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Simeon Brown

Spin doctor hiring spree at NZTA out of control

May 13, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government has been on a spin doctor hiring spree, with the number of communications staff at NZTA more than doubling in four years, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Waste of space for cancelled cycle bridge

April 30, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Transport Minister Michael Wood has been wasting more money on the Auckland cycle bridge despite it being cancelled, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Port investigation should also look at regulations

April 27, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

National Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown welcomes today’s announcement that the Transport Accident Investigation Commission will investigate port safety in New Zealand but says the Government should also look at health and safety regulations.

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Auckland cycle bridge – cancelled, or not?

April 26, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government needs to explain why it has held onto $12 million worth of property acquisitions in Northcote six months after the Auckland cycle bridge was supposedly cancelled last year, says National’s Transport Spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Labour stops Bill to prevent public funding of gangs

April 14, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s decision to vote down the Public Finance (Prohibition on Providing Public Funds to Gangs) Amendment Bill is another example showing Labour is completely out of touch when it comes to gangs, says National MP Simeon Brown.

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Half of Labour’s car tax mistakes unresolved

April 12, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Labour needs to move faster to reimburse over half of the Kiwis who were wrongly taxed when they should have received a rebate under the Clean Car Discount Scheme, National’s Transport Spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour’s Car Tax punishing clean car purchasers

April 07, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Labour’s Car Tax is quickly unravelling with consumers being required to pay tax for cars which should be receiving rebates under the Clean Car Discount Scheme, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Not much to celebrate on Te Huia’s first birthday

April 06, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Te Huia train today marks its first birthday with news that it has spent more time off the tracks than on them, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour’s car tax is no April Fool’s joke

April 01, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s car tax comes into force today, piling on yet another cost for Kiwis facing a cost of living crisis, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Biofuel mandate will only add to rising cost of fuel

March 29, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s decision to forge ahead with a biofuel mandate for fuel will only add to the rising cost of fuel, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown and Energy & Resources spokesperson Stuart Smith say.

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Unspent Auckland fuel tax now more than $300m

March 26, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Over $300 million collected by the regional fuel tax is now sitting idle in the Government’s bank account while Aucklanders remain stuck in traffic, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Still no relief at the pump for truckies

March 21, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

National is calling on the Government to introduce urgent legislation to Parliament to give effect to their promised reductions in Road User Charges following last Monday’s announcement, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National welcomes Transmission Gully opening

March 17, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Today’s announcement that Transmission Gully will be open by the end of the month is welcome news for Wellingtonians after years of delays, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Stop the wasteful spending, Minister

March 15, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Transport Minister Michael Wood is wastefully spending taxpayers’ money on his own pet projects while Kiwis are doing it tough, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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$29b for light rail unjustifiable in cost of living crisis

March 12, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

While New Zealanders are in a cost of living crisis with record inflation, it is unjustifiable and irresponsible for the Government to steam ahead with their plans to build their light rail vanity project, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour blocks briefing on Auckland Light Rail

March 10, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The ‘transparent’ Labour Government has once again blocked a request for a briefing on its light rail business case, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Stop spending money on a ‘cancelled’ cycle bridge

February 21, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Figures recently released to the National Party under the Official Information Act show that the Government has spent almost $1.5m on the Auckland Cycle Bridge since they ‘cancelled’ the project in October, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Another tax on hard working Kiwis

February 17, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Another tax is being imposed on hardworking Kiwis with the passage of the Land Transport (Clean Vehicles) Amendment Bill, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government shady on full cost of light rail

February 10, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government needs to come clean on the full cost of the Auckland light rail plan, with their indicative business case for the project suggesting the cost could blow out by another $10 billion, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Aucklanders to be squeezed by $1,000 per year light rail tax

February 05, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government is trying to help fund their expensive light rail project by imposing a $1,000 per year tax on properties along their proposed light rail corridor, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Aucklanders being fleeced at petrol pump by Govt

