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Government must urgently prioritise truancy crisis

July 30, 2021 Share

New Zealand’s truancy crisis is only going to get worse if schools aren’t required to submit their attendance data, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Health system buckling under Labour’s mismanagement

July 30, 2021 Share

It’s unsurprising nurses have declined the Government’s latest pay offer when the Government’s own data shows it’s more interested in boosting the number of bureaucrats in the health system than our doctors and nurses, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Kiwi wallets are being squeezed as cost of living rises

July 29, 2021 Share

The latest household living costs reveal Labours ill-thought through policies are hitting New Zealand’s most vulnerable the most, who are seeing more and more of their pay packets eaten up by basic day to day living costs, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Government plays a role in increasing cost of food

July 29, 2021 Share

The interim report on supermarket pricing will likely confirm what a lot of New Zealanders are experiencing when they head to the shops, National’s Commerce and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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$8 million in overdue MIQ payments

July 29, 2021 Share

Latest figures released to National show there is about $8 million in overdue MIQ payments and that only in the last couple of weeks has the Government started to use debt collectors to chase the money, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Waka Kotahi heading up the wrong street

July 29, 2021 Share

Waka Kotahi-NZTA is driving in the wrong direction as motorhomes and horse truck owners scramble to meet new modified cab regulations, says National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

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Government’s vaccine rollout a shambles

July 28, 2021 Share

The Government’s excruciatingly slow and chaotic vaccine rollout shows it has no idea how to get the lifesaving vaccine to New Zealanders, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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A motel is not a home – demand the debate

July 28, 2021 Share

Kiwis deserve the debate on the Labour Government’s decision to spend $1 million a day on motels to house the homeless, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Labour’s made a complete meth of things

July 27, 2021 Share

Labour’s short-sighted decision in 2018 to scrap National’s highly successful Meth Action Plan – and its outright refusal to accept that New Zealand has a gang problem – is contributing to a surge in gang membership, meth use and misery in New Zealand’s most deprived communities, National’s health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Police Officers leaving the force

July 27, 2021 Share

Figures released to National show, that since March, Police Officers are continuing to leave the force while gang numbers explode, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour fudging state house numbers

July 27, 2021 Share

The Labour Government’s claim to have delivered 8000 new state houses has been revealed as a pumped-up figure that vastly exaggerates the number of houses it has actually built, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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What is Western Science?

July 26, 2021 Share

Proposals for NCEA science risk taking our curriculum down a rabbit hole at a time when the Government should be focused on turning around our declining achievement in science, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Gangs recruiting one new member per day

July 26, 2021 Share

New figures released to the National Party show that gangs are recruiting approximately one new member every single day in New Zealand, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Demand the debate on our justice system

July 25, 2021 Share

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins is calling on the Prime Minister to rule out separate justice systems, which is currently being consulted on with some New Zealanders.

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Another cost on Kiwis at the behest of the unions

July 23, 2021 Share

Labour is using COVID-19 as the justification for imposing new costs on employers in the form of an extra week of paid sick leave for each employee, but the real reason is because their union mates have been applying the pressure, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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How did Ardern determine the success of Mob pilot?

July 23, 2021 Share

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern needs to clarify just how she measured the success of her Government’s Kahukura Mongrel Mob rehab pilot, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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DHB vaccine targets meaningless

July 22, 2021 Share

National has analysed the DHB vaccination numbers against their populations and it turns out the ‘targets’ DHBs are using to track their progress are essentially meaningless, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Why is the Police Minister hiding gang numbers?

July 22, 2021 Share

The deliberate attempt by the Police Minister to withhold the most recent gang numbers raises the question if Labour is too scared to admit that New Zealand has a gang problem, National’s Police spokesperson says.

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Poto Williams should be sacked as Police Minister

July 21, 2021 Share

In an interview with Newstalk ZB this morning Minister of Police Poto Williams made it crystal clear that despite being their Minister, the police and their safety are not a priority for her, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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NZ only ordered Pfizer vaccines on January 29 this year

July 21, 2021 Share

New Zealand remaining last in the OECD for the speed of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out can be partly explained by the fact New Zealand only ordered Pfizer vaccines on January 29 this year, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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New Zealand’s cyber-resilience failing under Labour

July 20, 2021 Share

Since Labour has been in Government New Zealand’s cybersecurity ranking has taken a serious hit, National’s Digital Economy & Communications spokesperson Melissa Lee says.

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Govt plants union official on Air NZ board

July 20, 2021 Share

The appointment by Grant Robertson of a long-standing union official to the board of Air New Zealand is another example of poor judgement by the Minister, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Bring back Armed Response Teams

July 20, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to take serious action to give better support to frontline Police Officers who are facing a significantly increased violence, emboldened gangs, and rising gun crime, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National Seeks Auditor General investigation into Mongrel-Mob funding

July 19, 2021 Share

National has written to the Auditor General requesting an investigation into two separate Government Mongrel Mob-related funding; the $2.75 million payment to lifetime Mongrel-Mob Member Harry Tam for a drug rehabilitation programme and the Chief Human Rights Commissioners $200 donation to the Waikato Mongrel Mob.

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Kiwis deserve the debate on gangs and crime

July 18, 2021 Share

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says the Government’s approach to law and order is appalling, as she releases National’s third billboard as part of its ‘Demand the Debate’ campaign.

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Farmers sent a clear message, Labour should listen

July 17, 2021 Share

The immense turnout to yesterday’s nationwide protests by the rural sector sent a clear message to the Government, they are fed up with Labour penalising them at every turn, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Taxpayers shouldn’t foot MIQ bill for mariners

July 16, 2021 Share

New Zealanders abroad who can’t get a MIQ spot for love or money will be outraged to hear that COVID-19 positive mariners are getting a free ride on the taxpayer, National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Average Kiwi family $9000 a year worse off under Labour

July 16, 2021 Share

Since coming to power, the Labour Government has managed to make the average Kiwi family about $9000 worse off, or more than $170 a week, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Minister not addressing serious issues in immigration

July 16, 2021 Share

The Immigration Minister’s announcement today has only been made to give him more time to fix the complete mess he has made of the new business accreditation process, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

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National releases Ute Tax video to demand the debate

July 16, 2021 Share

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says National’s ‘Demand the Debate’ campaign has received unprecedented support since its launch on Sunday and has today released a video highlighting the effect the Government’s Ute Tax will have on the rural sector.

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Frontline police don’t support Labour funding the Mob

July 15, 2021 Share

Police officers have aptly labelled the funding of a rehabilitation programme run by the Mongrel Mob as a successful money laundering scheme and National agrees, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon brown says.

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National calls for an investigation into ‘graph-gate’

July 15, 2021 Share

It is critical we get to the bottom of why the Minister of Health turned up to a press conference and released a manifestly inaccurate and misleading graph on New Zealand’s vaccination roll out, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Govt to bribe councils to save botched Three Waters reforms

July 15, 2021 Share

National understands that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will be announcing a $2.5 billion taxpayer bribe later today in an attempt to save the flailing Three Waters reforms, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Saliva testing delayed – again

July 14, 2021 Share

It’s been ten months since the Government’s own experts said ‘all efforts’ should be made to introduce saliva testing as soon as possible, but the Government has delayed the roll out yet again, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Halt to monetary stimulus welcomed

July 14, 2021 Share

National welcomes the Reserve Bank’s announcement that it will reduce the level of monetary stimulus, and it comes none too soon, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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National MPs out in strong support of farmers

July 14, 2021 Share

This Friday rural communities up and down New Zealand will stage a protest at the overbearing government interference in their businesses and lives, and National MPs will be right there supporting them, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Kiwis should demand the debate on Ute Tax

July 14, 2021 Share

With mass rural protests happening around the country New Zealanders must demand the debate on the Government’s decision to penalise farmers, tradies and boat owners for driving utes, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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National announces bill to stop Govt funding organised crime

July 13, 2021 Share

I will be introducing a private member’s bill to prevent future Government funding from being granted to organised crime units, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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New Zealand now last in OECD for full vaccinations

July 12, 2021 Share

New Zealand’s vaccine roll out is going from bad to worse, with New Zealand now last in the developed world for the percentage of the population who have been fully vaccinated as well as for vaccination doses delivered per 100 people, National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Kiwis should demand the debate on investor rules

July 12, 2021 Share

Reports today the Government is looking to change investor rules risks locking New Zealand out of billions of dollars of investment and Kiwis deserve to be part of the debate, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Funding the mob is a sick joke

July 12, 2021 Share

It is no wonder that the Government was reluctant to condemn the Chief Human Rights Commissioner about his $200 koha to the mob, when they have given the Mongrel Mob $2.75 million for a programme to manage a problem that they play a huge role in creating, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National launch campaign to demand the debate for all New Zealanders

July 11, 2021 Share

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says New Zealanders are being left out of important decisions by the Labour Government and today she has launched a campaign for Kiwis to ‘Demand the debate’.

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Violence against police should not be tolerated

July 10, 2021 Share

News that a police officer was shot last night is incredibly concerning and my thoughts are with him and his family. I wish him a speedy recovery, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Conservation chief calls for cat curfew

July 09, 2021 Share

Yesterday in select committee, Director General Lou Sanson revealed that the Department of Conservation is in talks with the SPCA about establishing a cat curfew and a plan for dealing with feral cats, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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45 per cent of port workers still without a single jab

July 08, 2021 Share

The National Party has obtained a document showing nearly half of port workers have not had a single COVID-19 vaccine dose, despite the port being a gateway for COVID-19 into New Zealand, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Eastern Busway benefits beat cycle bridge

July 08, 2021 Share

Transport Minister Michael Wood’s defence of a $785 million cycle bridge over a vital transport link for 130,000 East Aucklanders shows how backwards his priorities are, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Christopher Luxon says.

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Labour ignores official advice again

July 08, 2021 Share

Labour are pursuing an ideological agenda with their so-called Fair Pay Agreements. They are ignoring official advice and putting workplace democracy at risk, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Government told saliva testing should be main test

July 08, 2021 Share

The Government has been told by its own independent expert advisory group that there is a ‘strong case for adopting saliva testing as the main method for testing in New Zealand’, yet it’s still done nothing about it, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Defence Minister slow to advocate, quick to censor

July 08, 2021 Share

Defence Minister Peeni Henare is slow to advocate for our troops, but has been quick to criticise one who has political opinions different to his own, National’s Defence spokesperson Chris Penk says.

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No plan for the future of immigration

July 07, 2021 Share

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi’s decision to lapse and refund 50,000 temporary visa applications is further evidence his Government has no plan to reopen New Zealand up to the world post-vaccination and isn’t listening to the desperate calls from businesses for international labour, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

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What’s happening with Canterbury’s vaccine roll out?

July 07, 2021 Share

The Government needs to work out urgently what’s happening with Canterbury’s vaccine roll out, which is looking increasingly shambolic and slow, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Labour blocks inquiry into mental health facilities

July 07, 2021 Share

In a predictable but disappointing move Labour has today blocked an inquiry into the slow roll out of mental health facilities, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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PM won’t commit to no kids in motels by Xmas

July 07, 2021 Share

The Prime Minister is all spin and no substance. She has not encountered a target she will not fail to meet nor made an announcement that will not go undelivered, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Labour does not understand tax fundamentals

July 07, 2021 Share

Today we accepted a petition from Lindsay Calvi-Freeman signed by nearly 15,000 people. The petition calls for the Government to reverse their decision to remove tax deductibility of interest for landlords, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly and Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis say.

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Doocey seeks Select Committee inquiry into mental health

July 07, 2021 Share

National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey will ask the Health Select Committee to open an inquiry into the 15 new inpatient mental health facilities later this morning.

