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 ...
David Seymour's Acceptance Speech Hi, I’m David Seymour, and if you live in Epsom, Mt Eden, Parnell, or Remuera, I’m honoured and humbled to be your new MP.
I’d like to thank the people, many of whom are here tonight, who have humbled me with their generosity.
Some of you are family, some friends, some old political colleagues, and others whom I’ve only met this year.
Together we ran an enormous campaign. Over eight months, we hand delivered 85,000 pieces of personally addressed direct mail. We knocked on over 13,000 doors. Hundreds of people came to dozens of house meetings, we ran stalls, waved signs, and erected billboards. All of this was done by volunteers. Thank you!
My campaign was to be the best possible local representative for Epsom, and to enable centre-right government in Wellington.
On the first, my door will be open Monday. If you live in Epsom, Mt Eden, Parnell or Remuera, I’d be honoured to serve you.
On the second, coalition negotiations must take place. Make no mistake, Epsom voters have s
Three tests ACT has passed this election ACT Final Election Rally
Dr Jamie Whyte
Oh So Café, 29 Crummer Road Grey Lynn
12 noon 19 September 2014
Elections campaigns are an opportunity for political parties to put forward candidates and policy to enable voters to choose what sort of New Zealand we want. In this campaign there have been three tests by which you can assess the electoral choices for your vote.
Much of the 2014 election campaign has been hijacked by a book and Kim Dotcom - both of whom will soon be forgotten.
So the first test was whether parties were diverted from the real issues such as the economy, jobs, housing affordability and education.
The ACT Party was never diverted by these sideshows and has put forward practical workable solutions to the issues facing the country. So ACT passed the first test.
The second test was an opportunity to gain easy votes by blaming “foreigners” for the challenge of housing and farm affordability. Colin Craig and Winston Peters based their campaign on blaming the Chinese
In 12 months’ time, here is what will matter In three days’ time I will be elected along with a number of ACT MPs. I think the media will be surprised and ask how it happened?
Let me tell you.
First, ACT has been rising in all the polls. On the latest Colmar Brunton poll, David Seymour wins Epsom and I am elected.
Second, once a party wins an electorate, the number of votes needed to win a Party seat is very low. Each National list MP will take about 60,000 votes, more than the total votes of any one electorate. By contrast, just 28,000 votes will add me to David Seymour. And 44,000 Party votes will give ACT three MPs.
The electorates won by a party are deducted from its list MPs. That is why Labour may get no list MPs.
The ideal way to game MMP is to have a party that wins only electorates and a partner that wins only list seats. Labour and the Greens are now in that situation and may as a result steal the election from National, who would be recording the biggest win in our history if this were a first-past-the-post
If you want to avoid three years of political instability Party Vote ACT. Voters who are concerned that on the latest polls we may be heading for three years of instability have it in their hands to deliver a decisive result.
A Party Vote For ACT is worth four times a party vote for National.
This is because of a little known aspect of MMP.
Under MMP the electorates a party wins are deducted from the number of list MPs awarded.
On average it will take 60,000 votes to elect each National list MP.
Whereas it takes just 16,000 to elect an ACT MP
So the answer is easy.
Party vote ACT for three years of stability.
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