The New Zealand National Party (Māori: Rōpū Nāhinara, "National" or "the Nats") is a centre-right New Zealand political party, and one of the two major parties in New Zealand politics. The party was founded in 1936 on the merger of the United and Reform parties, making it the nation's second-oldest political party.
As of April 2012, National has the largest share of seats in the New Zealand House of Representatives, with 59 out of a total of 121. Since November 2008, it has been the incumbent governing party, forming a minority government with support from three minor parties.
Leader: John Key
Deputy leader: Bill English
Founded: 13-14 May 1936
Preceded by: United Party, Reform Party
Ideology: Classical Liberalism, Conservatism
Youth wing: Young ...
The National Party list for the 2011 general election is disappointing and boring.
But parties don’t put their lists together for the benefit of political commentators to have something interesting to discuss, and in general the list is probably a good reflection of National’s winning formula of blandness.
I’ve already made my analysis of thison TVNZ. Most analysis of the list has looked at it through the ‘identity politics’ prism to illustrate once again how ‘white and male’ National is – even Whaleoil is complaining about ...
It has been revealed in the last few days that Act was responsible for driving National towards extending the 90 day trial law to cover all workers. Yes, the same Act that is now imploding (despite renewed protestations of togetherness). Yes, the same Act Party whose leader, Rodney Hide, is fighting for his own job. It all began when National initially proposed raising the threshold for 90 day trials to businesses and workplaces employing a maximum of 50 people. While this proposal would still impact on many more Kiwi workers, it was seen to be more politically saleable, at least in the eyes ...
The National party's rejection of regional broadband bids in favour of nationwide solutions has come under fire from Labour spokesperson Clare Curran.The 300 million dollar program to improve broadband access in rural areas is part of a wider government program aimed at improving New Zealand's access to high speed internet.
August 30, 2010
Source: Channel 9
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