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More support needed for schools and ECE

We are concerned the Government’s poor communication, shifting position and lack of consultation with the education sector while responding to Covid-19 has meant trust has been lost with educators and...


Report into contact tracing paints damning picture

Dr Ayesha Verrall’s report into the Government’s contact tracing regime for Covid-19 paints a very different picture to what is being portrayed in Government press conferences, National’s Health spokesperson Michael...


Groundwork not done to lift lockdown

The decision for New Zealand to stay locked down in Level 4 shows the Government hasn’t done the groundwork required to have us ready, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “The...


Ministers to answer Epidemic Response Committee

The Epidemic Response Committee will meet again this week with Ministers the first to answer questions tomorrow morning, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “Regardless of the decision made today about...


Government only catching up on PPE now

The Government’s ‘major investment’ for personal protective equipment announced today is another example of it being too slow to act, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “Today Minister of Health...


Police must shut down illegal community checkpoints

Illegal checkpoints in Northland are intimidating locals and Police must uphold the law and shut them down, Northland MP Matt King says.  “I’ve heard from a growing number of Northland...


Government must release Crown Law advice

The Government has a duty to New Zealanders to release the legal advice it has received about Police being able to enforce the lockdown rules, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell...


Rush of prisoner voting bill during lockdown wrong

The Government is abusing the pandemic lockdown by forcing the Justice Select Committee to rush hearings on its prisoner voting bill tomorrow, National’s Electoral Law Spokesperson Nick Smith says. “It’s...


Rest homes should have testing kits

Senior citizens in rest homes are most at risk from Covid-19 and the Government needs to support them by ensuring mandatory testing for all new rest home residents, National’s Seniors...


Support package needs to go further

Further support for New Zealand’s small and medium businesses is welcome news but today’s Government package won’t substantially move the dial, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith and Revenue spokesperson Andrew...