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ENG: Rodney Philip Hide, QSO (born 16 December 1956), is a New Zealand politician who was leader of the political party ACT New Zealand from 2004 to 2011. From 2005 to 2011 he represented the electorate of Epsom as its Member of Parliament. Rodney Hide was Minister of Local Government, Associate Minister of Commerce and Minister of Regulatory Reform. The last portfolio was mainly concerned with reducing government regulation or "red tape", a topic that had been one of Rodney Hide's core policies in his election campaign. He stepped down as ACT leader in April 2011 after a leadership challenge from Don Brash. Political career 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 ...
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Hide says dumped deputy tougher than he realised

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 ...

Hide faces challenge from within party

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 ...

Rodney Hide: Our objective is to make Auckland ...

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 ...

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Hide’s problems and solutions for local government
Rodney Hide first lays out the problems with local government: First, local government is controlled and directed by central government. The Auckland Council inherited 109 statutory functions. It’s no longer the mayor and the town clerk looking after the parks and collecting the rubbish. There’s been no rationalisation of function. Second, the all-important spend on […]
Rodney on union power
Rodney Hide writes: There was a time, not so long ago, when the unions could grind the country to a halt and drop a government to its knees. Not now. Their latest industrial action is to tweet a boycott of My Food Bag. That you didn’t know demonstrates their puniness. That you don’t care, their […]
Hide on the left
Rodney Hide writes: What ails the left? They lack puff and policy. They were once vibrant, challenging and full of ideas. The right were the dreary, backward-looking ones. The left now suffer from closed minds and moral smugness. They are moribund and backward-looking. They run from ideas. Opposing philosophies distress them. They pillory dissenters as […]
Hide on the Little blunder
Rodney Hide writes: The good thing about stunts is that you get to prepare them. You get to choose when and where and have time to develop and craft your message. You have staff and MPs to check things out. It is important to check every detail and every fact from every angle. The journalists […]

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