Speaker rules out foreign buyer amendment

BY ACT at 25 June, 2018


 

“Speaker Trevor Mallard has ruled out a Government amendment that attempted to give special favours to a particular development.

 

“This is an extraordinary step. I’m told it’s the first time in a decade that a Speaker has ruled out a public bill because it tried to do special favours for a particular group.

 

“It is symptomatic of what a ham-fisted piece of legislation the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill is.

 

“After 220


Twyford exhibits pre-crisis mentality

BY ACT at 9 June, 2018


 

In setting up a new government ministry to ‘fix’ the housing crisis, Phil Twyford is exhibiting the same thinking that created the crisis in the first place, according the ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Bureaucracy – in the form of the 900-page Resource Management Act – should be public enemy number one when it comes to the housing crisis.

 

Official advice from Superu last year showed land use regulations – rules that determine


Rents driving hardship as Govt delays housing reform

BY ACT at 24 April, 2018


 

This week marks six months in office for the Ardern-Peters coalition government and its indecision on fundamental housing reform is hurting New Zealanders. The Salvation Army yesterday said rising rents are causing hardship for many New Zealand families.

 

“The Government was elected to fix the housing crisis because National did nothing effective to ensure more homes were built”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“So far, Cabinet has not even considered the idea


Twyford’s state homes cost 7x more to maintain

BY ACT at 7 April, 2018


 

“Phil Twyford is spending seven times more than a private landlord in maintaining his stock of government-owned houses”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Twyford must transfer this massive liability off the government’s books by privatising all state houses and subsidising the rent of those people who truly need it.

 

“TVNZ revealed this week that the Government spends $474 million maintaining state homes. That is over $7500 a year for each state house owned


New Zealanders deserve honest appraisal of Government housing failure

BY ACT at 25 March, 2018


 

“New Zealanders deserve better than Phil Twyford’s ideological comments this morning on Q+A about a ‘market failure’ in housing”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The Government’s own officials have said that, in Auckland, land use regulation could be responsible for up to 56 per cent, or $530,000, of the cost of an average home.

 

“ACT has revealed from Written Parliamentary Questions that Cabinet hasn’t even decided whether to consider reviewing the Resource Management