Three Dunedin politicians gave voters food for thought during
an election forum at Council of Social Services Dunedin last
About 100 people heard Labour MP Clare Curran, National List
MP Jo Hayes and Green co-leader Metiria Turei respond to set
questions about major social issues such as the increasing
amount of poverty, the declining quality of housing, the
inequalities in access to health services and the increase in
domestic violence in New Zealand.
For most issues, Mrs Turei and Ms Curran agreed on solutions
to the issues, which included policies providing significant
investment in the health, education and financial welfare of
children and families.
They believed the policies would reduce poverty in New
Zealand and loosen the grip it has on the lives of children.
However, Ms Hayes fought criticism of the Government's work
on those issues so far by presenting National Party policies
implemented to tackle them.
While many had been successful, others were still ''a work in
The room appeared to shift politely, but uncomfortably, at
the mention of the Government's National Standards policy,
which Ms Hayes said was successful in helping reduce poverty
by cutting the number of children falling through cracks in
the education sector.