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Government must safeguard NZ’s ability to innovate

The Government claims to be committed to building a more innovative economy, so it should explain why New Zealand’s innovation ranking is sliding, National’s Research, Science and Innovation spokesperson Parmjeet...


New year – new approach to try sell KiwiBuild

This year Housing Minister Phil Twyford is employing a new method in order to try and sell his KiwiBuild homes – prospective first home buyers can begin...


MPs petition Govt to protect all Northland children from Meningitis

MP for Whangarei Dr Shane Reti and MP for Northland Matt King have launched a petition challenging the Government to vaccinate all Northlanders under 20 years of age to protect...


Minister silent on City Rail Link cost blowout

Leaked information that the cost of Auckland’s City Rail link, New Zealand’s largest transport project, has blown out by $500 million is deeply concerning and raises questions about the Government’s...


Govt’s ‘fair pay’ agenda is unionisation by stealth

The recommendations of Iain Lees-Galloway’s Fair Pay Agreement Working Group show the Government’s industrial relations agenda amounts to compulsory unionism by stealth, National’s Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson Scott Simpson...


Where’s Westland Milk loan as bidders circle?

Reports that Westland Milk is talking to well-financed potential bidders for the company raise serious questions about the $9.9 million soft loan from Shane Jones’ Regional Slush Fund, National’s Economic...


‘Wellbeing’ budget masks economic policy vacuum

The Government is going all out to hype its well-being budget but New Zealanders will rightly wonder if it will differ in substance from previous budgets or just be a...


United Nations address an insult to New Zealand

In a move typical of a Government which wants to tell New Zealanders we are failing, Justice Minister Andrew Little has sold New Zealand short at the United Nations when...


Defeated Housing Minister drops KiwiBuild target

Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s outstanding admission today his policy of building 1000 KiwiBuild houses by July this year is just ‘a target’, and further he can’t guarantee he will hit...


Govt in denial as most coal burned in five years

It is a sad irony that in the first year of a Government that talks a big game on climate change, New Zealand burned the most coal in five years...