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Govt making it easy for people to abuse fees-free

It is concerning that the Government is making it easy for students to abuse its $2.8 billion fees-free tertiary education policy by softening the penalties for those who are caught...


Wobbly Coalition all at sea over fisheries monitoring

Evidence given to the Environment Select Committee from the Department of Conservation (DOC) today just goes to show the deeply divided factions occurring within the Coalition Government, National’s Fisheries spokesperson...


National welcomes continuation of 1080 policy

A reassurance from the Department of Conservation (DOC) that there has been no change in policy over the use of 1080 poison is welcome, National’s Conservation Spokesperson Maggie Barry says....


National seeks inquiry into oceans plastic problem

National MP Scott Simpson has written to Parliament’s Environment Select Committee requesting it conduct an inquiry into the extent of plastic pollution in New Zealand’s oceans. Mr Simpson says one...


Govt passing the cap around primary industry

The Government is going cap-in-hand to the primary sector seeking support to help eradicate the rapidly-spreading cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis, National’s Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says. “It’s my understanding...


Salvation Army confirms social improvements under National

The Salvation Army’s annual State of the Nation Report confirms a large number of economic and social improvements created by the National Government’s stewardship, National Party spokesperson for Social Development...


National to support 1st reading of child poverty legislation

National will support the Government’s proposed child poverty legislation to its first reading but won’t guarantee any ongoing support unless it agrees to amendments that will ensure it measurably improves...


Bill English announces retirement from Parliament

National Party Leader Bill English has today announced he will resign as Leader of the National Party and leave Parliament. Mr English says his resignation as Leader will take effect...


National Party thanks Bill English for his contribution

Bill English has made an enormous contribution to both the National Party and to New Zealand during his 27-year political career, National Party President Peter Goodfellow says. “On behalf of...


No new solutions in housing report

The Government's housing stocktake report released today adds no new knowledge or solutions and simply repeats the already well-publicised views of the authors, National’s Housing Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The...