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September 14, 2023 Share

I'm campaigning to be your next MP for Ōhāriu. I think Ōhāriu represents the best of New Zealand, with people from all over the world and country choosing to make this electorate home. People in our community share a strong work ethic, determination to help all our kids thrive, a sense of responsibility to each other and our environment.

A vote for me is a vote for an MP who will work tirelessly for you and who will bring the voice of Ōhāriu to the decision-making table.

I would love to see you at one of my street corner meetings over the next few weekends to say hi, ask questions, and share your views. You can find the dates below

Saturday 16th September:

10:00am: Wadestown - Lennel Road and Moorhouse Street
10:45am: Crofton Downs - Silverstream Road and Churchill Drive
11:30am: Ngaio - Khandallah Road and Simla Crescent
12:15pm: Khandallah - Everest Street and Ganges Road
1:45pm: Broadmeadows - Rajkot Terrace and John Sims Drive (near the Burma St entrance to Broadmeadows)
2:30pm: Johnsonville - Bannister Avenue and Broderick Road
3:15pm: Churton Park - Halswater Drive and Pony Grove
4:00pm: Churton Park - Lakewood Avenue and Westchester Drive


Saturday 23rd September:

10:00am: Tawa - Oxford Street, next to Tawa New World
10:30am: Tawa - Sunrise Boulevard and Main Road
11:15am: Woodridge - Cedarwood Street and Woodridge Drive
12:00pm: Newlands - Black Rock Road and Newlands Road


Sunday 1st October:

1:00pm: Wilton - Wilton Road and Churchill Drive
1:45pm: Crofton Downs - Churchill Drive, next to Crofton Downs Countdown
3:15pm: Ngaio - Ngaio Gorge and Perth Street
4:00pm: Johnsonville - Stephen Street and Moorefield Road
4:45pm: Ōhāriu Valley - Ōhāriu Valley Road, outside Ōhāriu Valley Hall

Can you help me in Ōhāriu?

June 28, 2023 Share


My amazing campaign crew and I have been pounding the pavements and knocking on doors all across Ōhāriu - delivering over 40,000 letters to voters over the last month.

But there's so much more to be done, and we need all the help we can get if we want to turn this red-seat blue.

If you want to volunteer on my campaign, help change the Government and help turn Ōhāriu blue, then click the link below:

Speech to the 87th National Party Conference: ‘Fixing our Economy’

June 24, 2023 Share

Welcome to wonderful Wellington.

Party President Sylvia Wood, National Party Leader Chris Luxon, parliamentary colleagues, fellow candidates, National Party members, it’s great to be together. 

When I look at this room I see friends, colleagues and supporters from so many different regions and walks of life.

I see people who’ve been working overtime to stop our health system falling over. Farmers who’ve been slogging it out to pay the bills and keep us fed.

Entrepreneurs who started a business from scratch and now employ dozens of people.

Shift workers who wake up early each morning and get home when it’s dark, saving for a home or a business of your own.

Young Nats investing in your education and your future. Superblues whose energy to keep working, keep volunteering, and keep looking after grandkids holds families and communities together.

I see new New Zealanders who left your country of birth to follow your dreams here and I see those whose ancestors bravely set out in waka from across the Pacific Ocean to discover this place we all call home.

You are people of aspiration, of grit and determination.

We are all here because we want to help forge a good future for our children, our grandchildren, and our fellow New Zealanders. 

We won’t accept a future where being aspirational means moving to Australia. 

We want a future where aspiration is rewarded here at home.

Together we share a powerful commitment to our Party values and a mission to deliver on New Zealand’s great promise.

Thank you, members, for everything you do for National and for New Zealand.

To our Party President Sylvia Wood: thank you for your tireless efforts to renew our Party and lay the foundations for a winning campaign.

To our Party Leader and my friend Chris Luxon: You are the Leader our country needs right now. You have the intelligence, the integrity, the practical real-world experience needed to pick New Zealand up from its funk and turn it around.  To take our broken economy and struggling communities and lead them back to growth, safety, and progress.

