I was surprised to hear the Prime Minister give a rare thanks to farmers in her first speech in the House for 2022 on February 8. She will be making four international trade visits this year. I hope she goes fully informed about our primary industries and tells the complete story of just how good our farmers are.
As Christopher said in his opening speech the same day, New Zealanders deserve a government that is forward thinking, prepared to tackle the big issues, restores our confidence, aspirations and builds a society of opportunity.
And in 2023 that’s what we intend delivering.
RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS PETITION
National has launched a campaign to demand the Government approve pharmacies and supermarkets selling rapid antigen tests.
Our COVID-19 response spokesman Chris Bishop says: “Testing centres are being overwhelmed, with people who just want to do the right thing having to wait in queues for hours and then up to seven days for the results. It’s not good enough.
“Rapid tests should be widely available right now, so people worried about whether or not they have COVID can easily pick up a pack from a pharmacy or supermarket and test themselves. This is about personal responsibility, which is a foreign concept to this controlling Labour Government, but something that Kiwis – and National – strongly believe in.” Kiwis can sign the petition at www.national.org.nz/rapidtests