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Simon Bridges addresses media in Tauranga

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National supports the Government’s decision to move the country towards Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system over the next 48 hours and to extend the economic package for all businesses is being welcome by Simon Bridges.

“This is an unprecedented situation and we support any measures that will protect the health and safety of New Zealanders," says the Tauranga MP and leader of the opposition.

“I understand that this will be a worrying and stressful time for New Zealanders. I encourage everyone to stay calm and follow the rules that are now in place.

“We will work in a supportive and constructive way with the Government in the interests of bringing New Zealand through this crisis together.

“I have offered the Government the services of our MPs and staff to assist where we can.

“We are pleased to see the cap lifted for all businesses to receive support. This is the right thing to do.

“We want to do all we can to protect the health of New Zealanders and ultimately our economy and livelihoods.

“The Opposition will continue to play an important role to ensure the best decisions are being made in the interests of all New Zealanders.”

National puts campaign on hold

Simon has asked all MPs and candidates to put campaigning on hold.

“This morning I have asked all of our MPs to suspend any form of campaigning.

“Our MPs and candidates will still be in their communities offering help and advice to their constituents, giving out important information and advocating for them.

“I have offered the Prime Minister my full support during this crisis, providing they move expeditiously enough. We will work in a supportive and constructive way in the interests of New Zealanders.

“I have also offered the Government the services of our MPs and staff to assist where we can.

“We want to do all we can to protect the lives and livelihoods of New Zealanders.

“In the past 24 hours I have been inundated with calls from doctors, health professionals, scientists and teachers all wanting the level to be raised.

“We will support the Government where we can. But we won’t always agree and we will continue to let the Government know when we don’t.

“The Opposition will continue to play an important role to ensure the best decisions are being made in the interests of all New Zealanders. We won’t be campaigning for the foreseeable future, however.”

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I have an important question I want answered

Posted on 28-03-2020 15:39 | By

I would like to know if all the workers that are on all the ships that dock here from overseas with products for nz and loading ships with our products to take overseas, all made to stay on board their ships the entire time they are docked here or are they free and allowed to walk around our cities while their ships are docked at port?

Not for everyone

Posted on 25-03-2020 15:56 | By Lyrch

Will the government be putting some sort of package together to specifically target all those thousands of brave essential personal that will be working through this quarantine?! I mean, just look at raft of incentives for all the businesses and staff who have to be in lock down for weeks, which I suppose is essential to keep the economy tricking over. Don’t get me wrong, but it seems to be very one sided to me, or have I missed something? Just saying...