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Fiscal strategy sees households struggling

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Fiscal strategy sees households struggling

Source: National Party New Zealand households are struggling to get ahead, based on the latest fiscal and economic projections, making a mockery of the Coalition’s claims to be a ‘transformational Government’, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “The Household saving rate fell again to be negative 2.6 per cent in the year ended June 30 […]

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Govt eyes $17.7B more tax as economy slows

By   /  December 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt eyes $17.7B more tax as economy slows

Source: National Party The Government plans to squeeze an extra $17.7 billion in tax out of ordinary New Zealanders in the next four years even as the economy slows, meaning it will take a bigger bite out of our national pie, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “The Treasury has trimmed its economic growth […]

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Labour and Greens filibustering means synthetics Bill won’t pass this year

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Labour and Greens filibustering means synthetics Bill won’t pass this year

Source: National Party Labour and the Green Party have been standing in the way of tougher penalties for peddlers of synthetic cannabis, despite National’s Psychoactive Substances Amendment Bill having majority support in Parliament, MP for Pakuranga Simeon Brown says. “My Bill passed through the Committee of the Whole House this evening, but will not be […]

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Bill’s passage clears way for Dam construction

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bill’s passage clears way for Dam construction

Source: National Party The passing of the Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill has cleared the way for the construction to begin on the largest dam to be built in New Zealand for more than 20 years, Nelson MP Nick Smith says. “The Bill passed by 112 – 8 votes and clears the […]

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Fees free headache wastes $50 million plus

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Fees free headache wastes $50 million plus

Source: National Party The Government’s fees free scheme is not only an educational failure, it is also wasting tens of millions of dollars of taxpayers money on free gap years and late withdrawals, National’s spokesperson for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paula Bennett says. “The Tertiary Education Commission today confirmed at its annual review that […]

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Housing portfolio has rudderless Minister at helm

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Housing portfolio has rudderless Minister at helm

Source: National Party After more than a year in Government and almost halfway through the first year of the KiwiBuild policy it has become clear that the Housing portfolio, headed by Minister Phil Twyford, is in complete disarray, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. “KiwiBuild is meant to have built 1000 homes by July next […]

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Govt adopts National’s Bill to stop livestock rustling

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt adopts National’s Bill to stop livestock rustling

Source: National Party Rangitikei MP Ian McKelvie is pleased that his Sentencing (Livestock Rustling) Amendment Members Bill has been adopted by the Government as a Supplementary Order Paper on the Crimes Amendment Bill. “Stock rustling is a crime that cuts to the heart of many rural families and the farming community. “Theft of livestock from […]

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Govt blocks changes to streamline insurance claims

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt blocks changes to streamline insurance claims

Source: National Party It’s disappointing the Government has rejected a proposed change to the Earthquake Commission Amendment Bill which would’ve streamlined the process for claimants after a significant natural disaster, National’s EQC spokesperson Stuart Smith. “The previous Government built on the lessons of the Christchurch earthquake and the way in which New Zealand responded to […]

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Less open, more spin

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Less open, more spin

Source: National Party A record number of Official Information Act requests have been declined by the State Services Commissions in the past year, despite the agency being responsible for implementing the Government’s pledge to be the most open and transparent ever, National’s State Services spokesperson Nick Smith says. “At the agency’s annual review before the […]

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Early Christmas present for Kris Faafoi

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Early Christmas present for Kris Faafoi

Source: National Party National agrees changes should be made to the KiwiSaver Act to allow people with life-shortening conditions earlier access to their funds, but instead of another review the Minister should adopt my Member’s Bill which would address this problem immediately, List MP based in Wellington Nicola Willis says. “Earlier this year Tim Fairhill, […]

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Brakes needed on blanket plan to slow Auckland down

By   /  December 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Brakes needed on blanket plan to slow Auckland down

Source: National Party Auckland Transport’s plan to radically reduce the speed limit in the CBD is an over-reaction that would prove deeply frustrating for Aucklanders, National’s Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “Consultation on a plan to reduce the speed limit for the entire CBD inside the motorway loop and for a significant slice of the […]

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Government decriminalises cannabis by stealth

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government decriminalises cannabis by stealth

Source: National Party Today the Government has decriminalised marijuana by stealth with the passing of its medicinal cannabis scheme despite National having a comprehensive plan to create a sensible regime right now, National’s associate Health spokesperson Shane Reti says. “The Government’s Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill which has passed today allows the smoking […]

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Govt confused & misleading on UN Migration Compact

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt confused & misleading on UN Migration Compact

Source: National Party The Government’s confusion over the United Nations Global Compact on Migration shows an absence of accountability, National’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Overnight, world leaders, foreign ministers and New Zealand’s UN representative have gathered in Morocco and adopted this Compact, but instead of telling New Zealanders what its position is, Winston […]

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What is going on with KiwiBuild?

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on What is going on with KiwiBuild?

Source: National Party Embattled Housing Minister Phil Twyford’s refusal to answer questions about why the Head of KiwiBuild Stephen Barclay is ‘out of the office’ shows that the programme continues to be in a state of disorganisation and chaos, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. “Mr Twyford announced Mr Barclay’s position in May this year […]

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Support for second language Bill welcomed

By   /  December 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Support for second language Bill welcomed

Source: National Party National has gained support from the major political parties for its second language learning Bill which will ensure every child in years 1-8 has the opportunity to learn a second language, National’s spokesperson for Education Nikki Kaye says. “As a diverse country it’s important that New Zealand embraces second language learning. Speaking […]

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Govt hits 200 reviews as Xmas costs start to bite

By   /  December 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt hits 200 reviews as Xmas costs start to bite

Source: National Party New figures released by National show that since being sworn in, the Government has announced 206 reviews and working groups, or one approximately every two days, at a cost of almost $700,000 dollars a day, National Leader Simon Bridges says. “The Government has abandoned New Zealanders and delegated the job of governing […]

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Completed Waimahia housing development celebrated

By   /  December 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Completed Waimahia housing development celebrated

Source: National Party The successful completion of the Waimahia development that now accommodates more than 1000 people and which has delivered a new home every week for over four years is the sort of housing model that the Government should be replicating, National MP Dr Nick Smith said at today’s celebration in Weymouth marking the […]

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26 alive stink bugs in Oamaru alarming

By   /  December 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on 26 alive stink bugs in Oamaru alarming

Source: National Party National is alarmed to learn today that the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have found 26 live Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs (BMSB) in a box of imported shoes in Oamaru, National’s Biosecurity spokesperson Nathan Guy says. “The shoes were purchased from eBay and easily slipped through the border. Fortunately, the purchaser did […]

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Hypocrisy in Dunedin rebuild announcement

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Hypocrisy in Dunedin rebuild announcement

Source: National Party Health Minister David Clark’s announcement on the Dunedin Hospital outpatient and day patients building will be welcomed by the South but the Minister needs to be reminded of his comments in Opposition, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The announcement of the outpatient and day patients building is good news for the […]

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Decision to hold CTV engineer liable welcomed

By   /  December 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, KB, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Decision to hold CTV engineer liable welcomed

Source: National Party Today’s announcement that the High Court found Engineering New Zealand made an error of law when it dismissed disciplinary proceedings against Alan Reay, whose firm designed the CTV building in Christchurch, is welcomed, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. “Those who do substandard work should be held liable. The CTV […]

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