Speaking to more than 200 people at the Tauranga Yacht Club, Opposition Leader Bill English talked about what he thought the current government is doing wrong.
He began by saying he thought he was the only politician in New Zealand to hold his present position twice.
“Therefore I'm the only one qualified to tell you the Leader of the Opposition office looks different to 15 years ago,” he said during his visit in Tauranga yesterday.
Former Prime Ministers Walter Nash and Robert Muldoon both served two stints as Leader of the Opposition – although neither of them were 15 years apart.
Bill went on to say the National Party did ‘pretty well' in the last election.
“Not well enough, but pretty well, particularly after three terms.”
Fantastic turnout in Tauranga yesterday and the city put on a beaut day with the weather. pic.twitter.com/NlXx6Cyoj7— Bill English (@RtHonBEnglish) November 22, 2017
He also discussed how in 1999 and 2008, most voters agreed there was a mood for change, but that the ‘middle ground' did not vote for change in 2017.
“You find the new government is now implementing a range of policies some people wanted, but, broadly, not many people wanted.”
Bill went on to criticise the government's $1 billion regional development fund.
“I can tell you is going to waste the time of your local council for years.
“It is a bit pathetic actually to see the sheer enjoyment of government ministers sitting there with their billion dollar bag of lollies, watching everybody line up and waiting to be Father Christmas handing it out.
“What we need in Tauranga is to continue with the roading programme Simon Bridges outlined.”
He concluded by saying he is proud of National having left government with a ‘sense of confidence'.
“Of course, we will be listening to the public. If you lose, you‘ve lost. But it does feel a lot better than 1999, or how the Labour Party must have felt in 2008.”