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.’

Free Press – 28/03/2017

BY ACT at 28 March, 2017

David Seymour spoke at ACT’s Lower North Island conference in Palmerston North this weekend. His message? Intergenerational politics is not about proving one generation is more thrifty/hard done by/has a better work ethic than the other, but a question about Government policy. Breathe deep and we might get some better public policy. You can read David’s speech here.

National betrays supporters by letting Māori Party rewrite RMA

BY David Seymour at 24 March, 2017

National Party supporters will be incensed to see how Nick Smith’s deal with the Māori Party grants iwi new rights to interfere with resource consent applications.

“National’s caucus has been given a memo from law firm Franks Ogilvie which proves just how much power this deal hands to iwi elites,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

National says ‘NO’ to effective RMA reform

BY David Seymour at 23 March, 2017

Just hours after ACT and UnitedFuture offered the government a way out of the Māori Party’s chokehold, National has rushed into ill-advised and unpopular changes to the RMA.

“National backbenchers know how unpopular the proposed iwi consultation requirements are. Rural New Zealand is balking at the idea of unelected iwi groups dictating local plans.

ACT and UnitedFuture offer National a way out of RMA quagmire

BY ACT at 23 March, 2017

ACT Leader David Seymour and UnitedFuture Leader Hon Peter Dunne have today written to the Prime Minister with a proposal to finally get Resource Management Act reforms passed. This reiterates a similar offer made a year ago.

“Neither ACT nor UnitedFuture can support the Resource Legislation Bill in its current form,” says Mr Seymour.