National Party conference opens
Sat, 21 Jul 2012 12:04p.m.
National Party is confident it can still deliver a brighter future, despite the grim international outlook.
The party opened its annual conference in Auckland this morning, focusing on its plan for the next two years.
Finance Minister Bill English has told the National Party conference in Auckland that economic growth will come from individual businesses, and he says the Government is listening to what businesses need to expand.
Mr English says the global economic situation is like a dark cloud on the horizon which may not go away for a generation.
But he says New Zealand can’t focus on that.
“We’re focusing very much on what we can influence, and what we can influence is the confidence and the ability of businesses to make decisions that create growth,” says the Finance Minister.
Bill English says New Zealanders are paying down debt and saving more, showing they understand what’s needed from the economy.
Prime Minister John Key in his opening speech at the conference says his thoughts are with the victims of Colorado’s movie massacre.
“Many of you will have heard that at least 12 people have been killed and more than 50 others were wounded in an event of unspeakable horror,” says Mr Key.
“Of course our thoughts and families go to those that have lost loved ones as a result of that terrible tragedy.”
The Paris premiere of the Batman movie has been cancelled in the wake of the Colorado killings.
Watch the video for the full report from The Nation and Bill English's speech.
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5/08/2012 12:51:53 p.m.
National's internal polls are not good for National. This is why he is doing his radio show "An Hour with the Prime Minister". Notice there won't be any call ins and he has his mates on the phone who are for asset sales. Key is more disgusting as each day goes by.
21/07/2012 10:42:10 p.m.
Only a matter of time before we all have to speak Chinese. Thank you Mr Key. He's the most dangerous politician NZ has had in years.
21/07/2012 9:49:26 p.m.
Clinton Like wrote:
Don't say he has blood on his hands and coke up his nose too.
21/07/2012 4:07:02 p.m.
Its absolutely criminal what national are doing to nz,once assets are gone andbelieve me they will be soon after thepartial float,because that is the endgame,nz'ers will have nothing to call their own,why would you sell when they generate 11% of income when borrowingis 4%,still some hapless kiwi's stillsee key as their hero,have a look at aotearoa/john key for the real story.
21/07/2012 3:03:43 p.m.
adam usa . wrote:
look how he holds up his hands he is the winner but the rest of the country are the losers . he has just redistributed the wealth of this nation from the majority to the top1% i hope he is proud . as i said you kiwis are the losers. is their any proof he donates his income to charity see we would want to see proof of that in the united states .kiwis with his sale billions of dollars in assets have gone from your country's books .you are billions of dollars poorer. key all we hear every day is job losses.
21/07/2012 2:13:33 p.m.
Sure they are confident of a brighter future - for themselves, at the cost of yours and mine.
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