January 27, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

Aucklanders will be angered to learn that despite paying over half a billion dollars in Regional Fuel Tax, less than half of that money has actually been spent on transport projects in our city, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government failing on road safety targets

January 23, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government is failing to deliver on the agreed targets in the Road Safety Partnership between NZTA and Police, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Wood wasting millions on Hillside rail yards

January 18, 2022 Share

Simeon Brown

New Zealanders are fast getting used to Michael Wood’s profligate spending, with $85 million to revive rail workshops in Dunedin just the latest instalment, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says

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Government continues to balloon under Labour

December 28, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The annual bill for the cost of contractors continues to explode under Labour, seeing the taxpayer spend more on a growing government while getting little in return, National’s Public Service spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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New opening date needed for Transmission Gully

December 22, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Answers are needed from the Government about when Transmission Gully will be open to the public, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Eastern Busway progress welcomed by National

December 18, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The completion and opening of the Pakuranga to Panmure stage of the Eastern Busway, an important project initiated by the previous National Government, is an exciting milestone for East Aucklanders, Pakuranga MP and National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour’s ghost train will cost taxpayers over $100 million before construction even begins

December 16, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

NZTA have confirmed today at an annual review hearing the cost for the Auckland Light Rail project has already passed $50 million spent and that not one metre of track will be built before the next election, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government adds another cost for motorists

December 15, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s biofuel mandate will be another cost that will see motorists paying twice at the pump for carbon emissions, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Pay freeze turns into pay frenzy

December 08, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government said the public sector would show ‘restraint’ following the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 and promised a pay freeze, but instead we have seen a pay frenzy, National’s Public Service spokesperson Simeon Brown says.   

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Gang Numbers Continue to Explode Under Labour

December 02, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The number of gang members has nearly doubled in the last five years with the Government doing little to stop it, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Prison violence exploding under Labour

November 23, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Prison violence is out of control under Labour, with prisoner assaults on Corrections officers increasing by an astonishing 95 per cent since the 2016/17, says National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Auckland’s CBD becoming unsafe

November 22, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Increasing assaults, drunkenness and gang violence is becoming the norm in Auckland’s CBD, seeing the inner city fast becoming a no-go zone, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Police Annual Report shows kiwis less safe under Labour

November 20, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Increasing violent crime, increased sophistication of gangs, mental health demand pressures, increased family violence and a shortage of frontline police officers paints a bleak outlook on the state of law and order in New Zealand, says National Party Spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown.

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Police not attending half of mental health callouts

November 18, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Figures released in the Police 2021 Annual Report show significant demand for police services which police are unable to meet, says National Party Spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown.

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No gang members should have firearm licences

November 17, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Figures released to the National Party show that six gang members have firearms licences despite the Police Commissioner saying in February this did not fit well with Police. – says National Party Spokesperson for Police, Simeon Brown.

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Kelvin Davis’ ‘get out of community work free’ card

November 12, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

While Aucklanders have been locked up in lockdown, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has been giving thousands of criminals sentenced to community work a ‘get out of jail free’ card, National’s spokesperson for Corrections Simeon Brown says.

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Firearms unit should be independent of Police

November 12, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government should make good on its promise and make the new firearms unit announced today independent of Police, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Retail crime unit a good move, but where are the police we were promised?

November 08, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Today’s announcement that Police will establish a dedicated unit to tackling increasing retail crime is a good move, but the Government also needs to deliver on its 2017 promise of 1800 more officers, says National’s Police spokesman Simeon Brown.