You’ll do it in your practical, methodical, disciplined way.  You won’t stand for fluff, you’ll set high standards, you’ll demand high performance, and you’ll deliver results. You’ll do it with heart and with your inexhaustible smile. Bring on Prime Minister Luxon.

Let me say one last thank you to the five people who are most special to me and who’ve come along to hear Mum speak today.

To my husband Duncan and to our four children; James, Harriet, Reuben and Gloria. Thanks for everything. You give up so much for me. You are my greatest supporters.  When the going gets tough it’s you that keeps me going. You are my heart and my reason. I love you.

This election comes at a critical time for our country.

Kiwis are struggling because the economy has been damaged.

The price of food, rents and mortgages have skyrocketed, while wages have struggled to keep up, creating a cost-of-living crisis.

Across the country families, superannuitants and workers are feeling hardship in a way they’ve never experienced before. I thank everyone who has been brave enough to share their situation with me.

Your cost-of-living stories have humbled me and made me so very determined to win this election.

If you feel anxious while you wait for the total at the supermarket checkout, if you dread the two days before pay day because there’s so little money left in your account, if you’ve had to give up on your plan to buy a home, then know this: you are not alone.

Even Kiwis who are doing everything right, who are working hard and being incredibly careful are struggling. You are struggling because the economy is failing you.

The cost-of-living crisis is dragging into its third year. Economic mismanagement has driven New Zealand into recession, even while Australia, the US, and our Asian neighbours are growing.

New Zealand’s current account - the difference between what we spend in the world and what we earn in the world - has hit a record-breaking deficit.

Interest rates have risen so fast that a ticking time bomb lies in front of us.  In the months ahead, hundreds of thousands of mortgage holders will have to move off a home loan with a 2 or 3 per cent interest rate to a loan with 6 or 7 per cent interest. Many homeowners will be left scrambling for the hundreds of extra dollars they will need to make their mortgage payments each fortnight.

When that mortgage bomb goes off, the whole economy will shudder.

The Government books are loaded-up with debt, with net debt up from under $6 billion pre pandemic to around $71 billion today.

Last time I shared these figures at a public meeting someone politely told me I must have my figures wrong. Sadly, that’s not the case. So let me say it again, New Zealand’s net debt is around $71 billion today, more than ten times what it was just four years ago, having risen around $37,000 more for every household in New Zealand.

The great shame is that there’s so little to show for this increased debt – instead we have potholes all over the roads, declining school attendance and achievement, growing health waiting lists and escalating violent crime.

Billions of dollars have been wasted on consultants, centralisation and ideological projects instead of bolstering the frontline services we need like more nurses, doctors and midwives and ensuring out kids are taught the basics.

It’s time for the excuses to stop. New Zealand needs solutions to fix our broken economy and help you get ahead once more. Most of all, what our country needs right now is hope.  That’s what National will deliver.

Other Parties might like to tell you they can fix New Zealand’s problems by robbing Peter to pay Paul. That they will drag the bottom up by tearing the top down. Or that we’ll all feel better if they punish the wealthy hard enough.

The truth is those reckless tactics would only further weaken our fragile economy, scare our best and brightest away and divide us one against the other.

As my Mum says, you won’t make your own candle burn brighter by blowing out another.

National has a better way. 

We know that only a strong economy can fix the cost-of-living crisis, lift incomes and fund the world class public services Kiwis deserve.

Our plan is about making the most of the huge advantages New Zealand has with practical, common-sense policies that will help businesses grow and help people get ahead.

Our country has so many of the raw ingredients we need for a growing, wealthy economy.

We have trade ties to the fastest-growing parts of the world, abundant natural resources and the best food producers on earth, the capacity for abundant renewable affordable electricity, oodles of entrepreneurial spirit, innovation in our blood, great employers and small businesses, smart hard-working people with such very deep hearts.

But right now, our country is not converting those ingredients into the opportunities New Zealanders deserve.

We’re being held back by wasteful government spending, high taxes and red tape that has made it far too hard to build things, invent things and grow things.

