Bilateral relationships gain value in multilateral environment

Bilateral relationships gain value in multilateral environment

Todd McClay As a small trading nation, New Zealand depends on the strong relationships we can build with friends and partners overseas. For us to succeed, we need to be ambitious about trade and seek to break new ground, secure new relationships, and deliver better opportunities for everyone in New Zealand. That is especially true in the current global context.…

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Neglect puts Innovation and Scientific Research in jeopardy

Neglect puts Innovation and Scientific Research in jeopardy

Dr Parmjeet Parmar National has a proven track record of supporting New Zealand’s best researchers and industries in delivering research and innovation that leads to transformative benefits to futureproof our economy. Coming from a scientific background, it is an absolute privilege and honour for me to be the Spokesperson for Research, Science and Innovation and Associate Spokesperson for Economic Development.…

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Do ethnic MPs genuinely represent their communities?

Do ethnic MPs genuinely represent their communities?

Jami-Lee Ross New Zealand’s MMP electoral system has resulted in greater representation with more women members of Parliament, more youthful MPs, and more MPs from ethnic minorities. Both Labour and National boast an array of ethnic MPs from communities that, rightly, deserve representation in our Parliament. I have been proud to serve alongside our Indian, Chinese, and Pacific MPs. Are…

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Major policy changes to lift education standards

Major policy changes to lift education standards

Simeon Brown  A good education can transform lives. That is why Education, alongside health and infrastructure, is one of National’s core investment priorities. As the Member of Parliament for Pakuranga (in East Auckland), I am fortunate to represent an area with some of the best schools in the country, and I feel privileged to serve as National’s Associate Education Spokesperson.…

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Gender equality appeases but violence against women revolting

Gender equality appeases but violence against women revolting

Priyanca Radhakrishnan I have been a Member of the New Zealand Parliament for just over two years now and one of the things that I love about this role is meeting ordinary New Zealanders who do extraordinary things. I have met many women from our ethnic minority communities who fall into that category. These women are leaders in a variety…

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New Zealand faces real threat to ‘real’ democracy

New Zealand faces real threat to ‘real’ democracy

Christopher Luxon Having lived and worked overseas for 16 years observing the good and bad of various political systems, I believe that New Zealand should feel incredibly proud of our democracy that has been built up and shaped over many generations. The results speak for themselves with New Zealand being consistently rated as one of the best countries for civil…

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Global cooperation helps to tackle growing challenges

Global cooperation helps to tackle growing challenges

Mike Bush Halting crime across the borders Over the past 10 years, New Zealand Police’s cooperation with overseas partners has expanded, and we remain committed to working closely with our friends and neighbours across a number of areas. A focus for New Zealand Police is working with strategic partners at home and overseas to tackle the challenges affecting people’s lives…

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