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.

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.

Seymour congratulates new Cabinet

ACT Leader David Seymour has congratulated the new Cabinet following the official swearing-in ceremony.

“Just as ACT maintained a productive relationship with the John Key-led Government, I expect to work well with Bill English’s Cabinet.

“ACT’s role over the coming year, and after the next election, is to be both a stabilising force and an ambitious voice for improving policy in New Zealand. We will force debate and progress on issues of raising the age of superannuation, cutting tax, and increasing housing supply.

Prime Minister must take a position on Super – now

Future retirees deserve to know what the new Prime Minister’s plans are for superannuation, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“As the former Finance Minister, Bill English knows that the numbers don’t stack up for keeping the superannuation age at 65. So why is he being so coy about his plans?” says Mr Seymour.

“He’s taken a step in the right direction by dropping John Key’s pledge to retain the age. But it’s also created serious uncertainty for savers. When it comes to long-term issues that affect people’s saving needs, certainty is vital.

Excuses to avoid tax cuts don’t stack up

The Government’s excuses for delaying tax cuts don’t stack up, says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of Treasury’s Half Year Update.

“Bill English admitted today that, even after earthquake costs are taken into account, a $473 million surplus remains. So why is Bill English talking down tax cuts when he knows he can afford them?

“We could, for example, update tax brackets to reflect changing incomes. It’s ridiculous that workers enter the top (33%) tax bracket when they earn just $70,000.