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KiwiBuild puts the housing market at risk

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on KiwiBuild puts the housing market at risk

Source: National Party The Government is putting New Zealand’s housing market at risk through its KiwiBuild programme, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. The REINZ report released today shows a decline in the national median house price since last month, and the Reserve Bank Governor has indicated prices could fall. “The housing market fluctuates all […]

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Windblown timber bill vital for the West Coast

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Windblown timber bill vital for the West Coast

Source: National Party The Government needs to support a proposed Local Bill which would enable the harvesting of windblown trees on Conservation Land in the West Coast following adverse events, National’s Maureen Pugh says. “I have been working with the West Coast Regional Council since the Government blocked my motion to have my Members Bill […]

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Health Minister dismisses cybersecurity concerns

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Health Minister dismisses cybersecurity concerns

Source: National Party In light of recent information that Lakes DHB is subject to 1.7 million cyberattacks per day Health Minister David Clark must ensure the sector and the public that something is being done to keep their data safe, National’s spokesperson for Data and Cybersecurity Dr Shane Reti says. “Recently, a spokesperson from the […]

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More reviews won’t fix freedom camping logjam

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on More reviews won’t fix freedom camping logjam

Source: National Party One of the Government’s infamous 140 working groups has, incredibly come back with a recommendation to have five more reviews, National’s Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis’s Responsible Camping Working Group has reported back not with a plan but with a recommendation the Government reviews the Freedom Camping Act, […]

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Govt must reach agreement and avoid more strikes

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt must reach agreement and avoid more strikes

Source: National Party The Government’s failure to reach an agreement with primary teachers has caused massive disruption to children’s learning today and to parents who have struggled to sort childcare arrangements, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “During the election campaign, Labour built up high expectations around pay rises and working conditions for teachers. Now […]

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Alfred Ngaro – Minister not aware of her own Ministry’s failings

By   /  August 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Alfred Ngaro – Minister not aware of her own Ministry’s failings

Source: National Party Minister for Children Tracey Martin is clearly out of her depth after admitting she’s not aware of high profile cases of children who are being abused, National’s Children spokesperson Alfred Ngaro says. “Today in Question Time, I asked the Minister about two cases which featured in the news last week. One of […]

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Minister’s hands-off approach to strike reckless

By   /  August 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Minister’s hands-off approach to strike reckless

Source: National Party The Minister has taken a hands-off approach regarding tomorrow’s strikes. Despite having more than one month’s notice it is clear that neither the Ministry nor the Minister have got the full picture, on the eve of the strike, of exactly how many of the 1945 primary schools will be open or closed, […]

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Haumaha should stand aside

By   /  August 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Haumaha should stand aside

Source: National Party New allegations about Wally Haumaha means the Deputy Commissioner now has no choice but to stand down while he’s being investigated, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “There are now allegations of Mr Haumaha contacting an important witness to an alleged bullying incident after the Herald started asking questions, which shows that […]

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Political priorities trump election promises

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Political priorities trump election promises

Source: National Party Shane Jones continues to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with no plan or oversight, while the Government repeatedly breaks promises claiming it doesn’t have enough money, National’s Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “When the Government is closing down maternity centres like Lumsden’s, cancelling new funding for cochlear implants […]

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Time for the Greens to stop anti-democratic bill

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Time for the Greens to stop anti-democratic bill

Source: National Party The Government’s decision to defer the consideration of the Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill this week gives the Green Party another opportunity to rediscover its principles and reject this draconian Bill, National’s Electoral Law Reform spokesperson Dr Nick Smith says. “National’s strong opposition to this Bill has forced the Government to back down […]

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Twyford leaving more questions than answers

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Twyford leaving more questions than answers

Source: National Party Today’s announcement on the opening of pre-qualification for KiwiBuild houses has left New Zealanders with more questions than answers, National’s Housing spokesperson Judith Collins says. “Housing Minister Phil Twyford had nine years to come up with a detailed KiwiBuild plan, yet he’s still dodging the important questions. “How will Housing New Zealand […]

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Government needs to focus on the economy

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government needs to focus on the economy

Source: National Party The Government’s decision to impose a plastic bag ban while neglecting to address plummeting business confidence and slowing economic growth shows it’s focused on low-hanging fruit that won’t make any real difference, National Leader Simon Bridges says. “National wants to see an end to plastic bags too but both consumers and businesses […]

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Still no real change in mental health

By   /  August 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Still no real change in mental health

Source: National Party Today’s announcement by the Government of a six unit secure facility rings somewhat hollow given that the Government has callously cancelled 17 mental health initiatives that would have been making a difference right now, National’s Health spokesperson Michael Woodhouse says. “The fact that this Government grabbed $100 million that was earmarked by […]

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Further Haumaha revelations raise more questions

By   /  August 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Further Haumaha revelations raise more questions

Source: National Party Revelations about bullying and intimidation by Wally Haumaha against three female public servants are deeply troubling and raise further questions about Mr Haumaha’s appointment as Deputy Police Commissioner, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Today’s revelations, alongside earlier reports that Mr Haumaha described serious allegations surrounding his friends in the Police as […]

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Targeted support must come with obligations

By   /  August 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Targeted support must come with obligations

Source: National Party National supports efforts to get hard to reach young people into work but believes they must also be held accountable for that extra support and to get their lives on track, National’s Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment spokesperson Paula Bennett says. “National had a real focus on getting those young people not […]

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Govt abusing parliament to rush controversial law

By   /  August 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt abusing parliament to rush controversial law

Source: National Party The use of extended sitting hours to ram through controversial electoral law is an abuse of parliamentary processes and will continue the downward spiral of free speech in New Zealand National’s electoral law spokesperson Nick Smith says. “This morning the Government, without agreement of the Business Committee and without debate in Parliament, […]

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Govt raising Māori expectations on water

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt raising Māori expectations on water

Source: National Party Environment Minister David Parker’s establishment of Kahui Wai Māori is just another attempt by this Labour-led Government to mislead Māori on freshwater issues, National’s Māori Development spokesperson Nuk Korako says. “Kahui Wai Māori – the Māori Freshwater Forum is another talkfest forum that’s designed to give the appearance of engagement with Māori. […]

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Perfect storm threatening construction industry

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Perfect storm threatening construction industry

Source: National Party Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa has no real idea of why the building sector is in crisis, National’s Building and Construction spokesperson Andrew Bayly says. Mr Bayly asked in Parliament’s Question Time today technical questions to Ms Salesa regarding Government construction procurement and whether construction costs would increase as a result […]

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Shabby exploration ban will prove costly

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Shabby exploration ban will prove costly

Source: National Party Further evidence shows that the Government’s sudden change in approach to offshore exploration opens it up to the risk of legal challenge, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Jonathan Young says. “At a time of already plummeting business confidence it’s becoming more and more clear that the Prime Minister’s hasty decision to end […]

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Major immigration backdown welcome, but too late

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Major immigration backdown welcome, but too late

Source: National Party The Government’s major backdown on post-study work rights for international students is welcome, but the damage to New Zealand’s international reputation has already been done, National’s Immigration spokesperson Michael Woodhouse and Associate Tertiary Education spokesperson Simeon Brown say. “Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has been forced into a U-turn on his proposed changes […]

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