Bridges/Jones Corporate Welfare Machine Stutters

BY ACT at 28 February, 2018


“Expect three years of fraud and waste as politicians desperately seek to buy votes and businesses clamour to get their hands on $3 billion of funds”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


RNZ has revealed that a major shareholder in a project backed by the Provincial Growth Fund has been investigated by the Serious Fraud Office.


“The Cabinet paper setting up the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) frankly admits that some ventures backed by the

Jones Will Send NZ Down Corruption Perceptions Index

BY ACT at 25 February, 2018


“Jacinda Ardern needs to tell Shane Jones to pull his head in after he said he wants to personally sign $19.9 million cheques from the Provincial Growth Fund”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Shane Jones is not known for his self-control.


“If we can’t trust him with a ministerial credit card, how on earth can we expect him to show restraint with a $3 billion fund and NZ First’s political survival hanging

Nats Supremely Hypocritical on NZ First Re-Election Fund

BY ACT at 23 February, 2018


“National doesn’t have a leg to stand on in its criticism of the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund because the fund is simply a continuation of the Nats’ corporate welfare policies”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“National’s criticism that the Government’s “only criteria for success… is spending money” is supremely hypocritical.


“By some estimates, National spent about $13 billion on corporate welfare during its time in office, costing the average household several thousand dollars. 


“Film industry subsidies, KiwiRail

Hipkins and Hughes Splash the Cash

BY ACT at 22 February, 2018


“The Government’s anti-poverty agenda is paying dividends already with the public sector’s highest-paid bureaucrats getting a gold-plated office fit-out”, says ACT Leader David Seymour. 


The State Services Commission (SSC) – where the average salary is $134,000 – today revealed it spent about $10,000 for each of its employees on an office refurbishment, half of that on new furniture. 


“The average New Zealander works for about eight months to pay $10,000 in tax. 

Fourteen Rings to Make One Rule. Like, Really?

BY ACT at 29 January, 2018


“After opposing the ‘Hobbit Law’ for eight years, Labour needs a fourteen-person working group to tell it what its policy should be,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“A usually-reliable source informs ACT that, after accounting for fees, flights, and hotel rooms, the working group will cost the taxpayer about $73,000.


“We’re not even 100 days in and already we are seeing a theme – government-by-working group.


“This government has, or will,