Auckland Council’s rules killing beer festivals

BY David Seymour at 19 February, 2016


ACT Leader David Seymour has criticised Auckland Council over the cancellation of this year’s New Zealand Beer Festival.

“Auckland Council are clearly being too punitive with their liquor rules,” says Mr Seymour.

“This is precisely a festival celebrating quality and creativity over quantity. And yet it’s been shut down in the face of overzealous regulation supposed to target the bad-behaving few, who probably don’t even attend these kinds of events.

“New Zealand’s craft beer scene


Council gets the money and the bag

BY David Seymour at 27 January, 2016


The Government has let Auckland Council off the hook, gaining no concessions on land supply or rate rises, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Writing a big cheque was the time to bring Auckland Council to the table,” says Mr Seymour, “but instead the Council got away with the money and the bag.”

“The Government could have set up ongoing incentives for the council to provide infrastructure. Instead, with no sign that the council will focus on core


Auckland Council upends democracy

BY David Seymour at 17 December, 2015


Auckland Council has engaged in breathtakingly undemocratic arrogance by foisting zone changes on central Auckland residents a week before Christmas without consultation, says Epsom MP David Seymour.

“In a democracy the elected representatives should be in charge of the officials.  In this case the officials swore the councillors to secrecy. It’s extraordinary.

“The councillors who stood by and let this happen have sat on council too long.  They should either get back in control of the


Councillors have a duty to speak up on rezoning

BY Danae Smith at 23 November, 2015


Epsom MP David Seymour has called on Auckland councillors to state their real positions on the rezoning of Auckland’s central suburbs.

“The Herald today reports that councillors have been sworn to secrecy over intensification plans for Epsom, Mt Eden, and other central suburbs. If this is true, then it’s an affront to the purpose of elected office. If it’s false, then all councillors should deny it immediately,” said Mr Seymour.

“The proposed intensification programme has


Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill – First reading

BY Danae Smith at 18 November, 2015


DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): When the member who has just resumed her seat, Jan Logie, apologised for her state of mind, I thought she was just being gracious, but as her speech proceeded, I realised she was actually being quite honest.

I rise in support of this bill. It is somewhat regrettable to be here discussing it so late at night to make a number of technical changes to the dimensions—not the process, not the people