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Another day, another shooting – enough is enough

November 05, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Yesterday an innocent family was caught in the crossfire of firearms violence and today someone has been shot and killed – enough is enough, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Mangere shooting proof of why FPOs are needed

November 04, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

National’s warning that it was only a matter of time before an innocent member of the public got caught in the crossfire of increasing gang violence has sadly come true, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Auckland border stretching police resources to the limit

November 04, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

With the Government considering keeping the Auckland border in place over summer, it must consider the significant impact the this will place on police resources in Auckland and throughout New Zealand, says National’s spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown

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Public – not gangsters – warned over Mob tangi

November 03, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Another gang funeral procession in Porirua today has seen the Police hand over public roads to gangs once again, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Waikeria Prison riot costs taxpayers a ‘criminal’ $46.6m

October 26, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Figures released in the Department of Corrections’ Annual Report show the costs of damage caused by the Waikeria Prison riot have blown up to more than $46 million, says National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Gang numbers surge 53 per cent under Labour

October 21, 2021 Share

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Newly released figures to National show New Zealand’s gang numbers continues to explode under Labour and with no signs of stopping, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Government shoots down Bill to take guns off gangs

October 20, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s decision to vote down National’s Firearms Prohibition Orders Bill shows how out of touch the Government is when it comes to gangs, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Government must be consistent in dealing with Covid rule breakers

October 11, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s lack of consistency in enforcing the law against Covid rule breakers is a slap in the face to struggling businesses and people trying to do the right thing, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Government must be upfront about enforcement of Covid rules

October 09, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government must give the public clear information about how a woman who travelled to Northland and subsequently tested positive for Covid was able to do so, and why it took so long to have her put into MIQ, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Minister acts at long last to grant firearms licence extensions

October 07, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Police Minister’s decision to grant firearms licence holders extensions to existing permissions is better late than never, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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One rule for gangs, another for everyone else

October 06, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s penchant to cuddle up to gangs has been laid out for all to see as Waikato Mongrel Mob President Sonny Fatu was given an ‘Essential Worker’ exemption and allowed to travel across the Auckland boundary, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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No oversight of bailed prisoners

October 05, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Figures released to National Party show that since Auckland has been at a different alert level to the rest of the country there have been 11 instances of people being bailed from prison outside Auckland to areas under a lower alert level, says National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Aucklanders are fed up with gangs flouting the rules

October 01, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Today there has been yet another breach of lockdown restrictions in Auckland by gang members. It is demoralising for the more than 1.7 million Aucklanders who have diligently adhered to public health instructions and stayed home, to see others flouting the rules so brazenly, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National welcomes bill to stop Govt funding organised crime

September 23, 2021 Share

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A law change that will prevent any future government funding being granted to organised criminal groups and gangs will be debated in Parliament, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Govt finally sees sense on Armed Response Teams

September 22, 2021 Share

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The Government’s announcement it will deploy Tactical Prevention Teams is a clear admission that firearms violence and gang membership in New Zealand is out of control, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Extension of Operation Tauwhiro an admission of growing gang problem

September 17, 2021 Share

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The extension of Operation Tauwhiro today is a clear sign that gang violence and the dangers of firearms violence caused by gangs is a far bigger problem than the Government will admit, says National’s spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown.

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It’s ‘Official’ – Poto has got to go

September 03, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The suggestion by the Minister of Police that media should use the Official Information Act to find out if the officers who arrested the MIQ escapee were vaccinated against Covid-19 is astounding, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Low vaccination numbers putting officers at risk

August 18, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s failure to prioritise the vaccination of frontline police officers is putting their safety at risk, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Aucklanders in more danger under Labour

August 13, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

New Police statistics show the Auckland CBD is becoming more dangerous, with a sharp rise in serious assaults and gang violence – while the Government fails to keep up with the challenges frontline Police face, says National Party Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Waikeria Prison riot costs blow out

August 10, 2021 Share

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The costs of damages from the six-day riot at Waikeria Prison continue to mount, while Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis remains missing in action, says Simeon Brown National Party Spokesperson for Corrections.

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Guns buyback 2.0 spends more on admin than buying back guns

August 10, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government’s second firearms buyback has been confirmed as nothing more than a marketing exercise, with more money spent on administrating the buyback than on actually buying back guns, says National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown.