National’s job is to turn all this around.  And we will.

We will end stagflation, solve the cost-of-living crisis and get New Zealand growing again.

We will stop the wasteful spending and put the Government books back in order.

We will stop the despair and start the great repair.

Today I want to share with you the seven specific steps National will take to fix New Zealand’s economy:

1.            We will stop wasteful spending, move resources to the front line and get the books in order 

I give you this guarantee: In every Budget National delivers we will invest more in essential frontline public services including our schools, hospitals and police.  Our focus will be on driving money out of bureaucracy and into the places it is needed most.

We know that simply spending more on public services will not be enough - it’s delivering better results that really counts.

We will bring back accountability for Government spending by setting transparent targets and measuring the results we achieve for your money.

The targets we set will be for things that make a difference to you and to our country’s future:  like reducing waiting times for health services, lifting achievement in schools, and making our communities safer.

We will report against these targets every six months.

We will demand accountability from Ministers and public servants for driving the improvements and progress you expect to see.   

If they don’t deliver, they will be answerable to Chris Luxon, and most importantly they will be answerable to every New Zealander.

We will take a social investment approach to intervene earlier in people’s lives, using innovative and community-based approaches that are proven to work and that can change lives for the better. The Right Honourable Sir Bill English spent decades developing this new approach: we’ll use it to drive change for people with the most complex needs and to make progress on the most complex problems.   

2.            We will reduce the income tax you pay on the wages you earn.  

National will always be the Party of lower taxes. That’s because we trust you to spend your own money wisely and in the ways that make sense for you, your family and your own values.

We will deliver tax relief for lower- and middle-income earners by adjusting tax brackets to help compensate for inflation.

We have already set out in detail the minimum inflation adjustments we will make to tax brackets.

We will pay for these adjustments by bringing more discipline to Government spending - stopping wasteful programmes, reducing funding for some back-office functions and improving the efficiency and productivity of Government departments and agencies.

At a minimum, our tax changes will make an average wage earner $960 a year better off.  They will make someone on an income of $60,000 around $800 a year better off.

If National can responsibly offer more tax relief than that, without compromising essential public services or damaging our economy, then we will.

We will also deliver the FamilyBoost childcare tax rebate to lower the cost of childcare for families with young children.  This tax reduction will be worth up to $75 a week.

We will remove unfair taxes.  No more Ute tax.  No more Auckland Regional Fuel Tax. No agriculture in the Emissions Trading Scheme. No more App tax on your Uber or your Deliver Easy.

We will stop the tax attack on landlords and renters by restoring interest deductibility and taking the brightline test back to two years.

3.            We will cut red tape and complex regulations that are strangling our economy and making it too hard for New Zealanders to get things done.  

Here’s some examples.

We will stop compulsory and costly centralised wage bargaining and the risk it poses to thousands of small and medium sized employers and workers across NZ.  We will repeal the legislation that compels it.

We will fix the spaghetti of regulations created through the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act and that have made it too difficult for people to borrow for their small business or first home.

We will fix farming regulations that defy practicality and that, according to a grower I met recently, are making it impossible for him to expand his operation to grow the affordable vegetables our country so badly needs. We will never turn our back on farmers.

We will fix the rules holding back investment in renewable electricity: it can take up to eight years for a business to get permission to build a wind farm.  That’s just crazy: we’ll set a one year limit.

We will fix the Reserve Bank Act to restore the Reserve Bank’s focus on delivering price stability by busting inflation - that means getting back down to 2 per cent and keeping it between 1 and 3 per cent over the medium term.

4.            We will grow skills and attract talent 

We will equip young New Zealanders better for their futures by doing the basics brilliantly in our schools.  An hour a day of reading, writing and maths for every primary-aged child.

We will say yes to the migrants New Zealand needs to fill acute worker shortages on our farms, in our hospitals and businesses.

We’ll train and retain more of the workers we are so short of, including bonding graduate nurses and midwives by helping pay off their student loans for the first five years of their career – provided they stay here in New Zealand.