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Labour has no plan to fix labour shortage

July 06, 2021 Share

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has no plan to fix the severe labour shortage that is crippling New Zealand businesses and will see many more close their doors for good, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Minister won’t express confidence in Chief HRC

July 06, 2021 Share

It is very telling that Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins, speaking on behalf of the Justice Minister, would not express confidence in the Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt following the revelation that he donated $200 of taxpayer money to the Mongrel Mob, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government incompetence over saliva testing

July 06, 2021 Share

The Government’s sheer incompetence on rolling out saliva testing is staggering, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Human Rights Commissioner must go

July 05, 2021 Share

I am calling for the resignation of Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt following the news that he used taxpayer’s money to make a donation to the Mongrel Mob when he spoke at their gang pad in May, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Govt should scrap ethnicity based procurement process

July 02, 2021 Share

The Government must cancel its new procurement rules which could see contracts awarded based on ethnicity rather than the best person to do the job, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Massive spike in at-risk people waiting for a state house

July 04, 2021 Share

Never before released data shows there has been a huge increase in the number of people in severe need waiting for a state house, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Compulsory Three Waters model not off the table

July 02, 2021 Share

Councils should be worried by Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta refusing to guarantee they won’t be forced into the new water entities, National’s Local Government spokesperson Christopher Luxon says.

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Government delivers more gang members than houses

July 01, 2021 Share

Labour promised to deliver 10,000 new homes in three years, instead they have delivered 1058. That means this Government, with 2660 new gang members since 2017, has managed to produce more new gang members than homes, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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He Puapua is not the way forward for New Zealand

July 01, 2021 Share

The Government has tried to down play Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson’s announcement today as a simple consultation process, but in truth it is an indication of what is to come, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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New oil and gas permits welcome news

July 01, 2021 Share

National is welcoming the news that two new oil and gas exploration permits have been granted, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

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Labour’s shameful U-turn devastating for victims

July 01, 2021 Share

Labour’s underhand last-minute move to shut down debate on my members Bill (Rights for Victims of Insane Offenders Bill) is a disaster for victims’ rights, Louise Upston MP for Taupo says.

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Autonomous Sanctions back on the agenda

July 01, 2021 Share

National is committed to ensuring New Zealand shares the same diplomatic tools and capabilities as its Western counterparts, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says.

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Bill tackles tourism’s unintended consequences

July 01, 2021 Share

Prior to COVID-19, New Zealand enjoyed an unprecedented tourism boom, generating foreign exchange earnings, investment and jobs but it has left popular destinations struggling with the impact of freedom campers, National List MP based in West Coast Tasman Maureen Pugh says.

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$6.5 million in MIQ fees overdue and unpaid

July 01, 2021 Share

After nearly a year of charging for MIQ, it’s staggering the Government hasn’t made paying for MIQ easier and made more of an effort to go after those who aren’t paying their fees, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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If it looks like a tax and walks like a tax…

July 01, 2021 Share

This Government is proposing a significant tax on Mum and Dad landlords despite promising prior to the election that they would impose no new taxes, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Making room for speech criminals in prison

July 01, 2021 Share

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has not been shy about his aim to rapidly reduce the prison population by 30 per cent and it is perhaps the only target this Government is actually going to meet. However, Labour’s ‘Hate-Speech’ law changes might put a spanner in the works, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Minimal change in child poverty targets as cost of living bites

June 30, 2021 Share

The Labour Government’s reset of poverty targets three years later describes an admission of policy failure under rising costs, especially housing, National’s Children spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Hipkins’ comments staggeringly naïve

June 30, 2021 Share

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins’ comments that ‘there’s no major downside’ to New Zealand’s slow vaccine roll out are staggeringly naïve, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Three Waters reforms remain unconvincing

June 30, 2021 Share

While there’s a clear case for change in our Three Waters sector the Government’s plan isn’t compelling, and the model of four regional entities comes with several problems, National’s Water spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

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Still no clarity from our confused Prime Minister

June 29, 2021 Share

The Prime Minister did not rule out today that potential hate speech crimes will have a more severe maximum prison sentence than the crime of ‘assault on a child’, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Car Tax pushing up prices of EVs

June 29, 2021 Share

Labour’s Car Tax is not only forcing hardworking Kiwis to pay more because they can’t switch to an electric vehicle, but it’s pushing up the prices of electric vehicles too, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Little needs to stop making excuses on mental health and start doing his job

June 29, 2021 Share

Andrew Little needs to stop making excuses and take ownership on mental health, says National’s Mental Health and Suicide Prevention spokesperson, Matt Doocey.

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Alarm bells should be ringing in education

June 29, 2021 Share

The Education Review Office warning of a ‘slippage of expectations’ in mathematics teaching must be the catalyst to turnaround declining achievement in foundational subjects, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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RMA reform a grab at wokeism

June 29, 2021 Share

The Government needs to act with much more urgency to cut through our complex planning rules and free up housing supply, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Transition from plastics requires Kiwi ingenuity

June 28, 2021 Share

National are broadly in agreement with the Government’s decision to phase out a range of particularly problematic plastics, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Stick to the facts, Prime Minister

June 28, 2021 Share

If New Zealand is to have an informed discussion about Labour’s ‘Hate Speech’ laws the Prime Minister needs to ensure she is giving accurate information to the media; this morning on The AM Show she did not, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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This is about controlling New Zealanders’ lives

June 27, 2021 Share

I want to be very clear with New Zealanders, the National Party will reverse any attempts Jacinda Ardern’s Government makes to criminalise speech beyond the threshold of ‘inciting violence,’ Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Labour raiding rainy day Covid Fund

June 25, 2021 Share

Half of the $10 billion Finance Minister Grant Robertson set aside in the case of a further COVID-19 resurgence has been spent funding Labour’s non-Covid-related ideas, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Freedom of speech is a fundamental right

June 25, 2021 Share

The National Party believe that freedom of speech is a fundamental right, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

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New Zealand’s Transport in disarray under Labour

June 25, 2021 Share

News that just three months after funding was confirmed in ATAP 2021-2031 the Eastern Busway will now be delayed is just another sign that Labour can’t manage New Zealand’s transport priorities, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Taxpayers foot the bill for Kelvin Davis incompetence

June 24, 2021 Share

Minister Kelvin Davis was missing in action during the Waikeria Riot and is now using taxpayer money to compensate those who were affected, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour’s Car Tax another tax grab

June 24, 2021 Share

Transport Minister Michael Wood has reluctantly admitted that while he plans to halt his car subsidy if too much money is paid out, he has no similar measure to make sure his policy doesn't turn into a tax grab, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Minister Little all out of answers on mental health

June 24, 2021 Share

In Parliament today Health Minister Andrew Little had few answers to my questions on the mental health crisis Labour has allowed to balloon in their nearly four years in Government, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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41% of offenders not completing Te Pae Oranga

June 24, 2021 Share

Labour’s Te Pae Oranga programme is failing to hold offenders to account with 59% of people being sent to the alternative justice panels failing to complete the programme, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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$12,000 more for a Hilux and emissions won’t drop

June 23, 2021 Share

Labour is pushing through a second car tax that will see Kiwis have to pay $12,000 more for a hilux in 2025, unfairly punishing those who don’t have the option to switch to an EV, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Kiwis finally ‘Sea Change’ from Labour

June 22, 2021 Share

While it is encouraging to see that Labour have finally responded to the 2017 Sea Change report, the Government’s announcement bears the hallmarks of another shallow policy announcement, National’s Oceans and Fisheries spokesperson Tim van de Molen says.

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Kelvin Davis missing in action

June 22, 2021 Share

Today Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis appeared before the Justice Select Committee to brief the committee about the 92 per cent increase in assaults against Corrections Officers that has taken place since he became Minister, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Minister not plugged into community signal struggles

June 22, 2021 Share

It is unacceptable that a town just 10 minutes from Greymouth has such poor digital connectivity that they are not able to even receive Civil Defence warnings, National’s Digital Economy and Communications spokesperson Melissa Lee says.

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Govt is negligent on mental health crisis

June 22, 2021 Share

New Zealand is in the midst of a mental health crisis and this Government has proven itself incapable of delivering on any of their promises to address it, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Cycle bridge has cost taxpayers $30 million already

June 22, 2021 Share

The eye-watering cost of the Waitematā cycle bridge could balloon out even further despite overwhelming public opposition to the project as it stands, National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Christopher Luxon says.

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Quit the ideological warfare, Minister

June 21, 2021 Share

Rather than keep fighting ideological battles, the Government should be focusing its on energy on making sure our kids are at school in the first place, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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BCR shows Labour must axe the cycle bridge

June 18, 2021 Share

I’m calling on the Government to cancel its cycle bridge across the Waitematā Harbour, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Police must warn gangs, not the public

June 17, 2021 Share

What is Minister of Police Poto Williams going to do about the dangerous and anti-social behaviour of gang funeral processions, given this now appears to be a recurring issue? National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown asks.

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Auckland cycle bridge at the cost of regional roads

June 17, 2021 Share

The Government is forging ahead with an ideological vanity project, in the form of a cycle bridge over Waitematā harbour, at the expense of the day-to-day maintenance of local roads and state highways across the country, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Labour expects NZ to believe vaccine rollout is successful

June 17, 2021 Share

New Zealanders were promised that they would be at the ‘front of the queue’ but the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out continues to be behind schedule and poorly communicated, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Debt-to-income limits won’t build one new house

June 16, 2021 Share

Introducing debt-to-income limits won’t do anything to address the supply problem that is fuelling the country’s housing shortage, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Prime Minister’s car tax excuses ring hollow

June 16, 2021 Share

Jacinda Ardern is dancing on the head of a gear stick with her absurd claim that she couldn’t “operationalise” an exemption for farmers and tradies from Labour’s car tax, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Govt’s weakness on crime lets victims down

June 16, 2021 Share

It is no wonder the Government’s media release about the latest New Zealand Crime and Victimisation Survey led with a small decrease in burglaries as this is where the good news stops, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Where’s New Zealand’s FTA with the UK?

June 16, 2021 Share

The Government should be feeling the pressure to lock in a Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom after Australia announced their deal today, National’s Trade and Export Growth spokesperson Todd Muller says.

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NZ tops the OECD for least affordable housing

June 16, 2021 Share

New Zealand has topped the OECD in relation to housing in the worst way possible coming in at number one for Bloomberg’s real estate risk rankings, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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National launches plan to curb prison violence

June 15, 2021 Share

The National Party won’t sit idly by while the violence in our prisons and the number of assaults on corrections officers continues to increase, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour break MIQ promise leaving families split

June 15, 2021 Share

The government has quietly broken yet another election promise, resulting in thousands of critical workers being unable to enter New Zealand and migrant families separated, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Failing to deliver on promised police officers

June 15, 2021 Share

Documents released to National show that Police decided to place 160 new police officers in MIQ facilities ignoring requests from leadership within Police to place them in Serious and Organised Crime roles, National’s spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown says.

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Kiwis should have a say on Labour’s car tax

June 15, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Labour Government to reopen public consultation on its car tax so the people of New Zealand can have their say, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Labour’s car tax will unfairly punish New Zealanders

June 13, 2021 Share

The Government’s car tax will unfairly punish Kiwis who don’t have the option right now of switching to an electric vehicle, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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National will reverse interest deductibility changes

June 10, 2021 Share

The arrival of the belated interest deductibility and Brightline rules discussion document brings with it confirmation of what an unprincipled mess the proposed legislation is, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly and Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis say.

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No plan to address critical health workforce crisis

June 10, 2021 Share

The Government is more focused on shuffling deckchairs than the critical health workforce shortage all DHBs are facing, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Simon Watts says.

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Has Grant Robertson botched the Budget?

June 09, 2021 Share

Grant Robertson might need to take Budget 2021 back to the printers according to his fellow Minister Poto Williams, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Tim van de Molen says.