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Police Officers leaving the force

July 27, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Figures released to National show, that since March, Police Officers are continuing to leave the force while gang numbers explode, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Gangs recruiting one new member per day

July 26, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

New figures released to the National Party show that gangs are recruiting approximately one new member every single day in New Zealand, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Why is the Police Minister hiding gang numbers?

July 22, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The deliberate attempt by the Police Minister to withhold the most recent gang numbers raises the question if Labour is too scared to admit that New Zealand has a gang problem, National’s Police spokesperson says.

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Bring back Armed Response Teams

July 20, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

National is calling on the Government to take serious action to give better support to frontline Police Officers who are facing a significantly increased violence, emboldened gangs, and rising gun crime, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Frontline police don’t support Labour funding the Mob

July 15, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Police officers have aptly labelled the funding of a rehabilitation programme run by the Mongrel Mob as a successful money laundering scheme and National agrees, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon brown says.

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National announces bill to stop Govt funding organised crime

July 13, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

I will be introducing a private member’s bill to prevent future Government funding from being granted to organised crime units, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Funding the mob is a sick joke

July 12, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

It is no wonder that the Government was reluctant to condemn the Chief Human Rights Commissioner about his $200 koha to the mob, when they have given the Mongrel Mob $2.75 million for a programme to manage a problem that they play a huge role in creating, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Violence against police should not be tolerated

July 10, 2021 Share

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News that a police officer was shot last night is incredibly concerning and my thoughts are with him and his family. I wish him a speedy recovery, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Minister won’t express confidence in Chief HRC

July 06, 2021 Share

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It is very telling that Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins, speaking on behalf of the Justice Minister, would not express confidence in the Chief Human Rights Commissioner Paul Hunt following the revelation that he donated $200 of taxpayer money to the Mongrel Mob, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government delivers more gang members than houses

July 01, 2021 Share

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Labour promised to deliver 10,000 new homes in three years, instead they have delivered 1058. That means this Government, with 2660 new gang members since 2017, has managed to produce more new gang members than homes, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Making room for speech criminals in prison

July 01, 2021 Share

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Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has not been shy about his aim to rapidly reduce the prison population by 30 per cent and it is perhaps the only target this Government is actually going to meet. However, Labour’s ‘Hate-Speech’ law changes might put a spanner in the works, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Taxpayers foot the bill for Kelvin Davis incompetence

June 24, 2021 Share

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Minister Kelvin Davis was missing in action during the Waikeria Riot and is now using taxpayer money to compensate those who were affected, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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41% of offenders not completing Te Pae Oranga

June 24, 2021 Share

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Labour’s Te Pae Oranga programme is failing to hold offenders to account with 59% of people being sent to the alternative justice panels failing to complete the programme, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Kelvin Davis missing in action

June 22, 2021 Share

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Today Minister of Corrections Kelvin Davis appeared before the Justice Select Committee to brief the committee about the 92 per cent increase in assaults against Corrections Officers that has taken place since he became Minister, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Police must warn gangs, not the public

June 17, 2021 Share

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What is Minister of Police Poto Williams going to do about the dangerous and anti-social behaviour of gang funeral processions, given this now appears to be a recurring issue? National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown asks.

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National launches plan to curb prison violence

June 15, 2021 Share

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The National Party won’t sit idly by while the violence in our prisons and the number of assaults on corrections officers continues to increase, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Failing to deliver on promised police officers

June 15, 2021 Share

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Documents released to National show that Police decided to place 160 new police officers in MIQ facilities ignoring requests from leadership within Police to place them in Serious and Organised Crime roles, National’s spokesperson for Police Simeon Brown says.

