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Govt breaks early childhood education promises

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt breaks early childhood education promises

Source: National Party The Government has broken its promises for early childhood education (ECE) in its first Budget leaving parents and educators to ask what priority it really places on early learning, National’s Early Childhood Education Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “Labour’s number one manifesto commitment to ECE was to bring in special funding for services […]

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Low income earners to subsidise homes for wealthy

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Low income earners to subsidise homes for wealthy

Source: National Party Labour’s admission there will be no income limits for people who want to buy KiwiBuild houses will mean low income New Zealanders will help subsidise homes for the wealthy, National’s Housing and Urban Development spokesperson Judith Collins says. “Labour has its priorities badly wrong. It is heaping more and more taxes on […]

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Reckless Govt willing to gamble public safety

By   /  May 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Reckless Govt willing to gamble public safety

Source: National Party The Ardern-Peters Government is putting ideology ahead of public safety by not building the much-needed prison at Waikeria, National’s Corrections Spokesperson David Bennett says. “No government wants to build a new prison, but when you’re faced with an increase in serious and violent crime it is the only option to keep the […]

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Arrogant bluster no substitute for economic plan

By   /  May 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Arrogant bluster no substitute for economic plan

Source: National Party Shane Jones’ arrogant assertion that businesses struggling for workers should just invest in automation, rather than look for skilled immigration, is just the latest in a long list of unhelpful suggestions from an out-of-touch Government, National Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. Speaking at the National Party’s Lower North Island Regional Conference […]

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Education Budget full of broken promises

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Education Budget full of broken promises

Source: National Party Parents and teachers will be feeling let down by the Government after realising education is one of the big losers in Budget 2018, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “After making big promises and creating high expectations, parents and teachers were expecting significantly more for education than just the business-as-usual funding for […]

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Labour puts less into Health than National

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Labour puts less into Health than National

Source: National Party Labour’s Budget is putting less new money into health this year than National added last year – with just $731 million extra compared to National’s $924 million boost in Budget 2017, National Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “It beggars belief that Labour set expectations so high for this Budget and not only […]

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Pittance for MPI, biosecurity halved

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Pittance for MPI, biosecurity halved

Source: National Party For a Government that has been running around telling anyone who will listen that Biosecurity is underfunded, it has allocated an extraordinarily small sum to strengthen the system, National’s spokesperson for Agriculture Nathan Guy says. “Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has announced a paltry increase of just $9.3 million for Biosecurity which is […]

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Govt delivering fewer social houses than National

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt delivering fewer social houses than National

Source: National Party In spite of its claims of a housing crisis and promises to do better the Government will actually deliver fewer social houses than National and fewer houses for New Zealanders overall, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. “For years Labour claimed there was a housing crisis which it would step in […]

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KiwiBuild forecasts slashed – fewer to be built

By   /  May 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on KiwiBuild forecasts slashed – fewer to be built

Source: National Party Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s KiwiBuild pipedream has been dealt another blow, with the Government’s own experts saying it will have only half the promised impact on the housing market, National’s Housing and Urban Development spokesperson Judith Collins says. “In Budget 2018, Treasury experts slashed their forecast rate of progress on KiwiBuild, from […]

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Budget 2018: No plan beyond tax, borrow & spend

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Budget 2018: No plan beyond tax, borrow & spend

Source: National Party This is a Government that’s taxing more, spending more, borrowing even more than they had said and hoping that their broken promises are not noticed, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says. “Labour spent the last nine years calling everything a crisis, yet today’s budget provides no new solutions to back up their claims,” […]

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Closing children’s camps shocks communities

By   /  May 17, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Closing children’s camps shocks communities

Source: National Party A scathing report from one of Labour’s union backers following the Government’s decision to pull funding from child support services shows just how egregious the decision is, National’s spokesperson for Children, Alfred Ngaro says.    “Shockwaves are continuing to ripple through communities and interest groups following this week’s announcement from the Government that […]

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Hipkins fails to front on decile-scrapping bill

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Hipkins fails to front on decile-scrapping bill

Source: National Party Education Minister Chris Hipkins has refused to meet with Erica Stanford to discuss her Member’s Bill to replace the decile system with a needs index to more accurately target funding to disadvantaged students. “Since my Member’s Bill was drawn from the ballot in March, Mr Hipkins has ignored several requests to meet […]

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Child exploitation investigators to be slashed

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Child exploitation investigators to be slashed

Source: National Party The Government’s need to put Winston Peters first might be responsible for a major reduction in the number of inspectors charged with investigating child sex offences, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. “In spite of having a billion dollars to throw at foreign aid and diplomats and $2.8 billion to make university […]

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The time to legalise vaping is now

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on The time to legalise vaping is now

Source: National Party The New Zealand Initiative’s report on tobacco harm reduction further highlights the urgent need for vaping legalisation, National MP Nicky Wagner says. “Smoke and Vapour: The changing world of tobacco harm reduction by Jenesa Jeram shows the need for vaping legalisation in New Zealand by highlighting how current policies are increasingly ineffective […]

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Govt at fault for social housing waitlist increase

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt at fault for social housing waitlist increase

Source: National Party The Government’s axing of tenancy reviews and lack of support for social housing tenants wanting to move out of Auckland is ramping up pressure on the social housing waiting list, National’s Social Housing spokesperson Simon O’Connor says. “Housing Minister Phil Twyford seems surprised by the increased number of people waiting for social […]

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High expectations for education budget

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on High expectations for education budget

Source: National Party Parents and teachers will be expecting a lot from the Budget following Labour’s many big promises, National’s Education Spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “After spending the last few years criticising everything the National Government achieved in education while talking up its ability to do more, Labour has created very high expectations. “Among its […]

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Farmer suicide research not a priority for Govt

By   /  May 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Farmer suicide research not a priority for Govt

Source: National Party A release of official documents confirms the Ardern-Peters Government does not consider further research into farmer suicide to be a high priority, National’s Associate Health spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says. “Documents relating to a funding application for Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand (RHAANZ) show how officials successfully persuaded the Minister of […]

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Triple whammy broken promise on extra police

By   /  May 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Triple whammy broken promise on extra police

Source: National Party Budget 2018 looks set to be the Budget of Broken Promises, with the Government not only downsizing its promise of 1800 extra cops to 1100, but it’s also looking to phase the promise in over five years instead of three, National’s Police Spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Police Minister Stuart Nash has applied […]

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KiwiBuild prices climbing faster then market

By   /  May 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on KiwiBuild prices climbing faster then market

Source: National Party The Government has hiked the price of its three-bedroom KiwiBuild houses in Auckland by 8 per cent, or $50,000, in spite of average house prices growing by less than 1 per cent, National’s Housing and Urban Development spokesperson Judith Collins says. “With the market flat to falling as a result of the […]

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Fact check: number of judges has not decreased

By   /  May 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Fact check: number of judges has not decreased

Source: National Party It is wrong to suggest that the former Government had somehow created a crisis in the judiciary and that the number of District Court judges had decreased, Shadow Attorney General Chris Finlayson says “I was disappointed, but not really surprised, to see this morning’s inaccurate commentary by Radio New Zealand. “The news report […]

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