Nelson MP Nick Smith is disappointed Labour has blocked Parliament considering a motion on the closure of the Stoke Kiwibank and the downgrading of the PostShop.
“I am disappointed that Labour blocked any consideration by Parliament of the closure of Kiwibank and the downgrade of the PostShop. They are ignoring the real concerns of the Stoke community, Nelson Greypower and the Nelson City Council. It is bad enough that no Government Minister, MP or representative of Kiwibank or NZ Post accepted their invitation to the public meeting in Stoke but worse that they refuse for Parliament to consider the issue”
The motion lodged by Dr Nick Smith was “That this House note the resolution passed unanimously at the public meeting in Stoke of 230 people organised by Grey Power, Nelson City Council, and Nelson MP Nick Smith strongly opposing the proposed closure of the Stoke Kiwibank branch and the downgrade of the PostShop to an agency and calling on Government shareholding Ministers Rt Hon Winston Peters and Hon Grant Robertson to halt this withdrawal of public services in regional New Zealand.”
“Labour is not wanting Parliament to consider this issue because they are embarrassed by the betrayal. The Governments Coalition Agreement promises an expansion of public services in regional New Zealand yet they are withdrawing services. It is particularly hypocritical for the government to be closing regional branches of the bank they own when Ministers have been castigating Aussie owned banks for doing the same.”
“Stoke deserves better than Labour and the Government hiding from this issue. It particularly needs to answer the questions of how older citizens will be able to retain their independence without a bank and why the Government’s own bank is withdrawing services. I will be continuing my efforts in Parliament and in the community to retain this service for Stoke residents.”