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 ...
ACT successfully introduces RWC Bill ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Green Party’s swift turnaround on his Rugby World Cup opening hours Bill.
“Common sense has prevailed and I’m looking forward to working across party lines through the select committee process, which is the correct vehicle for debating the detail of legislation.
“I’m confident we can produce a Bill which will allow pubs to open during World Cup games, so people can come together and celebrate this international event by gathering with friends and strangers.”
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Solid Energy – lessons unlearnt New Zealand should learn from the Solid Energy fiasco, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Politicians forced taxpayers to invest in a coal business which has gone bust, losing $500 million in value since 2011. Obviously the company should have been sold when it still had some value.
“Taxpayers deserve an apology. Half a billion dollars of taxpayer wealth has gone down the toilet.
“You can be sure that most politicians will learn nothing from this. They will still keep making the case for forcing taxpayers to own businesses for the politicians to run. It is madness.
“Government mal-investing taxpayer money makes us all poorer. We’re better off when this money is left in the pockets of New Zealanders, who can make their own decisions about how to spend or invest it.
“We need small and effective government, with low taxes to match. Government should stick to the essentials, and keep well clear of trying to run businesses.”
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Avoid another Solid Energy – sell Landcorp farms now Landcorp’s dismal performance shows that the government should wind down the company’s asset base, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“The parties who campaigned on ‘keep our assets’ need to explain why the taxpayer should keep any companies that are just as often liabilities,” said Mr Seymour.
“The New Zealand taxpayer deserves better than another Solid Energy-type meltdown.
“The dividends received from this business (0.4% in the past year) signal the poor returns to the taxpayer.
“The government should start selling down Landcorp’s farms, transferring risk to the private sector and ending the potential for a costly corporate bailout.
“The role of government is to provide essential services – not to run businesses. The data from here and across the world is unequivocal: perverse incentives cause governments to misjudge risks and fail to extract value from investments.
“In the hands of expert, profit-focused private owners, these enterprises can prosper on their o
Free Press - 17/08/2015 New Partnership Schools Kura Hourua are GoLast week the Government announced a new round of Partnership School applications. Interested parties who would like to run a Partnership School have until October 30 to submit their proposal for running a new school. They should have an innovative idea for running a school that will help the Government’s priority learners, Maori, Pasifika, special needs, and low income students.
Success so FarSo far nine Partnership Schools have opened in Auckland and Northland. These include the Vanguard Military School, South Auckland Middle School, Middle School West Auckland, the Rise Up Academy, Pacific Advance Senior School, Te Kura Maori o Waatea, Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, Te Pumanawa o Te Wairua, and Te Kapehu Phetu (Teina). With the exception of Te Pumanawa o Te Wairua, whose difficulties have been well publicised, the schools early results range from above average to outstanding. You can read more about the schools and th