We will reverse the Te Pūkenga disaster.

Our Welfare that Works policy will help more New Zealanders off welfare and into work by targeting better support at young unemployed people, and sanctioning those who repeatedly refuse to meet their work obligations.

Because we believe in a strong safety net for those who fall on hard times. But we also know this: those who can work, should.  

5.            We will drive technology and innovation to solve problems and create more value.

New Zealand faces major challenges in a rapidly changing world.  We must respond intelligently, making the most of new technology from other countries and coming up with breakthroughs of our own.

Climate change is here, bringing more extreme weather events and making it obvious we must reduce the emissions that are causing it.

National will embrace the science and innovation needed to do that.

New Zealand has some of the best farming science in the world: we should be the country that comes up with world-changing solutions to reduce the methane emitted by farm animals.

National will remove the ban on Gene Editing so we can get it done.

6.            We will build infrastructure for growth

A growing country needs future-ready infrastructure to keep us productive and to improve our quality of life:  more housing development, renewable power schemes, better broadband, more resilient highways, reliable public transport options and quality water services, all are essential.

National will deliver a complete revamp of the way infrastructure is delivered in New Zealand. Not by removing local democracy and centralising control: we will repeal Three Waters. Not with pretty pictures of trams down Dominion Road either.

Instead, we will work with local councils to plan and drive regional investment, by creating a fast-track consent process for getting projects built faster and using modern finance and funding tools to help pay for the big nation-building projects New Zealand needs.

7.            We will encourage trade and investment 

New Zealand’s future is global: we must be open to the world, its people, ideas, and opportunities.  National will make it easier to attract the international investment our local businesses need to grow. We will seek out a new trade agreement with India and we will drive more value from the powerful trade agreements we already have.

My fellow members, these are practical policies that will fix our economy and get New Zealand back on track. They are grounded in National Party values: encouraging effort, achievement, entrepreneurship, investment and innovation.

National understands that a strong economy is created through the efforts of every day New Zealanders choosing to work here, to create new jobs here, to start a new business, to take a product global or to create something new.

We will never take those choices for granted. Nor will we resort to the lazy politics of envy that seeks to blame our shared problems on the success of a few.

We know that success is good for the country, it’s good for the Government and it’s good for every New Zealander. 

This election the choice is clear. 

New Zealanders can vote for Parties that use tax as punishment and that seek to load more and more cost on fewer and fewer shoulders or they can vote for a National-led Government that will always strive to let you keep more of what you earn, that will value work and celebrate effort. 

You can vote for careful investment that grows stronger families and communities or you can vote for more growth of Government agencies and the red tape they create.

You can vote for policies that will push more and more of our kids to become citizens in Australia or for a National Party that will fight to ensure this is a country our kids can live their dreams in.

New Zealanders can stick with what we have today: a damaged economy that is failing its people, or you can vote National for a stronger economy that delivers for you and your family.

Faced with these choices I have faith that New Zealanders will choose a better way.  They will vote to change the direction of this country and elect a National Government that will fix our economy and put New Zealand back on track.

Robertson's Red-Light Recession

June 15, 2023 Share

Robertson’s Red-Light Recession: Red lights are flashing for the New Zealand economy, which new data confirms has been shrinking even while inflation rages on.

Data released by Statistics NZ today confirmed that New Zealand’s economy shrank in the first three months of the year - marking six months straight of our economy reducing in size.

The New Zealand economy is now incredibly fragile. Excessive inflation, high interest rates, a severe balance of payments deficit and now recession: this is a dangerous combination that threatens New Zealanders’ livelihoods.

While the Government continue to make excuses, the data does not lie: New Zealand is now in worse shape than many of the countries we compare ourselves with including Australia, Canada and the US, all of which have faced similar global challenges but none of which face the toxic economic predicament we now find ourselves in.

The simple fact is that Labour has mismanaged the economy and New Zealanders are paying the price. Labour’s choice to spray the money hose with wild abandon with too little care for results, to so slowly re-open our borders and to ignore the pleas of productive businesses laid-low by a rolling maul of red-tape have made our predicament much worse than it needed to be.

