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inbrief news Cook Strait cable improved Spark has announced to complete their upgrade to the Nelson-Levin interisland cable link, providing improved resiliency. The Nelson-to-Levin link, is one of New Zealand’s three marine cables carrying data traffic between the North and South Islands. This Nelson-Levin cable link, between Levin and Nelson, installed in 2001, is 237 kilometres long and includes a 212 kilometres long submarine section from Nelson’s Cable Bay to Hokio Beach in Levin. Cable Bay was the landing site of New Zealand’s very first international telegraph cable to Sydney, built in 1876. The upgrade involved installing the latest Optical Transport technology at the landing point in Nelson’s Cable Bay. This upgrade means that traffic can now be re-routed to this cable in the event that one or both of the other interisland cables fail – thus securing critical connectivity between the two islands.

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Meet the candidates Q&A SERIES

Jessica Hammond-Doube The Opportunities Party Candidate for Ohariu List number: N/A 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Wellington schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

My children have been at two of our most crowded schools, so I’ve seen this first hand. Overworked teachers are forced to spend too much time testing instead of teaching. It’s stressful and both teachers

With the General Elections on our doorsteps, Wellingtonians will have the chance to decide who will represent their electorate for the next three years. The Independent Herald will introduce the candidates running for Ohariu and Wellington Central. We will ask them all the same three questions, plus one personalised question.

and kids hate it. We want to delay National Standards until Year 6. The current system makes schools compete with each other for students. Parents want their kids in high decile schools, even though there’s no evidence students do better. This is especially a problem in Tawa where some schools are crowded and some are under-used. We will encourage nearby schools to have a shared Board and to collaborate, not compete. This would encourage kids to go to their local school. Teachers tell me this would help them and the Ministry [of Education] to plan for roll growth. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?

Our $11 billion-a-year tax loophole for property encourages Kiwis to put all our money into housing instead of businesses, driving the housing crisis. We want to close this loophole and give all that money back in income tax cuts. Eleven billion

dollars would let us cut income taxes by 30 per cent. Eighty percent of New Zealanders would be better off and the other 20 per cent would start paying their fair share. That means people will have more money to spend and to invest in businesses. Taxing property also stops land banking. Malls like Johnsonville Shopping Centre are stagnating because the developers don’t need to make money from having tenants. They make enough just sitting on the land. 3. Wellington’s infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve traffic and public transport issues?

I used to work at the Ministry of Transport so this is really close to my heart. We need to remember what the transport funding system was like when we let MPs meddle in local roading projects. NZTA has statutory independence from ministers so they can’t promise flashy roading projects to bribe local voters. That independence has been

eroded by successive governments who want all the credit for funding gold-plated projects but none of the blame for not funding boring, but worthwhile projects. We don’t want to meddle in the NZTA when they are making good, reasoned decisions. In fact we want to add rail funding decisions to their functions to put it on an even playing field with roads. 4. The Opportunities Party is new, you are a political newcomer – what makes you a trustworthy candidate for Ohariu and how can people relate to you?

I’m not making deals with anybody, I want the two ticks. And people will get what they’re voting for. We’re about policy not politics. This is my community and I’m heavily involved with it. My kids go to school here. I have been on the committee for the Khandallah Arts Theatre for 10 years, people know me from the Christmas Parade and other community events. I’m a local and planning to be here for long time.

New billboards for Ohariu By GAry Henderson

By Julia Czerwonatis

spend during their campaigning,” Clare said. She said public funds would only be used for broadcasting on TV and radio in the last month leading up to the election. Ohariu candidate Greg O’Connor changed the signs with previous leader Little just minutes after the announcement that Adern is to lead Labour into the General Election. “This is exciting news for us all,” O’Connor said. “Jacinda visited the electorate just last week and was able to get the message across of the need to build a more equitable society, the very message I am getting from voters as I knock on doors.”

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Only two weeks after parties were officially allowed to install their campaigning signs Ohariu has been redecorated with new Labour billboards. This comes after Andrew Little stepped down as Labour Party Leader on Tuesday and Jacinda Adern was announced the new leader. Clare Pasley, spokesperson for the electoral commission, explained the new billboards weren’t paid out of the pockets of tax payers. “Political parties raise their own funds to finance their campaigning. “Each electorate has an assigned limit as to how much they can


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Ohariu candidate Greg O’Connor didn’t waste a minute to change his billboard signs after Andrew Little resigned yesterday. PHOTO: Supplied

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