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 - 14/09/2015 The Difference a Year Can Make
3 News journalist Brook Sabin tweeted last week, “I thought David Seymour would be the death of ACT, I was wrong.” Andrea Vance said David has pulled off an “amazing PR stunt,” and Paul Henry says he’s doing great. Even Patrick Gower says he “could turn out to be a class act.” This Sunday will be one year since the election, and Free Press looks back at a few highlights and why they might be saying these things.
Improving Legislation to Protect Civil LibertiesACT has negotiated to improve the Countering Foreign Terrorist Fighter Legislation, and ensured that warrantless searches of businesses by the immigration department will be reviewed. ACT was the lone voice against the Harmful Digital Communications Act. David’s proposal to limit it to countering the real problem of revenge porn instead of becoming a handbrake on freedom of speech was sadly voted down.
Paid Parental LeaveACT has successfully argued that paid parental leave
Everybody take a deep breath “The Prime Minister has opened the door to adding the Red Peak flag to the options for the flag referendum,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Andrew Little intends to table a Bill adding Red Peak to the list of options, but wants to change the structure of the planned referendum process.
“Yesterday I released a document suggesting we add or substitute in Red Peak, a design which now has over 48,000 signatories petitioning to add it to the mix.
“Everybody needs to take a deep breath, and take the heat out of this. Let’s delay the process, shifting the first round of the referenda out to early next year.
“There seems to be a generational divide on the issue: older generations favouring the current flag, younger generations favouring a change, and becoming enthusiastic about Red Peak. The time when the generations get together is Christmas.
“That’s why we should delay the process, and give New Zealanders time to discuss that over our summer break.
“Andrew Little has
Free Thoughts - The Flag Referendum and Red Peak The first round of the flag referendum is almost upon us, and at last there is some genuine interest in the process. But the flag generating all the interest is not on the shortlist.
We have a problem. And time is running out.
About a fortnight ago I started to notice the social media buzz about a completely overlooked option in the original longlist, the Red Peak flag. In that longlist it didn’t make any great impression, other than being a crisp, clean design – one that at least looked like a flag.
That it did not stand out reflects one of the problems with the whole flag process. When looking at the long list we were just looking at graphics, at designs without meaning. As somebody observed, it’s like judging singers by their photographs.
In a Herald item on the Red Peak flag, “decoding red peak”, Red Peak was presented with the red triangle as a traditional Maori meeting house, the white as Mt Taranaki, the black and blue as night and day. It’s a powerful image. It read
Come on Labour, step up to the plate "The Prime Minister has given Labour the chance to have the Red Peak flag added to the flag shortlist, which over 50,000 people want," says ACT Leader David Seymour.
"But Labour have added a proviso in their Bill today, that the first round of the referendum starts with a question as to whether you want the flag changed. That is daft.
"For most of us, the answer to that question depends on what the alternate flag is.
"The current process is the right one: choose an alternate flag, and make that one run off against the current flag.
"Labour should drop that requirement and meet with the Prime Minister to negotiate a way forward.
"If Labour want to negotiate further, they should insist on a delay to the two rounds of referenda. Give us all a chance to debate over the Christmas break, when families and the different generations get together.
"That way we might get a good result, and a win for all New Zealanders."
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