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Govt lacking action on Firearm Prohibition Orders

June 09, 2021 Share

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The Government still hasn’t delivered any legislation to give police new powers to place Firearm Prohibition Orders against dangerous gang members, despite promising New Zealanders it would do so, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Gangs need consequences, not cups of tea

June 01, 2021 Share

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Revelations Associate Justice Minister Willie Jackson met with the Mongrel Mob at gang headquarters and Black Power in the Beehive on multiple occasions indicate that, far from hostile, Government relations with gangs are practically friendly, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour cut police budget as gang membership soars

May 24, 2021 Share

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The Government has cut the Police Budget by approximately $90 million despite record growth in gang membership, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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More than 8000 gang members in New Zealand

May 18, 2021 Share

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The latest figures on gangs have been released to National, with the number of gang members in our communities passing 8000 for the first time, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Violent crims require a tougher response

May 11, 2021 Share

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After years of calling for Firearm Prohibition Orders against violent gang members to be implemented, the Government is finally listening, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Labour blocks inquiry into prison violence

May 06, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

It’s disappointing the Government has chosen to block an inquiry into the increasing violence being experienced in our prisons, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government shows its true colours on gangs

May 02, 2021 Share

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The Government has shown its true colours when it comes to gangs, with its Ministers now openly championing them as advocates for justice, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Govt hasn’t got its ducks in a row on firearms licensing

April 27, 2021 Share

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The Government’s focus on hitting legal firearms owners with more costs and regulations has meant those keen to participate in the Roar and duck shooting season may miss out.

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It’s time to take the guns off the gangs

April 18, 2021 Share

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With gangs trying to take control of New Zealand’s largest city, it’s time to get tough on organised crime, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Kelvin Davis backs prisoners over officers

April 14, 2021 Share

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There is no wonder corrections officers have lost confidence in Minister Kelvin Davis when his focus lies in creating inter-prison competitions and not on keeping his staff safe, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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New Police pursuit policy a get out of jail free card

April 12, 2021 Share

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The new pursuit policy for Police is a get out of jail free card for offenders, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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No action taken by Kelvin Davis to keep staff safe

April 06, 2021 Share

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Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis has done nothing to prioritise the wellbeing of frontline corrections officers facing an increasing number of assaults from prisoners, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Corrections officers have had enough of Kelvin Davis

March 29, 2021 Share

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Growing calls for a vote of no confidence in Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis by corrections officers should be making Mr Davis rethink his priorities in the portfolio, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Police Minister’s silence is deafening

March 25, 2021 Share

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Police Minister Poto Williams needs to publicly denounce Race Relations Commissioner Meng Foon’s comments that New Zealand’s police are racist, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Prison violence out of control on Labour’s watch

March 14, 2021 Share

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The number of prisoner assaults on corrections officers has skyrocketed in recent years with more than 2000 incidents taking place on the Labour Government’s watch, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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No jail time for serious offences

March 13, 2021 Share

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The Government’s restorative justice programme Te Pae Oranga is taking preventing imprisonment to a new level with more serious offences sent to the Iwi Community Panel, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Duck shooting season in doubt for many this year

March 10, 2021 Share

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Many hunters and farmers will miss out on this year’s duck shooting season because the Police are failing to address a backlog of firearms licence applications, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Tauwhiro needs more tools to be effective

February 19, 2021 Share

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Rather than talking about how to tackle the rise of firearm violence in our communities, the Police should just take the guns off the gangs, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Gangs involved in Waikeria riot but not in investigation

February 18, 2021 Share

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The terms of reference for the inquiry into the riot at Waikeria Prison won’t get to the bottom of why it burned down, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Govt not resourcing Police to target organised crime

February 14, 2021 Share

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This soft-on-crime Government has only filled one-third of additional police positions focused on organised crime despite gang membership increasing at an alarming rate, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Call it what it is Kelvin, a riot

February 09, 2021 Share

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Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to display weakness as he denies the total destruction of Waikeria Prison by prisoners was a riot, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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COVID-19 checkpoints must be done by the book

January 27, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Any checkpoints set up in response to the community case of COVID-19 in Northland must be lawfully mandated by the Government, with police officers present, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Almost one firearm incident per day in January

