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Speech: Education Discussion Document Launch

I am really excited about today. Education is a top priority for me because I know it can transform lives. For me going to great schools in West Auckland and...


Distracted Govt fails to deliver on China tourism

The Government has failed the tourism sector by not taking the China-NZ Year of Tourism seriously, National's Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “As Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis quietly attended the...


Referendum approach inconsistent and undemocratic

The Government’s Referendum Bill which was reported back to Parliament last night from the Justice Select Committee is unfair and undemocratic, National’s Electoral Law Spokesperson Nick Smith says. “The Government...


Government bows to pressure from National

After sitting on its hands for two years, the Government has finally decided to consider one of National’s key election policies, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “Firearms Prohibition...


Whitebaiters set to lose thousands on stands

Uncertainty over the future of whitebaiting as a result of Government policy is already affecting whitebaiters’ livelihoods, National’s Conservation spokesperson Sarah Dowie says. “West Coast whitebaiters have invested heavily in...


Honest review, tough lessons to learn

The Oranga Tamariki Practice Review has exposed several systemic failures and it’s important those are addressed going forward for the future of our tamariki, National’s Children spokesperson Alfred Ngaro says....


National votes for Zero Carbon Bill

National has supported the Zero Carbon Bill through its final reading, but is committing to improving the Bill further should we earn the right to govern in 2020, Leader of...


Government’s resources strategy all spin and no substance

The Government’s resources strategy is high on rhetoric, weak on reality and continues to send a signal to the world that New Zealand is closed for business, National’s Energy and...


Police Commissioner throws PM under the bus

The Police Commissioner has confirmed what everyone else knew: there has always been one target for additional Police and the Government is falling to deliver, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson...


Background checks for electoral candidates

A Member’s Bill that would require the criminal histories of candidates in general and local government elections to be published will today be entered into the ballot, MP for Northland...