Provincial Growth Fund gives millions to Shane Jones-connected project

BY ACT at 3 April, 2018


“Shane Jones has big questions to answer after his Provincial Growth Fund gave millions to a project he once chaired”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


On 23 February, $4.6 million of funding was announced for the Manea Footprints of Kupe Cultural Heritage and Education Centre in the first round of the Provincial Growth Fund.


“A media report from March 2015 shows that Mr Jones was to chair the Manea project and that it was struggling to obtain funding

Hawaii shows New Zealand the way on Assisted Dying

BY ACT at 3 April, 2018


“Hawaiian Senators have shown true compassion to people suffering from terminal illnesses,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Last week the “Our Care, Our Choice Act” passed the Senate with near unanimous support, 23-2, in favour of assisted dying and end of life choice.”


“Hawaii will now become the seventh U.S. state to legalise assisted dying following California, Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington.”


It follows overwhelming support of assisted dying in Hawaii

Govt’s botched handling of charters continues

BY ACT at 3 April, 2018


“Revelations that the Government’s utu against charter schools may cost taxpayers $20 million show how badly Chris Hipkins has handled them,” says ACT Leader David Seymour, who was responsible for charter schools as Under-Secretary in the previous Government.


“The schools were contracted to deliver a service, with compensation for reasonable costs if those contracts were terminated early. The 16 contracted schools can each claim up to $1 million in compensation for committed costs, while

Government begins killing 3000 jobs this weekend

BY ACT at 29 March, 2018


“By increasing the minimum wage to $16.50 an hour, the Government is condemning 3000 young, unskilled workers to the scrapheap”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Official analysis by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment shows the ‘restraint on employment’ as a result of the minimum wage hike could be about 3000 jobs.


“In a classic example of good intentions and poor results, some of New Zealand’s most vulnerable workers will

Capital Gains Tax in all but name

BY ACT at 27 March, 2018


“Tonight, we have a capital gains tax in all but name, and the National Party is as responsible as the Government,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Tonight’s passage of the Taxation (Employment Income and Remedial Matters) Bill means homes bought and sold within five years will be subject to tax on capital gains.

“The five year bright-line test means that many New Zealanders will find themselves paying tax when they sell a home.