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MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand First – Press Release/Statement

Headline: Greens Baby Kick Start A Stolen Policy

The Greens are slow off the mark calling for babies to be enrolled in KiwiSaver – New Zealand First announced an automatic KiwiSaver kick start for babies before the General Election last year.

“Stealing New Zealand First common sense policies is becoming habit forming among the political parties who are short on visionary ideas and out of touch with the real needs of Kiwis,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“It’s the Greens today, last Budget it was National – they were so short of family friendly polices they stole our free GP checks policy for primary school children. The fact families have to wait till July this year proves there was no genuine concern. They only wanted the headlines. It will be the same this year with all their hyped up pre-Budget speak over poverty.

“Labour is now belatedly trumpeting concern for the regions and yesterday Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse suddenly discovered the regions. Now he’s thinking about sending some of his tidal wave of immigrants to the regions. Strange how his government pilloried and shouted down New Zealand First when we put it forward.

“We are not boasting about inventing it, but we note it has worked in Canada, and in Australia potential immigrants get more points to work in remote areas.

“As is said, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but these parties need to have some intellectual honesty.

“In desperation for ideas they have become copycats, turning to the one party with common sense.

“New Zealand First has well thought through policies that put New Zealand and New Zealanders first.”