LEST WE FORGET
Free Press salutes those who fought and died far from home to secure our freedom this week. They will not be forgotten.
LEST WE FORGET
This week, National is working with the Māori Party to pass weak reforms to the Resource Management Act, adding bureaucracy and pandering to iwi interests.
WHAT DO THE REFORMS DO?
Within six months of a local body election the Council must identify Iwi in its jurisdiction and make an Arrangement for planning. So after the democratic election comes an undemocratic one. National will try to play down the significance of this move, but if you’re on the fence you need only ask yourself: Why have the Māori Party been prepared to walk away from Government to achieve it?
ACT LAYS DOWN A CHALLENGE
In a full-length interview with The Nation on Saturday, David Seymour laid out ACT’s challenge for 2017: To hold the balance of power after the election, stop New Zealand First, keep Labour, the Greens, and Mana out of power, and hold National accountable to taxpayers. The full interview is here.
RMA SCHEMOZZLE CONTINUES
The Resource Management Legislation has hit the wall, with the Māori Party severely overplaying their hand. They are continuing to wag the dog even after securing major concessions that make the reforms tepid at best and separatist at worst. Rural New Zealand is in revolt, if our email inbox is anything to go by.
ACT SETS THE AGENDA
ACT set the Superannuation agenda this week. The news from Tuesday seized on our message of intergenerational fairness, specifically the observation that National’s delay in raising the age of entitlement to 67 would cost $58 billion, mostly to be paid in taxes by millennials. The response throughout the week has been strong and supportive, most noticeably at the packed University of Auckland debate hosted by Patrick Gower.