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Commission’s report leaves unanswered questions

June 09, 2021 Share

Today’s final report from the Climate Change Commission still leaves unanswered questions even through there has been some movement from the 70 specific policy recommendations in the draft advice, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Govt lacking action on Firearm Prohibition Orders

June 09, 2021 Share

The Government still hasn’t delivered any legislation to give police new powers to place Firearm Prohibition Orders against dangerous gang members, despite promising New Zealanders it would do so, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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No more excuses for the Govt’s vaccine shambles

June 08, 2021 Share

Confirmation that a million doses of the Pfizer vaccine coming in July removes the last remaining excuse for the Government’s pathetically slow COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, National COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Labour leaves Aucklanders fighting gridlock

June 04, 2021 Share

It is unacceptable that much-needed transport projects across New Zealand are being cancelled because Labour is pushing ahead with a half-baked add-on to the Auckland Harbour Bridge, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins and National’s Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Bayly say.

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Second harbour crossing – do it once, do it right

June 04, 2021 Share

When it comes to building a second harbour crossing, we should be doing it once and we should be doing it right, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Government to blame for border testing bungle

June 03, 2021 Share

A report released today shows the Government is squarely to blame for the border testing bungle that resulted in a security guard at a MIQ hotel going five months without being tested when he should have been tested fortnightly, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Labour kills second language bill

June 03, 2021 Share

Labour’s move to kill a National Member’s Bill to give primary and intermediate schools the tools to teach a second language is narrow-minded and misses a golden opportunity to equip our kids with greater language skills, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Judith Collins acknowledges passing of Hon Ian Shearer

June 02, 2021 Share

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins is saddened the passing of former National Minister, the Honourable Ian Shearer, who died on Tuesday, aged 79.

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Serious risks in three waters reform

June 02, 2021 Share

While the problems and case for change when it comes to our three waters is clear, the Government’s proposed solution is already fraught with serious risks, National’s Local Government spokesperson Christopher Luxon says.

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Urgent support needed for eating disorder services

June 02, 2021 Share

People of all ages throughout New Zealand are suffering due to a lack of treatment available for eating disorders, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Labour once again stops Covid scrutiny

June 02, 2021 Share

Labour’s repeated refusal to allow senior officials to be questioned before Parliament’s Health Select Committee is an abuse of power, National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Gangs need consequences, not cups of tea

June 01, 2021 Share

Revelations Associate Justice Minister Willie Jackson met with the Mongrel Mob at gang headquarters and Black Power in the Beehive on multiple occasions indicate that, far from hostile, Government relations with gangs are practically friendly, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National submits on New Zealand history curriculum

June 01, 2021 Share

The National Party agrees that teaching New Zealand history to our kids should be a core part of the curriculum, but we have serious concerns around elements of the current proposal, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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OECD criticises New Zealand’s slow vaccine rollout

June 01, 2021 Share

The OECD’s criticism of our slow vaccine rollout should serve as a grim warning to the Government that it needs to pick up the pace, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Judith Collins thanks Dr Nick Smith for his service

May 31, 2021 Share

Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins thanks Dr Nick Smith for his 30 years of service to New Zealand following his decision to retire today.

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Nick Smith to retire from Parliament

May 31, 2021 Share

National MP Nick Smith has announced he will retire from Parliament on 10 June at the end of the current Parliamentary sitting block.

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Cyber threats a greater risk under Labour

May 28, 2021 Share

Labour’s Broken Compass Budget has failed to address the growing critical threats to New Zealand’s digital infrastructure, National’s spokesperson for Digital Economy and Communications Melissa Lee says.

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Renamed PGF still won’t deliver

May 27, 2021 Share

The Government’s newly named Provincial Growth Fund isn’t anything new, it merely demonstrates its inability to deliver for New Zealanders, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Govt prioritises ‘white privilege’ training over falling grades

May 27, 2021 Share

It is right to have important conversations around inequities, but it is wrong to peddle crude, simplistic, stereotypes imported from America which are more divisive than constructive, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Costing & options missing from Climate Change Commission

May 27, 2021 Share

The Climate Commission should be presenting New Zealand with a range of viable options for emissions reduction with cost analysis included, National’s Climate Change Spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Public institutions shouldn’t shut down healthy debate

May 27, 2021 Share

It’s disappointing a women’s group has been blocked from holding an event at Christchurch City Libraries to discuss the proposed amendments to the Births Deaths Marriages Relationships Registration Bill, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Govt’s taken eight months to act on saliva testing

May 26, 2021 Share

It’s taken far too long for the Government move on saliva testing at the border but National welcomes the announcement nonetheless, National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Government is hiding vaccination delays

May 26, 2021 Share

Once again the Ministry of Health has quietly updated it’s timeline for vaccinating New Zealanders, this time pushing out the start date for when the majority of Kiwis can begin to be vaccinated, National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Labour’s Budget has no teeth

May 25, 2021 Share

A key dental health promise from Labour during the election has been dropped in order to pay for its radical $486 million Health restructure, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Judith Collins congratulates new Governor-General

May 24, 2021 Share

Leader of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition Judith Collins welcomes the appointment of Dame Cynthia (Cindy) Kiro as New Zealand’s 22nd Governor-General.

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Labour cut police budget as gang membership soars

May 24, 2021 Share

The Government has cut the Police Budget by approximately $90 million despite record growth in gang membership, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Time to enforce social obligations for truancy

May 24, 2021 Share

Rather than abandoning social obligations on beneficiaries to send their children to school we should be enforcing those requirements especially at a time when New Zealand is facing a truancy crisis, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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SPEECH: Central North Island Regional Conference

May 23, 2021 Share

Good morning, delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader.

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Thin rations to turn around truancy crisis

May 22, 2021 Share

Parents and teachers will be disappointed that in a Budget with about $15 billion worth of new spending, so little was devoted to pressing challenges in education, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s direction in health hugely disappointing

May 21, 2021 Share

Yesterday’s Broken Compass Budget has revealed the impact the Government’s decision to radically restructure our health sector will have on the health of all New Zealanders, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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SPEECH: Leader of the Opposition’s Budget 2021 Speech

May 20, 2021 Share

Thank you, Mr Speaker. I move, That all the words after "That" be omitted and the following substituted: "this House has no confidence in anything this Government promises, because after just four years, its track record of failing to deliver, of broken promises, of spin over substance, and of announcements over results speaks for itself".

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Labour’s Budget lacks ambition for New Zealand

May 20, 2021 Share

Today’s Budget is an indictment on the Labour Government’s ability to deliver for New Zealanders, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Budget 2021 lacks a pathway back to prosperity

May 20, 2021 Share

Today’s Budget lacks the plan and ambition this country needs to grow our economy and reduce the debt burden on future generations, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Govt’s water reforms raise concerns in Auckland

May 19, 2021 Share

In a letter to the Prime Minister and other Ministers, Mayor of Auckland Phil Goff has expressed serious concerns over the proposed three waters service delivery reforms.

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National opposes Green’s motion on Israeli-Palestinian conflict

May 19, 2021 Share

The National Party will not support a motion proposed by the Green Party regarding the current violence between Israel and the Palestine Authority (Hamas), National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says.

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Andrew Little suggests cuts to health services

May 18, 2021 Share

Health Minister Andrew Little needs to rule out cutting health services to pay for his radical restructuring plans for the health sector, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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OAG issues stark warning on vaccine roll out

May 18, 2021 Share

The Auditor-General’s audit of the government’s vaccine roll-out presents a very worrying picture of a lack of progress and significant concerns about whether it will achieve its goals at all, says National’s COVID-19 Response Spokesperson Chris Bishop.

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More than 8000 gang members in New Zealand

May 18, 2021 Share

The latest figures on gangs have been released to National, with the number of gang members in our communities passing 8000 for the first time, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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MIQ shouldn’t operate under an honesty system

May 17, 2021 Share

The Government should be doing more to make sure people who use our MIQ facilities are paying what they owe in a timely manner, National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Warped education priorities short-changing kids

May 17, 2021 Share

The Government should be focusing on making sure our kids are at school and learning, rather than have them discuss their white privilege, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Government failing to deliver on ‘Just Transition’ plan

May 14, 2021 Share

Almost three years after announcing its ‘Just Transition’ plan to help those people who were hurt by Labour’s short-sighted decision to ban oil and gas exploration, the Government hasn’t delivered on it, National’s Energy & Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

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SPEECH: Mainland Regional Conference

May 16, 2021 Share

Good afternoon, delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader.

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Govt transferring water asset ownership to Ngāi Tahu

May 16, 2021 Share

The Government is advancing plans to transfer 50 per cent of publicly-owned water assets in the South Island to Ngāi Tahu ownership, National Leader Judith Collins says.

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Labour is obsessed with pushing Kiwis out of cars

May 14, 2021 Share

Labour is far too focused on pushing people out of cars and isn’t taking into account that private vehicles will always be used by Kiwis, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Kiwis need an alternative to online banking

May 14, 2021 Share

Labour has voted against an inquiry that would look into how banks and government agencies are making sure vulnerable people are still able to manage their financial affairs independently, despite moves to stop accepting cheques, National’s Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Children still doing it tough under Jacinda Ardern

May 13, 2021 Share

Reducing child poverty was a flagship promise by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern but the latest report shows that once again her Government has failed to deliver on its promises, National’s spokesperson for Children Dr Shane Reti says.

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Only one of the 231 shovel-ready projects completed

May 12, 2021 Share

Of the 231 shovel-ready projects Infrastructure Minister Grant Robertson announced to much fanfare last year, only one project has been completed, National’s Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Bayly says.

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$35 million for a train that hasn’t left the station

May 12, 2021 Share

Since 2017 the Government has wasted $35 million of taxpayer money on light rail and has nothing to show for it, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Labour blocks Covid scrutiny

May 12, 2021 Share

The Government that said it would be the most open and transparent ever has once again done the exact opposite, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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“Front of the queue” to sign contracts for slow vaccines

May 11, 2021 Share

The Prime Minister’s comments today in Question Time that Chris Hipkins’ promise that New Zealand would be at the “front of the queue” for Covid-19 vaccines actually meant that we would be at the front of the queue in terms of signing contracts are baffling, says National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop.

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Another blow to migrant workers

May 11, 2021 Share

The Government’s announcement to open up MIQ spots for thousands of additional migrant workers is another kick in the guts for migrants already in New Zealand and waiting to reunite with their families, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

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Violent crims require a tougher response

May 11, 2021 Share

After years of calling for Firearm Prohibition Orders against violent gang members to be implemented, the Government is finally listening, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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DOC quietly puts iwi land consultation on hold

May 11, 2021 Share

The Government has suddenly placed consultations with iwi on how the Department of Conservation can give better effect to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, on-hold following National releasing the draft recommendations last week.

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Govt hid how long security guard went without a test

May 10, 2021 Share

The Government knew how long the security guard who tested positive for Covid-19 had been without a Covid test for six days before finally coming clean to New Zealanders, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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State housing register continues to climb

May 10, 2021 Share

Our public housing system is at breaking point with yet another record high number of New Zealanders waiting for a state house, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Govt must be upfront about its plans for DOC land

May 09, 2021 Share

The Prime Minister needs to be clear with New Zealanders about what her Government plans to do with ownership of conservation land, National Party Leader Judith Collins says.

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SPEECH: Lower North Island Regional Conference

May 09, 2021 Share

Good morning, delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge National Party President Peter Goodfellow, my fellow board members, my lower North Island colleagues and all of you, the members of the National Party. It is great to see you all here today.

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Woods must explain latest KiwiBuild shambles

May 08, 2021 Share

First-home buyers and taxpayers deserve answers from Housing Minister Megan Woods after the Government’s latest KiwiBuild disaster left them in the lurch, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Taxpayers shouldn’t shell out for Te Papa’s turtle costs

May 08, 2021 Share

The Government should make senior leadership and Board members of Te Papa personally reimburse their travel to Canterbury for the funeral of a deceased leatherback turtle, National’s Arts, Culture & Heritage spokesperson Simon O’Connor says.

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SPEECH: Our approach to COVID-19 and the vaccine roll-out

May 09, 2021 Share

Delegates, it is good to be with you today. Hawke’s Bay holds a special place in my heart. It is warmer than Wellington. It’s where Jenna and I got married. And the wine is fantastic.

