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Government scraps KiwiBuild in all but name

The long-awaited KiwiBuild reset has proven to be a damp squib, with all the elements that made the policy unique now consigned to the rubbish bin, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith...


More support needed for pre-fab home manufacturers

The Government needs to show more support for pre-fab home manufacturers to help undo KiwiBuild’s damage, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “The news that Canterbury-based Welhaus Limited...


Speech: Enhancing the India-New Zealand relationship

It’s a pleasure to be here today. It’s my pleasure to address you as Leader of the Opposition and the largest party in our Parliament. Can I thank our hosts...


Disappointing lack of detail in interim report

It’s disappointing that the interim report on the Health and Disability System review is more than 300 pages long but doesn’t contain a single recommendation, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse...


Government must halt Learning Support allocation

The Government must halt the Learning Support Coordinator (LSC) roll out upon news that the New Zealand Education Institute (NZEI) has deemed it flawed and unworkable, National’s spokesperson for Education...


Treasury rings alarm bells, Government hits snooze button

The Treasury is now blaming plummeting business confidence and, implicitly, the Government for New Zealand’s slowing economy and the need to revise down its latest economic forecasts, National’s Finance spokesperson...


Lack of consultation on Whitebait causing issues

The Minister of Conservation’s refusal to consult on legislation is causing problems once again, with Iwi concerned about the impact of her Bill that could potentially ban whitebaiting, National’s Conservation...


Strong response to National’s Economic Document

New Zealanders have provided a strong level of support for National’s Economic Discussion Document, with a majority supporting every single policy proposal, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “In just...


Let pharmacists vaccinate for measles

The Ministry of Health should allow pharmacists to administer MMR vaccines to curtail the effects of the current measles outbreak, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “Up to...


Minister must prioritise standards over numbers

The Police Minister must ensure that police standards are not dropping under his watch, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “Reports today that Police vetting failed to pick up a...