30 May 2023

National open to bilingual road signs - Willis clarifies

From Morning Report, 7:40 am on 30 May 2023
Nicola Willis

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

The deputy leader of the opposition, Nicola Willis, has hit back at accusations from Prime Minister Chris Hipkins that National was dog-whistling in its criticism of bilingual road signs.

On Friday, National's transport spokesperson Simeon Brown said the party did not support having road signs in both te reo Maori and English, saying it would be confusing for drivers.

Since then National has walked back on its opposition.

Nicola Willis clarified her party's stance on First Up this morning, saying National is open to concept of bilingual signage but has empathy with those New Zealanders who have anxiety about them.