6 months, 6 missed opportunities

BY ACT at 28 April, 2018


In its first six months, the coalition government has missed some key opportunities to deliver sensible solutions for some our most pressing issues. 


Resource Management Act reform


“In Auckland, land use regulation could be responsible for up to 56 per cent, or $530,000, of the cost of an average home. But Cabinet hasn’t yet considered whether to reform it. The Resource Management Act is the most economically vandalous law on our books. It should be at

6 months, 6 destructive policies

BY ACT at 26 April, 2018


Today marks 6 months in office for the Ardern-Peters Government. It has relentlessly pursued ideas that sounded good on the hustings but which will end up hurting New Zealanders. Here are six of their worst policies. 


Closing charter schools


The evidence now shows charter schools are improving engagement, innovation, and achievement for 1500 mainly Maori and Pasifika students. The Government plans to strip away educational opportunities so they can keep a promise to

Our nuclear-free moment? Or business as usual?

BY ACT at 23 April, 2018


Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods will today travel to Taranaki to talk to those affected by her Government’s oil and gas decision.


The Government’s messages have been either contradictory or dishonest.


“The Government is talking out both sides of its mouth”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“On the one hand, we have Jacinda Ardern selling this decision in London and Paris as her generation’s ‘nuclear-free moment’.


“But on the

Oil and gas changes show Govt’s brazen arrogance

BY ACT at 12 April, 2018


“The Government has shown breathtaking arrogance by keeping the oil and gas industry in the dark over changes to the sector”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Fronting media today, it was abundantly clear that the Government hadn’t consulted the industry on the changes.


“The Government has set up about 40 reviews, working groups, or panels, and yet it appears unwilling to consult those who disagree with them on policy.


“This is an

Ending offshore exploration is lose-lose

BY ACT at 12 April, 2018


“The Government’s decision to end offshore oil and gas exploration will put 11,000 jobs at risk and could harm the environment”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The oil and gas industry creates thousands of jobs, contributes $2.5 billion to the New Zealand economy and $500 million to the Government in royalties each year.


“Not only will this policy make us poorer as a country, it will drive production of oil and gas