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Game on Prime Minister!

February 24, 2022 Share

Sitting in the House on our first day back for 2022, the Prime Minister’s opening speech, made me feel as though I was listening to the Bee Gees classic “It’s Only Words” … on repeat.   

All that came to mind were its lyrics … “It’s only words and words are all I have …”

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A case of quality versus quantity

February 01, 2022 Share

The soaring cost of living is the most common complaint I’m hearing these days.

And with just cause.

Families are being hit in the pocket as every day costs likes food, fuel, utilities and housing costs spiral. Petrol alone has risen a whopping 30.7%.

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Changing up the conversation

January 03, 2022 Share

This year, under new leader Christopher Luxon, my focus will be on restoring confidence among farmers and growers.

Since COVID-19 arrived on our shores in 2020, New Zealand’s primary sector has ensured our economy has remained buoyant and deserves to be recognised for the contribution it has made.

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Barbara's Beat No.8

December 02, 2021 Share


I welcome Christopher Luxon as the new Leader of the National Caucus.
Chris has had a long and successful career in the corporate world and brings a great strategic view to the governance of our country.

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Taxpayers funding anti-dairying messages

December 01, 2021 Share

“Some days it’s difficult to comprehend what I see in the news,” says National Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.


“Unbelievably, and thanks to Louis Houlbrooke of The Taxpayers Union and Scoop Independent News, I learnt on Monday taxpayers have funded the anti-dairy documentary ‘Milked’ to the tune of $48,000 — a ‘finishing grant’ given by the New Zealand Film Commission.


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Farmers need say on greenhouse gas costs

November 24, 2021 Share

The government-primary sector partnership He Waka Eke Noa has done good work designing how an agricultural greenhouse gas pricing system could work, with the intention of keeping Agriculture out of the ETS. It’s a by farmers, for farmers option, says National’s Climate Change and Agriculture spokespersons Stuart Smith and Barbara Kuriger.


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Minister missing when agriculture needs him most

November 18, 2021 Share

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor must stand up for the industry that has carried New Zealand though the Covid crisis, says National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.


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Decommissioning bill another blow to energy affordability and security

November 17, 2021 Share

National will repeal Labour’s decommissioning legislation for the oil and gas industry that will push energy prices up and risk more blackouts, says National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.



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Fibre optimism

November 10, 2021 Share

“Yesterday’s decision to merge two of New Zealand’s wool entities is fantastic news for growers,” says National Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.


Mrs Kuriger says the vote by Wools of New Zealand (WNZ) of 99.7% and outright 100% yes by Primary Wool Co-operative (PWC) shareholders to merge sent a strong message.


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New climate change target could cripple New Zealand’s economy

November 01, 2021 Share

The announcement of a Glasgow climate change target of 50 per cent reduction by 2030 goes beyond New Zealand’s fair share and will cost the country billions of dollars, say National’s Climate Change spokesperson Stuart Smith and Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.


“The previous National Government took a target of a 30 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 to Paris in 2015, says Smith.

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