ACT prompts Peters into action on Māori seats

BY ACT at 19 August, 2018


“ACT’s Smaller Government Bill has prompted Winston Peters into action on the Māori seats”, says Party Leader David Seymour.


Winston Peters today told Sky News he would propose an amendment to a Labour MP’s bill that would have the effect of putting the future of the seats to a referendum.


ACT will support NZ First’s amendment, but the timing of Mr Peters’ comments are telling.


“Just last Sunday, ACT revealed its

What will more bureaucracy achieve?

BY ACT at 18 August, 2018


“A new Government agency will just add to an alphabet soup of departments responsible for delivering infrastructure”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“If a new infrastructure agency is needed then what are the New Zealand Transport Agency, the Ministry of Transport, Local Government, and the Treasury’s National Infrastructure Unit for?


“The fact is the Government has no idea what to do, so creating more bureaucracy gives the impression it is doing something.

Nats’ political cycle begins afresh

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


“The first stage of the National Party’s political cycle is underway as it talks a big game on Resource Management Act reform”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Today, Simon Bridges expressed regret at not reforming the RMA under the last government and committed to producing a bill that would.


“But we’ve heard this all before.


“The Nats went into the 2008 election promising RMA reform and, despite having the numbers with

Nutty plastic bag ban killing jobs

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


“The Greens’ nutty ban on single-use plastic bags has claimed its first victim”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Stuff has reported that Porirua-based Kiwi Plastics is set to close its doors at the end of the year, putting its workers out of a job.


“The policy of banning single-use plastic bags is lose-lose.


“It will lead to worse economic outcomes: jobs lost, poorer Kiwis having to buy higher-cost bags, and less

Slash education bureaucracy, pay teachers more

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


“The Government could provide a decent pay rise for striking teachers by cutting the fat from our education bureaucracy”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Today, primary and intermediate school teachers strike for the first time in 24 years.


“The Ministry of Education employs over 2600 bureaucrats – that’s more than the number of schools in New Zealand. There’s been a more than 50 per cent increase in the number of Ministry staff