Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul

Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today.
 
"This weekend thousands of businesses will be closed, liquor sales will be banned, and countless Kiwis will be denied the right to work," said Mr Whyte.
 
"Retailers are fed up. Consumers are fed up. Yet this nanny-statism continues, without any clear justification.
 

Allowing Kiwis to sell their homes to foreigners benefits Kiwis

Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying homes. Even John Key is now saying he will look into the matter.

There is no need to. Mr Peters and Mr Cunliffe are wrong: allowing New Zealanders to sell their homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders.

ACT Deputy Leader Kenneth Wang - Press Statement

Press Statement

Kenneth Wang - ACT Deputy Leader

14th April 2014

 

“I am honoured to be selected as ACT’s Deputy Leader. 

The ACT Party has selected a strong new leader Jamie Whyte. I am impressed with his intellect and his vision for this country.

Having served in parliament, I know Jamie Whyte will be a strong debater and will support policies that are important for the future of this country. 

I am standing for parliament again because this country is at the cross road,

Press Statement 15 April 2014

Press Statement

Jamie Whyte

ACT Leader

 

 

I am delighted to announce that the ACT Board has elected Kenneth Wang to be ACT’s deputy leader.

Kenneth has already served as a member of parliament. Kenneth came out of his period in parliament with the strong support of his ACT colleagues, which is not an easy achievement.  John Boscawen, the previous ACT President, made no secret of his support for Kenneth Wang to be the next ACT Deputy leader.

My challenge to David Cunliffe

The Labour Party has announced a return to “industrial policy”. If elected, they will decide which businesses and sectors of the economy will deliver the highest returns and promote them in various ways – most obviously, by subsidising them with taxpayers’ money. 

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The Letter - 14 April 2014

14 April 2014

 

Be careful what you wish for

If a Labour/NZ1/Green government really bans Chinese from buying houses, takes land under the public works act for housing, builds 100,000 houses and puts on a capital gains tax it really could collapse house prices.  Their house is most families’ greatest asset.  Such interventions will cause great distress. Home owners will not be able to sell without taking a massive hit. Homes will be worth less than the mortgage.  Banks will foreclose.   A home owner can only vote Labour if they think the housing policy will not work.

The Letter - 7 April 2014

View from abroad

The Letter was in Australia last week.  We have come home to see commentators wondering why New Zealand First is on 7%. It is the fallout from the Minister of Justice going at taxpayers’ expense to China to have talks with the company that has made her husband a director.  Because it was China Winston Peters is the beneficiary.

The Letter - 24 March 2014

 

Policy not politics

 
“If only the media would give coverage to policy” says Labour apologists.  No one could accuse us of being a gossip mag so we have examined Labour’s latest policy release to see why it has been almost totally ignored.  On examination we agree that the policy deserves much better coverage.  

 

Apartheid; no whites apply

 “Forestry and Wood Products: Economic Upgrade” is a boring title for a policy.  We have a new title “Only Maori can apply”.  See, you are already interested.  (We are not making this up.  Labour proposes a tree planting programme costing $20 million a year that is only open to Iwi).

 

The Letter - 17 March

Xenophobia

Someone must have called an election.  First David Cunliffe says Labour is going to change the rules for foreign investment.  Now Winston Peters is sure foreigners are stealing our fish.  The Letter suspects if it was not election year and Judith Collins had been meeting with an EC civil servant Labour would not be claiming “scandal”. 

471,711

The 2013 Census reports there are half a million Asian New Zealanders.  The Number of Maori is over stated as a person only has to say they have a tiny fraction of Maori blood to be recorded as Maori even though they may regard themselves as being of another ethnicity.   (There are people who are less than 1/200th Maori. They are known at universities as “quota” Maori).  Commentators opined last week that the Maori seats may decide the election.  Unlikely.  The reality is the Asian vote will be decisive.

The Letter - 12 March

We Are back

Nine years ago The Letter retired to Lake Rotoma. A general election has been called for 20 September so it is time to return from the pleasures of the Lake and ask “where is the money coming from for all these election promises?

 

Election is a tossup

The first TV poll of election year showed National at 51%, Labour at 33% and the Greens at 8%.  National can govern alone say the commentators.  That was election 2011.  The first TVNZ the poll for this election year National is again on 51% and the Greens 8% but Labour is up 1%.  More ominous for National their coalition ally ACT was on zero.  In the 2011 election National received 47%.  This time National strategists think the party might get 45%.  Without a revival of ACT National will struggle to form a stable coalition.

Roger Douglas: How to judge the 2014 budget

First publshed on the National Business Review

Budget day is coming up. Finance Minister Bill English has promised that this will be yet another "responsible budget".

But what does it mean for a budget to be responsible? How can we tell if a budget is responsible or reckless?

Allowing Kiwis to sell their homes to foreigners benefits Kiwis

Winston Peters has apparently convinced David Cunliffe that when foreigners buy New Zealand property they make New Zealanders worse off. Mr Cunliffe has announced his intention to adopt Winston Peters’ policy of banning foreigners from buying homes. Even John Key is now saying he will look into the matter.

There is no need to. Mr Peters and Mr Cunliffe are wrong: allowing New Zealanders to sell their homes to foreigners benefits New Zealanders.

My challenge to David Cunliffe

The Labour Party has announced a return to “industrial policy”. If elected, they will decide which businesses and sectors of the economy will deliver the highest returns and promote them in various ways – most obviously, by subsidising them with taxpayers’ money. 

The Left trying to solve problems created by their own policies

The Greens today claimed that the appreciation in Auckland property prices shows that a capital gains tax is needed. They claim that that the profits earned from investing in rental properties “draws more and more money into the market, pushing up prices at an unsustainable rate”. Taxing the capital gains on rental properties would supposedly discourage this investment and bring house prices down.
 

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