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Just 339 saliva tests in MIQ carried out so far

May 08, 2021 Share

A mere 339 saliva tests have been carried out in New Zealand’s MIQ facilities since they began in January, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Labour stuck in 1970s with National Awards 2.0

May 07, 2021 Share

Labour’s so-called Fair Pay Agreements are an ideologically-driven project without any sound analytical basis, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Rail investment putting safety improvements at risk

May 06, 2021 Share

The Government is putting regional roading projects and important safety improvements across the country at risk by raiding the National Land Transport Fund to invest more in rail, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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New Zealand is in a truancy crisis

May 06, 2021 Share

New Zealand has a truancy crisis as new figures show almost 40 per cent of students did not attend school regularly in term four of 2020, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour blocks inquiry into prison violence

May 06, 2021 Share

It’s disappointing the Government has chosen to block an inquiry into the increasing violence being experienced in our prisons, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour blocks inquiry into sanitised mental health report

May 05, 2021 Share

Today the Labour Government blocked an inquiry into the Mental Health and Addiction Services annual report calling into question once again its openness and transparency, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Pay freeze will hurt teachers, nurses, police officers

May 05, 2021 Share

The Government has been forced to take drastic action and freeze public sector pay because it’s allowed the number of Wellington bureaucrats to swell up to an unsustainable size, National’s spokesperson for Public Service Mark Mitchell says.

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Implementation unit has a lot of clean-up work to do

May 05, 2021 Share

The Deputy Prime Minister appears to be pushing ahead with an implementation unit without any idea of what that unit will actually deliver, Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Govt not interested in full transparency on COVID-19

May 05, 2021 Share

It is deeply disappointing that the Government has not agreed to National’s call for a new COVID-19 Select Committee, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Mallard fails to give taxpayers a straight answer

May 05, 2021 Share

Trevor Mallard has confirmed he is unfit to be Parliament’s Speaker by failing to answer several important questions relating to the false rape accusation saga that cost taxpayers more than $330,000, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says.

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Healthcare should prioritise need, not race

May 04, 2021 Share

The Government’s proposed Māori Health Authority is simply not about generating better health outcomes for Māori, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Dr Shane Reti says.

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New Zealand 116th the world for vaccinations

May 04, 2021 Share

As we embark on Phase 3 of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out plan, new data shows New Zealand is ranked as low as 116th in the world in terms of vaccination doses administered, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Reallocating Covid Fund irresponsible

May 04, 2021 Share

Plans by the Government to reallocate $926 million of money unspent from the Covid Response and Recovery Fund is irresponsible and burdens future generations with even more debt than is necessary, National’s Finance spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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PM needs to give a straight answer on He Puapua

May 03, 2021 Share

The Prime Minister’s continued refusal to state her view on recommendations in the He Puapua report is a worrying sign for the future of the country, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Cook Islands bubble should only be the start

May 03, 2021 Share

The Government should be much further down the road towards reconnecting New Zealand with the Pacific Islands than it currently is, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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What is the point of the Roche COVID-19 group?

May 03, 2021 Share

Reports the Sir Brian Roche group hasn’t provided any formal advice to the Government in relation to the recent positive Covid-19 cases at the Grand Millennium rightly begs the question, what is the point of the group, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Where does the Prime Minister stand on He Puapua?

May 02, 2021 Share

National is calling on Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to reveal where she stands on the report Labour commissioned, which proposes separate Māori authority across multiple layers of government and discusses constitutional change, such as a Māori Parliament.

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Health restructure leaving rural GPs and nurses in the dark

April 30, 2021 Share

Rural communities across the country will lose out under Labour’s radical health restructure, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Government shows its true colours on gangs

May 02, 2021 Share

The Government has shown its true colours when it comes to gangs, with its Ministers now openly championing them as advocates for justice, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Leader’s speech to 2021 Northern Regional Convention

May 01, 2021 Share

Good afternoon delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking to you all here today as your leader.

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Officials doubtful Labour’s housing package would work

April 29, 2021 Share

Officials cast serious doubt over the effectiveness of the Government’s housing package in the months before its announcement, questioning whether it would increase the supply of housing and outlined its dire impact on the lives of renters, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Labour will say anything to get elected

April 28, 2021 Share

Labour walking back its commitment to transport projects across the country is further proof it will say anything to get elected, but won’t actually deliver it, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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National calls for wider debate on Māori Health Authority

April 28, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to let New Zealanders have more of a say on whether they want a Māori Health Authority, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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New Zealand slipping due to slow vaccine rollout

April 27, 2021 Share

It is worrying that the Government’s slow vaccine rollout has caused New Zealand to slip behind Singapore in Bloomberg’s index of the best places to be during the COVID-19 pandemic, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Is the Finance Minister inspired by Muldoon?

April 27, 2021 Share

National holds grave concerns about the Minister of Finance’s announcement that he is to give himself greater powers to intervene in operations at the Reserve Bank, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Govt hasn’t got its ducks in a row on firearms licensing

April 27, 2021 Share

The Government’s focus on hitting legal firearms owners with more costs and regulations has meant those keen to participate in the Roar and duck shooting season may miss out.

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Review an opportunity to strengthen local govt

April 23, 2021 Share

A review of local government is timely and necessary but it must not become the latest plank in the Labour Government’s centralisation agenda, National’s Local Government spokesperson Christopher Luxon says.

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Another day, another National border suggestion adopted

April 23, 2021 Share

News the Government will move to a risk-based approach for overseas arrivals is welcome but well overdue, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Emergency motels making millions and set to grow

April 22, 2021 Share

New figures show the multi-million dollars being netted by top-earning emergency motels with the Government expecting this to continue for at least the next few years, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Labour wrong to limit where kids can go to school

April 22, 2021 Share

Proposed changes to the Education and Training Act 2020 are part of an ongoing attack on school choice by Labour, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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How much power is Robertson trying to grab now?

April 22, 2021 Share

The Finance Minister needs to give New Zealanders peace of mind that the new powers he’s proposing to give himself over bank lending won’t over-reach into retail banking, National’s Finance spokesperson Andrew Bayly says.

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Reckless health restructure removes local voice

April 21, 2021 Share

Replacing all District Health Boards across the country will see our regions and smaller communities lose their voice and their autonomy, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Auditor-General finds Ihumātao deal was ‘unlawful’

April 20, 2021 Share

The Auditor-General has confirmed the Labour Government unlawfully used millions of taxpayer dollars to settle the Ihumātao land dispute.

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‘Gagging’ of DHB members should not be tolerated

April 20, 2021 Share

Any moves to muzzle elected District Health Board members from commenting honestly on the Government’s health system restructure should not be allowed to happen, National’s Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Long overdue relief for split migrant families

April 19, 2021 Share

National is pleased a solution has finally been found for some of the migrants split from their families after the Government forced them to endure more than a year of distress and uncertainty, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

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It’s time to take the guns off the gangs

April 18, 2021 Share

With gangs trying to take control of New Zealand’s largest city, it’s time to get tough on organised crime, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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DHBs discharging elderly in the middle of the night

April 17, 2021 Share

The Government needs to explain why it’s allowing DHBs to discharge our elderly people from hospital in the middle of the night, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Amazon deal a vote of confidence in NZ film sector

April 16, 2021 Share

National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says Amazon’s announcement that they will make films and TV series in New Zealand is a vote of confidence in our entertainment and film production industry.

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Proposed hate speech laws a step too far

April 16, 2021 Share

Reports of the Government’s proposed new hate speech laws go a step too far and risk sacrificing the freedoms New Zealanders enjoy, National’s Justice spokesperson Simon Bridges says.

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17 schools have fewer than 20 per cent of kids regularly at school

April 15, 2021 Share

Today’s revelation by the Government that there are 17 schools where fewer than 20 per cent  of students are attending school regularly is just another illustration of the magnitude of New Zealand’s attendance crisis, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Homebuyers need action, not political pondering

April 15, 2021 Share

The Government’s admission that it’s considering forcing councils to open up more land for housing in the near future is the right idea, but New Zealanders need a Government that will take action rather than just think about it, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Split migrant family inquiry cruelly vetoed by Labour

April 15, 2021 Share

Labour’s refusal to back a select committee inquiry into the issues migrants face is a further blow to those desperate to be reunited with their partners and children, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

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National has a plan, Labour light on details

April 15, 2021 Share

The Housing Minister’s lack of answers about how the Government will allocate housing infrastructure funding shows why Labour needs to support National’s plan, National’s Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Bayly says.

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Police Minister must intervene to back police dogs

April 13, 2021 Share

Labour have stated that they will not be supporting my straightforward member’s bill to increase the maximum prison term for killing a police dog from 2 years to 5 years in a move that will baffle most New Zealanders, National MP Matt Doocey says.

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Labour is failing on mental health across the board

April 15, 2021 Share

Labour is failing New Zealanders struggling with mental illness, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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National calls for Epidemic Response Committee to return

April 14, 2021 Share

Parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee must return to allow proper scrutiny of the Government’s Covid-19 Response, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins and National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop say.

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Kelvin Davis backs prisoners over officers

April 14, 2021 Share

There is no wonder corrections officers have lost confidence in Minister Kelvin Davis when his focus lies in creating inter-prison competitions and not on keeping his staff safe, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Freeing up land key to getting more houses built

April 14, 2021 Share

National’s proposed law change will ensure more houses are built faster, Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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A smarter, faster way to fund housing infrastructure

April 14, 2021 Share

National has designed a streamlined mechanism for allocating the Government’s $3.8 billion fund for housing infrastructure, National’s Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Bayly says.

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National proposes new law to get more houses built

April 14, 2021 Share

National is proposing an alternative solution to the housing shortage that will urgently address the country’s land supply problem and help councils fund supporting infrastructure.

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New Police pursuit policy a get out of jail free card

April 12, 2021 Share

The new pursuit policy for Police is a get out of jail free card for offenders, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Statement from the NZ Opposition on Prince Phillip

April 10, 2021 Share

“On behalf of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition in New Zealand, I offer my condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family following the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

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Cancer doesn’t just affect the wealthy, Grant Robertson

April 09, 2021 Share

National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti is calling out Finance Minister Grant Robertson for making the issue of unfunded cancer drugs an issue for the wealthy.

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Time extension needed for Climate Change Report

April 09, 2021 Share

National has written to Climate Change Minister James Shaw calling for him to extend the report-back time on the Climate Change Commission Report, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Government’s housing tax policy a lose/lose

April 08, 2021 Share

The consequences of the interest deductibility tax announced as part of the Government’s housing policies are already being felt by landlords and renters alike, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Where is the ‘smart border’ we were promised?

April 08, 2021 Share

National is urging the Government to adopt five simple steps for strengthening the border, in light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases arriving on our shores, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Government jumping the gun on climate change plan

April 08, 2021 Share

The Government has jumped the gun by announcing a ban on new coal-fired boilers ahead of the independent Climate Change Commission announcing its emissions reduction plan.

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Rolling tax relief for Kiwis under new legislation

April 08, 2021 Share

National is committed to letting Kiwis keep more of what they earn and has proposed new legislation that will end tax hikes by stealth, Tauranga MP Simon Bridges says.

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Mental Health wait times worsen across DHBs

April 08, 2021 Share

Ballooning wait times for children and adolescents trying to access mental health services should be of serious concern to us all, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Government rejects greater transparency for ACC

April 08, 2021 Share

Labour is putting politics ahead of transparency in voting down a law change last night to increase transparency in ACC decision-making for those dealing with re-injury claims, National’s ACC spokesperson Simon Watts says.

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Govt fails to support Windblown Timber Recovery Bill

April 08, 2021 Share

A law change that would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on conservation land following adverse weather events has been voted down by Labour, National MP based in West Coast-Tasman Maureen Pugh says.

