Hipkins tries to make bad from good

BY David Seymour at 3 September, 2015


“The contest within Labour over whether or not to support the partnership schools that are already helping numerous Kiwi kids has boiled over today, with a bizarre press release from Labour Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Mr Hipkins was reacting to NZ Herald speculation that some US philanthropists may, possibly in conjunction with Ngai Tahu, build another partnership school in New Zealand.

“Whether that might happen I have no idea, but


Auckland Council must stop coveting neighbours’ assets

BY David Seymour at 28 August, 2015


“It is incredibly arrogant, even by their standards, for Auckland Council to include the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust in its asset review as a ‘potential’ asset,” says Epsom MP David Seymour.

“The trust belongs to those members who have not historically sold out their ownership the asset. It would be manifestly unjust for Auckland Council to expropriate that asset and redistribute it to Aucklanders who did sell out of their respective trusts years ago –


Nanny state retreats

BY David Seymour at 26 August, 2015


ACT Leader David Seymour will bring his Rugby World Cup Bill back to Parliament this afternoon, and expects it to pass into law today.

“The Bill will allow pubs and clubs to open at extended hours for Rugby World Cup games, meaning New Zealanders can enjoy watching the Cup at community pubs and clubs,” said Mr Seymour.

“While the key provisions of the Bill regarding notification, opening times, and the number of games remain, the


Avoid another Solid Energy – sell Landcorp farms now

BY David Seymour at 19 August, 2015


Landcorp’s dismal performance shows that the government should wind down the company’s asset base, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The parties who campaigned on ‘keep our assets’ need to explain why the taxpayer should keep any companies that are just as often liabilities,” said Mr Seymour.

“The New Zealand taxpayer deserves better than another Solid Energy-type meltdown.

“The dividends received from this business (0.4% in the past year) signal the poor returns to the taxpayer.


Solid Energy – lessons unlearnt

BY David Seymour at 13 August, 2015


New Zealand should learn from the Solid Energy fiasco, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Politicians forced taxpayers to  invest in a coal business which has gone bust, losing $500 million in value since 2011. Obviously the company should have been sold when it still had some value.

“Taxpayers deserve an apology. Half a billion dollars of taxpayer wealth has gone down the toilet.

“You can be sure that most politicians will learn nothing from this.