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Wage subsidy changes deeply unfair

Last night’s changes to the wage subsidy scheme appear to give large windfalls to part-time workers, which is an odd priority in a time of crisis, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul...


Fair access and affordability of food a priority

The Government needs to ensure there is continued fair access to food and that it remains affordable, National’s Economic Development and Small Business spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Given only a...


Government should rethink rules for butchers and greengrocers

The Government should review the framework that determines which grocery services can open during lockdown so our communities don’t struggle with access to vital food supplies, National’s Economic Development and...


Leader of the Opposition’s statement on State of National Emergency and move to Alert Level 4

We are in tough times as coronavirus sweeps our globe, taking people's lives and closing economies as it goes. The response around the world has varied. Some nations have been...


National welcomes bank lending guarantees

National supports the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme announced today as a mechanism to keep businesses in business and New Zealanders in jobs, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “During this...


Increased measures supported by National

National supports the Government’s decision to move the country towards Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system over the next 48 hours and to extend the economic package for all...


National puts campaign on hold

National Party Leader Simon Bridges has asked all MPs and candidates to put campaigning on hold. “This morning I have asked all of our MPs to suspend any form of...


Lift the cap to save more jobs

National is calling on the Government to lift the $150,000, 21 full-time employee cap on its wage subsidy scheme to reduce business collapses and job losses, National’s Finance spokesperson Paul...


Broad testing criteria vital to containing the spread

Not enough New Zealanders are being tested for Covid-19 and the Government needs to get on top of it, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “With Australia reporting global shortages,...


Government should close the border

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges has commended the Government for introducing a ban on indoor events of more than 100 people but says the Government needs to go further...