5 Mar 2011

Labour proposes accord over rebuilding Christchurch

10:01 am on 5 March 2011

The Labour Party has offered to reach an accord with the Government over the rebuilding of Christchurch.

Leader Phil Goff says it is important all political parties work together and avoid letting politics get in the way of helping Christchurch back on its feet.

Prime Minister John Key has so far not responded to concerns raised by other political parties that the Government might use the Christchurch earthquake to push through contentious policies.

Finance Minister Bill English prompted those concerns when he refused to rule out cutting Working for Families and interest-free student loans to help pay for rebuilding Christchurch.

Mr Goff says Labour would be willing to talk about a multi-party approach to rebuilding the city but politics should be kept out of any discussions about it.