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Barbara's Beat No.4

August 11, 2021 Share

What have I been up to...

Parliament’s recent three-week recess gave me the perfect opportunity to visit a few rural communities across the country and at home.

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Government should explore retaining Marsden Point

August 10, 2021 Share

A National Government would look to future proof Marsden Point for the benefit of all New Zealanders, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.

“National sees Marsden Point as a strategic asset for New Zealand’s energy security. We would be exploring ways to keep the refinery in a state where it can be turned back on in the future, such as in the case of a global disruption.

“Many of the strategic reasons Marsden Point was built initially for remain today.

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Government needs to clear up energy uncertainty

August 06, 2021 Share

News that Refining New Zealand shareholders have voted to shift Marsden Point to an import only terminal adds further uncertainty to New Zealand’s energy future, National Energy and Resources Barbara Kuriger says.

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Waka Kotahi heading up the wrong street

July 29, 2021 Share

Waka Kotahi-NZTA is driving in the wrong direction as motorhomes and horse truck owners scramble to meet new modified cab regulations, says National’s Associate Transport spokesperson Barbara Kuriger.

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Words do matter

July 29, 2021 Share

If you know me, you know how fiercely proud I am of being a farmer.

As an MP and National’s spokesperson I move in rural communities constantly and during Parliament’s recent three week recess I visited many more from Timaru to Te Hapua.

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Making zero the hero

July 09, 2021 Share

Yesterday afternoon Barbara Kuriger took part in a special Parliamentary debate to acknowledge the Zero Suicide Aotearoa report released on World Suicide Prevention Day last year.

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New oil and gas permits welcome news

July 09, 2021 Share

National is welcoming the news that two new oil and gas exploration permits have been granted, National’s Energy and Resources spokesperson Barbara Kuriger says.


“Labour’s banning of offshore exploration in 2018 came without warning and severely undermined industry confidence.


“Such was the shock to confidence that in just three years since the announcement, over 80 per cent of offshore exploration permits have been relinquished.

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Barbara's Beat No.3

July 01, 2021 Share

It was great to see you all at Fieldays! 

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So proud to be rural

June 23, 2021 Share

It was wonderful to be back at Mystery Creek for 2021’s National Agricultural Fieldays after COVID-19 led to a virtual experience last year. 

My congratulations to chief executive Peter Nation and the team on persevering even though COVID scares earlier this year made it feel like a risky proposition. 

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Biting the hand

June 15, 2021 Share

“Be careful.”


That’s the response by National’s Rural Communities spokesperson Barbara Kuriger to Sunday’s unveiling of the Government’s electric vehicle rebate scheme.



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