Worksafe red tape making housing less affordable

BY David Seymour at 16 July, 2015

“Workplace safety standards need to be justified in cost-benefit terms,” says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of a new report [1] on building safety red tape.

“The existing regulations form yet another regulatory barrier to housing affordability,” said Mr Seymour.

“Builders are being forced to take ‘all practicable steps’ to ensure workplace safety. The threshold is drawn so low that builders even have to erect scaffolding on single-story sites.

“Scaffolding requirements are just

David Seymour on Labour’s race-baiting

BY David Seymour at 13 July, 2015

ACT Leader David Seymour spoke with Lisa Owen regarding Phil Twyford’s attempt to turn housing affordability into a racial debate. Video is available here.


Lisa Owen: Labour has released leaked real estate data showing that almost 40 percent of homes sold in Auckland between February and April this year were to people with Chinese surnames. The Nation can reveal that of suburbs of more than a hundred house sales, the three

New rules show National is giving up on affordable housing

BY David Seymour at 9 July, 2015

National’s new regulations on rental housing show that the government is giving up on affordable housing policies, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“New Zealand has a shortage of warm, dry homes. The best way to address this is to lift restrictions on development and allow New Zealanders to get on with building these homes.

“Instead, the government is fiddling around with retrofitting inadequate housing. The new regulations are being pushed to make up for regulatory

Four hundred and thirty hectares? How about 27 million

BY David Seymour at 21 May, 2015

“After all the fuss over property speculation and land banking, it turns out the biggest land banker is the government,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The move to free up Crown land for housing development is sensible and long-overdue. But again, this is only a short term fix – we will soon use up the available 430 hectares.

“The good news is there is approximately another 27 million hectares in New Zealand, and only 0.7%

National needs to stop acting casual about RMA reform

BY David Seymour at 1 May, 2015

ACT is challenging the government to give up on small-time interventions like HomeStart and special housing areas, and instead take RMA reform seriously.

“Let’s bypass unproductive debate over ad-hoc market interventions like HomeStart, capital gains taxes, speculation restrictions, and special housing areas and instead focus on real reform,” said ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Failure to comprehensively reform the RMA will ensure house prices continue to skyrocket, and force more New Zealanders out of the housing