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What a great start to the year it has been. We have certainly hit the ground running.

Recently, Nikki Kaye, Todd Muller and myself took part in a public meeting in Tauranga to discuss the future of education. It was one of 40 meetings we are holding around the country to raise general education issues with a focus on proposals from the government’s ‘Tomorrow’s Schools Review Taskforce’.

It is set to be the largest education reform in more than 30 years, and it is important that we have the conversation with parents, educators and communities and discuss the government’s plan.

National is concerned that the proposals could take power away from parents and give it to officials. That is why your feedback is so important.

We also want to hear from young New Zealanders as part of our final ‘Have Your Say’ campaign. We know you have ideas on how things could be better for you and your peers, and we want to hear them. To take part, visit: www.national.org.nz/youngnz

The feedback we are receiving is being turned into eight discussion documents addressing the important issues facing New Zealand. We will be releasing these this year.

The first one is on the environment, and you can check out the document at: www.national.org.nz/ourenvironment

We are doing the work in opposition so that should we earn the right to govern in 2020, we will be ready to hit the ground running.

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader
simonbridges.co.nz