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Leader of the Opposition’s statement on State of National Emergency and move to Alert Level 4

We are in tough times as coronavirus sweeps our globe, taking people's lives and closing economies as it goes. The response around the world has varied. Some nations have been...


National welcomes bank lending guarantees

National supports the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme announced today as a mechanism to keep businesses in business and New Zealanders in jobs, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “During this...


Increased measures supported by National

National supports the Government’s decision to move the country towards Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system over the next 48 hours and to extend the economic package for all...


National puts campaign on hold

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has asked all MPs and candidates to put campaigning on hold. “This morning I have asked all of our MPs to suspend any form of...


Lift the cap to save more jobs

National is calling on the Government to lift the $150,000, 21 full-time employee cap on its wage subsidy scheme to reduce business collapses and job losses, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul...


Broad testing criteria vital to containing the spread

Not enough New Zealanders are being tested for Covid-19 and the Government needs to get on top of it, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “With Australia reporting global shortages,...


Government should close the border

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges has commended the Government for introducing a ban on indoor events of more than 100 people but says the Government needs to go further...


Assurances about education decisions

National is calling on the Government to give parents, students and education providers certainty about what the criteria is for school closures as we continue to deal with the impact...


Clarity needed on wage subsidy scheme

As National supports the urgent wage subsidy to businesses affected by COVID-19, we request the Minister of Finance to clarify the assumptions underlying the policy, National’s Finance Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith...


Lincoln Platt selected to contest Christchurch East

Lincoln Platt has been selected as National’s candidate to contest Christchurch East at the for the 2020 General Election. Lincoln Platt is a licenced architectural designer and has run architectural...