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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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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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