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Green Party holding Wellington’s councils to ransom

Reports of underhanded tactics used to force a political deal on Wellington’s transport plans show they were gutted for the sake of the Labour-Greens relationship, Wellington-based National MP Nicola Willis...


Regraded Lumsden hub not fit for purpose

Lumsden’s downgraded ‘maternal and child hub’ is not fit for purpose and Government MPs are blocking the reinstatement of Lumsden Maternity Centre, Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker says. “The Health Select...


Regional polytechs to lose autonomy and jobs

Seven of the country’s regional polytechnics will merge ahead of the mega-merger which will result in job losses and a loss of autonomy, National’s spokesperson for Tertiary Education Dr Shane...


Decriminalisation of drugs by stealth law passes

From today the Police will be directed not to prosecute all drug users as the Government sneakily introduces the decriminalisation of drugs, National’s spokesperson for Drug Reform Paula Bennett says....


Fees-free flop to fund polytech merger

The Government will rely on the failure of its own fees-free policy to fund the establishment of one mega polytechnic, National’s Spokesperson for Tertiary Education Dr Shane Reti says. “Official...


Ideology on the menu but no beef

Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter’s assertion that climate change is the foremost public health issue will come as news to the many thousands of New Zealanders suffering from cancer,...


OCR cut brings sobering economic news

Today’s historic cut to the Official Cash Rate down to just one per cent sounds a dramatic warning that the New Zealand economy is slowing and the Government needs to...


Victims neglected by Govt’s soft on crime agenda

Responses to the 2019 Strengthening the Criminal Justice System for Victims survey shows victims feel failed by this Government’s soft on crime attitude, National Spokesperson for Justice Mark Mitchell says....


Government plays fast and loose with electoral law

New Zealand’s democracy is being treated with disrespect by the Government’s rushed and unconventional changes to electoral and referendum law, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Nick Smith says. “The Government is...


Government attempting to ban whitebaiting

The popular Kiwi pastime of whitebaiting is at risk of being banned if the Minister of Conservation gets her way, National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. “National will oppose the...