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Government needs to move faster on Pacific bubble

April 07, 2021 Share

National supports the call by Hawke’s Bay orchardists and businesses that are reliant on seasonal work to open a travel bubble with the Pacific Islands, Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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New Zealand second last in OECD for vaccinations

April 07, 2021 Share

Not only is New Zealand second bottom in the OECD for the number of Covid-19 vaccinations but in information leaked to National we are nowhere near where the Government planned for us to be back in January, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Vulnerable people disadvantaged in managing personal finances

April 07, 2021 Share

Today Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly has recommended to the Finance and Expenditure Committee that an inquiry take place to assess whether Government agencies and banks are sufficiently providing services which allow for vulnerable people to continue to manage their financial affairs independently.

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National calls for ACC and Super Fund to front Select Committee

April 07, 2021 Share

National will seek support at the next meeting of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Select Committee to call in the New Zealand Super Fund and ACC Investment Fund to discuss the ethical investment parameters they work within, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says.

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Bubble should be first step reconnecting NZ to the world

April 06, 2021 Share

The Government should not consider a trans-Tasman bubble ‘job done’ when it comes to reconnecting New Zealand to the world, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Mental health reporting is failing Kiwis in need

April 06, 2021 Share

The handbrake applied by Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Government to mental health reporting is not good enough and warrants a decent explanation from the Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Parker’s interest deductibility policy a shambles

April 06, 2021 Share

After questioning in Parliament today it’s clear Revenue Minister David Parker has no idea how his interest deductibility policy will work, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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No action taken by Kelvin Davis to keep staff safe

April 06, 2021 Share

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has done nothing to prioritise the wellbeing of frontline corrections officers facing an increasing number of assaults from prisoners, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Parliamentary inquiry needed for migrant issues

April 06, 2021 Share

A parliamentary inquiry would finally give a voice to the desperate migrants who feel unheard and ignored by Jacinda Ardern and her Government, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

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Unfunded chemotherapy drugs to be administered for free

April 05, 2021 Share

The National Party wants to see the law changed so that Kiwis can have their unfunded chemotherapy drugs administered in DHBs and cover the cost of this, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Confusing Easter trading rules need an overhaul

April 04, 2021 Share

New Zealand’s confusing, outdated and inconsistent Easter trading rules should be reviewed, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Aucklanders deserve a fuel tax refund

March 31, 2021 Share

Labour has once again announced a future announcement, this time for light rail, after wasting almost four years on the project, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse.

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New figures show New Zealand’s attendance crisis

March 30, 2021 Share

Newly released attendance data National has been calling for for months shows an alarming number of students don’t attend school regularly, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Corrections officers have had enough of Kelvin Davis

March 29, 2021 Share

Growing calls for a vote of no confidence in Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis by corrections officers should be making Mr Davis rethink his priorities in the portfolio, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Briefing for the Prime Minister on rising rents

March 29, 2021 Share

In the spirit of bipartisanship, National has helped the Prime Minister prepare for her post-Cabinet press conference today by collating the data she requested on rent increases – although she might want to think carefully before drawing public attention to it, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Kiwis want details, not to be misled by Ms Woods

March 29, 2021 Share

Housing Minister Megan Woods should spend less time making misleading statements to Parliament and more time fronting up to New Zealanders with details on her housing policy, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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National proud to support Bereavement Leave changes

March 29, 2021 Share

The National Party welcomes changes to the Holidays Act that will allow parents who suffer a miscarriage to take three days of bereavement leave, Spokesperson for Women, Nicola Grigg says.

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Govt should set a Covid-19 vaccination target

March 29, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to make a statement of intent about protecting New Zealanders from Covid-19 by setting a target of having at least 70 per cent of the adult population vaccinated, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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2-year moratorium on govt regulations needed as business closures spiral

March 28, 2021 Share

National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay is calling on the Government to commit to a two-year moratorium on additional government costs on businesses as New Zealanders struggle under the weight of border closures and a slowing economy.

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Govt removed warning system for overwhelmed EDs

March 28, 2021 Share

The Labour Government removed the early warning system for overwhelmed emergency departments when it scrapped DHB targets for waiting times, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Major IT scandal raises questions about vaccine roll out

March 27, 2021 Share

National’s spokesperson for Covid-19 Response Chris Bishop has this evening released further details of a major IT scandal, raising serious questions about the Government’s Covid-19 vaccine roll out.

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Changes needed to Emergency Allocation MIQ process

March 27, 2021 Share

National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop and Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford have written to the Government offering constructive suggestions to improve the MIQ and Emergency Allocation process in order to prevent further tragic outcomes in the future.

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What’s the hold-up with the Cook Islands bubble?

March 26, 2021 Share

The time it’s taking the Government to sort out quarantine-free travel between two Pacific nations with no COVID-19 community cases is staggering, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Time for China to welcome UN investigative team

March 25, 2021 Share

The National Party welcomes and affirms the joint statement from the New Zealand and Australia Foreign Ministers calling on China to grant ‘unfettered access to Xinjiang for United Nations experts, and other independent observers’, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says.

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Labour’s housing policy looking like KiwiBuild 2.0

March 25, 2021 Share

If Labour was serious about its housing policy it would’ve provided detail and criteria when it announced it, yet we’ve seen none of that, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Helping Police track down stolen goods

March 25, 2021 Share

Parliament will get the chance to debate a common sense law that will help police track stolen goods being sold through second-hand dealers and pawnbrokers.

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Bill to ban synthetic urine as a way to cheat a drug test

March 25, 2021 Share

A bill that will ban the importing, supply and acquisition of synthetic urine to pass a workplace drug test is to have its first reading in Parliament, MP for Waimakariri Matt Doocey says.

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Robbery laws would be strengthened under new bill

March 25, 2021 Share

A National Party Bill drawn from the Ballot today would see Police given stronger powers to charge someone with robbery, MP for East Coast Bays Erica Stanford says.

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Labour quick to condemn Adesanya but not Mallard

March 25, 2021 Share

Labour has shown it has a double standard when it comes to “flippant” comments about sexual assault, National’s Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says.

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Police Minister’s silence is deafening

March 25, 2021 Share

Police Minister Poto Williams needs to publicly denounce Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon’s comments that New Zealand’s police are racist, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour votes against law to notify schools of sex offenders

March 25, 2021 Share

Labour has failed to ease the minds of parents across the country as it voted down a law change that would have required the Department of Corrections to notify schools of sex offenders placed in their communities, MP for Waimakariri Matt Doocey says.

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Bill to increase access to justice passes first reading

March 24, 2021 Share

A Member’s Bill which would improve access to justice by making it easier for lawyers to do work outside their existing employment has passed its first reading, National List MP based in Hutt South Chris Bishop says.

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Trevor Mallard proves himself unfit to be Speaker

March 24, 2021 Share

The legal threats used by Trevor Mallard to silence a Parliamentary staffer who he falsely accused of rape make him unfit to continue as Parliament’s Speaker, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says.

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Government muffs R&D support

March 24, 2021 Share

Research and development in the technology sector will reduce as a consequence of the mess the Government has made of its funding support, National’s Research and Science spokesperson Dr Nick Smith says.

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Businesses close due to Govt inaction on bubble

March 24, 2021 Share

The Government’s lack of urgency around the trans-Tasman bubble means many companies that deserve to survive are being forced to close, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Where is the Govt’s travel bubble back-up plan?

March 23, 2021 Share

The Government clearly had no back-up plan when engaging in the interminable discussions with Australia over opening a trans-Tasman bubble because if it did we would have a date for travel by now, National’s COVID-19 spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Action needed on bubble, not more announcements

March 22, 2021 Share

New Zealanders are being let down by a Government that talks a lot about delivering a trans-Tasman bubble but keeps falling short, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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The people have spoken, they want a travel bubble

March 22, 2021 Share

More than 42,000 people are backing National’s call for a safe trans-Tasman travel bubble to open, National’s COVID-19 response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Skypath funding should be re-prioritised

March 22, 2021 Share

With Skypath looking dead in the water, some of the $240 million set aside for it in ATAP should be redirected towards detailed design, planning and other preparatory work for a second harbour crossing.

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O’Connor’s ‘cocky’ comments on tourism appalling

March 22, 2021 Share

Senior Labour Government Minister Damien O’Connor’s comments about the tourism sector are appalling and offensive, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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National answers horticulture sector’s call for help

March 20, 2021 Share

Allowing seasonal workers from COVID-free countries to enter New Zealand without quarantine needs to happen fast to plug the yawning gap in our horticulture sector’s workforce, National’s Horticulture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Re-opening NZ to the Pacific must be a priority

March 20, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to allow quarantine-free travel from Samoa, Tonga and Fiji into New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition and National’s Pacific Peoples spokesperson Judith Collins says.

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Nash acting like a tourist rather than the Tourism Minister

March 19, 2021 Share

After 12 months of neglect our tourism sector needs more than a few hints and ‘maybes’ at what support might come from the Government in the future, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Government hiding our student attendance crisis

March 19, 2021 Share

The only way we can fix New Zealand’s appalling school attendance levels is by first knowing the full extent of the problem, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Emergency motels have taxpayers over a barrel

March 18, 2021 Share

Labour’s lack of solutions to the housing shortage has seen the Government fork out millions in emergency housing grants to some motels and hotels, which are raking it in at the expense of taxpayers.

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Govt needs to tell us which DHBs are getting the chop

March 18, 2021 Share

The Government needs to be honest with the public about which DHBs it plans to scrap, given the pace of these reforms, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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GDP decline a wakeup call for Government

March 18, 2021 Share

Today’s GDP result is particularly disappointing because it appears the biggest contributor is the decline in the infrastructure sector, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Government facing the reality of importing gas

March 17, 2021 Share

A flurry of revelations in the past month show the oil and gas ban is unfolding exactly as officials predicted, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

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Parker playing for time on winter grazing

March 17, 2021 Share

Environment Minister David Parker has had no choice but to defer the implementation of the intensive winter grazing in Southland for one year, National’s Agriculture spokesperson David Bennett says.

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Auditor-General should investigate Ihumātao deal

March 16, 2021 Share

National has written to the Auditor-General, requesting that he investigate the apparent misuse of millions in taxpayer dollars used to settle the Ihumātao land dispute.

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National launches trans-Tasman bubble petition

March 16, 2021 Share

The National Party has launched a petition calling on the Government to get a move on with the trans-Tasman travel bubble, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Prison violence out of control on Labour’s watch

March 14, 2021 Share

The number of prisoner assaults on corrections officers has skyrocketed in recent years with more than 2000 incidents taking place on the Labour Government’s watch, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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No jail time for serious offences

March 13, 2021 Share

The Government’s restorative justice programme Te Pae Oranga is taking preventing imprisonment to a new level with more serious offences sent to the Iwi Community Panel, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Harbour crossing should be a priority, not an afterthought

March 12, 2021 Share

The Government’s lack of urgency with a second harbour crossing for Auckland shows how misguided it is when it comes to the needs of the city and New Zealand’s economy.

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Govt’s IT systems aren’t ready for vaccine rollout

March 12, 2021 Share

It is worrying that on the eve of the largest vaccination programme New Zealand has ever seen, three of the four key parts to our vaccine IT system aren’t ready to go, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Businesses deserve certainty on Australia bubble

March 11, 2021 Share

Reports that Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has said a travel bubble with Australia won’t happen until January next year if we’re lucky is creating confusion and will mean many more businesses face closure, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Tougher penalties for killing police dogs one step closer

March 11, 2021 Share

A Member’s Bill that would increase the maximum punishment for killing a police dog has been drawn from the ballot today, MP for Waimakariri Matt Doocey says.

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Stronger sunscreen standards on the horizon

March 11, 2021 Share

A Member’s Bill that would make sure all sunscreens on the shelf meet our standards and provide the protection they claim has been pulled from the ballot today, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller says.

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House prices increase $50,000 in 30 days

March 11, 2021 Share

The latest REINZ data out today shows Labour is failing to address New Zealand’s housing shortage, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Travel bubble with Aus would help migrant workers

March 11, 2021 Share

Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi has failed to act on reuniting highly skilled migrant workers with their families, but if his Government just opened a travel bubble with Australia then the issue could be resolved, National’s Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford says.

