Friday, 17 October 2008
On Monday John Key announced National's policy to improve the literacy and numeracy skills of New Zealand's children.
Tuesday, 22 July 2008
National welcomes Police Association policies
National Party Police spokesman Chester Borrows welcomes the Police Association's law and order policy document.
Going, going, gone
More than 80,000 people voted with their feet in the past 12 months, says National's Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.
Tuesday, 10 June 2008
So there IS a power crisis after all
National's Energy spokesman, Gerry Brownlee, says he hopes Labour's belated admission that there is a power crisis has not come too late.
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
Charter delivers less local content
Labour's fatally flawed dual mandate for Television New Zealand has been laid bare by figures that show a decrease in the level of local content on state-owned television, contrary to what the charter was designed to achieve, says National's Broadcasting spokesman, Jonathan Coleman.
Thermal generation going like the clappers
National Party Energy spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Energy Minister David Parker should be thinking seriously about ordering a public power saving campaign for winter.
Families stay in squalor - spare capacity at HNZ
National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says with reports of overcrowding and squalor, Labour is still failing to adequately manage the spare capacity in the state housing stock.
Ministers answered 43 questions on corruption
"Labour Ministers claiming to be in the dark about corruption allegations at the Immigration Service have previously answered 43 questions about it," says National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith.
Schools $171 million adds to Labour's porkometer
The public will see right through Education Minister Chris Carter's announcement today of an extra $171.6 million in operational funding to schools, says National's Education spokeswoman, Anne Tolley.
Exodus reaches 29-year high
The number of people leaving New Zealand over a 12-month period has reached a 29-year high, says National's Immigration spokesman, Lockwood Smith.
Immigration: What about the other report?
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith is continuing to question Immigration Ministers over what they knew about claims of corruption bribery and fraud within the Immigration Service.
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Warfare breaks out in Labour ranks
The National Party's Shadow Leader of the House, Gerry Brownlee, says the announcement from Phil Goff about the Government's re-election chances and his leadership aspirations "is a sign warfare is breaking out within Labour."
Monday, 19 May 2008
Chlamydia report alarming Labour asleep at the wheel
A recent review of sexually transmitted diseases in 2007* should jolt Labour out of its complacency and into action, says National's Associate Health spokeswoman, Jackie Blue, and the party's Youth Affairs spokeswoman, Nicky Wagner.
What was Clark told about Thompson case?
National Party State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Helen Clark's claim that she was never told about issues relating to Mary Anne Thompson's CV is difficult to accept.
Sunday, 18 May 2008
Immigration: Ministers see, hear and speak no evil
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says he does not buy the claims of senior Labour Minsters that they knew nothing of the trouble at the Pacific branch of the Immigration Service.
Mallard forced to explain MfE bungles - again
Environment Minister Trevor Mallard has been forced to admit his beleaguered Ministry has bungled again by cancelling public workshops to enable a staff member to take a jaunt to Australia, says National's Associate Environment spokeswoman, Jacqui Dean.
Saturday, 17 May 2008
Kiwi quake experts should be sent to China
National Party Ethnic Affairs spokeswoman Pansy Wong is urging the Government to send earthquake experts to China as the devastating effects of the Sichuan earthquake become clear.
Friday, 16 May 2008
Recycled policy gets reheated - again
National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says Labour's pre-Budget 'shared equity' announcement is a "recycled policy reheated" for election year.
Bribery, theft, fraud, corruption no business of Ministers
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith is confident that Ministers in the Labour Government will try to wash their hands of more serious questions levelled at the Pacific branch of the Immigration Service.
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Immigration probe had focus on policy
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says Labour's claim that the inquiry into unlawful decisions at the Immigration Service was just an employment matter has been shot to bits.
Immigration: Release the terms of probes
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the Government must release the terms of reference for the probes that have been conducted and are currently being conducted into the Immigration Service.
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
If Cosgrove knew about report how come Cunliffe didn't?
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith wants to know why Clayton Cosgrove knew all about a secret report into allegations levelled at Mary-Anne Thompson but the man who preceded him as Immigration Minister did not.
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
Nats want inquiry into medicine bungle
National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall is demanding a full investigation into why overseas visitors have been receiving subsidised medicines which they are not entitled to.
Ministers sat on immigration claims for a year
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says senior Labour Ministers have known about serious claims levelled at a top manager of the Immigration Service for more than a year.
Police code of conduct ignores sexual relationships
The new police Code of Conduct does not address the issue of officers' sexual relationships with members of the public, as recommended by the Bazley report, says National's Police spokesman, Chester Borrows.
Immigration resignation sparks more questions
National Party Immigration spokesman Lockwood Smith says the resignation of Immigration Service boss Mary-Anne Thompson does not signal 'closure', as the department says.
Monday, 12 May 2008
That's not what you promised Trevor
"Trevor Mallard needs to tell New Zealanders when Labour's policy changed on golden handshakes," says National's State Services spokesman Gerry Brownlee.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Taskforce set up to establish cuisine school
Wairarapa MP John Hayes has established a taskforce to investigate the viability of establishing a cuisine school in Martinborough, independent of involvement with UCOL.
Friday, 9 May 2008
Maternity care survey just Labour spin
Labour's trumpeting of a survey that apparently has nine out of ten women saying they were pleased with their maternity care is pure political spin to hide a worsening workforce crisis, says National Party MP Katrina Shanks.
Bob Clarkson to step down at election
National Party MP Bob Clarkson today announced he will not now be standing as a candidate for the Tauranga seat in the 2008 general election.