Just a few months ago Labour was claiming the provinces were neglected. David Cunliffe even made some specific claims about Taranaki.
Taranakians are leaving the province in droves because they’re being forgotten by the National Government, Labour leader David Cunliffe says.
Mr Cunliffe said Census data released today would show a widespread exodus from the regions as provincial New Zealanders flee forgotten small towns.
He said these towns had been gutted by the hands off approach of the National Government.
“Job losses, factory closures, government cutbacks and the shutting of branch offices have left people in the regions with no choice but to leave in droves.
“Manufacturing is stagnating, economic development has been limited to glossy brochures and a few roads, mortgage restrictions are being unfairly applied to the provinces and tax biases are driving money from the regions into the Auckland property market.”