$2.4 million for just three jobs

BY ACT at 9 September, 2018


NZ First’s pork barrel spending in Northland has plumbed new depths with the revelation the Provincial Growth Fund paid $2.4 million to create just three jobs, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“In February, Shane Jones trumpeted the fact that a new Hundertwasser-themed tourism hub in Kawakawa would boost employment and economic development opportunities.


“But official advice says the project will only add three new jobs to the local economy. That’s $800,000 a

Rare win for taxpayers

BY ACT at 9 September, 2018


In a rare win for New Zealand taxpayers under this Government, Chris Hipkins has shot down the Report of the Seventh Triennial Appropriations Review Committee.


“This report was a power and money grab. There was no clear rationale for boosting the staff of Ministers, the pay of list MPs, and guaranteeing a minimum level of funding for parliamentary parties”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Some recommendations were completely unacceptable. For example, funding

$290,000 a year, but no job description

BY ACT at 9 September, 2018


“Taxpayers are no closer to understanding what exactly the highly-paid Crown-Māori Relations Minister does for a job”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Kelvin Davis is paid almost $290,000 a year, but his Crown-Māori Relations is without a job description after almost a year.


“After being asked in the House today what exactly he does as Minister, Kelvin said ‘an announcement will be made soon’.


“That is completely unacceptable and shows what

Rental red tape will push up housing costs

BY ACT at 5 September, 2018


Renters in cities like Auckland and Wellington will be paying higher rents as a result of Phil Twyford’s proposed ‘Healthy Homes Standards’, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“NZIER’s cost-benefit analysis of the new standards notes ‘landlords facing the cumulative cost of complying with several standards may face costs up to around $10,000 for an average sized New Zealand house’.


“It goes on to say that the ‘tighter the rental supply relative to

No foreign aid until Nauru respects basic rights

BY ACT at 5 September, 2018


“The New Zealand Government should be sending Nauru a stern warning that millions in foreign aid will be cut if it does not respect basic human rights”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Authorities in Nauru detained TVNZ reporter Barbara Dreaver for interviewing refugees on the island.


“A free press is a critical part of a democratic society and no state should interfere with journalists doing their jobs.


“New Zealand taxpayers will