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 ...
National's bureaucratic instincts on show in education reforms Hekia Parata’s idea of giving bureaucrats more power to calculate how much schools should be paid shows the worst of National’s centralising instincts, according to ACT leader Jamie Whyte.
“Parents know how well schools are performing. It is also parents who pay the tax to fund the schools. It should be parents who have the power to influence school funding.
“No government can collect and process as much information as parents already have, and no government can know parents' varying preferences for their children's education. The Novapay debacle showed that government struggles even to install a centralised payroll system. Why should anyone believe it can develop a centralised system for calculating school performance?
“Schools should be funded based on how many parents choose to send their children there, and they should be able to use the funds as they see fit..
“Under a bulk funding model, schools that attract students from high ne
Greens bullying the vulnerable “Green MP Catherine Delahunty is acting as a spokesperson for the unions in her latest attack on partnership schools” said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today.
“The teachers’ unions are not concerned that five partnerships schools might fail. The unions are scared that the partnership schools will succeed and encourage the creation of dozens more partnership schools.
“The parents of nearly a thousand mainly Maori children have welcomed the chance to attend a partnership school where the pupils are likely to succeed.
“They know that at state schools their children have almost no chance of success. Those are the brutal facts of the latest international educational league table.
“All the teachers at the failing schools that Ms Delahunty wants to force the partnership pupils to attend have been approved by the Education Council - and yet the pupils still fail.
“It’s true that partnership schools don’t have to report to the same bureaucrats as public schools. They are ins
Looking ahead to September 20 "Today we discovered that the general election will be held on the 20th of September 2014," said ACT leader Jamie Whyte.
"The most important outcome of this election is that a Labour-Green-NZ First coalition not come to power. Their policies of high taxes, central planning and economic isolationism would do serious damage to the prosperity of New Zealanders.
"Without ACT MPs, National will not be able to form a government and keep put Labour-Green-NZ First. ACT must win Epsom and get several more list MPs into parliament.
"ACT is also needed in parliament to remind other MPs of whose money they are spending. A fiscal surplus is forecast for coming years and, already, the other parties plan to use it to buy votes. $60 a week baby bonuses, extended paid parental leave and solar panel subsidies are sure to be just the start.
"ACT is the only party that will always favour letting people keep their own money.
"Over the coming months, ACT will be announcing policies that will make New Zeal
ACT leader Jamie Whyte supports Reserve Bank Governor ACT Leader Jamie Whyte strongly supports the Reserve Bank Governor's decision to raise interest rates.
"All party leaders should be supporting the independence of the Reserve Bank Governor. The statements from the leader of the Opposition are reckless and self serving. The statements from the Greens and New Zealand First are dangerous," said Dr Whyte.
"If Labour were to implement its present election promises, interest rates would have to rise further. Every economically literate person in New Zealand knows that if the country wants to avoid damaging inflation then interest rates need to rise.
"I have spent the last ten years as a consultant working to correct the wreckage of the Global Financial Crisis. Part of the reason for the crisis has been politicans refusing to back strong independent Reserve Banks. Countries that have tried to impliment the policies of New Zealand First and the Greens have ended up in a mess - like Greece.