Chaos on the left creates huge opportunity on red tape, tax

BY David Seymour at 31 July, 2017


“With the political left in chaos, there’s a massive opportunity to replace the RMA and cut taxes. Yet National muddles,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“While the parties of the left cannibalise each other, National should be blindsiding them with radical announcements of cutting tax and red tape. They probably wouldn’t even notice.

“Instead, National offers us tinkering (yet another infrastructure agency) and election bribes (increases to Working for Families Payments).

“This is why we


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


Emergency housing bill blamed on red tape

BY Beth Houlbrooke at 21 July, 2017


The reason for spiking emergency housing costs can be found in a report released just yesterday, says ACT Deputy Leader Beth Houlbrooke.

“Two pieces of news this week are directly linked,” says Ms. Houlbrooke.

“First, the Government quietly released a report it commissioned on land use rules. It found that red tape caused 56% of housing costs in Auckland, confirming what ACT has always said about the effects of bad regulation on house prices.

“Second, it’s confirmed


National slammed by its own report on housing red tape

BY David Seymour at 20 July, 2017


National has just been slammed by the report it commissioned on land use regulations, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Superu’s report, Quantifying the impact of land use regulation, says what should be absolutely obvious: red tape has caused a housing crisis,” says Mr Seymour.

“The report identifies red tape around land use as the single biggest component of housing costs. In fact, the report calculates that in Auckland, land use regulations form 56%


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