NZ First now kings of corporate welfare

BY ACT at 23 August, 2018


“NZ First have taken over the National Party’s mantle as the kings of corporate welfare with its support of the horse racing industry”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Radio New Zealand this morning reported that millions from the NZ First Re-Election Fund – also known as the Provincial Growth Fund – would go to build new all-weather racing facilities. This comes after earlier revelations the industry would be given tax breaks by the

Creepy American-style scanners have no place here

BY ACT at 23 August, 2018


“Creepy American-style full body scanners have no place in New Zealand and plans to install them should be dropped immediately”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Stuff reported last night that advanced imaging technology – so-called ‘naked scanners’ – would be installed in New Zealand airports from next year.


“This is despite the fact that official advice shows there has been no increase in New Zealand’s terror threat level. The installation of the

Mixed Ownership Model a success, further sell-down needed

BY ACT at 22 August, 2018


“A new independent study released this morning shows that the Mixed Ownership Model (MOM) was a big success and that a further sell-down of the Crown’s assets is needed”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Government share offers for Mighty River Power, Meridian Energy, and Genesis Energy, and a reduction in the Crown’s shareholding in Air New Zealand took place between 2011 and 2014.


“The study, undertaken by TDB Advisory, shows MOM companies

Violent third striker gets 7 years

BY ACT at 21 August, 2018


“ACT’s three strikes law is working as intended after man with a history of violent offending received his third strike and was given a seven year prison sentence.


This was the first case in which a third striker was ordered to serve a prison sentence without parole.


Hayze Neihana Waitokia received his first strike after a vicious assault in which he repeatedly punched, kicked, and struck a victim with a piece of

Pay freeze must target senior bureaucrats

BY ACT at 21 August, 2018


“While the decision to freeze MPs’ pay is welcome news, the Government should also freeze the salaries of the highly-paid civil servants that politicians’ pay is linked to”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“It’s convenient for the Prime Minister to target MPs, but what about the pay packets of all those well-paid bureaucrats that MPs’ pay is tied to?


This year, bureaucrats will get, on average, a 3 per cent pay increase.