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PM fudges fuel tax to shift blame for pump pain

The Prime Minister yesterday used numbers that ignore the Government’s fuel tax hikes in an attempt to underplay its role in the pain inflicted on Kiwis at the pump, National’s...


New insurance settlement service welcomed

The Government’s latest announcement of a new earthquake insurance settlement service will be welcomed by homeowners as it expands on the Residential Advisory Service set up by the previous National...


A National Govt to save Lumsden Maternity Centre

National’s Health Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse and Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker today announced National will reinstate full services at the Lumsden Maternity Centre if elected in 2020. “Providing full birthing services...


Govt should drop taxes to provide immediate relief

The Government should axe its fuel tax increases to provide immediate relief to motorists, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “Instead, the Prime Minister’s response to record high fuel prices is...


National encourages action in mental health week

National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says this Mental Health Awareness Week National is encouraging the Government to take action to help improve the mental health of New Zealanders. “Mental wellness...


Water issues delayed by another working group

The Government’s plan to tackle the complex issue of protecting and restoring New Zealand’s freshwater quality is an underwhelming work programme. It’s about setting up more working groups rather than...


Government pricing Kiwis out of their cars

The average New Zealand household is now paying $200 a year more in petrol taxes than this time last year, with Auckland families paying $324 extra as a result of...


Closure of Rotorua chopper base will cost lives

Confirmation today from the Labour-led Government that the Rotorua rescue helicopter base will be closed is a massive blow to the people of Rotorua, MP for Rotorua Todd McClay says....


Minister’s cross-party rejection disappointing

It is disappointing that the Health Minister has rejected calls for a cross-party working group to depoliticise mental health, and is continuing to do nothing while he waits for his...


National supports bipartisan child poverty approach

National will support the Child Poverty Reduction Bill after securing important changes which will see progress on reducing child poverty properly measured and National’s social investment approach applied, Opposition Leader...