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When gaining a friend is more important than A&E

When gaining a friend is deemed more important than avoiding the Emergency Room in Treasury’s model it puts in doubt the analysis that should have underpinned its ‘well-being Budget, National’s...


Consultation period on trades training reforms disrespectful

Consultation on trades training reforms shows a lack of respect to our communities, National’s Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Spokesperson Shane Reti says. “The Government has already decided what will...


DHB deficits balloon as Clark fails to act

It is disappointing that the combined deficit of New Zealand’s 20 District Health Boards looks set to balloon to about $500 million despite the Health Minister’s pledge when he took...


Refund RUC charges on Nelson Fires Hay Convoy

Road User Charges incurred by trucking companies and smaller operators transporting hay to farmers in Nelson should be refunded, says National’s South Island Regional Development spokesperson Andrew Falloon. “Over the...


High Country farmers face more uncertainty, costs

Details of the Government’s plan to end tenure review show some farmers will have wasted time and money on the regime and all farmers on Crown pastoral land will face...


National MPs condemn terrorist attack in India

National MPs Todd McClay and Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi have condemned the recent terrorist attack in India. “We are deeply saddened by this senseless terror attack in Pulwama, India, in which...


Jones gives soft loan to hot pools, Kiwis take bath

A $7.5 million loan from Shane Jones to privately owned luxury hot pools in Methven leaves more serious questions hanging over the Provincial Growth Fund, National’s Economic and Regional Development...


KiwiBuild starving private builders

Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s pet housing project KiwiBuild is not only unlikely to reach any targets set, but those houses it does deliver will be at the expense of houses...


Examination of cause of sterilisation failure vital

The Hawke’s Bay DHB must undertake a detailed, transparent review of the cause of the sterilisation failure which led to at least 55 patients having inadequately sterilised surgical equipment used...


Another broken promise

Transport Minister Phil Twyford confirmed today that the Government has no intention of keeping Jacinda Ardern’s campaign promise to build light rail from Wynyard Quarter to Mt Roskill within four...