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Tomorrow’s Schools Review process needs improvement

By   /  April 20, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Tomorrow’s Schools Review process needs improvement

Source: National Party News last week that the Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce received over 5000 submissions and pieces of feedback shows the public and educators are very invested in the potential reforms, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “National has previously argued for an extension to the deadline for the Taskforce to report back to the […]

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Emergency housing & hardship grants higher than ever

By   /  April 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Emergency housing & hardship grants higher than ever

Source: National Party The number of New Zealanders needing assistance to eat and live is at record highs under the Labour-led Government, National’s Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “Hardship assistance has increased by $48 million in the past year. Under this Government Kiwi families are struggling to put food on the table. There were […]

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City Rail Link is running off the rails

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on City Rail Link is running off the rails

Source: National Party Today’s announcement that the cost of the country’s biggest transport project, Auckland’s City Rail Link, has ballooned out by $1 billion is extremely concerning and raises serious questions about the Government’s ability to manage major infrastructure projects, National’s Transport spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “In what the Prime Minister calls the Government’s year […]

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Capital Gains Tax back down a win for Kiwis – but more taxes coming

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Capital Gains Tax back down a win for Kiwis – but more taxes coming

Source: National Party After 18 months of waiting and a $2 million tax working group, National’s relentless opposition to a Capital Gains Tax has forced the Government to back down, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “While the Government has backed down on a Capital Gains Tax, there are still a range of taxes […]

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PM breaks commitment on Early Intervention

By   /  April 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on PM breaks commitment on Early Intervention

Source: National Party The Government has failed to deliver on the Prime Minister’s commitment to reduce children’s waiting times for early intervention services, with wait times significantly increasing instead, National’s spokesperson for Early Childhood Education Nicola Willis says. “In May last year the Prime Minister announced her intention to reduce the waiting list for pre-schoolers needing […]

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National offers conditional support for Waikato DHB appointment

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on National offers conditional support for Waikato DHB appointment

Source: National Party National is offering cautious support for the Government’s intention to replace the Waikato District Health Board (DHB) with a commissioner, but on the condition David Clark commits to returning the board to the normal democratic process as soon as possible, National’s Health Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The Waikato DHB has had serious […]

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Economy slowing while Government in denial

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Economy slowing while Government in denial

Source: National Party The newly released Performance of Services Index (PSI) shows that the services sector just had its weakest month in six years, National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “Bad economic policies and uncertainty about a Capital Gains Tax are weighing on business confidence and adding to the slowdown of the New Zealand economy. […]

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Bridges thanks Korako for services to Parliament

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Bridges thanks Korako for services to Parliament

Source: National Party National Party Leader Simon Bridges has thanked retiring MP Nuk Korako for his hard work and dedication to the National Party after he announced his retirement today. “Nuk Korako has been a valuable member of our caucus. He is highly regarded by his local community, his colleagues and Iwi. “Nuk was instrumental […]

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Nuk Korako to retire from Parliament

By   /  April 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Nuk Korako to retire from Parliament

Source: National Party National List MP based in Port Hills, Nuk Korako, today announced he will retire from Parliament. “It’s been a privilege and a pleasure to work for our Port Hills community. We have shared some trying times together. The earthquakes, the Port Hills fires and the recent terror attack. I leave knowing our community has grown […]

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Capital Gains Tax response will still bring pain to many

By   /  April 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Capital Gains Tax response will still bring pain to many

Source: National Party The Government will this week report back on what it will do with a Capital Gain Tax, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges understands. “The Government will take its decision to Cabinet tomorrow for sign off. National’s fierce opposition to additional taxes on New Zealanders has forced the Government to back down […]

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Health Minister needs to sort his mess out before doctors strike

By   /  April 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Health Minister needs to sort his mess out before doctors strike

Source: National Party The decision made by junior doctors to walk off the job for five days will cause enormous disruption and needs to be addressed by Health Minister David Clark, National Spokesperson for Health Michael Woodhouse says. “Up to 4000 junior doctors have signalled they’re going to be putting down their stethoscopes and are […]

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Jones clearly intervened in trucking case

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Jones clearly intervened in trucking case

Source: National Party Despite his bluster in the House, there is no doubt Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones intervened in an NZ Transport Agency case against Semenoff Logging, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “This is contrary to the Cabinet Manual and in ordinary circumstances would lead to the Minister’s resignation.  […]

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Fees Free critical for only six per cent of students

By   /  April 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Fees Free critical for only six per cent of students

Source: National Party A recent survey of Canterbury University students condemns the Labour-led Government’s fees free policy, National’s spokesperson for Tertiary Education Shane Reti says. “Only six per cent of students surveyed said the Government’s policy was critical to them enrolling, but these students were also more likely to drop out of the courses they […]

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Pharmac inquiry voted down by Government members

By   /  April 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Pharmac inquiry voted down by Government members

Source: National Party The Government’s underfunding of medicines is behind their failure to support a Health Select Committee Inquiry into Pharmac, says National Health Spokesperson Michael Woodhouse. “National members voted in favour and the Labour and NZ First members voted against the motion, which resulted in the motion being lost. “Malcolm Mulholland raised the possibility […]

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Auditor-General slates Govt polytech reforms

By   /  April 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Auditor-General slates Govt polytech reforms

Source: National Party The Office of the Auditor-General yesterday released a damaging submission on the Government’s plans to dissolve regional polytechnics and merge them into one central body, National’s spokesperson for Tertiary Education Shane Reti says. “The Auditor-General submits that ‘there is not enough detail in the proposals to assess whether significant structural change will […]

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Double Trouble with Census 2018

By   /  April 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Double Trouble with Census 2018

Source: National Party Stats NZ’s confirmation that the problems with Census 2018 is not just with the record low response rate, but a doubling in the partial response rate compounds the problems for the State Sector, says National’s State Services Spokesperson Nick Smith. “We now know over 700,000 people or one in seven New Zealanders […]

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Jones quizzed NZTA about conduct of prosecution

By   /  April 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Jones quizzed NZTA about conduct of prosecution

Source: National Party Shane Jones has inserted himself into a court case between the NZ Transport Agency and a Northland trucking firm by quizzing NZTA’s top executive about the conduct of the case, National’s Economic and Regional Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The Associate Transport Minister has admitted asking NZTA’s CEO to explain the legal […]

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‘Wellbeing’ indicators impossible to deliver

By   /  April 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on ‘Wellbeing’ indicators impossible to deliver

Source: National Party The 100+ ‘wellbeing’ indicators released by Stats NZ today are not achievable and will not improve the wellbeing of New Zealand families, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says. “These include far-reaching, immeasurable and deeply personal indicators such as spiritual health, sense of belonging, ability to be yourself, experienced wellbeing, hope for […]

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Govt putting rural ambulance services at risk

By   /  April 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt putting rural ambulance services at risk

Source: National Party The week after St John held its annual appeal and called on the Government to fully fund the organisation, it’s ironic that it’s the Government who may end up axing funding for St John volunteers and placing its rural ambulance service at risk, National’s Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment spokesperson Shane Reti […]

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Tomorrow’s Schools needs strengthening not radical restructuring

By   /  April 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Tomorrow’s Schools needs strengthening not radical restructuring

Source: National Party Eight weeks of public meetings across New Zealand on Tomorrow’s Schools show many people see room to improve our education system but they don’t want it radically restructured into a hub model, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “National hosted around 30 public education meetings and discussions, engaging with an estimated 2000 […]

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