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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...


Minister’s secret letter stopped Wellington moving

Associate Transport Minister Julie Anne Genter must release the letter she sent to Transport Minister Phil Twyford before he pushed construction of Wellington’s second Mt Victoria Tunnel back a decade,...


The elephant in the room keeps getting bigger

Today’s ANZ Business Confidence survey shows optimism continues to tumble at a time when New Zealand should be doing well, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Headline business confidence fell...


Bridges thanks Guy, announces minor reshuffle

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges has today announced a minor reshuffle following Nathan Guy’s decision to not contest the next election. “Nathan has been a valued colleague and friend....


Government’s anti-growth policies cull more Kiwi jobs

The Government must accept responsibility for the fact its lacklustre policies have seen 4000 jobs disappear from our economy, National’s Economic Development Spokesperson Todd McClay says.  “There were 4000 fewer...


Referendum Bill an abuse of power

The Government’s Referendum Bill, giving itself control over what issues and questions will be put at the 2020 election is undemocratic and wrong, National’s Electoral Law spokesperson Nick Smith says....