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Weekend of gang violence shows need to get tough

Two violent incidents in two days have provided a graphic illustration of why the Government needs to get tougher on gang activity, National’s Police spokesperson Brett Hudson says. “The latest...


More gang violence under soft on crime Govt

Another report of gang violence this morning is the sad reality of gang numbers increasing by 1400 under this Government, National’s Justice spokesperson Mark Mitchell says. “A child was almost...


DOC inaction hurting Hawke’s Bay

The Department of Conservation’s incompetence and bullying tactics over access to popular Hawke’s Bay tourist destination Cape Kidnappers is ruining businesses and lives, MP for Tukituki Lawrence Yule says. “A...


Simon Bridges to visit Philippines

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges, National’s Defence spokesperson Mark Mitchell, Foreign Affairs spokesperson Gerry Brownlee and New Zealand’s first Filipino MP Paulo Garcia will tomorrow travel to the Philippines....


Government polices put brakes on manufacturing

Another contraction in the manufacturing sector shows the need for a government with a real plan for the economy, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Todd McClay says. “The latest Performance of...


CRL hardship fund criteria too harsh

Significant issues with the City Rail Link (CRL) hardship fund is causing stress and anxiety for local businesses, Auckland Central MP Nikki Kaye says. “While it was promising that after...


Government needs to be clear on support staff funding

It’s the time of year when schools are trying to work through budgets and contracts for some support staff, but they don’t know how much funding will be provided to...


Minister driving worsening DHB performance

The financial performance of DHBs continues to deteriorate on this Government’s watch and it’s causing real concern for the future of the health system, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says....


New Zealand losing billions to hidden economy

New Zealand is losing millions of dollars of taxes to the ‘hidden economy’ because Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has taken his eye off the ball, National’s Revenue spokesperson Andrew Bayly...


Minister dithers as health service slips

Health Minister David Clark’s refusal to set health targets is seeing standards slip nationwide and patients are suffering, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The first quarter statistics for the...