ACT believes that the cost of housing is unacceptably high. Auckland has a significant housing shortage. The price of an average house in Auckland is nearly ten times the income of an average household. Internationally, three times the median income is considered ‘affordable’. The high price of houses means mortgage payments and rents are higher. Household budgets feel the pressure.
ACT believes the prison population is too high. Recently the number of people incarcerated in New Zealand exceeded 10,000 for the first time. There has been a small reduction in reoffending but it is far below the government’s targets. To paraphrase Bill English, this is a “moral and fiscal failure”.
Parent and Grandparent Visitor Visa Amendment Bill to Five or Ten Years
New Zealand is a country of immigrants with a large percentage of Kiwis being born overseas.
However, since Immigration New Zealand has temporarily closed and reduced the quota for the Parent category, fewer Kiwis can be reunited with their family in New Zealand. The new policy relating to parents gaining NZ residence effectively gives no priority to processing applications
Good teachers help children grow, develop, and reach their full potential which is vital to their future success.
Unfortunately, because of union contracts, teachers hit maximum pay after ten years, schools can’t reward successful teachers, and teaching is not regarded as a strong career choice for our brightest graduates.
ACT’s fundamental belief is that the Government should spend less of your money. You should keep more of it. You earned it, after all. That goes for both personal income tax that you pay on your salary, and the tax that business owners pay in company tax.