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Minister risking Southland mothers and babies

The decisions to axe the birthing unit at Lumsden and not provide one in Wanaka are devastating for communities and will lead to worse outcomes for mothers and babies in...


Still no real change in mental health

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...


Major immigration backdown welcome, but too late

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...


Bill to establish health targets introduced

The targets that have underpinned improvements in New Zealanders’ health over the past twelve years could become an enduring part of our health system if a Members’ Bill introduced to...


Immigration Minister asleep at the wheel

Immigration Minister Iain-Lees Galloway’s refusal to investigate how widespread visa fraud is among Sri Lankan students is another example of Labour going soft on things Kiwis care about, National’s Immigration...


Immigration tinkering putting tertiary sector at risk

The international education sector risks losing up to $40 million a year if the Government implements changes to make it harder for international students studying graduate diplomas to get post-study...


Clark using NZDF to prop up the health sector

Revelations that the Government had to call in the army to prop up its hospitals during the recent nurses’ industrial action is further evidence that this Government has lost control...


High expectations result in nurses strike

The Government’s failure to reach an agreement on pay rises for 27,000 nurses means that strike action will commence in less than 48 hours as a result of the Government...


Impact of nurses strike to be felt from tomorrow

The impact of nurse’s strike action will be felt from tomorrow even though the Government is still claiming that the strike may be averted, National Party spokesperson for Health Michael...


Labour’s xenophobic hypocrisy laid bare

Labour’s reprehensible demonisation of foreigners prior to the election has been laid bare by confirmation today that its promise to slash migration was nothing but a cynical attempt to win...