No evidence or consultation behind Mt Eden car ban

BY David Seymour at 6 July, 2015


LGOIMA release: Mt Eden car ban not based on erosion

The Maunga Authority received no substantive reports on Mt Eden erosion ahead of its decision to ban vehicles from the summit, Epsom MP David Seymour has revealed.

“I have specifically requested information on measured or estimated damage caused by vehicles on the maunga,” said Mr Seymour.

“While the Authority provided the 80-page 2007 Maungawhau / Mt Eden Management Plan, the document presents no evidence on


Vote out the abstainers –Seymour

BY David Seymour at 24 June, 2015


Epsom MP David Seymour says councillors who abstain on voting for Auckland Council’s 10-year budget deserve to be voted out.

“As a central government politician it should not be my role to address those concerns. However, I’m contacted by people across Auckland furious about rate rises.

“Councillors are elected to stand up and be counted. That’s their role, especially on such an important transaction as setting a 10-year budget for the Auckland Council.

“If they


Free Thoughts – Auckland rates reaching crisis point

BY David Seymour at 8 May, 2015


Yesterday, the Auckland Council budget committee voted for an additional targeted rate of 4.4 per cent to top up spending on transport, leading to an overall rate increase of 9.9 per cent.

What is the inflation rate in New Zealand?  Effectively nil. Just 0.1% in the past year.

This huge increase in rates can’t be blamed on inflation.  It is driven by spending.  And this is just the first of many instalments. Auckland ratepayers are


True cost of transport plan revealed

BY David Seymour at 30 April, 2015


Central and local government must both take responsibility for the shock caused by a planned rate increase and new transport levy, says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour.

“Central government must get real and allow Auckland Council to replace the transport levy with smarter transport pricing, such as time-sensitive motorway tolls, tuned to ease rush-hour congestion without encouraging detours through suburban corridors.

“I asked Transport Minister Simon Bridges in the House today whether he


Auckland Council fails to consult – Again

BY David Seymour at 20 April, 2015


ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour has criticised the process by which cars are set to be banned from Mt Eden/Maungawhau

“It is appalling that the Maunga Authority has refused to front media on this issue before the decision is made, but has a communications plan for after they’ve made it.

“Mt Eden is special to many people, its governance should be inclusive, but instead we will see electric gates and exclusion resulting from