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Govt’s approach to waste must not increase taxes

By   /  July 22, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt’s approach to waste must not increase taxes

Source: National Party The Government must be responsible with Kiwi families’ incomes in their approach to waste and must consider their commitment to impose no new taxes when deciding on extending the waste disposal levy, National’s spokesperson for the Environment Scott Simpson says. “The Government has made a commitment to introduce no new taxes in […]

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Industry concerns prevalent in R&D tax credit submission

By   /  July 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Industry concerns prevalent in R&D tax credit submission

Source: National Party The only publically released submission so far on the proposed R&D tax credit scheme will worry the Government as it highlights some industry concerns about whether the tax credit system will boost R&D investment, National’s Research, Science and Innovation Spokesperson Dr Parmjeet Parmar says. “The Government will be concerned that NZTech – […]

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Climate change response must be balanced

By   /  July 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Climate change response must be balanced

Source: National Party National is committed to pursuing meaningful bipartisan progress on climate change, however, today’s statements by James Shaw that New Zealand should act ahead of the rest of the world are a real concern, National’s spokesperson for Climate Change Todd Muller says. “National wants to see sensible, practical solutions, not extreme policies that […]

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Minister dismisses concerns on DHB cybersecurity

By   /  July 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Minister dismisses concerns on DHB cybersecurity

Source: National Party Official documents have revealed there are up to 800,000 cyberattacks a day on the Bay of Plenty DHB, despite the Health Minister dismissing cybersecurity concerns in general as ‘hypothetical’, National’s Data and Cybersecurity spokesperson Dr Shane Reti says.  “And as the UK deals with the aftermath of a serious cyber-attack, highlighting the […]

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Simon Bridges concluding roadshow in Tauranga

By   /  July 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Simon Bridges concluding roadshow in Tauranga

Source: National Party National Party Leader Simon Bridges has today concluded a three-month tour of New Zealand, rounding off almost 70 public meetings attended by around 10,000 Kiwis who turned out to share their views about what matters to them. “I have the honour of being leader of New Zealand’s largest political party which represents […]

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Government must deliver for the West Coast

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Government must deliver for the West Coast

Source: National Party National’s West Coast based List MP Maureen Pugh says it is time for the Government to step up and deliver on the work signed off in the West Coast Economic Development Action Plan last year. “The West Coast welcomes the sentiments of Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones which acknowledges how vital […]

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New benefit figures show concerning trend

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on New benefit figures show concerning trend

Source: National Party A 21 per cent drop in the number of benefit sanctions imposed since Labour took office and a worrying increase in the number of people receiving main benefit is a warning to the Government, Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston says. “These numbers are incredibly concerning given over 70,000 moved off benefit and […]

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Have your say: Country of Origin Food Labelling

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Country of Origin Food La, Food, Food labels, fruit, fruit & veges, Green Party, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Legislature, Opposition Parties, Political Parties, Politics, veges  /  Comments Off on Have your say: Country of Origin Food Labelling

Source: Green Party People want and deserve to know where their food comes from. That is the intention behind my member’s bill (originally Steffan Browning’s) the Consumers’ Right to Know (Country of Origin of Food) Bill which has re-opened for submissions. There is already a requirement in law to identify where footwear and clothing comes […]

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National says UK FTA needs to enhance visa access

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on National says UK FTA needs to enhance visa access

Source: National Party National’s Foreign Affairs and Trade spokesperson Todd McClay has welcomed the United Kingdom’s decision to launch public consultations of a NZ-UK FTA but says a negotiation must also ensure better access for New Zealand workers and tourists to the UK. “The UK market offers huge opportunity for Kiwi exporters. As New Zealand’s […]

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New report shows Government slowing economy

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on New report shows Government slowing economy

Source: National Party The Infometrics analysis released last night is far from a glowing endorsement of this Government’s economic management and shows that it must act to improve declining economic forecasts and plummeting business confidence,  National’s Finance spokesperson Amy Adams says. “Infometrics is now predicting GDP growth of only 2 per cent per year between […]

