KiwiBuild an elaborate deception

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


Phil Twyford’s housing announcement this morning shows KiwiBuild is an elaborate deception that will do nothing to solve the housing crisis, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Government is simply buying existing private sector homes, placing a KiwiBuild logo on them, and adding a set of bureaucratic rules around who can buy them.


“This policy does nothing to add to the housing supply and will not solve the housing crisis.



Will Labour’s Māori MPs stand up for charter schools?

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


Labour’s Māori MPs have the opportunity to stand up and support Māori students in light of a new Treaty claim over the Government’s charter school policy, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


The Government has handled charter schools with such arrogance it is now facing a Waitangi Tribunal claim from educationalists Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi.


“Labour’s Māori MPs went off the party list and won every Māori seat.


“Māori will be asking themselves what

Unions try to deprive parents of choice

BY ACT at 3 July, 2018


“Teachers’ unions should stop interfering with charter schools and trying to deprive parents and students of choice”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


RNZ today reported that NZEI has made several submissions opposing applications for charter schools to re-join the state system as designated character schools.


“How is it the business of teachers’ unions which schools are allowed to remain open?


“Would we let bus drivers decide bus routes? Should we

Welfare for Winston plain wrong

BY ACT at 3 July, 2018


“Winston Peters’ admission that he won’t be opting-out of the winter energy payment scheme shows what is wrong with universal welfare”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


ACT has calculated that approximately $73 million will be spent on winter energy payments for wealthy pensioners like Mr Peters who earns over $330,000 a year.


“The Government has an aversion to means-testing.


“So instead of targeting handouts at disadvantaged New Zealanders, it is using

$73m for well-off older Kiwis

BY ACT at 2 July, 2018


Today all New Zealand taxpayers will start paying the winter power bills of well-off pensioners, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Around 9 per cent of superannuitants earn over $60,000 a year – more than the median income and three times the level of the pension.


“Their slice of winter energy payments will cost taxpayers about $73 million.


“This epitomises a Government that taxes with impunity and throws money around without reflecting on