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Big improvements needed in ferry services

Today I held a meeting with the Chief Executive of Fullers Group and the Chair of the local board for Waiheke Cath Handley, where we raised issues of poor service,...


National kicks off Red Tape Roadshow

The Government is missing in action when it comes to helping small business so National is taking the initiative to crack down on red tape in all its forms, National’s...


Prime Minister must reinstate services at Lumsden

Today I’ve written to the Prime Minister calling on her Government to stop discriminating against rural communities and reinstate full services at the Lumsden Maternity Hospital after a baby was...


Baby born roadside shows need for maternity unit

It’s a huge relief a baby born on the side of the road just outside of Lumsden is healthy with both baby and mother doing well, but this wouldn’t have...


Budget must live up to its own hype

This week the Government needs to actually start delivering something in its year of delivery in its so-called ‘Wellbeing Budget’, National’s Finance spokeswoman Amy Adams says. “This Government has become...


Serious crime up across the country

With growing reports of gang tensions, drug crime and shootings, National can reveal the number of serious harm cases before the courts has increased by 25 per cent since the...


Speech: Prepared for Northern Regional Conference

Good afternoon. It’s great to be up here in the Bay of Islands. It never fails to amaze me how beautiful this country is but also how distinctly different the...


Fees-free scheme takes another hit

The Government’s flagship education policy fees-free has turned out to be an even bigger flop than what Finance Minister Grant Robertson recently admitted to, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Shane Reti...


Minister’s decision making process non-existent

Eugenie Sage’s admission that she went against official advice when declining OceanaGold’s OIO application shows the lack of consistency in her decision making, National’s Land Information spokesperson David Bennett says....


PM breaks another commitment on early intervention

The Government has failed to deliver on the Prime Minister’s promise to ensure an additional 1750 children would receive early intervention support, National’s Early Childhood Education spokesperson Nicola Willis says....