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Animal welfare crisis looms as Minister butchers opportunity

September 10, 2021 Share

An animal welfare crisis is looming as Agriculture Minister Damien O'Connor fails to pay attention to what’s going on around him, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.


“Last year, during the first Covid lockdown, the Government spent $5.8 million buying 12,000 pig carcasses from overstocked farms and donating them to charity.

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Rural NZ rejecting more regulation from Labour

September 08, 2021 Share

Over 13,000 New Zealanders have told the Government to stop raining regulations on our rural communities, National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger and Local Government spokesperson Christopher Luxon say.

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Why the no response Prime Minister?

September 07, 2021 Share

“When some 60,000 people converge on towns and cities around New Zealand, in protest at government proposals and regulations, a response from the Prime Minister is a reasonable expectation.


“Or even one from her ministers,” says National’s Agriculture spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

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Common-sense prevails over grazing rules

September 01, 2021 Share

Just days into her new role as National’s Agriculture spokesperson, Barbara Kuriger is pleased to see common-sense is prevailing in Southland.

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MP embraces new role

August 30, 2021 Share

‘Working from the grassroots up rather than the top down is how I’ll be tackling my new responsibility as National’s spokesperson for Agriculture,” says Barbara Kuriger.

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Barbara's Beat No.5

August 27, 2021 Share

As I write we remain in Level 4 lockdown and the Government has suspended Parliament. Despite this, my fellow MPs and I are continuing to work on essential issues which are or will, once enacted, affect us all. 

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Why the rush?

August 23, 2021 Share

The pace of regulatory change for rural communities has been relentless under the current government.

It’s the concern I hear most when I move among them around the country and speak with rural advocacy groups.

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Labour must stop flooding rural NZ with pointless and onerous regulation

August 21, 2021 Share

Labour’s latest regulatory hurdle for rural water schemes shows it is deeply out of touch with provincial New Zealand, National’s Rural Communities spokesperson Barbara Kuriger and Local Government spokesperson Christopher Luxon say.

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One down, one to go

August 13, 2021 Share

NO-ONE will be welcoming today’s ribbon cutting ceremony at the Awakino Tunnel Bypass project more than Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger.


Bypassing the 100-year-old-tunnel and Mt Messenger projects were part of the accelerated regional roading programme announced by Prime Minister John Key in 2014. Both were given the green light in January 2016.


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Labour can’t keep the lights on

August 11, 2021 Share

I completely agree with the Energy Minister Megan Woods and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in their assessment of the blackouts on Monday as ‘not good enough,’ National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.


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