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Fees-free a flop from the start

Cabinet documents from May last year show that 12 weeks into the university year the fees-free policy was already failing, says National Party Tertiary Education spokesperson Dr Shane Reti. “The...


Government must fund family violence programme

Budget 2019 must appropriate money for the innovative and successful family violence intervention programme known as the Integrated Safety Response (ISR), says National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop. “The programme was...


Twyford has learnt nothing

Revelations that Treasury advised against the Government committing to the Let’s Get Wellington Moving package because it relied on ‘several assumptions’ that had ‘not been thoroughly tested’ shows that Phil...


ECan climate change emergency not the answer

Environment Canterbury’s decision to declare a climate change emergency will only add another layer of bureaucracy and red tape to a complex issue, National's Local Government spokesperson Jacqui Dean says....


New taxes aren’t the transport solution Wellington wants

People across the Wellington region have reason to be disheartened at the outcome of the Let’s Get Wellington Moving project, which isn’t going to solve the capital’s congestion woes anytime...


Fees-free flop today - polytechnics tomorrow

The Government’s confirmation that the $200m underspend from their failed fees-free policy will go into polytechnic reforms is nothing more than moving funds from one failed experiment to the next,...


Wellbeing changes all talk

Finance Minister Grant Robertson’s claims that he’s making fundamental changes to the Budget appears to be all smoke and mirrors, National’s Finance spokeswoman Amy Adams says. “Mr Robertson said today...


10,000 Kiwis leaving for greener pastures

New Zealanders are voting with their feet with a net 10,000 leaving New Zealand in the past 12 months, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. “Today’s Stats NZ migration data...


Finance Minister announces fees-free flop

Another flagship Labour policy has failed with Finance Minister Grant Roberson announcing today the fees-free programme had not met enrolment expectations and delivered an underspend, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Shane...


Business Partnership Agenda broken links and broken promises

The Government has been caught out making up an entire work programme in answer to plummeting business confidence, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “Last year, Prime Minister Jacinda...