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NZ Govt must act unilaterally on travel bubble

March 11, 2021 Share

The Government should make a unilateral decision to have quarantine-free travel with Australia now that we know talks between the two countries have collapsed, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Two years and still no medicinal cannabis

March 10, 2021 Share

A Member’s Bill that would make New Zealand’s medicinal cannabis scheme more affordable and more accessible to those that need it has been voted down by the Labour Government.

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Unit Titles Member’s Bill passes first reading

March 10, 2021 Share

Today’s passing of my Member’s Bill reforming the Unit Titles Act is a win for thousands of Kiwis who have been wrangling with unfit legislation for years, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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More than $11,000 taxpayer dollars spent on a video

March 10, 2021 Share

The Housing Minister must justify spending more than $11,000 on promotional videos for a housing scheme that has only benefited 12 families, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Morrison wants a travel bubble; why doesn’t Ardern?

March 10, 2021 Share

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the only thing holding up a two-way travel bubble with New Zealand is our Government’s lack of urgency, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Duck shooting season in doubt for many this year

March 10, 2021 Share

Many hunters and farmers will miss out on this year’s duck shooting season because the Police are failing to address a backlog of firearms licence applications, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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NZ can’t wait any longer for a trans-Tasman bubble

March 10, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to open the trans-Tasman bubble with Australia to give our desperate tourism sector a much-needed boost and reunite Kiwis with family and friends across the ditch.

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Government’s shot selection raises more questions

March 08, 2021 Share

News that our national men’s cricket team may get vaccinated ahead of the elderly and other at-risk groups shows why the Government needs to release its full vaccine schedule, so every New Zealander knows where they stand in the queue.

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Emergency housing costing taxpayers $1m a day

March 09, 2021 Share

The extent of the Government’s failure to get on top of New Zealand’s housing shortage has been laid bare by new figures that show more than $1 million dollars of taxpayer money is being spent per day on motels for emergency housing.

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Govt’s shovel-ready project scheme fails to launch

March 09, 2021 Share

Almost a year after the Government announced that ‘shovel-ready’ construction projects would be a major plank in its economic recovery plan, barely any shovels have actually made it into the ground.

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Women’s wellbeing survey launched

March 08, 2021 Share

In recognition of International Women’s Day, National’s spokesperson for Women Nicola Grigg, has launched a survey looking into the wellbeing of women in the Selwyn electorate.

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National calls for inquiry into Valentine’s day cluster

March 07, 2021 Share

The National Party is calling for an inquiry into the Valentine’s Day cluster to see where our response went wrong, and what lessons we can learn.

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We need more innovative solutions for infrastructure

March 06, 2021 Share

New Zealand needs to become far more innovative in the way we deliver infrastructure if we want to address problems like housing affordability, our persistent lack of productivity growth and our recovery from Covid-19, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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National welcomes lifting of Auckland lockdown

March 05, 2021 Share

Lifting the Auckland lockdown will be welcome news to all those people who have slogged their way through Level 3 multiple times now, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Where is New Zealand’s vaccine rollout plan?

March 04, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to provide more detail on the schedule for vaccinating the entire population so that New Zealanders – particularly businesses – have the clarity they need to plan for the post-COVID future, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Lockdown’s impact on student learning dire

March 03, 2021 Share

NZQA’s assessment that the University Entrance pass rates for 2020 would have ‘fallen off a cliff’ without free credits shows the huge impact lockdown disruption is having on learning, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Someone owes someone an apology

March 03, 2021 Share

The KFC worker who was vilified by the Government for not self-isolating deserves an apology from the Prime Minister if the Covid-19 Facebook post contradicting Jacinda Ardern’s claims is accurate, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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National calls for new self-isolation payment

March 03, 2021 Share

The National Party is proposing a new payment scheme to make it easier for employees to stay home while they are self-isolating.

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Contact tracing failing New Zealanders

March 02, 2021 Share

After more than a year of dealing with Covid-19 the Government is still failing its own contact tracing performance measures and is failing to be open and transparent about locations of interest, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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PHARMAC inquiry light and late

March 02, 2021 Share

The Government’s long overdue inquiry into PHARMAC is light on detail and several years late, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Vaccine roll out looking messy

March 01, 2021 Share

The roll out of the Covid-19 vaccines is looking messy with high priority workers like South Auckland GPs being turned away, while DHB workers are vaccinated on a reportedly random ‘first-in first-served’ basis, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Five-point plan to get New Zealand out of lockdown

February 28, 2021 Share

National is urging the Government to get on top of the latest Covid-19 outbreak in Auckland by adopting a five-point plan for managing community cases, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop and Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti say.

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IRD must reopen over weekend

February 28, 2021 Share

The IRD must reopen over this weekend to help those business owners affected by the latest Auckland lockdown, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Yo-yo lockdown disappointing

February 27, 2021 Share

The new lockdown in Auckland and Level 2 for the rest of the country will be disappointing for all, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Housing wait list at record highs under Labour

February 26, 2021 Share

Our public housing system is bursting at the seams with record high numbers of New Zealanders waiting for a state house, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Roadside drug testing delayed again

February 26, 2021 Share

More New Zealand lives will be lost due to drug impaired drivers as a result of the Government’s decision to further delay the introduction of roadside drug testing, National MP Dr Nick Smith says.

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Minister fudging more public housing numbers

February 25, 2021 Share

Housing Minister Megan Woods should stop fudging the numbers around New Zealand’s public housing stock and just get on with building more houses, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Government hiding mental health progress

February 25, 2021 Share

Mental health professionals across New Zealand are concerned progress on the Government’s promise to transform the mental health system has stalled, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Nash should front up to desperate tourism businesses

February 25, 2021 Share

Tourism destinations dependent on international visitors need urgent government action if they are to survive the Government’s closed border, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Labour goes from ‘Let’s Do This’ to ‘Let’s Start Again’

February 25, 2021 Share

The future of Auckland’s light rail looks bleak after the new Transport Minister confirmed the Government has basically gone back to the drawing board on a project that was supposed to be delivered this year, National’s Transport Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Reserve Bank housing direction too slow in coming

February 25, 2021 Share

National is welcoming the Finance Minister’s realisation that he needs to take action to address the housing shortage, but is worried about how long it took him to have this revelation, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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National will overturn undemocratic Māori wards bill

February 25, 2021 Share

The next National Government will repeal the Māori wards legislation passed by Parliament tonight under urgency, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Govt’s quake-strengthening aid isn’t helping Kiwis

February 24, 2021 Share

The Government has put out more press releases about its Residential Earthquake-Prone Building Financial Assistance Scheme than it has received actual applications, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Tim van de Molen says.

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Govt defence of housing scheme plain ridiculous

February 24, 2021 Share

Housing Minister Megan Woods’ continued defence of a Government scheme that has put just 12 families into a home shows just how out of touch her Government is about the scale of New Zealand’s housing shortage, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Words alone mean nothing, Minister

February 24, 2021 Share

Words and good intentions will not solve New Zealand’s truancy crisis, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Wellington fast becoming the gang capital of NZ

February 24, 2021 Share

New figures show gang numbers have grown to almost 8000 nationwide, with Wellington seeing the greatest increase in gang membership last year.

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MIQ should be moved outside of downtown Auckland

February 21, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to investigate construction of a purpose-built Covid-19 quarantine facility on the outskirts of Auckland to help safeguard against future lockdowns in our largest city.

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Tauwhiro needs more tools to be effective

February 19, 2021 Share

Rather than talking about how to tackle the rise of firearm violence in our communities, the Police should just take the guns off the gangs, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Tourism needs urgent action before it’s too late

February 18, 2021 Share

The Government needs to stop condemning tourism businesses to the scrap heap and instead urgently redirect support to the ailing sector, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Gangs involved in Waikeria riot but not in investigation

February 18, 2021 Share

The terms of reference for the inquiry into the riot at Waikeria Prison won’t get to the bottom of why it burned down, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Unfair process on Māori Wards Bill

February 17, 2021 Share

The Government’s parliamentary process on its Bill to allow Councils to have separate Māori Wards has been a sham, National’s Local Government spokesperson and Electoral Reform spokesperson Christopher Luxon and Dr Nick Smith say.

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Government must release Pullman Hotel reports

February 17, 2021 Share

With the Pullman Hotel receiving MIQ returnees again, it’s important the Government immediately releases the reports into how Covid-19 was caught by three people in the facility, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Lockdown another blow to Kiwis’ hard work

February 14, 2021 Share

The latest lockdown will be a devastating blow to New Zealanders who have sacrificed so much to keep this country COVID-free, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Govt not resourcing Police to target organised crime

February 14, 2021 Share

This soft-on-crime Government has only filled one-third of additional police positions focused on organised crime despite gang membership increasing at an alarming rate, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Let’s Get Wellington Moving stalled at the station

February 12, 2021 Share

After much excitement that Let’s Get Wellington Moving was finally on the move, Wellingtonians will be rightly disappointed that the Independent Review has recommended the plan go back to the drawing board, National’s Transport spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Labour sending mixed messages on education

February 11, 2021 Share

Labour’s messaging on New Zealand’s curriculum is confused and misses what is important to improve student achievement, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Urgency for Māori Wards Bill a disgrace

February 11, 2021 Share

The Government’s tawdry use of urgency for the legislation to make it easier for Councils to establish Māori wards at a local authority level is disgraceful and hypocritical given Labour’s constant admonitions against the use of urgency when in Opposition, Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says.

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Labour running roughshod over democracy

February 10, 2021 Share

Despite being given ample opportunity, the Local Government Minister has been unable to provide a good reason why Labour is bypassing public debate and pushing its Māori wards law change through under urgency.

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RMA reform alone won’t bring meaningful change

February 10, 2021 Share

The Government needs to show more urgency and commitment if it ever wants to make meaningful strides towards solving the housing shortage and getting wins for the environment.

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Call it what it is Kelvin, a riot

February 09, 2021 Share

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to display weakness as he denies the total destruction of Waikeria Prison by prisoners was a riot, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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MIQ review a good step but more needs to be done

February 06, 2021 Share

National is welcoming news that an in-depth review of the Pullman hotel and wider MIQ system began weeks ago, but is concerned by yet another example of Government ministers either being uninformed or failing to be open and transparent.

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Cruise ship border bungle a blow to tourism

February 05, 2021 Share

At a time when our tourism sector is crying out for help, the Government has kneecapped them by causing the Le Lapérouse cruise ship to cancel its season, National’s Tourism & Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay and Immigration spokesperson Erica Stanford say. 

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Pfizer vaccine good news but where is it?

February 03, 2021 Share

Today’s news that Medsafe has approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is good news  but more certainty about when the vaccines will be delivered is required,  says National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson, Chris Bishop

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Proposed history curriculum lacks balance

February 03, 2021 Share

The proposed new history curriculum for schools is lacking in balance and needs revision, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

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Measuring progress key to raising student achievement

February 02, 2021 Share

Making sure students actually attend school and have their progress measured are the big issues the Education Minister needs to tackle to lift performance, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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National Party to stand candidates in Māori seats

February 01, 2021 Share

The National Party will work towards standing candidates in the Māori electorates once again, National Leader Judith Collins has announced.

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Sensible policies needed to combat climate change

January 31, 2021 Share

The Government must test every climate policy it intends to proceed with to make sure they are both effective and rational, National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Community cases highlight MIQ system failures

January 28, 2021 Share

The two new community cases of COVID-19 connected to the Pullman Hotel have highlighted several system failures that the Government must urgently address.

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COVID-19 checkpoints must be done by the book

January 27, 2021 Share

Any checkpoints set up in response to the community case of COVID-19 in Northland must be lawfully mandated by the Government, with police officers present, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Emergency powers needed to solve housing crisis

January 26, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to introduce urgent temporary legislation to make housing easier to build, and has offered to support the law change through Parliament.

