Simon Bridges: National planning for New Zealand’s future with policy development

Opinion 11/02/2019
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By Simon Bridges, National Party leader

OPINION: This year, the National Party will continue to lead the policy debate by releasing eight discussion documents with new ideas to tackle the serious issues New Zealanders face.

We want to ensure New Zealand remains a great place to live, work and raise a family, and we’d like your help to do so.

National is a hard-working, constructive Opposition focused on holding the Government to account and putting forward ideas to improve the lives of Kiwis. We’re undertaking the biggest policy development process by an Opposition in over a decade.

National has spent the last year launching our ‘Have Your Say’ campaigns calling for Kiwis across the country, from all walks of life, to get in touch and tell us what changes they want to see in New Zealand in the coming years.

We won’t be reliant on hundreds of reviews and workings groups, and we won’t allow New Zealand to stall.

We’ve heard from 10,000 New Zealanders, from small business owners, the rural sector, families and seniors, who have all been in contact and who contributed to our policies. Our next launch is focused at young Kiwis. We want to hear how we can make their lives better and create more opportunities for them in their backyard.

Our policy documents will build on this information, and will cover issues including the economy, law and order, infrastructure, education and health. We’ll be sticking to our core principles like ensuring New Zealanders can keep more of what they earn and providing world class public services.

We’ll also propose some new thinking for discussion, and take the feedback on board.

The first discussion document will be released this month and focus on the environment. We know Kiwis trust us to look after the economy, and we want them to know they can trust us with the environment too.

The Prime Minister is right - this year is the year of delivery. But we’re not going to wait on the Government. We’ll get on with delivering our positive plans and proposals through this year, and next, so Kiwis know what National will do in the 2020s.

But it’s not stopping there, we’ll continue to put forward proposals and Members’ Bills on issues we think are important in this term in Parliament. We will work constructively with the Government on areas we agree like tackling climate change and reducing child poverty.

We’re working hard in Opposition so that should we earn the right to govern again in 2020 we will hit the ground running. Unlike this Government, we won’t be reliant on hundreds of reviews and workings groups, and we won’t allow New Zealand to stall.

So as our discussion documents roll out head to the National Party website to take part in this important process.

Simon Bridges is leader of the National Party.