This recession is a red-light warning: the time for cavalier big-spending, anti-business, anti-growth policies is over.

Now is the time for a return to the fundamentals of disciplined economic management, with a National government that backs the workers and businesses New Zealand needs to help grow our economy out of its current mess.

National will focus on strengthening New Zealand’s economy by delivering better results for government spending, providing income tax relief for everyday workers and driving the skills, technology and infrastructure needed to support future growth.

It is only with a strong economy that we can solve the cost of living crisis, bring down interest rates, lift incomes and pay for the quality public services New Zealanders deserve.

Public Enemy Number One: Inflation

March 24, 2022 Share

New Zealand: we have a new public enemy and its name is inflation.

Inflation is a thief in your pocket. In 2022 no household will escape its grasp. Kiwi households are now in a world of pain in which your money will be worth increasingly less tomorrow than it is today.

Living costs are rising and wages can’t keep up. In fact right now living costs are running laps around wages. It’s not just fuel, it’s food, rent and rates too. If you feel like you’re slipping a bit further behind at the end of each pay cycle that’s because you probably are. It’s a cost of living crisis.

Economists predict typical household costs will rise $150 per week this year. That’s not because you’ll be buying more - sadly you’ll be paying more for less. Your purchasing power is dropping and that leads to declining living standards. So much for working hard to get ahead. Increasingly New Zealanders will be working harder just to stand still.

How did we get here?

It’s convenient for the Government to blame the war in Ukraine. But let’s not forget, even before Putin invaded, New Zealand inflation levels had already hit a 30 year high - topping out at 5.9% for the year ending December 2021. That’s a higher rate of inflation than Australia, the UK, Singapore and a host of other countries experienced over the same time period.

So the impact of the Ukraine tragedy is adding fuel to a fire that was already burning strong in the New Zealand economy.

You might remember Grant Robertson crowing about the strength of the economy during the election campaign.

New Zealand had gone to war on covid, using every pump-priming tool in the kit- borrowing big, dropping interest rates and spending-up large.

The sugar-hit kept the economy going at a difficult time. But the underlying fundamental productive capacity of the economy hasn’t kept up. Things overheated and inflation set in. Now the pump-priming punch-bowl is being packed away and the hangover has begun.

So what next? The Reserve Bank now has no choice, to combat skyrocketing inflation it must prescribe the medicine of higher interest rates. Meaning your mortgage gets more expensive, it’s costs more for businesses to borrow and growth gets harder. Tough times lie ahead.

Where is the Finance Minister now? He was happy to take responsibility for the performance of the economy while the sugar-hit was coursing through its veins. What’s the bet he’ll find someone else to blame now that the hangover has set in?

SPEECH: Debate on Budget Policy Statement

March 09, 2022 Share

Here we are with the Minister of Finance presenting his Budget Policy Statement, and the most animated he got and the most excited he got about spending billions of dollars of New Zealanders' money was when he talked about National's plan. Is it any wonder, because that finance Minister is now in a position where he is defending his right to take billions of dollars out of New Zealanders' back pockets at a time when they are doing it tougher than ever, and he says he has to make tough decisions. He has to make difficult calls. Well, I'll tell you which side he has come down on when he's gone to make those difficult calls. What this Budget Policy Statement sets out very clearly is that he has decided to take New Zealanders' money and spend more of it than ever. That's the tough decision that he has made.

So what is the context in which this Budget Policy Statement is published? We are facing a cost of living crisis in this country.

Kiwis are doing it extraordinarily tough, and Duncan Webb may agree with the Prime Minister that there's no crisis, but let me tell you that the everyday New Zealanders I meet with and the everyday New Zealanders I speak to when I say, "What are the financial concerns you have?", they don't say, "I'm really concerned about how I really want Grant Robertson to put billions of dollars into a health restructuring fund and a climate change pet project fund." That's not what they say to me, Duncan Webb. What they say to me is, "I'm really concerned that every time I go to fill up at the pump, I feel like I'm being fleeced. I feel like it's more expensive every time." What they're saying to me is, "Every time I go to buy my groceries, they seem like they're more expensive, and every week I seem to have less money in my bank account than I did the week before."

Do you know why they feel that way, Duncan Webb—and you should have asked the Treasury about it when they came to brief you about this Budget. The reason New Zealanders feel they are doing it tough is because they are.

We have rampant, record inflation at the moment—a record in 30 years—running at 5.9 percent. So prices are getting more and more expensive, but are wages keeping up? No, they are not. Wages have increased at only 2.6 percent, so the truth is that New Zealanders are spending more and getting less. They are facing a cost of living crisis, and it's not just these costs. It's things like rents, which under Labour have increased, on average, by an additional $140 a week, so that your typical renter in the past year has seen their rent go up by $50 a week. That is the gift that this Government has given working New Zealanders renting their own homes.

The prospects look even bleaker, because what New Zealanders are faced with over the months that this Budget Policy Statement relates to is not only continuing inflation, continuing increases in the petrol price, and continuing increases in the price of groceries but also ratcheting interest rates. So those people who have saved hard and who have struggled to get into a home will see that their mortgage payments will get ever bigger and will eat more and more into their disposable income and into the savings they are making for their family. So we have ahead of us, Labour members, difficult times for everyday New Zealanders.

What does the Minister of Finance think is the right response to that reality? Well, he thinks that this is the time to have a record spend-up. He thinks that this is the time to have the biggest operating allowance ever in a New Zealand Budget in history. So I want to ask Dr Webb whether he's understood where that money comes from, because we on this side of the House understand where Grant Robertson gets his money from. He gets it from hard-working New Zealanders, who, under this Labour Government, have been paying $12.5 billion more in tax than when Grant Robertson came into office. Every dollar that they give Grant, the Minister of Finance, is a dollar that they don't have to spend themselves, and yet at this time, when they so badly need to keep more of their own money, Grant Robertson's priority is to put half a billion dollars into restructuring the health system—that's right; in the middle of a pandemic, he wants to spend half a billion dollars on a back-office restructure—and then he wants to put together some funds for some pet projects for climate change. That is his priority.

Now, he spent four minutes of his speech being very animated about National's plan, so I'm sure that the Speaker will engage me to suggest an alternative approach to this Budget Policy Statement. That is to actually focus on putting more money in the pockets of New Zealanders who are doing it tough, and National would focus on doing that—it is their money.

Inflation has meant that people are in higher tax brackets. They are paying more and more tax, and Grant Robertson is collecting more and more of their money. So National has said, "Well, let's be sensible. Let's make some adjustments to the tax thresholds through modest adjustments so that people who have been caught in higher tax brackets than we ever imagined they would be get some relief.", and we have put forward a package that would achieve that.

Now, it's a modest package. Actually, Grant Robertson has given himself a $6 billion operating allowance. We've said, "Look, you could achieve this with just $1.7 billion of that allowance—so less than a third of your allowance." Grant Robertson would still have $4.3 billion left over, which, by the way, would still be the record highest spend-up by a finance Minister in a Budget operating allowance ever.

Our package would achieve meaningful relief for New Zealanders. It would mean that a family with two adults on the average wage would benefit from about $1,700 a year. Now, I'm the first to admit that that's not going to make anyone rich, but what I also know is that when you're a struggling family, every dollar counts, and $1,700 is more meaningful than a restructure at the Ministry of Health. For someone on $55,000 a year, on a more modest wage, they would be paying $800 less tax. That is the benefit they would get.

For a couple on New Zealand superannuation—and I don't know whether members opposite have actually spoken to a superannuitant lately, but I'll tell you what they have been saying to me. They have been saying, "It's really hard, Nicola, because super is actually paired to after-tax average wages, and my super is not keeping up with inflation. It is not keeping up with the growing cost of living. I'm on a fixed income. I'm finding it harder to afford the bills each week." So our tax plan would give them relief. They would see their superannuation payments increase, if they were a couple, by $546, and we think that that shows where our priorities are and where our values are.