January 23, 2021 Share

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There has been close to one firearm incident reported per day in January, yet the Government is silent on this growing issue, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Gun buyback 2.0 another marketing exercise

January 22, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The increased number of firearms incidents we’ve seen across the country recently shows why the Government’s focus needs to be on gangs and criminals, not another gun buyback, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National concerned by Police backdown on cannabis

January 20, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

Police need explain why they’ve quietly decided to ditch the annual cannabis eradication operation and how they will continue crack down on the supply of cannabis, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Govt’s police recruitment promise on the scrap heap

January 10, 2021 Share

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The Government has lived up to its soft-on-crime reputation by pushing pause on its plans to increase police numbers by 1800, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Police need new powers to combat gang violence

January 05, 2021 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government should move quickly to introduce Firearm Prohibition Orders to help Police quell incidents of gang warfare like the one unfolding in Christchurch, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Kelvin Davis has plenty of questions to answer

January 03, 2021 Share

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The Corrections Minister has plenty of questions to answer now that the Waikeria Prison riot has come to an end, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Waikeria Prison riot must be investigated

January 01, 2021 Share

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A full investigation must be undertaken into how the Waikeria Prison riot started and has been allowed to continue so long, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Steep increase in people joining gangs alarming

December 26, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

The number of people joining gangs has increased at an alarming rate this year, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Government needs to back Police with new powers

December 19, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

The Government needs to back Police with new tools and technology to apprehend fleeing drivers in light of new policy that hampers their ability to give chase, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Time for Kelvin Davis to show some leadership

December 15, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis cannot continue to remain silent on the staffing and resourcing concerns raised by the Ombudsman following an unannounced inspection of Auckland Prison, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Firearm Prohibition Orders needed to curb growing gun violence

December 05, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown is calling on the Government to urgently adopt his Member’s Bill, the Arms (Firearm Prohibition Orders) Amendment Bill, to help tackle the growing evidence of gun violence in New Zealand.

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Govt must take action against firearm violence

December 03, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Labour’s soft on crime attitude is putting the safety of New Zealanders and our police officers at risk, National’s Police spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National to give young Kiwis a better start at life

October 13, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

National believes that young people are the future of New Zealand and that we must be providing them with opportunities to gain skills and knowledge that can be used to thrive in the modern world, National’s Youth spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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NZIST deficit shows Govt shouldn’t be pushing ahead

August 31, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

The New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology (NZIST) is moving faster towards full amalgamation than was first anticipated to cover up its large deficit, National’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Crimes have victims, Davis

July 23, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis is ignorant of the harm caused when people break the law, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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National will fix First Responders Bill

July 22, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

While National supports increased protections for first responders and tougher penalties for offenders but wants a Bill that works, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Under Kelvin Davis, criminals get off lightly

July 20, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to let down victims of crime, as more than half of those who received Community Work sentences over lockdown have not met the terms of their sentence, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Davis continues to let criminals off the hook

July 02, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis continues to reduce community service sentence hours, showing he clearly doesn’t believe that offenders who do the crime, should do the time, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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$143m taxpayer dollars spent but no new cells

June 20, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Not a single operational bed has been delivered by the Decmil modular build programme, despite the programme costing more than $143 million in taxpayer dollars, National Party Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Thousands of community service hours wiped

June 18, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis should apologise to victims of crime after his Department chose to reduce community service sentences imposed by the Court on parolees during the Covid-19 lockdown, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Where’s the proof, Kelvin?

June 04, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis needs to be upfront about the reasoning behind the use of extraordinary powers given to Corrections staff under the Epidemic Preparedness Notice, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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Davis delivers more broken promises

May 28, 2020 Share

Simeon Brown

There’s no more hiding, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis will clearly fail to deliver on his promise to reduce the prison population according to Ministry of Justice projections released today, National’s Corrections spokesperson Simeon Brown says.

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