New catchphrase won’t soothe rate pain

ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour does not share Auckland Tourism Events and Economic Development’s enthusiasm for a revamp of Auckland’s “global brand”.

“Funding an advisory panel to conjure up a new catchphrase or logo is last thing ratepayers want to hear about when they’ve just been informed of unprecedented rate hikes,” said Mr Seymour.

“The best possible brand for Auckland is of a city with smart governance, effective infrastructure, and affordable housing.

Blessie’s killer shows more changes needed

The tragic case of Blessie Gotingco’s murder shows that further changes to the use of Preventive Detention are needed to keep our communities safe, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“ACT’s Three Strike law will effectively lock away the worst violent recidivist criminals, and it is a shame this law was not introduced long ago, not just in 2010 at the instigation of the ACT Party,” said Mr Seymour.

“But more is needed.

Good politics, poor policy

“Funnelling immigrants into the regions through adjustments of our points system may be good politics, but it’s poor policy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The policy is clearly intended to release pressure on Auckland housing, but it only adds to a long list of piecemeal policy tinkering that avoids the comprehensive RMA reforms needed to free up Auckland’s inflexible housing supply.

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

“National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Now that Labour and National seem to be in agreement, there is no debate over the real effect of a land tax or stamp duty.

“How much of the land tax’s cost will be paid by the intended targets – foreign buyers – and how much cost will be passed on to good local vendors?

“And does National really think taxing investment in housing will encourage new development?

Council must keep its hands off our AECT dividends

Auckland Council should keep its hands off Aucklanders’ AECT dividends, says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour.

The Council is due to receive advice in November on fundraising options, and at least one Councillor seems to have come out in favour of absorbing the AECT shares into Council finances.

“Don’t Councillors understand property rights? Individuals know how to get better value out of their money than government does,” said Mr Seymour.

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