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Govt spending thousands more per prison bed

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt spending thousands more per prison bed

Source: National Party The decision to spend $750 million for just 600 beds at Waikeria Prison is another example of the Government’s bad spending choices and recklessness when it comes to law and order, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says. “This Government is spending three quarters of what the previous Government had planned to spend […]

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Minister MIA while ACC strikes continue

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Minister MIA while ACC strikes continue

Source: National Party In spite of strike action by ACC medical specialists with at least four more to follow in the next month, we haven’t heard a peep from the ACC Minister as more discontent and industrial action rattles the health sector, National’s spokesperson for ACC Tim Macindoe says. “Hard on the heels of last […]

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National pushing for faster action on mental health

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on National pushing for faster action on mental health

Source: National Party National is not prepared to let the Government park the mental health needs of Kiwis while it holds an inquiry, and has offered to work together to improve New Zealand’s mental health services both immediately and longer term, Mental Health spokesperson Matt Doocey says. “Mental health is one of our most challenging […]

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Papers show Govt confusion on Waikeria decision

By   /  July 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Papers show Govt confusion on Waikeria decision

Source: National Party Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis advised Cabinet to adopt the previous Government’s plan to build 1500 beds at Waikeria Prison because it was ‘the only sensible plan’, but his colleagues ignored his advice, National’s Corrections spokesperson David Bennett says. “This makes the Government’s decision to slash the number of new beds at Waikeria […]

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Acting PM is wrong on mental health pilot

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Acting PM is wrong on mental health pilot

Source: National Party Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters is either genuinely confused or he has deliberately made false statements to media today that the mental health crisis call response pilot had come to its end, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Mr Peters needs to get his facts straight – not only has the pilot […]

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Price of petrol up 20 cents before Govt fuel taxes

By   /  July 17, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Price of petrol up 20 cents before Govt fuel taxes

Source: National Party Figures released by Statistics NZ today show petrol prices for the year to June were up 20 cents per litre, even before the Government’s extra 25 cents per litre tax increases started coming into force on 1 July, National Party Transport spokesperson Jami-Lee Ross says. “New Zealander’s will be seriously concerned about […]

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Service sector shows worrying signs for economy

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Service sector shows worrying signs for economy

Source: National Party The services sector of the economy is now performing at its worst level since 2012 – raising concerns about the economy’s ability to continue to create opportunities, grow jobs and lift wages, National Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says. “BNZ and Business New Zealand reported today that their Performance of Services Index had […]

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Govt axes highly anticipated mental health pilot

By   /  July 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt axes highly anticipated mental health pilot

Source: National Party The Government’s decision to axe a universally-supported pilot to improve the response to 111 mental health calls is nothing short of disgraceful, especially after Labour pledged to make mental health a priority, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “It has been revealed that Labour has scrapped a pilot in which a mental […]

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Where’s Wally Haumaha inquiry?

By   /  July 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, National Party, New Zealand, New Zealand Political Party, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Where’s Wally Haumaha inquiry?

Source: National Party The Government must release the terms of reference of the inquiry into the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner given it’s now two weeks since the Acting Prime Minister announced the inquiry, National’s Police spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “Following concerns raised by Louise Nicholas regarding the appropriateness of Mr Haumaha’s […]

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Govt’s reasons for axing school PPPs flimsy

By   /  July 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, MIL NZ OSI, National Party, New Zealand, Political Parties, Politics  /  Comments Off on Govt’s reasons for axing school PPPs flimsy

Source: National Party A recently released Cabinet Paper shows the Government is going ahead with axing public-private partnerships for building and maintaining schools, but the reasons for doing so simply don’t stack up, National’s Associate Education spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “PPPs are an effective way of building long-lasting school buildings quickly and removing the burden of school property […]

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