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Pharmac announcement insulting and misleading

The Government’s increase to Pharmac funding is a pathetic shadow of what is needed just to maintain medicine supplies and will actually limit New Zealanders’ ability to access important medication,...


Minister needs to step up for sport and recreation

There have been massive issues raised around the Government’s handling of sport and recreation by the sector and the Minister responsible needs to address them, National’s Sport and Recreation spokesperson...


Unacceptable situations for new mums during lockdown

The Government has been unclear and lacking in empathy with their messages to mothers giving birth during the lockdown, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “The Epidemic Response Committee...


Plan needed to get NZ out of recession and avoid $50,000 debt per household

This week’s Budget will show that New Zealand is headed for the deepest recession in a generation and there needs to be a strong plan to guide New Zealand out...


Government continues to dismiss and conceal

The Government’s conclusion that it can dismiss questioning of its decision-making over Covid-19 is deeply troubling, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “A leaked memo to Beehive staff said, ‘There’s...


33,000 people have joined the dole queue

Nearly 33,000 New Zealanders have applied for the unemployment benefit in the last five weeks showing why we need to get New Zealand working again, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says....


Urgent additional support needed for hospitality sector

The Government needs to provide urgent additional support and clarification to industries on the front lines of the Covid-19 restrictions, such as hospitality, National’s Economic Development and Tourism spokesperson Todd...


Time to return international students back to NZ

A schedule needs to be set for the safe return of international students to New Zealand, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “International students play an incredibly important...


Release the legal advice

Attorney General David Parker needs to release the Crown Law advice about the legality of the lockdown, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.  “I supported going into lockdown but the Government...


Gun buyback scheme not worth the money spent

Today’s report from the Auditor-General on the Government’s gun buyback scheme is critical of the Government’s inability to ensure the scheme was worth the amount spent on it, National’s Police...