David Seymour

ACT gears up for September 23

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of September 23 as election day.

“ACT is in its best shape for years. Our members are gearing up for a long campaign, and following our successful School of Practical Politics, we’ll have effective candidates in electorates across the country.

“Delivering ACT the balance of power is vital for denying Winston Peters a role in the Government. There should be no fourth strike for someone who has been kicked out of Cabinet by three different Prime Ministers.

Greens need to learn English first – ‘universal’ means compulsory

When the Greens say Te Reo Māori should be ‘universal’, what they really mean is they will use compulsion to socially engineer New Zealand, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Their first election year announcement could have been about housing, fixing educational failure, or raising productivity but instead they want to force Te Reo on students, who already have the choice of studying it. The Greens remain a party who put their ideology ahead of New Zealanders’ wellbeing,” says Mr Seymour.

PM’s Waitangi Day attendance should become a nationwide tour

ACT Leader David Seymour says the Prime Minister’s decision to attend a Ngāti Whātua event in Auckland on Waitangi Day should mark the beginning of a Waitangi tour.

“The Treaty wasn’t just signed in Waitangi. It was taken on tour and signed by chiefs across the country,” says Mr Seymour.

“Bill English’s attendance of the Auckland event should mark the beginning of a tour across the country. The Prime Minister could celebrate Waitangi Day at a different marae each year, based on the different signing sites from 1840.

Race Relations Commissioner calls for speech restrictions, jumps shark

ACT Leader David Seymour says the Prime Minister should retire the current Race Relations Commissioner.

“I wonder if the Race Relations Commissioner sees the irony of using Holocaust Memorial Day to call for government departments to police what people say. It shows she’s out of her depth, and the role has gone to her head.

Epsom MP pleased to confirm action on Gillies Ave braking noise

Epsom MP David Seymour is pleased to confirm that a noise camera has been installed near the Gillies Avenue off-ramp, targeting the trucks that have disturbed residents with braking noise.

“After conversations with residents near the busy off-ramp, it’s clear that braking noise has a real effect on quality of life,” says Mr Seymour. “That’s why the Minister of Transport Simon Bridges and I today unveiled a noise camera on the off-ramp.

A good day for New Zealand’s Trump movement

ACT Leader David Seymour says he hopes New Zealand’s Trump movement, consisting of Labour, the Greens, and New Zealand First, are happy now that the U.S. is out of the TPP.

Mr Seymour described the parties as New Zealand’s Trump movement as far back as May last year, and stands by the characterization today.

“These guys protest Trump’s attitude to women and minorities, then buy into anti-trade rhetoric that is based on the same resentment of the other,” says Mr Seymour.

David Seymour: State of the Nation Speech

12:00pm, 23 January 2017 Princes Wharf, Auckland

Policy summary attached at bottom of speech.

ACT challenges new broom Judith to drain the corporate green-washing trough

The $3.5 million handed out via the Low Emission Vehicles Contestable Fund is simply corporate welfare, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

The list of subsidised projects makes for stunning reading. The Government is essentially subsidising corporate green-washing.

Desperate euthanasia opponents either dishonest or innumerate

“It’s now impossible to deny public support for assisted dying,” says ACT Leader and End of Life Choice Bill sponsor David Seymour, “but that won’t stop the lowest opponents from stooping a little further.

PM should take Waitangi Day ceremonies on tour

Te Tii Marae’s continued failure to respectfully host the Government on Waitangi Day should prompt the Prime Minister to visit a different marae each year, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The behaviour of a small group of perpetually-grumpy activists has turned Waitangi Day into an annual political circus, denying Kiwis a national day we can all enjoy,” says Mr Seymour.