RMA prevented Marsden pipe upgrade

BY Beth Houlbrooke at 18 September, 2017


The RMA is the real culprit of the current fuel crisis, says ACT deputy leader Beth Houlbrooke, who worked as PA to the project director during the pipeline’s installation in 1982.

“This is just another example of the infrastructure failure that National has allowed to grow over time, due to their reluctance to tackle flawed regulations like the Resource Management Act (RMA),” says Mrs Houlbrooke.

“The RMA bogs down private operators like Refining NZ in red tape,


Chaos on the left creates huge opportunity on red tape, tax

BY David Seymour at 31 July, 2017


“With the political left in chaos, there’s a massive opportunity to replace the RMA and cut taxes. Yet National muddles,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“While the parties of the left cannibalise each other, National should be blindsiding them with radical announcements of cutting tax and red tape. They probably wouldn’t even notice.

“Instead, National offers us tinkering (yet another infrastructure agency) and election bribes (increases to Working for Families Payments).

“This is why we


Sorry National: no-one’s forgotten about the RMA

BY David Seymour at 6 July, 2017


Reform of the Resource Management Act (RMA) remains very much on the election agenda, says ACT Leader David Seymour. This comes as the Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) names RMA reform as their number one priority for the election.


Bolger should apologise for RMA, not neo-liberalism

BY David Seymour at 21 April, 2017


“It is with great sorrow that we hear former Prime Minister Jim Bolger is now parroting online social justice warriors, complaining about ‘neo-liberalism’,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“He is wrong that neoliberalism has led to inequality globally. Global absolute poverty recently fell below 10 per cent for the first time in history. When Mr Bolger was first elected, it was 37 per cent.

“He is wrong about inequality in New Zealand. According to the


Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Third reading

BY ACT at 6 April, 2017


DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in opposition to this bill. Minister Nick Smith, when he said that housing affordability is a major problem, was absolutely correct, and the Minister’s diagnosis of that problem—that it is primarily caused by the price of land—is absolutely correct. We have become a country that is 0.80 percent urbanised by area and yet—and yet—has a chronic shortage of land on which Kiwis