Here's a short message about why I'm standing for the leadership of the New Zealand National Party.
I'm really enjoying discussing the future of the party and our plans for 2020 with my colleagues.
Thanks to everyone who's sent a message of support.
Wow - breathtaking arrogance from Chris Hipkins justifying decision to close charter schools by claiming the previous govt had “no mandate”. Absolutely no compassion for the kids or parents - just raw union standover tactics. https://www.stuff.co.nz/…/seymour-govts-weasel-words-on-cha…
It has been an honour to speak on behalf of the National Party over the past two days in Waitangi.
After 178 years our nation is the most prosperous we have ever been, however there is more to be done to meet the potential of the treaty partnership and ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
This year's celebrations were peaceful and positive. ...
Congratulations to Ngāpuhi and the Waitangi Trust for shifting the Pōwhiri to the Upper Marae at the Treaty grounds.
My reading at the dawn service this morning was a bible passage that inspired the words of William Hobson at the signing of the treaty 178 years ago, signifying the new covenant between Māori and the Crown.
"Now we are all one people."
I hope you have had a great Waitangi Day.
Today I spoke on the first reading of the new Government’s backward-looking employment relations bill. We have one of the highest-performing labour markets in the Western world and we need to retain that to provide more kiwis with job opportunities and higher wages.
Today I asked Finance Minister Grant Robertson to correct five simple facts he got wrong in recent answers to parliamentary questions. It’s important that the Finance Minister provides correct factual answers in the parliament. The approach he took was revealing.
At the time of this post he still hadn’t corrected the record on any of them.
Rocket Lab's first successful launch into orbit this week represents technology leadership on a world scale by a New Zealand company. And despite its parent company being domiciled in the US for regulatory reasons, Rocket Lab is a very New Zealand company. It has a strong Kiwi culture, from its founder, to many of its shareholders, to its location of operations, to its many crucial suppliers.
Where else could you assert that you could deliver satellites into orbit on the spac...
Learning a second language will help our young people prepare for 21st century living. We need your help to push this Bill forward and ensure every New Zealand child has that option.
Please sign this petition to help strengthen the skills of our children and young people.
The new Government’s mini-Budget measures rushed into law late last week clearly identify Finance Minister Grant Robertson as The Grant who Stole Christmas for over 1 million New Zealanders.
1.2 million Kiwis will now miss out on a dividend for their 10 years’ hard work since the Global Financial Crisis. Median wage earners will no longer get to keep an extra $1060 a year from next year.
And that’s all so that Labour can add three more entitlements to the confusing spaghetti...
There's 28 new fiscal risks identified by Treasury in the coalition Government's half-year economic update that haven't been costed. Perhaps they should have just listed one specific fiscal risk, namely "Grant Robertson, Finance Minister."
The new Labour-led Government is set to rush through tax legislation starting tomorrow to remove $1060 a year from the pay-packets of average Kiwis that they would have received from 1 April next year.
It is deeply ironic that the first significant act of a Government with the stated aspiration of lifting workers’ wages is to reduce what hard-working Kiwis will receive in the hand.
Labour has justified the move by saying they will spend the extra tax on health and education.... In fact they are spending the total amount and more on their flawed tertiary education policy.
Average wage earners will in effect be missing out on $1060 a year so that medical and law students can get one year’s free tertiary education.
It is quite obvious that Labour has been delaying this debate as long as possible and hoping that you and everyone else miss the changes completely in the pre-Christmas rush.
They have now decided to ram the new law through under urgency from tomorrow.
This is an extraordinary approach for a change that is being driven by a party that attracted less than 37 per cent support in the recent election.
Remember that both New Zealand First and the Greens voted in support of the Tax and Family Incomes Package in the Budget just seven months ago. And neither party campaigned to remove the tax changes during the election campaign.
New Zealand First in particular will have a lot of explaining to do to their voter base when they vote to remove $676 a year from Superannuitants and Veterans from 1 April next year.
National will be opposing the changes vigorously over the next couple of days.
This isn’t theoretical student politics. Labour’s tax plans will have a real and significant negative effect on the lives of over a million New Zealanders.