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NZ First bids for votes in the regions

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

NZ First leader Winston Peters has again accused the government of neglecting the regions as he goes for votes outside the cities.

At his regional campaign launch in Palmerston North on Sunday he said wealth was being sucked out of the regions and there was no payback for the people who were creating it.

"They've allowed the situation to descend to the point where one economist has said some of our provincial centres are `zombie towns'," he told a public meeting.

"We've got zombies all right but they're not in our provinces - they're in the Beehive."

Mr Peters said small businesses were "the engine room of the regions" and to help them prosper his party would introduce:

* A wage subsidy for small business that take on job seekers and provide work experience

* "Real incentives" for small businesses to help disengaged youth become work ready

* Immediate tax deductions for every new business asset costing under $20,000

* Immediate tax deductions for professional expenses when starting a business

* Streamlining business registration for those planning to start a business.

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