ACT will not support National-Maori RMA tinkering

BY Danae Smith at 3 December, 2015


ACT will not be voting for National’s weakened RMA reform legislation.

“New Zealanders were promised RMA reform. What National has worked out with the Maori Party is tinkering,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Someone has say ‘New Zealand can do better than this’.

“New Zealanders have suffered under 900-pages of excessive regulation for too long. Compliance costs and delays on developments large and small are slowing business and choking housing supply.

“ACT would like to


Funding changes a big win for med students

BY Danae Smith at 1 December, 2015


ACT Leader David Seymour says the Government’s move to give medical students a longer period of loan eligibility is a big win for medical students.

“The cap on funding at seven years of study is there to stop students using study as a holiday, however I know my friends at med school certainly aren’t having a holiday and they deserve to be supported throughout their study.”

The original seven-year cap on student loans meant that


Huge opportunities in tertiary Partnership School sponsorship

BY Danae Smith at 27 November, 2015


ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the introduction of the Education Legislation Bill, which will allow tertiary institutions to apply to sponsor Partnership Schools.

“This is paving the way for unprecedented innovation, allowing New Zealand’s highest learning institutions to apply their resources and expertise to secondary and primary age students,” said Mr Seymour.

“Many tertiary institutions already have strong links with the school system through their provision of teacher training and development, and are likely


Councillors have a duty to speak up on rezoning

BY Danae Smith at 23 November, 2015


Epsom MP David Seymour has called on Auckland councillors to state their real positions on the rezoning of Auckland’s central suburbs.

“The Herald today reports that councillors have been sworn to secrecy over intensification plans for Epsom, Mt Eden, and other central suburbs. If this is true, then it’s an affront to the purpose of elected office. If it’s false, then all councillors should deny it immediately,” said Mr Seymour.

“The proposed intensification programme has


Minister helpless in breaking Mt Eden promise

BY Danae Smith at 19 November, 2015


The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Settlements’ promise that there would be no change in public access to Mt Eden has proven worthless, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Minister Finlayson’s statement last July was clear – ‘there will be no change in public access to the maunga’.

“Now it appears the Authority is only weeks away from implementing a ban on driving up the summit, a ban which would affect an enormous number of Aucklanders,