Rodney Hide (born 16 December 1956) is a New Zealand politician who became leader of the political party ACT New Zealand in 2004. Since 2005, he has represented the electorate of Epsom as its Member of Parliament. Rodney Hide is Minister of Local Government, Associate Minister of Commerce and Minister of Regulatory Reform. The latter is a new portoflio mainly aimed at controlling government regulation (Red Tape), which has been one of Rodney Hide's core policies in his election campaign.
Member of Parliament
Hide first entered Parliament in 1996 as a list MP. He won the party parliamentary leadership role in a closely-contested primary after the retirement of Richard Prebble in 2004. He then went on to win the Epsom electorate from sitting National Party MP Richard Worth in ...
ACT Party leader Rodney Hide says he under-estimated the resilience of his former deputy Heather Roy, who was dumped last week.The party has been in turmoil following Mrs Roy's demotion and the leaking of a dossier revealing a dysfunctional relationship between her and Mr Hide.Mrs Roy returned to Parliament this week.She and Mr Hide presented a united front on Thursday, walking into Parliament side by side saying their differences were behind them.At a caucus meeting, Mrs Roy apologised for the damage caused by the leak and said she accepts Mr Hide did not act to undermine her. He also ...
There are fresh problems for Act leader Rodney Hide, with reports a member of his own party plans to contest his nomination for the seat of Epsom.Newstalk ZB reported Peter Tashkoff, who is number seven on Act's party list, would contest the nomination after Hide's handling of the dumping of Act deputy, Heather Roy, last week.Tashkoff said he had no faith in Hide, and was disgusted with how he had handled the Roy saga.He said Hide was a failure as a leader and a liability to the party.The revelation comes after Hide signalled earlier today that Roy would find it extremely difficult to stay ...
Everything we are setting out to achieve is geared to a single objective - to make Auckland greater.We are doing this because Auckland ratepayers are sick of their city being paralysed by the woeful inability of eight councils to agree on anything.This is about improvement and greater efficiency.This is about what's good for ratepayers. This is about providing a service culture from the people in the ratepayers' pay from the moment the phone is answered.This is a plan for a city of the future.There has been a lack of leadership and no single vision for Auckland, but soon its leaders will be ...
Hide on Auckland Transport
Rodney Hide writes in the HoS: My research led me to Wellingtonian Tony Randle, who spent months trying to get the analysis underpinning the 2010 Rail Business Case, succeeding only after a complaint to the Ombudsman. Once Tony got hold of the analysis he found: 1. Basic spreadsheet errors. The spreadsheet fails to calculate the [...]
Hide complains National too soft on Shearer
Rodney Hide writes in the HoS: The frightening part for Labour leader David Shearer forgetting to declare his $50,000-plus offshore bank account is National’s response: next to nothing. The Prime Minister said simply that Shearer’s memory lapse was “unfortunate”. Unfortunate? That’s scary. The usual political playbook is straightforward: 1. Make the account suspicious; 2. Keep [...]
Hide on how Governments hurt the poor
Rodney Hide in the HoS describes 10 ways Government policies hurt poor people: The Government funds the very best schools for rich kids’ education. The price of entry is the cost of a house that’s “in-zone”. Poor families can’t afford it. They are locked out of decent schools and their kids are consigned to third-rate [...]
Sarah Cohen teachers' passion impresses Hide
Associate Education Minister Rodney Hide may not have made a
funding announcement but having the opportunity to talk to
him was enough for staff and parents of Sara Cohen School