Govt’s war on poor continues

BY ACT at 14 September, 2018


“The Government continues to push policies that will hurt the poor, with Housing Minister Phil Twyford all but admitting today that tenants will pay higher rents as a result of his ‘Healthy Homes’ red tape”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


In response to an oral question from Mr Seymour, Twyford admitted that landlords aren’t making excessive profits.


“If that is the case, it means they can’t absorb the additional costs of his

Robertson must ditch capital gains tax

BY ACT at 11 September, 2018


“Grant Robertson will have to ditch a full-blown capital gains tax after Stuff revealed this morning the Tax Working Group is likely to advise against the idea”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Tax Working Group has a strong left-wing flavour. It is led by an ex-Labour Finance Minister, and includes a prominent union leader and a self-proclaimed ‘skeptic of economic growth’.


“If a hand-picked group cannot bring themselves to recommend a

Rental red tape will push up housing costs

BY ACT at 5 September, 2018


Renters in cities like Auckland and Wellington will be paying higher rents as a result of Phil Twyford’s proposed ‘Healthy Homes Standards’, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“NZIER’s cost-benefit analysis of the new standards notes ‘landlords facing the cumulative cost of complying with several standards may face costs up to around $10,000 for an average sized New Zealand house’.


“It goes on to say that the ‘tighter the rental supply relative to

Lifeboats needed, not rearranging of deckchairs

BY ACT at 28 August, 2018


“The Housing Minister is rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic while New Zealanders drown in higher housing costs”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Phil Twyford today launched a review of tenancy laws that is well-meaning but will have little effect on the lives of renters.


“Proposed changes like ‘better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets’ sound nice, but what Kiwis really need is more affordable housing.


“The fundamental

KiwiBuild an elaborate deception

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


Phil Twyford’s housing announcement this morning shows KiwiBuild is an elaborate deception that will do nothing to solve the housing crisis, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Government is simply buying existing private sector homes, placing a KiwiBuild logo on them, and adding a set of bureaucratic rules around who can buy them.


“This policy does nothing to add to the housing supply and will not solve the housing crisis.