Auckland Council must stop coveting neighbours’ assets

“It is incredibly arrogant, even by their standards, for Auckland Council to include the Auckland Energy Consumer Trust in its asset review as a ‘potential’ asset,” says Epsom MP David Seymour.

David Seymour to the Minister for Building and Housing

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT) to the Minister for Building and Housing : Does he agree with the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank that the key problems with housing supply are “a limited supply of land ready for building; restrictive planning processes, and a lack of coordinated planning in infrastructure development”?

Nanny state retreats

ACT Leader David Seymour will bring his Rugby World Cup Bill back to Parliament this afternoon, and expects it to pass into law today.

“The Bill will allow pubs and clubs to open at extended hours for Rugby World Cup games, meaning New Zealanders can enjoy watching the Cup at community pubs and clubs,” said Mr Seymour.

“While the key provisions of the Bill regarding notification, opening times, and the number of games remain, the Select Committee has worked hard to make several improvements.

Avoid another Solid Energy – sell Landcorp farms now

Landcorp’s dismal performance shows that the government should wind down the company’s asset base, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The parties who campaigned on ‘keep our assets’ need to explain why the taxpayer should keep any companies that are just as often liabilities,” said Mr Seymour.

“The New Zealand taxpayer deserves better than another Solid Energy-type meltdown.

“The dividends received from this business (0.4% in the past year) signal the poor returns to the taxpayer.

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New Partnership Schools Kura Hourua are Go
Last week the Government announced a new round of Partnership School applications.  Interested parties who would like to run a Partnership School have until October 30 to submit their proposal for running a new school.  They should have an innovative idea for running a school that will help the Government’s priority learners, Maori, Pasifika, special needs, and low income students.

Solid Energy – lessons unlearnt

New Zealand should learn from the Solid Energy fiasco, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Politicians forced taxpayers to  invest in a coal business which has gone bust, losing $500 million in value since 2011. Obviously the company should have been sold when it still had some value.

“Taxpayers deserve an apology. Half a billion dollars of taxpayer wealth has gone down the toilet.

ACT successfully introduces RWC Bill

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Green Party’s swift turnaround on his Rugby World Cup opening hours Bill.

“Common sense has prevailed and I’m looking forward to working across party lines through the select committee process, which is the correct vehicle for debating the detail of legislation.

“I’m confident we can produce a Bill which will allow pubs to open during World Cup games, so people can come together and celebrate this international event by gathering with friends and strangers.”

Greens urged to let Parliament decide on RWC Bill

The Greens have been given a second chance to allow Parliament to consider a Bill relaxing venue opening restrictions during Rugby World Cup games. ACT Leader David Seymour will reintroduce his Bill to the House today.

“It is clear that my Bill has overwhelming Parliamentary support, and the only obstacle was the Green veto,” said Mr Seymour.

“The Greens have suggested several modifications to the Bill, but some of these are either unfair or unworkable.