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Yes debt was low, but it’s the path out that counts

New Zealanders can be pleased we are in a relatively strong position to invest and support the economy but we still need clarity around the path out of lockdown, National’s...


ERC to focus on small businesses, frontline services

Owners of small-to-medium businesses will speak directly to Parliament about how the lockdown has impacted them when the Epidemic Response Committee resumes this week, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says....


Health Ministry in the dark on close contacts

David Clark has admitted he doesn’t know how many close contacts of positive Covid-19 cases the Ministry of Health cannot reach, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “In written responses...


Let’s back Kiwi scientists in the fight against Covid-19

National is calling on the Government to back New Zealand’s scientists by funding them to join the global effort to develop and manufacture a Covid-19 vaccine, National’s Research, Science and...


Don’t turn your back on the creative arts sector

The Government needs to urgently develop a support package for New Zealand’s live events and creative arts sector, National’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Jonathan Young says. “Our country has...


Builders need clarity before picking up their hammers

The Government must urgently clarify what Level 3 means for the construction sector to ensure builders can return to work quickly, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “The...


Mental health funding needs to be spent faster

The Government needs to do a better job of getting money out the door to mental health services so they can make a more meaningful difference in people’s lives, National’s...


Psychological first aid training should be free to the public

Psychological first aid training should be made freely available to help New Zealanders help themselves and others in these tough times, National’s Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says. “As mental...


Public/Private checkpoints?

The Police need to stop all community checkpoints and make it clear that enforcing the law and lockdown rules is their job, not vigilante members of the public National’s Police...


Hunters should be allowed on conservation land

Hunting restrictions at level 3 should be relaxed even further to allow for hunting on conservation land, National’s Conservation spokesperson Jacqui Dean says. “It simply doesn’t make any sense that...