silver Fern plant have secured work at Balcluthas Finegand works after the Mosgiel plant was mothballed for the season, the distance and cost of travelling means many may find it too expensive to continue at Finegand.
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Dame Dorothy Fraser Lecture
Posted 25th Nov 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South


CTU President Helen Kelly and former Labour MP Marian Hobbs will deliver the second Dame Dorothy Fraser lecturer in South Dunedin tonight.

KINGS & QUEENS PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

6.45 7.45 Drinks and nibbles 8.00 8.15 Welcome & Introductions 8.15 9.15 Lecture
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Unemployment Statistics
Posted 7th Aug 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
The major increase in unemployment in the Otago region is a stark demonstration of the effect of this Governments policy of shafting the regions, say Dunedin MPs Clare Curran and David Clark.

This National Government has once again shown a complete lack of regard for people outside the main centres and is driving the South further into economic doldrums, as todays figures show, said Dunedin North MP and Spokesperson for Economic Development
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Another blow to regions as 80 jobs go at Delta
Posted 5th Jul 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
Nationals failure to support the regions is in the spotlight again as construction company Delta cuts 77 jobs across the lower South Island, say Labours Economic Development spokesperson David Clark and Associate Economic Development spokesperson Clare Curran.

National is neglecting the regions. A loss of almost 80 jobs is yet another blow to Otago and Southland. It comes on top of 73 jobs that were cut by NZ Post in the region last week.
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Govt delivers Dunedin another body blow
Posted 1st Jul 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
The National Government has again showed its disdain for Dunedin, sending another 73 hard working locals to the dole queue with little hope of finding alternative employment, Labour Dunedin MPs Clare Curran and David Clark said.

NZ Post job losses will hit our region hard. 73 Jobs in Dunedin, and further losses in Otago-Southland region contribute to a total of 500 jobs nationwide being cut, the MPs said.
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Mainzeal raw deal for subbies must not re occur: Labour
Posted 23rd Apr 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
Sub-contractors affected by the collapse of Mainzeal have got a raw deal and solutions should be found to build a fairer system, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran said today.

Clare Curran has written to around 130 building and construction related companies in her electorate to seek their involvement in finding solutions to the unfortunate situation sub contractors found themselves in last year when Mainzeal fell over.
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Youth Parliament
Posted 26th Feb 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
David Clare David

CLARK CURRAN PARKER

Dunedin North MP Dunedin South MP List MP



26 February 2013 MEDIA STATEMENT

Call for Dunedin candidates to Youth Parliament



Any young person in Dunedin with an interest in politics and making a difference should apply to represent our great city in the Youth Parliament, say Labours Dunedin MPs David Clark, Clare Curran and David Parker.
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Labours Dunedin MPs pay respects to Ralph Hotere
Posted 25th Feb 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin's electorate MPs David Clark and Clare Curran have paid their respects to Port Chalmers artist Ralph Hotere, ONZ, who died yesterday in Dunedin aged 81.

"Ralph's works were highly sought after. His admission to the Order of New Zealand reflected his contribution to our identity and sense of place. He was a retiring man who made extraordinary use of ordinary objects.
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Presbyterian Support Otagos exit saddening
Posted 14th Feb 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
News that Presbyterian Support Otago is not challenging the Southern District Health Boards decision to discontinue funding for its home support is saddening; say local Labour MPs David Clark and Clare Curran.

Until now, Presbyterian Support Otago (PSO) has delivered 42% of the regions home support.
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Dunedin Labour MPs support Presbyterian Support Otago
Posted 4th Feb 2013
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin Labour MPs have called on the Southern District Health Board to reassess their decision to exclude Presbyterian Services Otago from their list of providers of home help services for the elderly.

Clare Curran, MP for Dunedin South and her colleague David Clark, MP for Dunedin North have written to each board member before the board meets in Dunedin this Friday. Presbyterian Support Otago has been serving the Dunedin and Otago communities for generations, not only in the provision of home support services but through multiple programmes which support our most vulnerable and make Dunedin a better place to live says Curran
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Dunedin stands in solidarity with Hillside
Posted 21st Dec 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
Hillsides engineering work may have ended but Dunedins solidarity with the former workers reveals a community united in its support, says Labours Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.



Today we marked the end of 130 years of Hillside engineering. The spirit of the community is strong and we are determined to keep Hillside alive.
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Local home support agency gets short shrift from Government
Posted 19th Dec 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
"Tis the week before Christmas and while nothing is stirring - not even a mouse - local Labour MPs say they smell a rat in the awarding of a DHB contract to an Australian agency.

Dunedin MPs David Clark and Clare Curran believe the Government's internationalist ideology is behind the dumping of Presbyterian Support Otago as a provider of home support to the Southern District Health Board.
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Keys faux defence of Hillside shown up
Posted 5th Dec 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
John Keys claim that he couldnt keep Dunedins Hillside open as he would have had to compensate KiwiRail has been shown up as he is unable to reveal the cost of compensation, says Labour Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

John Key has told New Zealanders that he wanted to keep Hillside open but the only way to do so was to financially compensate KiwiRail. But today he wasnt able to say how much that compensation would be, just shouting out millions.
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Call for Dunedin business to support Hillside Xmas hamper appeal
Posted 28th Nov 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran has today launched an appeal for Dunedin businesses to donate Christmas hamper items for the Hillside workers who are about to lose their jobs.

The Hillside workforce has received a Christmas hamper as a good will gesture ever year until now.

This year none of the workers - most of whom will be leaving Hillside before December 25 - will be receiving a hamper, with local KiwiRail management deciding to do away with the tradition to save money.
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Local economy suffers as more jobs are shed
Posted 27th Nov 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
The 25 jobs lost in at OBrien Group in Mosgiel are another blow to the Dunedin economy, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.



