Parker’s ‘first principles’ review a sham

BY ACT at 5 May, 2018


Environment Minister David Parker has today confirmed that New Zealand’s planning system will not get the overhaul it needs in order to deliver affordable housing.


“The Minister says he wants a first principles review of the Resource Management Act, but then goes on to say he will be a ‘staunch defender of Part 2 of the RMA’”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Part 2 of the RMA [partially reproduced below] is a mishmash

New Zealanders deserve honest appraisal of Government housing failure

BY ACT at 25 March, 2018


“New Zealanders deserve better than Phil Twyford’s ideological comments this morning on Q+A about a ‘market failure’ in housing”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Government’s own officials have said that, in Auckland, land use regulation could be responsible for up to 56 per cent, or $530,000, of the cost of an average home.


“ACT has revealed from Written Parliamentary Questions that Cabinet hasn’t even decided whether to consider reviewing the Resource Management

Twyford Fiddles While Rome Burns

BY ACT at 15 February, 2018


“While the Government has managed to roll out feel-good housing policies, Cabinet has not yet bothered to consider the biggest roadblock to more housing: the Resource Management Act”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“A housing “stocktake” and a xenophobic foreign house-buyer ban will do nothing to help the private sector build more houses.


“Cities around the world with expensive housing all have one factor in common: tight land use regulation. The RMA achieves

ACT slams National on housing consent failure

BY David Seymour at 7 August, 2017

National’s failure on housing has been shown up with shock news it is 4,000 houses behind even its own unambitious target for new homes in Auckland.

“National’s response, as it has been for the past nine years of the housing crisis it presides over, is to say that things are going to get better soon,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“After almost a decade of gimmicks like its Housing Infrastructure Fund and Kiwisaver bribes,

ACT reveals massive housing negligence

BY David Seymour at 6 August, 2017

ACT Leader David Seymour has revealed the massive scale of potential home-building that has been blocked on the edges of Auckland.

“ACT would cut red tape to allow, at a minimum, 600,000 new homes in areas like Waitakere, Karaka, and Clevedon,” says Mr Seymour.

The figures were presented at the launch of Mr Seymour’s new book, Own Your Future, which opens with a story about a Waitakere family denied the freedom to subdivide their land