We need 500,000 houses and Nick Smith’s reforms aren’t helping

BY David Seymour at 6 April, 2017

RMA reforms set to pass today will do nothing to address New Zealand’s housing shortfall of 500,000, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Shamubeel Eaqub has pointed out the obvious: until we start building at the rate we achieved in the ‘70s, housing will remain unaffordable.

RMA reform gets worse… again!

BY David Seymour at 4 April, 2017

Just as ACT warned last month, the National-Maori Party RMA deal has got even worse, reaching a botched compromise on genetic modification.

“Just this afternoon, hours before the changes are set to be debated, and with no consultation, National and the Maori Party have confirmed a compromise to allow ministerial override of local plans, except in the case of local GE-free policies,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Resource Legislation Amendment Bill – Committee Stage

BY ACT at 4 April, 2017

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): Can I apologise for the intemperate address from the member for Dunedin North or Dunedin South, or whichever one it was—David Parker. He is a little bit intemperate because he got called out at a debate on Saturday morning, but I am sure that he will recover soon enough. It was beautiful. Scott Simpson was there. It was great fun. He really lost his rag.

Anyway, back on the

Cornered Nick Smith gets economical with the truth

BY David Seymour at 3 April, 2017

Environment Minister Nick Smith is getting economical with the truth, which is actually very simple: he has had multiple opportunities to pass the Resource Management Legislation without Mana Whakahono ā Rohe, and with strengthened property rights, but chose not to at every turn.

He said he could not get agreement from ACT and United Future to pass the legislation. In reality, he has failed to take such an opportunity at three different points.


Productivity Commission endorses ACT’s plan to get houses built

BY David Seymour at 29 March, 2017

The Productivity Commission has endorsed housing affordability policies ACT outlined in January, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Just like ACT, the Productivity Commission has endorsed fundamental reform of planning laws like the RMA, instead of just tinkering like National has done.

“Specifically, they point out that ‘the natural and built environments require different and distinctive regulatory approaches’. This echoes ACT’s view that ‘The central problem is that we regulate the urban environment like it is a natural environment.’