Will Labour’s Māori MPs stand up for charter schools?

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


Labour’s Māori MPs have the opportunity to stand up and support Māori students in light of a new Treaty claim over the Government’s charter school policy, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


The Government has handled charter schools with such arrogance it is now facing a Waitangi Tribunal claim from educationalists Sir Toby Curtis and Dame Iritana Tāwhiwhirangi.


“Labour’s Māori MPs went off the party list and won every Māori seat.


“Māori will be asking themselves what

New data shows Fees-Free a major flop

BY ACT at 25 June, 2018


New data released today by the Tertiary Education Commission shows that the Government’s flagship Fees-Free policy has been a major flop, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


The data shows that, despite the Government pouring $275 million into the programme this year, the number of equivalent full-time students at university has actually fallen by 0.3 per cent.


“The Government claimed Fees-Free would break down financial barriers to education.


It expected a 3

Councils lining up for regional fuel taxes

BY ACT at 25 June, 2018


Councils are licking their lips at the prospect of being able to implement regional fuel taxes of their own, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


Phil Twyford’s regional fuel tax legislation is still making its way through Parliament, but information obtained under LGOIMA show that at least 14 councils have discussed the idea of implementing a regional fuel tax.


“These are the classic unintended consequences of government action. Phil Twyford has set

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

Tourist tax will cut visitors, revenue, growth

BY ACT at 15 June, 2018


The Government’s proposed tourist tax of up to $35 will see visitor numbers, revenue and economic growth fall, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


“A new tax, while boosting the Government’s coffers, will discourage international visitors from travelling and spending money in New Zealand.


“That will hurt businesses and see fewer jobs created by tourism operators.


Research conducted in 2015 by NZIER on National’s $26 border clearance tax projected that it