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Collins outlines priorities for a better New Zealand

January 26, 2021 Share

New Zealand needs to harness the upheaval caused by COVID-19 to drive meaningful change, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Judith Collins - State of the Nation Speech 2021

January 26, 2021 Share

Kia ora and thank you for that welcome. It is a pleasure to be here.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Auckland and the EMA for hosting me at this first event in your centenary year.

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Immediate action needed to avoid further lockdowns

January 26, 2021 Share

Cabinet should agree today to match Australia’s schedule and fast-track the vaccination of all frontline workers and border staff, including those who work in MIQ, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins and National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop say.

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Government needs to urgently tighten up MIQ

January 25, 2021 Share

The Government should launch an urgent review of its MIQ facilities, with a focus on mingling between cohorts, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Ditch DHB merger, spend funding on medicines instead

January 24, 2021 Share

The Government should stop spending millions of dollars on its health sector experiment and focus the funding on areas that will actually make a difference to the lives of New Zealanders, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Almost one firearm incident per day in January

January 23, 2021 Share

There has been close to one firearm incident reported per day in January, yet the Government is silent on this growing issue, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Oil and gas ban clearly short-sighted

January 22, 2021 Share

Beach Energy’s decision to abandon existing exploration permits off the South Island as a result of the Government’s oil and gas ban comes as no surprise, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

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Finance Minister fiddles while housing market burns

January 22, 2021 Share

The Minister of Finance is taking far too long to put a lid on rising house prices, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Gun buyback 2.0 another marketing exercise

January 22, 2021 Share

The increased number of firearms incidents we’ve seen across the country recently shows why the Government’s focus needs to be on gangs and criminals, not another gun buyback, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Bolder action required to fix housing emergency

January 21, 2021 Share

The Government’s public housing plan will fall well short of fixing New Zealand’s housing emergency, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Labour lets housing waitlist surge out of control

January 20, 2021 Share

Despite promises to fix our housing shortage housing has become more unaffordable than ever under Labour, with the public housing wait list quadrupling over the last three years, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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National concerned by Police backdown on cannabis

January 20, 2021 Share

Police need explain why they’ve quietly decided to ditch the annual cannabis eradication operation and how they will continue crack down on the supply of cannabis, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Govt negligence sees border workers waiting for vaccine

January 19, 2021 Share

It’s disappointing the Government is only now trying to get a batch of vaccines for our frontline workers when this should have been a priority in the first place, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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NZ should go hard and early with vaccinations too

January 18, 2021 Share

The Government has claimed New Zealand’s successful response to COVID-19 thus far has been because we went hard and early, so why has the message changed for vaccinations, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Stricter rules needed for high risk arrivals

January 13, 2021 Share

The Government needs to change the way arrivals from the United Kingdom and other high risk destinations are being treated and adopt stricter rules in MIQ for high risk arrivals, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Pre-departure Covid-19 tests should be extended

January 12, 2021 Share

The Government should urgently extend its Covid-19 pre-departure test requirement to all international travellers, not just those from the United Kingdom or United States, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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National calls for vaccine rollout to be fast-tracked

January 11, 2021 Share

National is calling on the Government to accelerate the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in New Zealand, in light of the new highly-infectious UK and South African variants that are threatening our borders, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Govt’s police recruitment promise on the scrap heap

January 10, 2021 Share

The Government has lived up to its soft-on-crime reputation by pushing pause on its plans to increase police numbers by 1800, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Police need new powers to combat gang violence

January 05, 2021 Share

The Government should move quickly to introduce Firearm Prohibition Orders to help Police quell incidents of gang warfare like the one unfolding in Christchurch, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Polluted Auckland beaches should be investigated

January 04, 2021 Share

The ongoing polluted state of Auckland’s beaches is unacceptable and should be formally investigated by Parliament, National’s Environment spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Kelvin Davis has plenty of questions to answer

January 03, 2021 Share

The Corrections Minister has plenty of questions to answer now that the Waikeria Prison riot has come to an end, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Waikeria Prison riot must be investigated

January 01, 2021 Share

A full investigation must be undertaken into how the Waikeria Prison riot started and has been allowed to continue so long, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Finally pre-departure testing, but needs to go further

December 28, 2020 Share

The announcement today that from early next year all returnees from the UK and US will require pre-departure testing is a sound decision and one that the National Party has been calling for since August when we proposed a Border Protection Agency, National’s Covid-19 Recovery spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Appalling lack of action from Govt as mental health call outs increase

December 28, 2020 Share

The significant increase in calls involving a person having a mental health crisis, in distress or threatening suicide is exactly why the Mental Health Co-Response Service should never have been axed, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says.

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Steep increase in people joining gangs alarming

December 26, 2020 Share

The number of people joining gangs has increased at an alarming rate this year, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government needs to back Police with new powers

December 19, 2020 Share

The Government needs to back Police with new tools and technology to apprehend fleeing drivers in light of new policy that hampers their ability to give chase, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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COVID-19 failings highlight need for border agency

December 18, 2020 Share

The confusing, sub-standard systems in place around our border response, confirmed by the Roche/Simpson report, show the need for a dedicated border agency, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Grapes will rot on the vines without Govt action

December 18, 2020 Share

The Government should increase the number of seasonal workers allowed into New Zealand, otherwise we will see severe labour shortages across the viticulture sector, National’s Viticulture spokesperson Stuart Smith says.

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Vaccine rollout raises more questions than answers

December 17, 2020 Share

While it is good news that New Zealand is working towards a vaccine roll out, Kiwis are still left with more questions than answers, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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No excuse for borrowing up large

December 17, 2020 Share

The better than forecast recovery our economy has seen means Labour must immediately chart a path back to sustainable levels of debt, National’s Finance spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Labour opens floodgates by paying off protestors

December 17, 2020 Share

Taxpayers should not be stumping up $30 million to cover the Government’s bungling of the land dispute at Ihumātao, National’s Finance spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Mounting costs to taxpayer mean Mallard must go

December 16, 2020 Share

The bombshell revelation that Speaker Trevor Mallard’s defamation case could cost taxpayers even more than the $333,641.70 it has already is further evidence he must resign, National’s Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says.

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Labour doesn’t have a plan to pay down debt

December 16, 2020 Share

Today’s Half-Yearly Economic and Fiscal Update confirms Labour has no plan to lift New Zealand out of debt, saddling our future generations with the burden, National’s Finance spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says.

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Where is New Zealand’s Covid vaccine plan?

December 16, 2020 Share

It’s time the Government came forward with a plan for New Zealand’s Covid vaccine and started answering some important questions, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Time for Kelvin Davis to show some leadership

December 15, 2020 Share

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis cannot continue to remain silent on the staffing and resourcing concerns raised by the Ombudsman following an unannounced inspection of Auckland Prison, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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NZ dragging chain on Aussie travel bubble

December 14, 2020 Share

The ‘announcement’ that a trans-Tasman bubble will open in quarter one next year is good news but has come far too late, National’s COVID-19 Recovery spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Taxpayers should not foot the bill for Ihumātao

December 14, 2020 Share

The Government will open a Pandora’s Box if it spends even a single cent of taxpayer money on cleaning up the mess it made at Ihumātao, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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National will hold the Speaker to account

December 14, 2020 Share

The National Party will call Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard before a Select Committee this week to answer questions about the more than $330,000 of taxpayer dollars spent on settling a legal dispute he created, National’s Shadow Leader of the House Chris Bishop says.

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The Cook Islands bubble is taking far too long

December 12, 2020 Share

The Cook Islands bubble is taking far too long to set up, there is no reason why it shouldn’t already be in place, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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RBNZ confirms Govt isn’t doing enough on housing

December 11, 2020 Share

The Reserve Bank has confirmed in writing what National has been saying for some time, that the Government lacks a clear direction when it comes to our housing emergency, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Govt’s lack of housing ideas leaves Kiwis cold

December 11, 2020 Share

More and more New Zealanders are feeling helpless as the property ladder is rapidly pulled up in front of them because the Government has no real solutions to the housing crisis.

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$333,000 bill to settle Speaker’s legal battle

December 11, 2020 Share

National has lost confidence in Speaker Trevor Mallard following revelations that more than $330,000 of taxpayers’ money was spent on settling the legal dispute he created by falsely accusing a former Parliamentary employee of rape.

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Failing education standards won’t help wellbeing

December 09, 2020 Share

News that New Zealand’s 13 year olds have recorded their worst-ever results in the latest international comparison study (TIMMS) should be ringing alarm bells across the education sector, National’s Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Hipkins must release report

December 08, 2020 Share

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins must immediately release the Roche/Simpson review report into our border testing systems, National’s Covid-19 Recovery spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Royal Commission must lead to meaningful change

December 08, 2020 Share

The wide-ranging report into the Christchurch terror attack must be treated with the utmost respect, but the recommendations within it must also be properly scrutinised, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Emergency measures needed to accelerate housing supply

December 08, 2020 Share

Housing statistics released today and over the weekend show an unfolding disaster for New Zealand families and communities, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Royal Commission of Inquiry needed into Whakaari/White Island

December 08, 2020 Share

The National Party is calling for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the Whakaari/White Island disaster.

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Firearm Prohibition Orders needed to curb growing gun violence

December 05, 2020 Share

National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown is calling on the Government to urgently adopt his Member’s Bill, the Arms (Firearm Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill, to help tackle the growing evidence of gun violence in New Zealand.

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Housing wait list continues to surge under Labour

December 04, 2020 Share

Our public housing system is bursting at the seams with record-high numbers of New Zealanders waiting for a home and thousands more getting emergency grants to live in motels, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Tax hike will create more problems than it solves

December 03, 2020 Share

Labour’s tax increase is nothing more than a symbolic move to tax hardworking New Zealanders that will do little except erode the integrity of our tax system, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Govt must take action against firearm violence

December 03, 2020 Share

Labour’s soft on crime attitude is putting the safety of New Zealanders and our police officers at risk, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Second inquiry into Pharmac vetoed by Labour

December 03, 2020 Share

The Government has once again stopped the Health Select Committee from initiating an inquiry into Pharmac, despite widespread consensus during the campaign that such an inquiry is needed, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Tougher penalties needed to protect our police dogs

December 03, 2020 Share

The punishment for killing a police dog should be extended from a maximum of two years to a maximum of five years, National MP for Waimakariri Matt Doocey says.

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Where is the Roche/Simpson report?

December 02, 2020 Share

It is astonishing that four months after the Government’s border testing systems failed spectacularly, Covid-19 Recovery Minister Chris Hipkins still hasn’t produced the report that identifies how this happened, National’s Covid-19 Recovery spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Five things the Government could do to fix housing

December 01, 2020 Share

With the 53rd Parliament getting down to business this week, National is urging the Government to implement five solutions to the housing crisis that do not involving hiking tax.

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Grant Robertson flip-flopping on tax

December 01, 2020 Share

The Finance Minister’s flirtation with extending the bright-line test suggests Labour’s pre-election commitments on tax were just empty promises, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Doubling sick leave will make our economy crook

November 30, 2020 Share

An economic crisis is not the time to be loading more costs onto businesses in the form of extra sick leave, National’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Scott Simpson says.

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Labour already breaking its election promise on tax

November 27, 2020 Share

Revenue Minister David Parker has confirmed Labour is already wobbling on its election promise not to alter income taxes this term, National’s Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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Light rail debacle stains NZ’s business reputation

November 27, 2020 Share

The Auditor-General has confirmed what the National Party has long believed – that the Government’s handling of Auckland’s light rail was ham-fisted, risky and probably in breach of procurement rules

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RSE deal too little too late

November 27, 2020 Share

The Government’s announcement it’s allowing 2000 horticultural workers enter New Zealand through the RSE scheme is better than nothing, but it’s still just a drop in the bucket of what is actually needed, National’s Covid-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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What’s happening with N95 masks?

