INDEPENDENT NEWS

ACT Challenges Labour & Alliance in Otara

Published: Thu 14 Oct 1999 12:21 AM
ACT Leader Richard Prebble
'I challenge Helen Clark and Jim Anderton to come to Otara
and explain to the Rangatira Trust and other Community Taskforce
schemes why these highly successful programmes will be
axed under a Labour-Alliance government', said ACT Leader Hon
Richard Prebble at ACT's Welfare to Work policy launch today.
'The ACT party has come out today to Otara to the Rangatira
Trust, a programme that has been running successfully for
more than 10 years. This Trust sets itself the goal of giving
a practical hand-up to people that politicians have written-off
with a welfare cheque. These people don't want welfare, what
they want is a real job and the respect that comes with being
self-sufficient.
'It's a shame that Labour and the Alliance only talk about
Otara but don't actually have the guts to front up to these
people who are desperately in need of work.
'Frankly, it would be good if every Community Taskforce
scheme had a graffiti-busting bus like the Rangatira Trust's,
which has literally wiped away Otara's violent and depressing
past. Through persistence and hard work this Trust has not
only actively helped the unemployed and young people, but it
has also changed the community as a whole.
'I predict that if Labour and the Alliance form a government
we will see the rise of graffiti and gang crime, and Otara
will be returned to a state of hopelessness', said ACT
'I challenge Helen Clark and Jim Anderton to come to Otara
and explain to the Rangatira Trust and other Community Taskforce
schemes why these highly successful programmes will be
axed under a Labour-Alliance government', said ACT Leader Hon
Richard Prebble at ACT's Welfare to Work policy launch today.
'The ACT party has come out today to Otara to the Rangatira
Trust, a programme that has been running successfully for
more than 10 years. This Trust sets itself the goal of giving
a practical hand-up to people that politicians have written-off
with a welfare cheque. These people don't want welfare, what
they want is a real job and the respect that comes with being
self-sufficient.
'It's a shame that Labour and the Alliance only talk about
Otara but don't actually have the guts to front up to these
people who are desperately in need of work.
'Frankly, it would be good if every Community Taskforce
scheme had a graffiti-busting bus like the Rangatira Trust's,
which has literally wiped away Otara's violent and depressing
past. Through persistence and hard work this Trust has not
only actively helped the unemployed and young people, but it
has also changed the community as a whole.
'I predict that if Labour and the Alliance form a government
we will see the rise of graffiti and gang crime, and Otara
will be returned to a state of hopelessness', said ACT

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