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All the action at National's conference

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/06/2017

HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED AT NATIONAL'S ANNUAL CONFERENCE THIS WEEKEND

* Prime Minister Bill English fired up 650 delegates with his vision for New Zealand in the 2020s, a theme that will underpin its election campaign

* Party president Peter Goodfellow warned the conference the election was going to be "the toughest National has ever fought"

* Finance Minister and campaign manager Steven Joyce underlined the message, saying "no quarter will be given"

* The only mention of Todd Barclay, whose career has been ruined by the secret recording scandal, was when he was named among the party's retiring MPs. He wasn't there to receive his service award

* Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett described the Barclay affair as being far from a fatal blow to the party "in fact it was barely a tap"

* Education Minister Nikki Kaye said she would reveal an alternative plan to decile-level funding for schools within six months

* Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith told a housing workshop the "madness" of Auckland's Metropolitan Urban Limit was at the core of the city's housing shortage

* The campaign theme - Delivering for New Zealanders - was unveiled, as well as the campaign song Let's Get Together. Mr English said he was sure it was an original composition - a reference to the Eminem copyright problem from the last campaign

* Demonstrators were few. There was a silent protest about health service shortages early on day one and a single poster one day two referring to the Barclay scandal with the words "There is a tape, there isn't a tape, there might not be a tape".

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