So you have to ask yourself what's the alternative approach that Grant Robertson is suggesting, and we had this hackneyed response today—actually quite intellectually moribund—in which he tried to hoodwink New Zealanders into believing that the choice they face is between having some relief in their material circumstances and having some tax reduction, but the only way that that can be achieved, according to Grant Robertson, is through a slash-and-burn of the health and education systems. I find this despicable, because Grant Robertson knows that these tax reductions that we propose can be achieved and still maintain every dollar that's being spent in New Zealand right now.

What we have to ask ourselves in this House is: do we really believe that this Government is already extracting maximum value from every dollar of taxpayer money that it spends? I put it to you that the answer is absolutely not, and I want to just run you through the small example of what's been going on with housing in this country. Here we are with a Government that's given Kāinga Ora, the State housing entity, an $8.3 billion borrowing facility, and at the same time that State housing agency has overseen a quadrupling in the State house waiting list. We have more people in need than ever before.

This Government is spending the money—that's absolutely true—but is it getting the results for that money? I'll tell you where that money has actually gone: 1,300 new staff have been hired at Kāinga Ora, more than doubling the number of people getting a Government wage to work in that agency. I'll tell you where else that money has gone. Instead of actually into building houses, the Government is now spending $1.2 million a day on emergency motel rooms for people that it can't house because it hasn't built the houses for them, and what we see is that there are still 52,000 State houses that haven't been brought up to the healthy homes standards that the Government says every private landlord in the country must meet.

So what we see from those small examples is that Grant Robertson, in asking New Zealanders to believe that he spends their money better than he does, simply isn't supported by the facts. National can see that this is the time of a cost of living crisis, and we continue to urge the Government to give New Zealanders the tax relief that they deserve.

Youth Parliament 2022

September 30, 2021 Share

Are you interested in political issues and debate?

Do you want to learn more about how Parliament works?

Do you have ideas that New Zealand needs to hear about?

Then Youth Parliament might just be the opportunity you’ve been looking for. 

Youth Parliament is a unique way for young people to learn first-hand about how our Parliament works. It only happens once every three years and gives you a chance to take the role of an MP and work with them to learn more about how our jobs really work.  It’s a special opportunity, with 120 youth representatives hand-picked by MPs to represent the best and brightest from communities up and down the country.

I am on the hunt for a young Wellingtonian to take my place.  I’m looking for someone who is interested in Parliament, has ideas about how we can make New Zealand better and wants to learn more about how they can put those ideas into action. If you’ve had a background in community service, have strong views on policy issues, enjoy advocacy and debate then this could be you.    

Youth Parliament 2022 will be the tenth New Zealand Youth Parliament event. The two-day event will be held on 19 and 20 July 2022, and the six-month tenure period running from March to August 2022.

Click here to find out more about Youth Parliament

I’m looking for a young person who: 

  • Is engaged with their community.
  • Brings a unique perspective to the issues facing our country.
  • Is based in the Wellington Region.
  • Is aged 16 – 18 years old (inclusive) on 12 November 2021.
  • Is able to attend Youth Parliament on 19 and 20 July 2022.

To apply, please email me at [email protected] by 5:00 pm Friday 12 November, covering the following (500-1000 words):

  1. Tell me a bit about yourself and your aspirations for the future.
  2. Tell me why you’d like to attend the Youth Parliament and why I should choose you.
  3. Tell me a little about the issues you care most about.



December 01, 2020 Share

I’m urging the Government to pursue innovative ideas to encourage a surge in new house building. Here’s just five they should seek advice on today:

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New Portfolios

November 11, 2020 Share

Today Judith Collins announced National’s new line-up. We have an excellent team that I’m proud to be part of. I’m honoured to have been given responsibility for the portfolios of Housing & Urban Development, RMA (Housing) and Associate Economic Development.

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Thank you.

October 18, 2020 Share

Thank you to everyone who supported me and National in this campaign. Despite a hugely disappointing result across the country I remain a List MP in the National caucus.

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