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 ...
Only ACT supports a serious conversation with millennials National’s defence of the failed interest-free student loan scheme leaves only ACT prepared to discuss the policy.
“Today’s New Zealand Initiative report confirms what ACT has believed all along," says ACT Leader David Seymour. "The 2005 decision to remove all interest from student loans was a cynical bribe that has not made access more equal or millennials better off.
“The loan scheme does nothing to assist students struggling to move up from poorly-performing secondary schools. The scheme instead gives a subsidy to those students who have already succeeded in gaining university entrance, and who are statistically going to be earning far more than average. We should instead be targeting spending towards areas of greatest need.
“The question for millennials is what sort of policy will our generation support: vote buying and deception, or asking hard questions about tertiary spending? Do you want to pay for your own education once, or pay for others’ bad decisions fo
Government is in dreamland over P-licence safety The Government is in dreamland if it thinks the outdated P-licencing system is safer than GPS-tracked, consumer-rated rideshare services, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Simon Bridges’ confession that P-licenced drivers are operating with drink driving or dangerous driving convictions contradicts his defence of P-licencing as an assurance of safety.
“Meanwhile, he’s threatening to ban services which ensure safety through real-time GPS tracking and two-way evaluation. The Government’s attitude toward taxi safety has been leapfrogged by technology.
“However, it was a relief to hear the Minister concede today that the P-licencing system is overly expensive.
“In June last year, Bridges said he was interested in using Uber-style technology to allow ‘a large-scale uptake in carpooling’. This will never happen so long as there is a near-$2000 levy for every rideshare driver.
“The Minister promised to regulate ridesharing technology with the ‘lightest touch possible’.
Free Press - 15/08/2016 Growing Shoots
The number one determinant of educational success is school leadership and teacher quality, and New Zealand has one of the most unequal education systems in the world. Thankfully this Government, with ACT’s pressure and support is opening up new ways of getting good educators in front of children.
To All the Great Teachers
The old saying goes, if you can read this, thank a teacher. Free Press comes to you weekly thanks to some wonderful, inspiring, life changing teachers. They are paid the same as the mediocre, draining, and even bullying ones that should have been moved on long ago but are almost immovable under collective agreements. Good teachers need to see through the bullying tactics of the unions.
Education Minister Hekia Parata is undertaking a funding review, one that could result in principals having greater control over their staffing budgets. At present principals are simply told how many teachers they can employ. They have lit
Fourth Partnership Schools application round opens David Seymour, Parliamentary Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education has welcomed the opening of the fourth round of applications to establish Partnership Schools | Kura Hourua (Partnership Schools).
This round, announced last month, will see successful applicants opening their school(s) in 2018.
“The eight Partnership Schools already in operation are making a real difference in the lives of children who have been underserved by the mainstream school system,” says Mr Seymour. “More students deserve the opportunities offered by Partnership Schools.
“The Government eagerly awaits applications from education innovators and community leaders across the country.
“The previous round received 26 applications. It’s this high level of demand that drives the expansion of the policy.”
Application documents can be accessed here.
The current application round, for schools opening in 2017, is still underway. The outcome of this application round will be announced in due course.