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New Zealand First is the third largest party in the New Zealand Parliament. The Party was formed in 1993 to represent those New Zealanders concerned about the social and economic direction of our country, and who were seeking pragmatic, common-sense representation in Parliament.

Following the 2017 General Election, the Party retained 9 seats in the House of Representatives and formed a Coalition Government with the New Zealand Labour Party. Party Leader, Rt Hon Winston Peters, became Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Party secured three other Cabinet positions and an Undersecretary role.

At the core of New Zealand First's policies are our "Fifteen Fundamental Principles", which emphasise accountable and transparent government, common-sense social and economic policy, and the placing of the interests of New Zealand, and New Zealanders, at the forefront of Government decision-making.

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Shane Jones calls on Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi to work constructively in response to Northland drought

While the Provincial Growth Fund has provided $2 million to set up temporary water supplies in Kaikohe and Kaitaia, Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones said he is greatly concerned that there are “issues” in implementing the projects. The Minister said the immediate solution was to pipe water from a bore on (Te Rarawa's) Sweetwater Farm to Kaitaia, and from Lake Ōmāpere to Kaikohe. However, he lamented how the Far North District Council was having issues gaining access to both water sources, and wished to deliver a "clear message" to Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi. "If you can't act in a neighbourly fashion to deliver services to your communities, then it is time for the leaders of these iwi to hang up their egotistical spurs and do something else," Minister Jones said. "The communities will be repelled if mana-munching gets in the way of delivering water to Kaitaia and Kaikohe." The Minister was aware that some iwi, including te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi, wished to pursue the issue of water ownership in the Court of Appeal, but he assured them that it would be "a thousand years" before he or New Zealand First would transfer ownership to hapū. "Iwi leadership is more worried about who owns the water than about their hospital, Juken's mill, Ngāwhā prison, the old folks' homes, the households in their communities," he said. "The irony is that many of the most vulnerable people in these communities are members of these very iwi, whose leaders want to engage in some obscure debate about why hapū should own the water. This is the thinking of a tiny group of leaders who sit on windowless rooms and look at mirrors,” Minister Jones added. Although the Minister is aware that operations on Sweetwater Farm will be disrupted if the project pushes through, he said measures would be taken to minimise that. He was also aware that Lake Ōmāpere was susceptible to water quality issues, but it would be constantly monitored to ensure it remained healthy. "These measures will ensure economic activity remains under way in Northland, one of the PGF's surge regions. It also ensures that residents in these communities can continue their lives without significant hardship and disruption," Minister Jones added.     https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northland-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503402&objectid=12310118

“This is a genuine crisis situation”: Minister Shane Jones talks about drought in Northland

Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones was on RNZ’s Morning Report talking about the recent droughts in the Northland region and what the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is doing to alleviate its impact. The PGF recently announced a funding of $2 million for temporary water supplies to Kaikohe and Kaitaia, two Northland communities hit by the water shortage. The Far North region has been experiencing drought since November, leading to severe water restrictions. The Minister told the programme’s host, Susie Ferguson, about the actions the Coalition Government is doing: “We are responding to businesses and ordinary households and people associated with our schools, that this is a genuine crisis situation.” The government provided an initial funding of $80,000 for the drought declaration, which the Minister said was only a “teaser”. However, Minister Jones said that there is a need for different stakeholders to be working together to tackle the problem. “We have to work with the Far North District Council so they can demonstrate that they’re worthy of keeping their current duties.” “They have been working with a host of local landowners, and being the North, not surprisingly it is the local hapū. Much to my surprise they are showing lucid thinking,” the Minister added. Minister Jones highlighted the importance of working together, especially in terms of supplying the water itself. “Lake Omapere is a Māori-owned lake, a large body of water near Kaikohe. There is also a huge aquifer near Kaitaia in a block of land called Sweetwater, underneath the old Landcorp Farm also owned by the local iwi. So everyone realises that they have to work together because, quite frankly, the owners of these nearby water bodies have members who are huge percentages of the local population.” But the Minister gave his assurance that the water supply will be treated: “It will go through a highly professional set of tests which already exists for local authorities.”     https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2018734777/provincial-growth-fund-stumps-up-for-drought-stricken-northland

Shane Jones defends water storage and real meat, hits out at local councils and director James Cameron

Speaking to The Country’s Jamie Mackay, New Zealand First MP and Cabinet Minister Shane Jones talks water storage, plant-based meat imitation, and superstar Hollywood director James Cameron. While water storage may have its critics, Minister Jones defended the scheme by saying: “unless we invest and continue to invest” in this scheme he sees “a very grim future for our cockies and our rural towns”. He laid the blame squarely on local councils for delaying vital action: “I’m going to be putting a very stern verbal missile where the sun doesn’t shine with a lot of these councils because they’re holding us up. We’ve gone and got the money.” The Regional Economic Development Minister said that a review of the local councils’ performance is due: “I think quite frankly that the way in which local government delivers water services itself is due for remedial attention and reform, but I guess we’re going to have to actually campaign at that level.” Minister Jones also gave a word of advise for the men and women in the logging industry who have been hit hard by the import restrictions placed on China in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak: “diversify”. When asked by Mackay if he had regretted “putting all his logs in one basket”, the Minister disagreed. “The expansion of the forestry estate was also driven by [NZ First’s] policy to create an industrial and manufacturing hub at the same time,” Minister Jones said. However, he lamented the forestry sector’s reliance on the Chinese market: “Since the Helen Clark government made us the first Western trading nation to sign a free-trade agreement with China, the traffic has all headed off to China.” “It was a free trade agreement that my leader, Rt. Hon. Winston Peters, opposed,” he added. The Regional Economic Minister also batted for protection of our meat and dairy industry against plant-based alternatives, sometimes called “imitation meat”. “I just think we need a piece of legislation, and I’ll be taking it forward to our Caucus, something akin to the Real Meat and Dairy Bill. This notion of veganism and almond powder or something akin to that is going to replace genuine red meat, genuine dairy milk, iIt needs to be stopped in its tracks.” “I don’t care if I sound politically backward-looking saying that, but I’m an accurate reflection of people who have had a gutsful of our legacy industries being talked down.” He hit out at critics of New Zealand’s meat and dairy industry, like Hollywood director James Cameron: “This chap flies all over the world generating negative carbon emissions, he’s got no mandate to speak to New Zealanders in the vein he does and should focus his attention on fixing America.”     https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-country/audio/shane-jones-comes-out-firing-over-water-fake-meat-and-the-media/

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