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".
The name comes from the ...
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 - 20/02/2017 Bumper Conference
ACT is on the march and looking forward to our election year conference this Saturday at Orakei Bay. If you have been putting it off, it is not too late to register here. Not only will you be showing your support for ACT’s revival, but the program is filled with excellent speakers, entertainment, and don’t forget food.
See full details here, but speakers include Leonie Freeman of Goodman Properties on the housing market, Former Labour Party President Mike Williams speaking for the Howard League on how to get smart on crime, and the New Zealand Initiative’s Eric Crampton on the truth about inequality. We expect David Seymour’s keynote speech to be his best yet.
Elsewhere Up and Down the Country
We have said that this year’s election will be the most strategic ever, and ACT’s strategic importance keeps increasing. No party can govern alone and it is impossible to avoid a left wing, regressive government without ACT. This week Free Press tours
Labour can’t attack National on housing Labour’s record on housing is even worse than National’s, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Labour are right to point out the extent of our housing shortage. But their policy of making the government build houses won’t address the causes of the shortage. Instead, the government will face the same barriers that private developers do: a wall of red tape in building and a lack of residential-zoned land.
“These regulations are making development unaffordable. By ignoring the regulation and putting the government in charge of development, Labour would just transfer costs away from private developers and homebuyers, and onto the taxpayer.
“On top of that, Labour have actually tried to distract from the shortage of housing by blaming high prices on foreigners and investors. Their policies targeting these people will do nothing to actually get houses built.
“If ACT holds the balance of power at the election, we will force the Government to scrap red tape in building and planning la
National makes promises, ACT will make them happen ACT will push the Government hard to follow through on tax cuts and road pricing, says party leader David Seymour.
“Steven Joyce made all the right noises on tax cuts and demand-based road pricing in his speech today. This comes after constant pressure from ACT to adopt these ideas.
“Unfortunately, National has a depressing record of campaigning from the right and governing from the left. They talk about respecting taxpayers and then introduce new taxes. They talk about cutting red tape but then introduce new flawed regulations.
“The fact that National has at least paid lip service to these ideas means they’ll have to follow through after the election – so long as there is a strong ACT to hold them to their word.
“National can talk all they want about fixing congestion and cutting tax, but only ACT will make them actually do it.”
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Bill English must heed Treasury’s warning The Prime Minister must respond to the superannuation warning set to be delivered by Treasury today, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
Top-ranking Treasury officials will present the latest Long-term Fiscal Outlook to select committee at 11:15am today.
“Treasury’s paper doesn’t paint a pretty picture. We need to raise the age of superannuation eligibility to avoid turning into a European or African-style economic basket case,” says Mr Seymour.
“Right now, 15% of the population is over 65. By 2060, when current university students are retiring, 27% will be over 65. The report states that this aging population is a key pressure leading to high debt forecasts.
“If no policy changes are made, by 2060, when current students reach retirement age, government debt will be 206 per cent of GDP. We’ll be worse off than fiscally screwed countries such as Zimbabwe (203 per cent), Greece (179 per cent), and Italy (133 per cent).
“Higher debt equals higher borrowing costs and higher taxe