Funding changes a big win for med students

ACT Leader David Seymour says the Government’s move to give medical students a longer period of loan eligibility is a big win for medical students.

“The cap on funding at seven years of study is there to stop students using study as a holiday, however I know my friends at med school certainly aren’t having a holiday and they deserve to be supported throughout their study."

Free Press - 30/11/2015

Politician of the Year
The mysterious but often accurate Wellington politics publication trans-Tasman has named David Seymour politician of the year.  We are not getting too carried away as David also won most improved player in his first year of rugby and turned out to be a thoroughly average player.  Nevertheless we’ll take the bouquet, and pass on the thanks to loyal Free Press readers.

Huge opportunities in tertiary Partnership School sponsorship

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the introduction of the Education Legislation Bill, which will allow tertiary institutions to apply to sponsor Partnership Schools.

“This is paving the way for unprecedented innovation, allowing New Zealand’s highest learning institutions to apply their resources and expertise to secondary and primary age students," said Mr Seymour.

Free Press - 23/11/2015

A Sunk Cost
The first of two flag referenda has begun.  Since the money’s been spent you might as well vote.  One thing’s certain, if this one fails no sane Prime Minister will give you the chance again for a very long time.

Councillors have a duty to speak up on rezoning

Epsom MP David Seymour has called on Auckland councillors to state their real positions on the rezoning of Auckland’s central suburbs.

The Herald today reports that councillors have been sworn to secrecy over intensification plans for Epsom, Mt Eden, and other central suburbs. If this is true, then it’s an affront to the purpose of elected office. If it’s false, then all councillors should deny it immediately," said Mr Seymour.

Minister helpless in breaking Mt Eden promise

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Settlements’ promise that there would be no change in public access to Mt Eden has proven worthless, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Minister Finlayson’s statement last July was clear – ‘there will be no change in public access to the maunga’.

Local Government (Auckland Transitional Provisions) Amendment Bill - First reading

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): When the member who has just resumed her seat, Jan Logie, apologised for her state of mind, I thought she was just being gracious, but as her speech proceeded, I realised she was actually being quite honest.

Government Motion - Death of Jonah Lomu

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I will not reflect on the previous speaker’s choice of the greatest rugby school in New Zealand, but I would like, on behalf of the ACT Party, to join with other leaders in expressing condolences at this very sad time to the family of Jonah Lomu, and also to pay tribute to such a tremendous man, such a freakishly great athlete, such an inspiring leader, and such a great ambassador for New Zealand.