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Tertiary reforms will lead to fewer apprentices

The leaked Cabinet paper on apprentice and polytechnic reforms has confirmed industry’s worst fears with apprentices now being organised by polytechnics, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “Nearly...


Regional polytechs stripped of decision making

A recently leaked Cabinet paper outlines the damage the Government’s polytechnic reforms will do to regional decision making, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “The mega polytechnic will...


Coroner supports random roadside drug testing

The Government must act on the strong support for roadside drug testing in the findings of a Coroner’s report into the tragic Waverley crash that killed seven people, Nelson MP...


Government breaks promise to the regions

Despite a Coalition Agreement to ‘relocate Government functions into the regions’, the Minister for ACC is doing the exact opposite, National’s ACC spokesperson Tim Macindoe says. “Iain Lees Galloway confirmed...


Govt’s renewable electricity to increase prices

Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods continues to ignore the fact her renewable electricity policy will see electricity prices rise which will hurt our most vulnerable, National’s Energy and Resources...


GWRC not capable of fixing Wellington’s buses

The unwillingness of Wellington’s regional councillors to show accountability for the region’s bumbling bus network means it’s time for a Crown Observer to step in, National MPs Chris Bishop and...


Government should release KPMG firearms report

The Government needs to release the KPMG report that informed its firearms buyback scheme, National’s Police Spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “This morning Police Minister Stuart Nash and Commissioner Mike Bush...


Mega polytech will grab cash and assets

The leaked Cabinet paper on reforming the polytechnic sector shows 80 per cent of public submissions are against the idea of one mega polytechnic, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Dr Shane...


No accountability at Treasury over Budget “hack”

Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf should have offered his resignation following the early release of Budget information, and at the very least should apologise for how he handled it, Deputy Leader...


KiwiSaver Bill passes second reading

Clutha-Southland MP Hamish Walker’s Member’s Bill that will help set up young foster kids for the future through the KiwiSaver scheme is a step closer to law after passing its...