Capital Connection passengers were thrilled to hear that KiwiRail has decided to continue operating the commuter service for at least another three years. I want to thank everyone who has been involved in this long-running campaign.
Zero-Hour contracts are exploitative employment agreements that lock employees into a permanent employment relationship but with no certainty of hours. People tied to these contracts find it impossible to save, get loans, arrange childcare or just make ends meet. Labour says they should go but the Government needs to be convinced.
The Government plans to reduce the number of state houses in Palmerston North by 500 and to privatise much of our social housing. They say there is no need for it. Yet hundreds of people live in cars, garages and squeezed into homes not fit for multiple families. We must work together to keep our social housing.