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Simon Bridges to visit Philippines

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges, National’s Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee and New Zealand’s first Filipino MP Paulo Garcia will tomorrow travel to the Philippines....


Government polices put brakes on manufacturing

Another contraction in the manufacturing sector shows the need for a government with a real plan for the economy, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The latest Performance of...


CRL hardship fund criteria too harsh

Significant issues with the City Rail Link (CRL) hardship fund is causing stress and anxiety for local businesses, Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says. “While it was promising that after...


Government needs to be clear on support staff funding

It’s the time of year when schools are trying to work through budgets and contracts for some support staff, but they don’t know how much funding will be provided to...


Minister driving worsening DHB performance

The financial performance of DHBs continues to deteriorate on this Government’s watch and it’s causing real concern for the future of the health system, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....


New Zealand losing billions to hidden economy

New Zealand is losing millions of dollars of taxes to the ‘hidden economy’ because Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has taken his eye off the ball, National’s Revenue spokesperson Andrew Bayly...


Minister dithers as health service slips

Health Minister David Clark’s refusal to set health targets is seeing standards slip nationwide and patients are suffering, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The first quarter statistics for the...


Business confidence remains in the doldrums

Slumping business confidence under a Government with no plans for growth has continued into 2020, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “A new business confidence survey shows confidence remains at...


Tax collector forcing Kiwis to put their lives on hold

Punishing call wait times at Inland Revenue are seeing hundreds of thousands of Kiwis either disconnected or hanging up in frustration, National’s Revenue spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “Inadequate staffing meant...


Government is all excuses and no solutions on housing

Labour should be ashamed of the fact its poor housing policies have seen the number of people waiting for state houses explode to almost 14,500 on its watch, National’s Associate...