Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Collins Outlines Priorities For A Better New Zealand

New Zealand needs to harness the upheaval caused by Covid-19 to drive meaningful change, Leader of the Opposition Judith Collins says.

In her State of the Nation speech at the launch of Rotary Auckland’s centenary celebration today, Ms Collins outlined five priority areas where urgent progress is needed for New Zealand to emerge from the pandemic stronger than before.

“Kiwis deserve real progress. They have sacrificed a lot. The Government now needs to have a plan for rebuilding the economy and creating the jobs people desperately need.

“The cost of further lockdowns would see many more New Zealanders lose their jobs, their businesses or their homes. The Government must do everything it can to protect our country from the harm these new variants of Covid-19 could cause.”

The Government has also failed to deliver for New Zealanders on housing, Ms Collins says.

“Their KiwiBuild failure has been matched by their belief that New Zealanders aspire to be on a shorter state housing waiting list.

“Fewer and fewer Kiwis believe they will ever own their own home. They need action now that will get more houses built and free them from the stranglehold of ever-increasing rents.”

National’s priorities for a better New Zealand are:

  1. Covid-19 response: protecting our borders and New Zealanders from the job losses and excessive costs of further restrictions and lockdowns
  2. Economic recovery: leveraging our businesses as a way to help Kiwis get ahead
  3. Hardship & public safety: focusing on evidence-based support to change the lives of those most in need, and supporting Police to keep our communities safe
  4. Housing, infrastructure and world-class cities: making it easier to build houses and freeing up land with greater urgency
  5. Technology and post-Covid opportunities: Growing our tech sector to create high-paying jobs and world-leading companies

Ms Collins said the current Government has been too focused on working groups and talk rather than getting things done.

“We owe it to future generations to make sure New Zealand delivers for them.

“The National Party under my leadership will be relentlessly focused on the things that will make New Zealanders’ lives better.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Covid-19: Govt Purchases Enough Pfizer Vaccines For Whole Country

The Government has guaranteed that every New Zealander will have access to the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, after securing an additional 8.5 million doses, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced today.

“The Government has signed an advance purchase agreement for 8.5 million additional doses, enough to vaccinate 4.25 million people... More>>


Earthquakes: Tsunami Activity – Cancelled

The National Advisory issued at 2:48pm following this morning's earthquakes near the KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION is cancelled.
The advice from GNS Science, based on ocean observations, is that the Beach and Marine threat has now passed for all areas... More>>

Joint Press Release: Dirty PR Exposed In Whale Oil Defamation Trial

Three public health advocates are relieved that their long-standing Whale Oil defamation trial against Cameron Slater, Carrick Graham, Katherine Rich and the Food and Grocery Council has finally concluded and they are pleased that the truth has come out... More>>


Government: Next Stage Of COVID-19 Support For Business And Workers

The Government has confirmed details of COVID-19 support for business and workers following the increased alert levels due to a resurgence of the virus over the weekend... More>>


Maori Party: New National Executive

This morning the Māori Party confirmed their new National Executive including Che Wilson, Fallyn Flavell, John Tamihere and Kaiarahi Takirua: Rawiri Waititi and Debbie Ngarewa-Packer... More>>

Government: Balanced Economic Approach Reflected In Crown Accounts

New Zealand’s economic recovery has again been reflected in the Government’s books, which are in better shape than expected.
The Crown accounts for the seven months to the end of January 2021 were better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU)... More>>

Covid-19: Auckland Back To Alert Level Three After One New Community Case Revealed

Auckland will move to alert level three for a week at 6am tomorrow morning after two new Covid-19 community cases announced this evening could not be directly linked to earlier cases, the Prime Minister has confirmed.
The rest of the country will move to level two.... More>>

NZ Initiative: New Report Highlights How Our Housing Crisis Could Worsen If We Don’t Act Now

If New Zealand politicians thought the housing crisis in 2020 was bad, the worst is yet to come, warns a new report by The New Zealand Initiative. In The Need to Build: The demographic drivers of housing demand , Research Assistant Leonard Hong ... More>>




InfoPages News Channels