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 ...
Special Housing Areas simply ad hoc tinkering Nick Smith’s extension of Special Housing Area legislation does nothing to address the fundamental barriers to housing supply, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Special Housing Areas make easy photo-ops, but are little more than ad hoc tinkering,” says Mr Seymour.
“Rather than having bureaucrats set aside particular patches of land for intensification, the Minister could simplify land use regulations across Auckland. This would allow housing development in areas of real demand, without causing disproportionate infrastructure pressure on any particular area.
“After years of big talk, the Government has pushed RMA reform under the carpet. They’ve also failed to remove Auckland’s Metro-Urban Limit, or plan for infrastructure funding, despite making some of the right noises.
“ACT is committed to increasing housing supply, and so will support this legislation as a tiny step in the right direction. But it’s not enough to just suspend reality on selected city blocks – we n
Labour’s use of urgency a hypocritical u-turn Labour’s use of urgency to debate far-reaching housing legislation is a hypocritical turnaround, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Just yesterday Labour claimed it was unconstitutional to debate housing legislation under urgency, yet they now propose far-reaching legislation under the same state of urgency. This makes a mockery of their former outrage," says Mr Seymour.
“Labour’s amendments would extend the bright line test into a capital gains tax, restrict foreign home buyers, and have the Government build 10,000 houses a year. Parliament has debated these things endlessly already – Labour is now just using urgency to grandstand.
“Under a state building programme, the Government would face the same problems of constrained land supply and red tape faced by private developers. Costs caused by these issues would just be transferred from homebuyers to the taxpayer.
“Funnelling housing investment from overseas into new-builds would only serve to inflate the price of new homes
Housing Legislation Amendment Bill - Second reading, committee stage DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the Act Party in support of this bill. Was it not fascinating to listen to the last minute of the speech by the member who just resumed her seat, Marama Davidson, when she actually got on to addressing the bill, instead of being a bundle of self-righteous fury with nothing constructive to add, no solutions, and no real understanding of what is being debated by other members? What I would like to address is the fact that these housing markets that we have in New Zealand are dysfunctional. The number of houses built in Auckland in the past decade is 20 percent fewer than in the 1990s, despite very strong price signals that the supply of housing in Auckland needed to rise. That is a dysfunctional market. Unfortunately, over a long period of time, 8 years now, this Government has done what the Government before it did—nothing substantial to change the dynamics of that market. These special housing areas, I am sorry to say, are an island o
Seymour to Twyford: Put your money where your mouth is ACT Leader David Seymour is challenging Labour Housing Spokesman Phil Twyford to put his money where his mouth is on Urban Growth Boundaries.
“His proposed amendment to remove Urban Growth Boundaries was a good one, so why doesn’t he turn it into a private members’ bill, and put it in the ballot?” says Mr Seymour.
“Surely this is a more important issue than wheel clamping, which Mr Twyford’s current members’ bill addresses – a strange priority for a housing spokesperson.”
The last-minute Labour amendment on the issue failed on Wednesday when Phil Twyford failed to co-ordinate with Mr Seymour. With Mr Seymour’s vote, the amendment would have passed.
“I would have voted for the amendment – all Phil had to do was pick up the phone,” says Mr Seymour.
Mr Seymour received no contact from Mr Twyford aside from an email giving less than an hour’s notice, which was unread due to a full meeting schedule.
“If Labour wants to show credibility on housing, they need to