Nats’ political cycle begins afresh

BY ACT at 16 August, 2018


“The first stage of the National Party’s political cycle is underway as it talks a big game on Resource Management Act reform”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


Today, Simon Bridges expressed regret at not reforming the RMA under the last government and committed to producing a bill that would.


“But we’ve heard this all before.


“The Nats went into the 2008 election promising RMA reform and, despite having the numbers with

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

Rents driving hardship as Govt delays housing reform

BY ACT at 24 April, 2018


This week marks six months in office for the Ardern-Peters coalition government and its indecision on fundamental housing reform is hurting New Zealanders. The Salvation Army yesterday said rising rents are causing hardship for many New Zealand families.


“The Government was elected to fix the housing crisis because National did nothing effective to ensure more homes were built”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“So far, Cabinet has not even considered the idea

Phil ‘All Talk’ Twyford Should Get Off Twitter and Replace RMA

BY ACT at 12 March, 2018


“Phil Twyford needs to end his petty Twitter spat with Judith Collins and team up with Environment Minister David Parker to replace the Resource Management Act”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“While Phil and Judith are trading insults online, Kiwis are hurting big time.


ACT can reveal from Written Parliamentary Questions that Cabinet hasn’t even decided whether to think about the RMA, after more than four months in the Beehive.


“Twyford and

Housing Issue Will Define This Government

BY ACT at 22 January, 2018


“Another Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey has shown what ACT has long said: New Zealand has some of the most unaffordable housing in the world,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Out of nine English speaking countries studied, New Zealand Housing Affordability was the second worst. The Aussies beat us to the dubious honour of having the least affordable housing in the English speaking world by only a fraction.


“The Ardern Government was elected