Kids a means to Greens’ ideological ends

BY ACT at 10 September, 2018


“The Greens’ radical plan to make te reo Māori compulsory in schools will hurt New Zealand kids”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Students already struggle with basic reading and writing skills. Our literacy statistics are alarming.


“In the latest Progress in International Reading Literacy Study, Year 5 students ranked 33rd out of 50 countries, and last out of English-speaking countries.


“A 2014 Tertiary Education Commission report found that, of Year 11

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

Virtue-signalling Greens punish consumers, hurt environment

BY ACT at 12 August, 2018


“The Green Party’s ban on plastic bags will punish responsible consumers and may produce worse environmental outcomes”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Plastic waste gets into the environment as it’s collected and transported to landfills. This isn’t the fault of Kiwis who find plastic bags easy and convenient and dispose of them responsibly.


“In a classic case of unintended consequences, Greenpeace has warned that a plastic bag ban may result in worse

6 months, 6 missed opportunities

BY ACT at 28 April, 2018


In its first six months, the coalition government has missed some key opportunities to deliver sensible solutions for some our most pressing issues. 


Resource Management Act reform


“In Auckland, land use regulation could be responsible for up to 56 per cent, or $530,000, of the cost of an average home. But Cabinet hasn’t yet considered whether to reform it. The Resource Management Act is the most economically vandalous law on our books. It should be at

6 months, 6 destructive policies

BY ACT at 26 April, 2018


Today marks 6 months in office for the Ardern-Peters Government. It has relentlessly pursued ideas that sounded good on the hustings but which will end up hurting New Zealanders. Here are six of their worst policies. 


Closing charter schools


The evidence now shows charter schools are improving engagement, innovation, and achievement for 1500 mainly Maori and Pasifika students. The Government plans to strip away educational opportunities so they can keep a promise to