OBriens Benchtops Ltd in Mosgiel made all 50 of its workers redundant on Friday, re-employing just 25 staff.



Todays announcement of the redundancies at OBrien Group will hit the Mosgiel community hard and will cause real hardship for those workers families in the lead up to Christmas.
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Labour requests OAG investigation into KiwiRail
Posted 26th Nov 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
Labour has asked the Office of the Auditor General to investigate KiwiRails tendering and procurement process for rail wagons, says Labours Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

I am deeply concerned that KiwiRail has made poor decisions in procuring rail wagons that has led to the loss of over 90 jobs at Dunedins Hillside workshops. The issue must be investigated so the public can understand what has gone on.
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Economic sabotage costs 90 Hillside jobs
Posted 15th Nov 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
The loss of 90 highly skilled Hillside manufacturing jobs has destroyed livelihoods across Dunedin and is the result of KiwiRails blind execution of Government directives, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran and Dunedin North Labour MP David Clark say.

The decision to close part of Hillside today is an act of economic sabotage. The consequences will be felt not only by the workers and their families, but by the wider community and businesses as well. Many suppliers and sub-contractors will also lose work because of todays decision.
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Kiwi rail job losses another hit to Dunedin economy
Posted 26th Sep 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
The announcement that 11 Dunedin KiwiRail staff face redundancy is not only another blow to the regions economy, but adds to concerns around the safety of the rail network, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says.

Every time a job is lost in the Dunedin manufacturing sector our economy takes another hit.
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Future of Hillside must be secured
Posted 27th Aug 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
The Hillside engineering workshops are a national asset and their future must be secured to protect skilled jobs and flow-on economic benefits to dozens of other businesses, Labour Leader David Shearer says.

Its time we got patriotic about our manufacturing industry. It is one of the pillars of our economy and its an area where we can shine in terms of innovation and building a clever, modern economy.
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KiwiRail blocks new work for Hillside and Hutt workshops
Posted 23rd Aug 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
KiwiRails deliberate blocking of new contracts at its Hillside and Hutt workshops is preventing the creation of new skilled Kiwi jobs and is putting the Hillside workshops future in serious jeopardy, Labour MPs Trevor Mallard and Clare Curran said today.

This is the direct result of Government policy which is forcing KiwiRail to make bizarre and unsafe decisions - putting workers at risk and destroying highly-skilled jobs, says Hutt South MP Trevor Mallard.
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National setting Kiwirail up to fail
Posted 13th Aug 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
Kiwirail is laying off 181 workers despite its freight business growing by 25 per cent in two years, showing how unrealistic the Government's Turn Around Plan for rail is, says Labour's transport spokesperson Phil Twyford.

"Kiwirail CEO Jim Quinn said today the freight business had grown 25 per cent. If Kiwirail is doing that well but it still needs to lay off 181 workers to meet Government financial targets, then something is wrong with the targets.
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Govt didnt undertake risk analysis on faulty locos
Posted 1st Aug 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
The Governments insistence that its KiwiRail turnaround plan wont be affected by its disastrous Chinese locomotive and rail wagon procurement programme is laughable given the extent of their faults, says Dunedin South MP Clare Curran.

They were so keen to buy cheap locos and wagons that they didnt consider what would happen if they were duds. Now the whole country is paying the price and Kiwi workers are without jobs.
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Members Bill aims to boost Kiwi industry participation and growth
Posted 14th Jul 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
New Zealand can only control its own future with strong, sustainable local industries and the government needs to ensure we have them, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran said today.

Labour today released the Kiwi Jobs Bill, a Private Members Bill which aims to maximise opportunities for competitive local businesses when tendering for large government projects.
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MP disputes waiting time cut claim
Posted 13th Jun 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
Reports today that Housing New Zealand has reduced their wait time at its call centre to five minutes are wrong, Dunedin South MP Clare Curran says.

Housing New Zealand revamped its services in April, launching an 0800 number that could take increased volumes in calls, however this has only resulted in long wait times and frustrated tenants.
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Dunedin tech teaching positions in jeopardy
Posted 28th May 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin Labour MPs Clare Curran and David Clark are throwing their weight behind Dunedins three intermediate schools which, between them, face losing nine technology teaching jobs under the Governments plans to increase class sizes.

The Government announced as part of last weeks budget that technology staff numbers will now be incorporated into the schools teacher-student ratios.
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Hillside Victim of Government Neglect
Posted 19th Apr 2012
Filed under: Dunedin South
A deliberate campaign to make Kiwirails Hillside workshops commercially defunct has resulted in the sale of a valuable national asset, says Labour MP for Dunedin South Clare Curran.

The decision to privatise Hillside, which Kiwirail will have made in consultation with the government, is the final in a series of moves which undermined the ability of the workshops to operate effectively.
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Hillside and Dunedin deserve an explanation
Posted 16th Nov 2011
Filed under: Dunedin South
Transport Minister Steven Joyce should tell Dunedin and the workers at Hillside Rail Workshops whether a National Government would ensure it has a future, Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran says

Its time Steven Joyce was held accountable on the decisions being made about our rail engineering workshops.
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Let Hillside workers put their case
Posted 5th Sep 2011
Filed under: Dunedin South
Dunedin South Labour MP Clare Curran is urging a parliamentary select committee to allow Hillside workers put their case to have trains built at the KiwiRail engineering workshops.

She has called on National Party List MP, Michael Woodhouse, who lives in Dunedin and who sits on the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee, to support them.
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