Simon: It is a huge privilege to lead the National Party

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader

Last week I was incredibly fortunate to be elected to lead the National Party. It is a huge privilege and a great responsibility, and comes with the inheritance of the biggest and strongest political party in New Zealand.  

Our focus is on ensuring New Zealand continues to be a place with great opportunities and aspiration for everyone.

There have been many questions on how the National Party will be shaken up.  

Sure, there will be changes, but not a complete overhaul. We need to build on the progress we have made.  

We are highly energised, getting out and about talking and, of course, listening to New Zealanders. We will continue to develop positive policies for our economy  and other areas such as health, education, the environment and law and order.

Let me assure you that as the MP for Tauranga, I will continue to be focused on our region. I believe this presents us with a great number of opportunities.

The Jacinda Ardern/Winston Peters government is weak and directionless and is not doing a good job. Words are fine but actions count. More reviews and working groups won’t get us anywhere.  

There is no point saying that you support regions and small businesses while you mess with employment and immigration laws.

We deserve better than this unambitious government that is treading water. I look forward to sharing our ideas with you. We’ll present an alternative  government with a clear and positive plan for the 2020s. Watch this space.



Posted on 14-03-2018 19:16 | By Merlin

Pure spin and rhetoric with out any facts as is the trait of the previous government.Easy to say things like you are all talk and directionless of the Government and not substantiate anything.You did not walk the talk in many areas as is well known in Tauranga and look at the problems you left.

You're right

Posted on 10-03-2018 18:42 | By laugeo

Simon. This wishy washy government has left us with Teacher shortages, Midwife shortages and a heap of roading congestion and poor infrastructure. Wait a minute..... that was your crowd! Heaven help us if you are going to "continue to be focused on our region".

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