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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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EQC Tribunal fails to deliver for Christchurch

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on EQC Tribunal fails to deliver for Christchurch

Source: National Party The Canterbury Earthquakes Insurance Tribunal Bill is underwhelming and doesn’t provide any substantive relief for people with outstanding EQC claims, National’s EQC spokesperson Stuart Smith says. “Justice Minister Andrew Little confirmed in Parliament’s Question Time today that the bill fails to offer anything different to what is already available to people with […]

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No reason for Martin to lead Haumaha inquiry

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on No reason for Martin to lead Haumaha inquiry

Source: National Party Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin’s suggestion that she is automatically responsible for appointing a Chair for the inquiry into the process that led to Wally Haumaha’s appointment as Deputy Police Commissioner is false and she must step aside, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Ms Martin’s refusal to step down as head […]

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Government arrogant in face of real concern

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government arrogant in face of real concern

Source: National Party David Parker’s dismissal of plunging business confidence levels as ‘the vibe of a self-selected subset of CEOs’ is just the latest example of a concerning level of arrogance from this Government, National’s Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says. “The latest ANZ Own Activity Index, which measures firms’ perceptions of their own prospects […]

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More fuel taxes but less regional road investment

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on More fuel taxes but less regional road investment

Source: National Party The Government needs to continue National’s record of investing in our transport network instead of taxing New Zealanders more and driving our industries overseas, National’s Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says. “Our transport sector is slowing down as Transport Minister Phil Twyford imposes new taxes while also cutting funding for new roading projects,” […]

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Government in denial on the economic slowdown

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government in denial on the economic slowdown

Source: National Party The Government has its head in the sand on the economy and the effect its policies are having on business confidence, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. “The Government’s anti-growth policies are starting to do real harm to real New Zealand families. It’s time they acknowledge they are doing harm and listen […]

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Nurses settlement only the tip of the iceberg

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Nurses settlement only the tip of the iceberg

Source: National Party The news that the nurses have settled is small comfort to the public given that a number of other sectors and industries are experiencing the effects of an uncertain industrial relations climate, National’s spokesperson for Workplace Relations and Safety Scott Simpson says. “This is just the first chapter in a risky and […]

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Labour divided on class sizes

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Labour divided on class sizes

Source: National Party Education Minister Chris Hipkins’ refusal to commit to reducing class sizes is at odds with commitments made by Labour MPs at the election and adds to the long list of broken promises in education, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “Labour talked about reducing class sizes for years in Opposition, but has […]

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Trade for All won’t fix low business confidence

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Trade for All won’t fix low business confidence

Source: National Party The Government’s ‘Trade for All’ agenda is simply a rehash of National’s work on trade and won’t make up for plummeting business confidence caused by the Government’s anti-growth policies, National’s Trade spokesperson Todd McClay says. “Trade for All is nothing more than a shameless rebranding of National’s Trade Agenda 2030 which was […]

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Martin must step aside as head of Haumaha inquiry

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Martin must step aside as head of Haumaha inquiry

Source: National Party Tracey Martin must stand down as head of the inquiry into the process for Wally Haumaha’s appointment as Deputy Police Commissioner following revelations of more close links between Mr Haumaha and NZ First, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Revelations that NZ First’s Deputy Leader Fletcher Tabuteau is related to Mr Haumaha, […]

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Govt immigration changes undermine ITP review

By   /  August 4, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt immigration changes undermine ITP review

Source: National Party Minister of Education Chris Hipkins’ has today revealed that our export education sector could take yet another hit with suggested closures and mergers on the way for our polytechs and ITP’s, Nationals associate spokesperson for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Simeon Brown says. “Not only will this sector suffer from the Government’s […]

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