ACT will declare Housing State of Emergency  

BY David Seymour at 21 September, 2017


ACT will insist the next government declare a Housing State of Emergency in Auckland to allow the building of new homes within the first 100 days, leader David Seymour said today.

“The pipeline and the Kaikoura earthquake has shown the government can swing into action to deal with crises. With children dying and teachers fleeing the city, It is past time we let builders and developers get on with the job of dealing with the housing


Please don’t make us suffer another Crown entity

BY David Seymour at 23 July, 2017


National’s plan to create a new crown infrastructure entity is a weak response to New Zealand’s infrastructure and housing shortfall, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Setting up yet another state entity to manage infrastructure will grow bureaucracy, suppress innovation, and risk cronyism,” says Mr Seymour.

“Responding to a problem by a creating a new arm of government sounds more like a Labour policy than an idea from the centre-right.”

“It’s a convoluted response to a


Limit on student borrowing must keep up with rent

BY ACT at 12 July, 2017


Students should have the right to borrow more each week, says ACT Party Leader David Seymour as he visits Otago University’s Clubs Day.

“Students are struggling with increased rental costs caused by a chronic housing shortage,” says Mr Seymour. “ACT’s priority is to allow new housing, but we also need a short term measure for students who are desperate now.

“Since 2006, rents have increased by about 45%. In other words, a $120 room now


We actually need 1600 Pt England Developments

BY David Seymour at 28 June, 2017


Nick Smith just ran 25 steps in the housing marathon, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


No ‘success’ for students living on couches

BY David Seymour at 3 March, 2017


“The Prime Minister is out of touch with students currently enduring a chronic housing shortage,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“If you’re one of the countless students currently living on a couch, or in a garage, or with parents an hour away from uni, or in an over-full, tenancy-breaching flat, you’ll know that the rental squeeze isn’t a ‘success’.

“Housing shortages in Wellington and beyond are a government failure. It’s been the making for