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New Website To Hear Housing Stories

Monday, 12 April 2021, 5:24 am | ACT New Zealand

“A flood of stories about the likely impacts of new interest deductibility rules has necessitated a new website to hear them all,” says ACT Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Labour’s interest deductibility changes represent a stealth ... More >>

Seymour Statement On Prince Philip

Saturday, 10 April 2021, 5:32 am | ACT New Zealand

"On behalf of ACT, I would like to express sincere condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family. "Prince Philip will be remembered for his long dedication to public service. He has selflessly contributed to a long period of stability ... More >>

50K Cost On New Builds Unacceptable

Friday, 9 April 2021, 9:04 am | ACT New Zealand

“Adding up to $50,000 to the cost of a new home with higher insulation standards is unacceptable in the middle of a housing crisis”, says ACT’s Housing Spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “All New Zealanders want to live in a warm, dry home, but first ... More >>

Stop Vilifying Landlords And Start Listening

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 3:04 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Labour should stop vilifying residential property investors and start listening to them,” says ACT’s Housing Spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “Labour promised to be a government for all New Zealanders, but today’s comments in Parliament take ... More >>

Coal Boiler Ban Is Virtue Signalling

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 1:47 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s ban on coal-fired boilers won’t stop one gram of emissions because the Emissions Trading Scheme already sets a hard cap,” says ACT’s Environment Spokesperson Simon Court. “ This idea is nothing more than virtue signalling and ... More >>

Higher Lawmaking Standards Well Overdue

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 12:55 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Regulatory Standards Bill , drawn from the members’ bill ballot today, is a long overdue addition to New Zealand’s constitutional framework,” according to ACT Leader David Seymour. “The first attempt to pass a similar bill was the ... More >>

We Were Slow To Secure Vaccines And Now We’re Exposed

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 2:43 pm | ACT New Zealand

“New Zealand has been left terribly exposed as a slow vaccinating outlier among developed countries, unable to let vaccinated travellers into the country because the Government doesn’t yet know enough about how infectious those protected travellers ... More >>

Government Mustn’t Let Rotten Apple Pile Get Higher

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 11:50 am | ACT New Zealand

“It was heart-breaking to watch a media conference of Hawke's Bay orchardists today revealing, as one put it ‘anxiety and desperation beyond belief,’ at the situation the Government left them all in this season by refusing to let more Pacific ... More >>

Aussie Bubble Takes Us Straight Back To October

Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 4:49 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Once again the Government is long on self-congratulation but late on delivery with its announcement of a travel bubble with Australia, but Jacinda Ardern couldn’t treat us like lucky little prisoners any longer,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. ... More >>

Exhibition Industry Begs For Fairness

Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 10:03 am | ACT New Zealand

“If the petition I received on the steps of Parliament this morning from Darryl Clarke seeking to have exhibitions separated from mass gathering rules is acted on by this Government it will probably come too late for many in this important sector,” ... More >>

Act New Zealand

Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 9:17 am | ACT New Zealand

“Today the Government will try its usual trope that ‘we’ve all worked really hard, and Australian travel is a reward for our sacrifice,’ but the public should look right through them,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “A Government that treated ... More >>

Easter Trading Bill Long Overdue, Deserves Government Support

Friday, 2 April 2021, 7:28 am | ACT New Zealand

“Once again retailers and hospitality owners throughout New Zealand will spend Easter trying to understand why we still have the archaic laws that have no place in today’s society,” says ACT Small Business spokesperson Chris Baillie. “Business ... More >>

Queensland Cluster A Useful Trial Run For Trans-Tasman Travel

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 12:34 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Queensland has just given New Zealand a lesson in how to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 and lift a lockdown,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Part of the reason for success was metropolitan Brisbane’s ability to ramp up community testing. ... More >>

New Zealanders Getting The Mushroom Treatment On Vaccinations

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 11:45 am | ACT New Zealand

“How astonishing that the Australian Health Minister finds himself having to defend his Government having only vaccinated 670,000 Australians when New Zealand has managed less than 10 per cent of that number,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “This difference ... More >>

New Tax Rate Rounds Out Month Of Divisive, Punitive Ardern Government

Thursday, 1 April 2021, 9:46 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s introduction of a 39 per cent top tax rate is futile, punitive political theatre that rounds out a month of increasingly divisive governance,” says ACT Leader David Seymour “We want to trust our Government. It should be making ... More >>

True Costs Of Government Charges Are Crippling For Business

Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 3:22 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Many New Zealanders will take just a second to acknowledge a minimum wage increase of $1.10 an hour tomorrow and move on, paying it little mind, but the reality for New Zealand small businesses is they need to find tens or even hundreds of thousands ... More >>

Is Light Rail The Answer To Auckland’s Transport Crisis?

Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 10:30 am | ACT New Zealand

“Despite an announcement about plans for Auckland light rail being imminent, the fact of the matter is Aucklanders would still prefer better road connections in the city over a promise of light rail,” says ACT Transport spokesperson Simon Court. ... More >>

Late Report Release Shows Casual, Aloof Government

Wednesday, 31 March 2021, 9:38 am | ACT New Zealand

“The August lockdown cost hardworking New Zealanders hundreds of millions of dollars, and the Government is still not telling the truth about its COVID response,” says ACT Leader David Seymour “Releasing an October report in March shows how casual ... More >>

We Should Be Free To Say Mothers Matter

Tuesday, 30 March 2021, 6:21 am | ACT New Zealand

“There is little hope for New Zealand’s children if the Advertising Standards Authority won’t let us have honest conversations about maternal mental health,” says ACT’s Children’s Spokesperson Karen Chhour in response to the Advertising ... More >>

Disappointing There Won’t Be A Minimum Wage Breather

Monday, 29 March 2021, 4:12 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Business owners who’ve battled through COVID and who often struggle to pay themselves the minimum wage will be further disheartened that the Prime Minister has signalled a never ending stream of minimum wage hikes on her watch,” says ACT ... More >>