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Minister tricky on DHB finances

David Clark has claimed he cannot provide information on the financial performance of DHBs despite having the data since June, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “When asked for information...


Government’s reforms devastating for SIT

The Government’s decision to strip the Southern Institute of Technology of assets and send all power to a centralised polytechnic in Wellington is devastating for our community, MP for Invercargill...


Jobs and polytechs gone in Government’s reforms

The Government’s polytechnic and industry announcement today will cost thousands of jobs and may be the death knell for some polytechnics, National’s spokesperson for Tertiary Education Dr Shane Reti says....


MPs told Meningitis vaccines were always available

Pfizer officials appearing before the Health Select Committee yesterday revealed that 30,000 Meningitis vaccines were available to PHARMAC during the recent outbreak in Northland, National MP for Whangarei and Associate...


Wagner launches Arts, Culture & Heritage survey

Yesterday I launched a survey to engage the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector and develop new and innovative policies, National’s Arts, Culture and Heritage spokesperson Nicky Wagner says. “I have...


Cancer agency will improve outcomes for Māori

National’s plan for a cancer agency will have transformative results for Māori, National’s Māori Development spokesperson Jo Hayes says. “Māori suffer disproportionately from cancer, and are twice as likely both...


Government looking muddled on cancer plan

The much lauded cancer plan to be announced ‘in the coming weeks’ has turned out to be a consultation document which won’t address the immediate needs of cancer sufferers across...


Questions still hang over water quality review

An independent water quality regulator is a positive move, but questions still remain over the extra regulation and costs that will be lumped on councils following the Government’s Three Waters...


School camps and outdoor education at risk

Questions around the Government’s vague donations policy and whether schools will still be able to ask for payments towards camps or other outdoor education programmes needs to be resolved quickly,...


KiwiSaver Bill one step closer to law

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker’s Member’s Bill that will make it possible for any foster parent to open a KiwiSaver account for a child in their care is one step closer...