Free Press, 3 July 2018

BY ACT at 9 July, 2018


 

Welfare for Wellywood

 

This last weekend Matt Nippert at the Herald lifted the lid on just how powerful Wellywood is when it comes to extracting concessions from New Zealand taxpayers.

 

Kiwis have paid out $600m in corporate welfare to international film and television producers since 2010 for minimal gain.

 

It’s unacceptable that a young couple saving for a mortgage are paying tax so that Scarlett Johansson can take home a bigger pay


Robertson should return surplus to taxpayers

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


 

A surplus of more than $5.2 billion in the eleven months to May shows the Government is overtaxing hardworking New Zealanders, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Grant Robertson boasts about being fiscally responsible by ‘running sustainable surpluses’. ACT takes a different view.

 

“A government surplus is a taxpayer deficit. It means the Government is overtaxing New Zealanders – taking more than it delivers in return.

 

“Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson will tell


KiwiBuild an elaborate deception

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


 

Phil Twyford’s housing announcement this morning shows KiwiBuild is an elaborate deception that will do nothing to solve the housing crisis, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The Government is simply buying existing private sector homes, placing a KiwiBuild logo on them, and adding a set of bureaucratic rules around who can buy them.

 

“This policy does nothing to add to the housing supply and will not solve the housing crisis.

 

“Houses


Will Labour’s Māori MPs stand up for charter schools?

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


 

Labour’s Māori MPs have the opportunity to stand up and support Māori students in light of a new Treaty claim over the Government’s charter school policy, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

The Government has handled charter schools with such arrogance it is now facing a Waitangi Tribunal claim from educationalists Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi.

 

“Labour’s Māori MPs went off the party list and won every Māori seat.

 

“Māori will be asking themselves what


Unions try to deprive parents of choice

BY ACT at 3 July, 2018


 

“Teachers’ unions should stop interfering with charter schools and trying to deprive parents and students of choice”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

RNZ today reported that NZEI has made several submissions opposing applications for charter schools to re-join the state system as designated character schools.

 

“How is it the business of teachers’ unions which schools are allowed to remain open?

 

“Would we let bus drivers decide bus routes? Should we