PPTA doesn’t understand who employs teachers

BY David Seymour at 5 August, 2015


The case of the trainee teacher caught in the political campaigning of the PPTA is a national disgrace, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The PPTA doesn’t seem to understand that whether a teacher is employed in the state sector, an integrated school, or a partnership school, they are employed by taxpayers. And as taxpayers we elect governments to take decisions on our behalf,” said Mr Seymour.

“The PPTA blog, Pigeonhole, has summarised the rationale for


Teachers with a conscience should leave the PPTA

BY David Seymour at 5 August, 2015


“The PPTA’s blacklisting of a student teacher because he taught briefly at a Whangarei Partnership School is a shameful abuse of union power and teachers with a conscience should leave the union,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“It is a sad day when old-fashioned union muscle is used to damage the prospects of a student teacher because the union disagrees with the policies of an elected government.

“The blacklisted te reo and music teacher, and


ACT welcomes NZ First to Superannuation debate

BY David Seymour at 3 August, 2015


ACT Leader David Seymour is delighted to read of MP Denis O’Rourke’s concern over ‘the demographic realities of an increasingly ageing and mobile New Zealand population’.

“It’s heartening to see New Zealand First acknowledge what ACT has highlighted for a long time,” said Mr Seymour.

“O’Rourke’s Bill would trim Super payments for expats and immigrants, but the issue goes much wider. The entire structure of NZ Super needs to be reviewed in light of looming


World Cup audiences shouldn’t be stuck at home

BY David Seymour at 30 July, 2015


ACT Leader David Seymour intends to introduce a Bill to let people watch the 2015 Rugby World Cup in bars and function rooms.

“For such an important one-off event as a Rugby World Cup on the other side of the world, outside our time zone, I think sports enthusiasts should be able to celebrate the occasion in the same way they would if these matches were within normal New Zealand hours,” said Mr Seymour.

“I


New catchphrase won’t soothe rate pain

BY David Seymour at 30 July, 2015


ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour does not share Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development’s enthusiasm for a revamp of Auckland’s “global brand”.

“Funding an advisory panel to conjure up a new catchphrase or logo is last thing ratepayers want to hear about when they’ve just been informed of unprecedented rate hikes,” said Mr Seymour.

“The best possible brand for Auckland is of a city with smart governance, effective infrastructure, and affordable housing.

“The