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Wednesday September 6, 2017

Meet the candidates Q&A SERIES 1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

Virginia Horrocks Greens Candidate for Hutt South List number: 19

The Green Party would fully fund state school so high quality education is not dependent on fees, private donations, fundraising, nor private investment. We would change the staffing formula to enable incremental reductions in class sizes, and improved teacher-child ratios in early childhood services. This, along with more classrooms, would gradually reduce the numbers in each classroom. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?

The Greens would establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the

1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

Ginny Anderson Labour Candidate for Hutt South List number: 28

More teachers and increased funding for schools. Labour will invest an extra $4billion over four years to deliver a modern education system, including more teachers. Labour will rebuild out-dated and worn out school buildings so that every school has modern classrooms by 2030. Schools like Wainuiomata High School need serious money spent on their refurbishment – not a last minute facelift. 2. What would you propose to enhance the electorate com-

1. Recent reports from the Ministry of Education show that Hutt Valley schools struggle with overcrowded classrooms. How could schools be relieved?

Chris Bishop National Party Candidate for Hutt South List number: 49

We’ve recently announced a $12 million investment to upgrade Wainuiomata High School. That’s great news for the Wainuiomata community and will see modern, upgraded classrooms. Around the Hutt there are some schools with growing rolls – I will work hard to make sure schools get the investment they need. We recently announced an additional classroom for Maungaraki and I am working with Korokoro and other schools in the Western Hills on their own capacity pressures. 2. What would you propose to

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

interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. We think it’s important to create well-paid, clean-tech jobs for the future, right here in New Zealand. Right here is the Hutt. It’s also a huge export opportunity – the world is looking for green products and we can make them. High-value manufacturers create well-paid jobs and enable us, as a country, to earn our way in the world. We want a tax system where everyone pays less income tax. Clean businesses are rewarded and polluters pay more. We would also support local business by committing to government procurement of local goods and services where they can. 3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues?

mercially and support local businesses?

Getting traffic flowing through the Hutt is critical to our local businesses and has huge benefit for productivity, jobs and business growth. Labour will prioritise funding the Cross Valley Link. It’s long overdue to get heavy traffic off Petone Esplanade. This will mean traffic flows from Wainuiomata and Eastbourne are sped up and we can start to take full advantage of developing the foreshore. All the factories that employed so many people have closed down over the years. We need more jobs here that pay higher wages. Labour will invest in business

enhance the electorate commercially and support local businesses?

In Wainuiomata, keep fighting hard for an upgraded mall and town centre we can all be proud of, and a retirement village. Both are desperately needed. In the wider electorate, I led the charge on one hour’s free parking in the Hutt CBD and helped establish the Thursday Night Street Feast where food trucks come in on the third Thursday of each month. I’m also working hard on “Technology Valley” – let’s make the Hutt the home of science and innovation! We need to work to attract new companies here and develop our own students’ skill base. There’s lots happening and more

The Greens would help people into homes through a governmentbuild programme, establishing a rent-to-buy programme and creating new opportunities for community housing providers to play a bigger part in solving the housing crisis. We would allow only residents to buy property in New Zealand. Free buses and trains for under 19s, tertiary students, apprentices and people living with a disability will reduce rush hour congestion, benefit families, make life easier for those with disabilities and give us cleaner air. We also propose $50million a year for four years to build modern, convenient walking and cycling infrastructure around schools: Our Wellington light rail plan which would come from Petone up High Street and round through Epuni to Waterloo would transform life for many Hutt commuters.

4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?

through a Research and Development tax credit. Labour will invest in people by making post-secondary training and education free. We will pay the unemployment benefit to the employer for one year to take on a new apprentice.

These will be sold by the government for around $300,000, making home ownership more realistic for more families. I want to see healthier rentals too. Labour will introduce a warrant of fitness for rentals so our children have warm, dry homes and don’t get sick in winter.

3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues?

Labour will build 400 affordable houses on land that has lain vacant in the Hutt for years. The houses will be a combination of more state houses and affordable homes for first home buyers.

to do. 3. Hutt Valley infrastructure struggles to keep up with the population growth. What do you propose to improve housing, traffic and public transport issues? The government is building 300 new homes on the empty HNZ land in Epuni/Naenae. This will help the whole housing market. The council must play its part too by facilitating new housing developments – we simply must keep building houses to keep up to date with population growth. Two important projects I am a strong advocate for are the Petone to Grenada Link Road and the Cross Valley Link. Both will improve economic growth and improve connectivity to the rest of the region.

I would support the cross valley link. Generally the Green Party supports public transport over roads and finds the National Party’s obsession with highways short sighted and destructive but the cross valley link makes sense as long as the design includes clean efficient public transport and the transformation of the Petone esplanade so that it also has a cycle and walkway with protection against rising sea level. This should be part of a comprehensive adaptation plan for Hutt City. Government reports already identify areas such as Seaview and Waiwhetu, which currently include access routes to Wainuiomata, as places that will be severely impacted by climate change.

4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?

I want to know that every child in Wainuiomata goes to sleep in a warm, dry home at night. When we have families in homes, earning enough from good jobs and receiving health services we build resilience in this community. I want our kids to know they have a good future right here.

The CVL will take pressure off the Esplanade. Both must be developed at the same time. I’m fighting hard for a discount for tertiary students on public transport in Wellington – it looks like the Regional Council will introduce a 25 per cent discount. That’s great news for Wainui students. 4. What’s the first thing you’d do that would have an impact on the Wainuiomata community?

After the election I want to explore how we can roll out the “Housing First” initiative in the Hutt and Wainuiomata. This initiative is making great strides tackling homelessness elsewhere in New Zealand. Let’s do it in the Hutt too!

Wainuiomata News 06-09-17  

Wainuiomata News 06-09-17