Government Passes Puppy Dog and Ice-Cream Bill

BY ACT at 11 April, 2018


The Local Government (Community Well-Being) Ammendment Bill should be renamed the Puppy Dogs and Icecream Bill, according to ACT Leader David Seymour

“The Government is proactively removing the requirement for councils to deliver qualty services defined as ‘effective’ and ‘efficient.’ It reflects the Government’s underlying belief that if the intentions are good the results will follow, but the real world doesn’t work that way.”

The requirement ‘to meet the current and future needs of communities for


$18.5 Billion Surplus to New Taxes on Day One

BY David Seymour at 26 October, 2017


Aucklanders will be wondering why they’re facing a new tax today when Treasury forecast a four-year surplus of $18.5 billion in its Pre Election Fiscal Update.

“We’ve faced a generation of over taxation and underinvestment in Auckland, now we find we’re last in line for new infrastructure and first in line for new taxes,” says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour.

“What better guide to a new Government than what it announces on


Mayoral Housing Taskforce adopts three ACT policies

BY David Seymour at 13 June, 2017


“Phil Goff’s Mayoral Housing Taskforce has adopted three of the ideas ACT laid out in our January State of the Nation address,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Replacing current building regulations with a mandatory insurance scheme is a potential game changer for construction industry. It will ensure developers can innovate, using new and more efficient construction methods and materials, while shouldering the cost if anything goes wrong.


Building consents should mean funding for local infrastructure

BY David Seymour at 28 April, 2017


ACT would allow local councils to collect an extra $150 million for infrastructure based on March’s consenting figures, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“ACT’s housing policy would see local councils collect half the GST from building in their area, for use on infrastructure. This means March’s $2 billion in new consents would signal an extra $150 million for roads, public transport, stormwater, and so on – all of which are desperately needed with new homes.


Break the impasse on Auckland Infrastructure with funding for focus

BY David Seymour at 24 April, 2017


“Aucklanders cannot afford to keep losing years of infrastructure development to fights between Steven Joyce and Phil Goff,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The Government and the Council need to do a funding for focus deal where the Council gets Government money in return for getting out of non-core activities.”

“Aucklanders know they’ve been shortchanged on infrastructure, as they are frequently reminded by traffic congestion, housing shortages, and overloaded sewerage systems. The best time to start solving the problem was 20 years ago. Today will do. Another few years is not acceptable.