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Mega polytech will grab cash and assets

The leaked Cabinet paper on reforming the polytechnic sector shows 80 per cent of public submissions are against the idea of one mega polytechnic, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Dr Shane...


No accountability at Treasury over Budget “hack”

Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf should have offered his resignation following the early release of Budget information, and at the very least should apologise for how he handled it, Deputy Leader...


KiwiSaver Bill passes second reading

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker’s Member’s Bill that will help set up young foster kids for the future through the KiwiSaver scheme is a step closer to law after passing its...


The Genter pay gap

Women’s Minister Julie-Anne Genter has confirmed that women are paid less than men at the very Ministry that is focussed on eliminating the gender pay gap, National’s Women’s spokesperson Paula...


Ministers at odds over cost of Auckland’s light rail

The Government’s ineptitude when it comes to transport has been on full display this week with its Ministers unable to agree on whether Auckland’s light rail will cost $4 billion...


Bigger and more centralised state sector

The state sector will be more expensive, less accountable and more centralised under the Government’s proposed reforms, National’s State Services spokesperson Nick Smith says. “These reforms will deliver a bigger...


IMF confirms NZ economy slowing

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has confirmed what New Zealand businesses have been feeling for months, the New Zealand economy has lost its momentum, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says....


Polytechnic reform adds 72 new entities to bureaucracy

A leaked Cabinet paper detailing the reforms of the apprentice and polytechnic sector shows a staggering 72 new entities will be created, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson, Dr Shane Reti says....


Primary teachers settle but principals reject

Today’s announcement that the primary teachers have settled is positive for the sector, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “However, news that primary principals have rejected their offer is concerning...


Construction industry needs more action, less talk

Findings from the latest BDO Construction Survey Report paint a bleak picture of the industry, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “Many of the findings align with anecdotal...