The left like to demonise the National Party as being interested only in the top end of town.
They couldn’t be more wrong.
The party is a very broad church with people of all ages, occupations and incomes.
To achieve its vision of a safe, prosperous and successful New Zealand that creates opportunities for all New Zealanders to reach their personal goals and dreams it has to have policies that work for all of us.
That must take account of the fact that some, for a variety of reasons, will need more help than others.
This is why the government has focussed on the quality of its spending – to make sure scarce public money is spent where it is needed most and where it will do most good.
One example of this is the wrap-around care being given to teenage parents on benefits.
They get one-to-one support from someone who gives them the help they need to help themselves and their children.
Helping these young women care for themselves and their children, get educational qualifications and ultimately jobs has social and financial benefits.
These families are less likely to be long-term beneficiaries with the risks that go with it including poorer education and health outcomes and a greater likelihood of being involved in crime.
Putting them on a more positive pathway is better for them and for the rest of us.
This isn’t cheap. But spending more money at the start will lead to bigger savings in the long term.
National is working for New Zealand and all New Zealanders – every man, woman and their dogs – and at least one dog is working for National: