ACT New Zealand is a free market political party in New Zealand. Until the New Zealand general election, 2011 it was led by former National Party leader and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash. The party's current leader is John Banks.
ACT now has one member of the Parliament of New Zealand, which is John Banks, a former two-term Auckland mayor and Police and Tourism ministers in the New Zealand National Party Bolger administrations of the nineties.
According to former party leader Rodney Hide, the party stands for "individual freedom, personal responsibility, doing the best for our natural environment and for smaller, smarter government in its goals of a prosperous economy, a strong society, and a quality of life that is the envy of the world".
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The ACT Party will support the Government's new legislation on covert surveillance, conditional on an urgent select-committee hearing.
The party's parliamentary leader, John Boscawen, says all five ACT MPs will vote for the bill's first reading and any support after that will be based on the legislation getting select-committee approval.
The Government is putting forward the bill in response to a Supreme Court ruling last week that the use of hidden cameras in the operation that culminated in the 2007 Urewera police raids was illegal.
Police have since suspended covert video surveillance, ...
The Government's decision to extend 90-day new-employee trials to all businesses was a suggestion of Act New Zealand and against the recommendation of its own Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson.
But Cabinet papers - released to The New Zealand Herald under the Official Information Act - show Ms Wilkinson pushed only for the 90-day trial to be extended to companies of up to 50 workers, and did not propose extending it to larger ones as they had "robust systems to undertake good recruitment and employment practices". Act NZ leader Rodney Hide said last night it was his party's idea to extend ...
Act MP Heather Roy has strong feelings about being dumped as deputy leader, but is burying them for the good of the party.Mrs Roy was rolled two weeks ago when the caucus voted in John Boscawen as the new deputy leader. She also lost her ministerial portfolios of consumer affairs, associate education and associate defence.
On Friday on her "Royters" blog, Mrs Roy said she was prepared to put a personally painful experience behind her for the sake of the party.
"I might (okay, I do!) have strong feelings about what happened, but in the real world what I personally feel about the ...
Free Press 10/10/2016 20 Years of ACT and MMP
This Wednesday will mark 20 years since the first MMP election. ACT is one of only four parties to win seats at every one of the seven MMP elections and this week Free Press looks back at the impact ACT has had, and forward to the 2017 election.
The Little Party that Can
ACT’s strength has decided who governs, decisively in some years, and the party has been at the forefront promoting welfare reform, full fair and final treaty settlements, tax reductions, Three Strikes, the Auckland Super City, the Productivity Commission, regulatory reform, and Partnership Schools. A big impact for ACT supporters to be proud of, and lots more to come in the next 20 years.
Few believed that a new party could break into Parliament and stay – no party had done so since Labour in 1916. Polling well behind, Richard Prebble declared that Wellington Central would be a two-horse race, which he won. ACT also polled 6.1 per cent to elect seven further MPs from the P
Free Press 17/10/2016 Biddy the CheesemakerBiddy is a world famous cheesemaker who has won international prizes for her cheeses produced in Eketahuna. She has also become a pin up victim of regulatory excess, with her business crippled by regulatory fees taking 40 per cent of her revenue. In this weekend’s Sunday-Star tete-a-tete against Labour’s Jacinda Ardern, David Seymour highlights how excessive regulation achieves little for food safety but cripples successful small businesses.
More Regulatory ChallengeIn the House this week David Seymour questioned Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith on why peer-to-peer lenders are facing so much regulatory headwind in New Zealand, with one facing large and unnecessary court costs to defend innovative business practice. The Minister's answers (in this story) show that part of the problem is the Minister responsible receives conflicting advice on the law from the Commerce Commission, Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment, and Financial Markets Authority
Plastic bag levy is science-free environmental populism ACT Leader David Seymour is urging MPs and pundits to consider overseas evidence showing the unintended consequences of plastic bag levies, as a bill on the issue is being introduced to the private members’ ballot.
“It’s a nice piece of environmental populism, but laws should be judged on their actual environmental effects, not just their intentions. A levy might reduce plastic bag use, but there would be substitution effects as people switch to reusable plastic or cotton bags.
“The incentive for businesses is to switch to heavier ‘multi-use’ (but still plastic) bags, absorbing the cost and handing them out to customers for free as a point of difference. These bags are far worse for the environment, and (when provided for free) will be discarded as casually as single-use bags. That’s what’s happened in Austin.
“The issue isn’t just litter – considerable resources and carbon emissions are involved in the production and transport of multi-use bags. Very few resource
Commerce Minister must clear the way for P2P lending ACT Leader David Seymour is calling on the Minister of Commerce to allow peer-to-peer platforms flexibility about who they charge for their service.
“A country of our size and location must be a more nimble regulator than other countries, especially in a time of rapid technological change. It was disappointing to see the Minister of Commerce, under questioning in the House, had no answers other than that he’s ‘considering the options’, especially considering the sector brought this to his attention four months ago.
“Badly-drafted red tape and an overzealous regulator is threatening the growth of peer-to-peer lending. MBIE is advising the Minister to apply fee restrictions to these companies as if they are traditional lenders, despite the fact that they are not actually lenders, but intermediaries connecting personal lenders with borrowers.
“This stands in stark contrast with the UK, US, and Australia, where peer-to-peer lenders are using models that the Commerce Commission