November 24, 2020 Share

COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins needs to urgently clarify what is happening with the roll out of N95 masks in MIQ facilities, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says.

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Minimum wage hike isn’t what the economy needs

November 24, 2020 Share

A sharp boost to the minimum wage would see fewer jobs created as businesses struggle under a tidal wave of government-imposed costs, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Supermarket inquiry should look at Govt’s role

November 17, 2020 Share

The Commerce Commission inquiry into supermarkets must look at the Government’s role in price increases, National’s Commerce and Consumer Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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NZTA road closures shortsighted call from disconnected Wellington

June 11, 2020 Share

NZTA’s announcement this week that it intends to close Arthur’s Pass and Porter’s Pass whenever it snows is yet another blow for Selwyn communities on both sides of the Southern Alps facing an already uncertain post-COVID 19 season, National’s candidate for Selwyn Nicola Grigg says.

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Government must rein in the Reserve Bank now

November 17, 2020 Share

National is calling on the Government to temper the Reserve Bank’s latest inflammation of the property market by sending a letter of expectation to Adrian Orr immediately.

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RMA reform needed now

November 12, 2020 Share

The steep increase in house price numbers released today shows how important it is that the Government gets on with RMA reform, immediately, National’s Housing spokesperson Nicola Willis says.

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Govt must ask Reserve Bank hard questions on housing

November 11, 2020 Share

Today’s announcement of a Funding for Lending scheme without any requirement for the new lending to be targeted at productive investment will add even more pressure to an already stretched housing market, National Party Shadow Treasurer Andrew Bayly says.

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National unveils team to take on Labour Government

November 11, 2020 Share

National’s new caucus line-up reflects the party’s wealth of talent and experience across a range of portfolios, but most importantly in the crucial areas of health and the economy, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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National Party selects strong leadership team

November 10, 2020 Share

Judith Collins has been reconfirmed as Leader of the National Party, with Dr Shane Reti selected as the party’s new Deputy Leader.

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Statement on deputy leadership of the National Party

November 06, 2020 Share

“For the past few weeks the National Party has been reflecting on how the Parliamentary Caucus can best discharge its responsibilities for Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition.

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Changes to parliamentary term must go to a referendum

November 01, 2020 Share

Labour and the Green’s confidence agreement states a desire to look at reforming electoral law, but electoral law should not be a play thing of the Government of the day, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Dr Nick Smith says.

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Dire economic warning for New Zealanders

October 15, 2020 Share

The International Monetary Fund’s dire economic forecasts paint a grim picture of the New Zealand economy under Labour, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s health policy doesn’t even include the word rural

October 15, 2020 Share

Labour cares so little for rural communities that the word ‘rural’ doesn’t even appear in their health policy, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Labour failed to deliver on their key promises

October 15, 2020 Share

Back in 2017 Labour claimed they would be a transformational government but they have failed on almost all of their policy promises to New Zealanders, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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National caring for New Zealand’s senior citizens

October 14, 2020 Share

A National Government will ensure an environment where senior citizens feel safe, respected and well looked after, Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and National’s Seniors spokesperson Tim Macindoe say.

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A choice with Labour – drowning in debt or higher taxes?

October 14, 2020 Share

Labour’s inability to control their spending means they will either drown New Zealand in a sea of debt or burden hardworking New Zealanders with higher taxes, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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More than a million Kiwis would pay Wealth Tax

October 13, 2020 Share

The Greens are spreading misinformation about how many people would be liable for a wealth tax, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour’s call for PHARMAC review cynical

October 13, 2020 Share

Labour’s call for a review of PHARMAC is cynical, considering they blocked a review from occurring just last year, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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National to give young Kiwis a better start at life

October 13, 2020 Share

National believes that young people are the future of New Zealand and that we must be providing them with opportunities to gain skills and knowledge that can be used to thrive in the modern world, National’s Youth spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National will build Petone to Grenada Link Road

October 13, 2020 Share

A National Government would build the Petone to Grenada Link Road, including the Cross Valley Link, National Party Leader Judith Collins confirmed in Grenada today.

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Who is doing the misinforming, Ms. Ardern?

October 12, 2020 Share

Confusion and mixed messages over taxes indicate where a future Labour-Green Government would head, says National Party Leader Judith Collins.

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National will launch a global PhD scholarship scheme

October 12, 2020 Share

A National Government will add expertise to New Zealand’s technology sector by launching a Global PhD Scholarship scheme, Leader of the National Party Judith Collins says.

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Higher taxes inevitable under Labour

October 12, 2020 Share

Protests from Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson do nothing to change the fact that higher taxes are inevitable under Labour, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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National out to stop the Wealth Tax

October 11, 2020 Share

National Party Leader Judith Collins is campaigning across Auckland today to bring out the vote for National. She will link up with party volunteers across the city as voting continues.

 

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Labour fudging more numbers

October 10, 2020 Share

The number of jobs likely to be created by yesterday’s announcement for $100 million for marae don’t stack up and won’t secure Kiwis’ future in long-term employment, Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Supporting New Zealand’s proud wine industry

October 09, 2020 Share

A National Government will give New Zealand’s wine industry the tools to continue making a valuable contribution to our economy, National Party Leader Judith Collins and Viticulture spokesperson Stuart Smith say.

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A Labour/Greens Govt would introduce a Wealth Tax

October 08, 2020 Share

It’s clear a Labour/Greens Government would implement a radical Wealth Tax after reports this morning the Wealth Tax was specifically designed to circumvent their promise not to introduce a Capital Gains Tax, Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith say.

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Ardern needs to explain ‘pathetic’ Covid testing

October 08, 2020 Share

Jacinda Ardern needs to explain why ‘pathetically low’ testing rates were part of her Government’s plan to keep Kiwis safe from Covid-19, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

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Outrageous use of taxpayer funds so close to the election

October 07, 2020 Share

It is outrageous if reports are correct that Finance Minister Grant Robertson has signed off $100 million of taxpayer money to upgrade marae around the country after voting has started, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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National to better support manufacturing sector

October 07, 2020 Share

A National Government would better support the manufacturing sector by reducing taxes, slashing costs and upskilling the workforce, National’s spokesperson for Small Business and Manufacturing Andrew Bayly says.

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Goldsmith acknowledges Frydenberg’s tax cuts

October 07, 2020 Share

The Australian Budget overnight shows the Australians understand that tax relief is an essential component of an economic plan to restore prosperity, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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National focused on creating at least 10,000 jobs a month

October 06, 2020 Share

A National Government would get the economy back to creating at least 10,000 jobs a month, and unemployment tracking towards 4 per cent by 2025, National Party Leader Judith Collins and Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay say.

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Reviving the Kiwi dream of home ownership

October 05, 2020 Share

National will help New Zealanders secure their financial future by delivering policies that will allow more renters and social housing tenants to get a foot on the property ladder.

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David Parker identifies error in Labour’s tax policy

October 05, 2020 Share

Labour needs to defend the basis of its tax assumptions in its fiscal pamphlet and respond to attacks from Labour MP David Parker that New Zealanders will simply avoid paying their higher tax rate, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Auckland Council governance reset under National

October 05, 2020 Share

National will get New Zealand’s economic engine firing on all cylinders by undertaking an extensive review of Auckland Council and its governance to make sure it is fit for purpose.

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Retired Kiwis better off under National’s tax cuts

October 04, 2020 Share

A retired couple will be $1000 better off under National’s tax stimulus package, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Backing New Zealand’s racing industry

October 03, 2020 Share

National is proud of New Zealand’s history of excellence in the racing history and will ensure the industry isn’t put out to pasture, Leader of the National Party Judith Collins and National’s racing spokesperson Ian McKelvie say.

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Labour’s child poverty claims ruled misleading

October 03, 2020 Share

More children are living in poverty because of Labour’s economic mismanagement and Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern should stop claiming otherwise, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says.

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Labour follows National’s lead on housing

October 02, 2020 Share

Labour’s announcement today that their plan to address house prices is to scrap the RMA is to follow where National strongly leads, National Party Leader, Judith Collins says.

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Where is Labour’s Transport Plan?

October 02, 2020 Share

Voting opens tomorrow and Labour has failed to deliver when it comes to transport, says National Transport Spokesperson Chris Bishop.

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National will rebuild the tourism industry

October 02, 2020 Share

National will work alongside New Zealand’s tourism sector to restore the industry towards the levels of success it had prior to Covid-19, National Party Leader Judith Collins says.

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National to build for school growth

October 02, 2020 Share

A National Government will resolve the overcrowding crisis in New Zealand schools by investing an additional $2.8 billion above current school property funding allocations for additional classrooms and new schools says National Education spokesperson Nicola Willis.

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Case for pre-departure testing becomes more compelling

October 02, 2020 Share

The 10 positive cases of Covid-19 that arrived into New Zealand on flight AI1354 may have been prevented with pre-departure testing, National’s Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.

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Labour’s fiscal pamphlet missing another $10 billion

October 02, 2020 Share

National can reveal that Labour’s fiscal pamphlet, which included a massive $140 billion mistake, has another $10 billion gap in it, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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SuperGold Card safe under National

October 01, 2020 Share

A National Government will prioritise and enhance the SuperGold Card, National Party Leader Judith Collins says.

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National will deliver Whangarei Marine Dry Dock

October 01, 2020 Share

A National Government will support the construction and operation of modern fit for purpose dry dock and associated infrastructure at Northport in Whangarei.

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Labour releases a pamphlet with a $140bn mistake

October 01, 2020 Share

Grant Robertson should rip up his mistake ridden fiscal pamphlet and present New Zealanders with a credible plan, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says

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Water storage to unlock economic potential

October 01, 2020 Share

A National Government will utilise water to grow our economy and ensure better outcomes for our towns, cities and regions, Leader of the National Party Judith Collins says.

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Labour has serious questions to answer

September 30, 2020 Share

Labour’s use of a controversial company previously accused of push-polling in Australia raises serious questions about its commitment to run a clean campaign, National Party Campaign Chair Gerry Brownlee says.

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Labour pumped up on debt

September 30, 2020 Share

Despite the Reserve Bank pumping more than a billion dollars a week to hold up the economy, Labour still can’t deliver an economic plan, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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Labour missing $10 billion for infrastructure

September 29, 2020 Share

Labour needs to explain how it’s going to pay for $10 billion of funding for Light Rail and Pumped Hydro, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

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National will do more to stamp out corruption

September 29, 2020 Share

A National Government will back the Serious Fraud Office to do more to stamp out corruption, National Party Leader Judith Collins says.

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Reskilling & Retraining offers hope of fresh start

September 28, 2020 Share

Getting the unemployed back into work, upskilling small business owners and finding a pathway for young people to find work form the heart of National’s Reskilling and Retraining Policy which National Leader Judith Collins announced in Nelson today.

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National will prioritise Nelson Hospital

September 28, 2020 Share

A National Government will prioritise the replacement of Nelson Hospital and provide a facility that is earthquake-proof and fit for purpose, National Party Leader Hon Judith Collins says.

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Mental health care that delivers for everyone

September 28, 2020 Share

A National Government will deliver high quality mental health care that is accessible, timely and effective, regardless of where you’re from.

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Labour building a barrier to economic recovery

September 27, 2020 Share

With businesses failing and unemployment rapidly increasing, Labour’s plans are like throwing petrol on a bonfire, National's Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says.

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Survey results show need for tax relief

September 27, 2020 Share

A new survey showing 40 per cent of respondents lived in homes where someone had seen their wages or hours cut during the last six months underscores the need for National’s tax relief from 1 December, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith said today.

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Labour fails to front with costs for business

September 25, 2020 Share

“Jacinda Ardern needs to front up and explain to New Zealanders how much Labour’s policies will hurt the New Zealand, economy National’s Economic Development spokesperson,” Todd McClay says.

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National will give children the best start in life

September 25, 2020 Share

The non-disclosure of child abuse will be an offense and there will be reduction targets for children suffering material hardship in a National Government, National’s Social Development Spokesperson Louise Upston says, as the