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Government must halt Learning Support allocation

The Government must halt the Learning Support Coordinator (LSC) roll out upon news that the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) has deemed it flawed and unworkable, National’s spokesperson for Education...


Treasury rings alarm bells, Government hits snooze button

The Treasury is now blaming plummeting business confidence and, implicitly, the Government for New Zealand’s slowing economy and the need to revise down its latest economic forecasts, National’s Finance spokesperson...


Lack of consultation on Whitebait causing issues

The Minister of Conservation’s refusal to consult on legislation is causing problems once again, with Iwi concerned about the impact of her Bill that could potentially ban whitebaiting, National’s Conservation...


Strong response to National’s Economic Document

New Zealanders have provided a strong level of support for National’s Economic Discussion Document, with a majority supporting every single policy proposal, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “In just...


Let pharmacists vaccinate for measles

The Ministry of Health should allow pharmacists to administer MMR vaccines to curtail the effects of the current measles outbreak, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “Up to...


Minister must prioritise standards over numbers

The Police Minister must ensure that police standards are not dropping under his watch, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “Reports today that Police vetting failed to pick up a...


Govt embarrassed into cancer plan by National

The Government has been embarrassed into action on cancer by the National Party and has fallen short, National’s spokesperson for Health Michael Woodhouse says. “After nine years of opposition and...


PM must show leadership on critical issues

The Prime Minister’s deafening silence on the rights of Māori over freshwater is cementing a trend of indecisiveness on critical issues, Deputy Leader of the Opposition Paula Bennett says. The...


The Housing Register just keeps getting longer

It’s disappointing but unsurprising that the social housing waiting list has more than doubled under this Government, from 5,800 to almost 13,000, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. “This...


Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy light on detail

The Government’s recently announced Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is frustratingly light on detail, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Despite the positive intentions of the strategy, there appears...