Good management, but where’s the reform?

Mr Speaker,

Once upon a long, long time ago, the Labour Party were ready for Government.   Their leader, the late Norman Kirk, said that New Zealanders didn’t want much, just somewhere to work, somewhere to live, someone to love, and something to hope for.

The interesting thing about Kirk is that he won power after 12 years of Keith Holyoake, New Zealand’s longest serving and least ambitious modern Prime Minister. 

Free Press - 8/02/2016

Parliament Resumes
After giving the country a two month break, parliament will resume tomorrow.  Your property is no longer safe.  The parliamentary year begins with debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement, set down for 13 hours.

TPP protesters embarrass New Zealand and themselves

ACT Leader David Seymour says those involved in the ugly scenes outside Sky City should have stayed home and read about the benefits of trade or, better still, gone to work.

“Today is a chance to showcase New Zealand on the world stage. Instead, international media is broadcasting ugly, self-righteous hooliganism,” said Mr Seymour.

Labour chooses votes over education quality

Since Labour introduced interest free student loans, New Zealand’s Universities have tumbled down the world rankings, and ACT Leader David Seymour says that the two are connected.

“Labour’s approach to education is funding for votes, and quality be damned,” says Mr Seymour.

Since 2006 the University of Auckland has fallen from 46th to 82nd, and Otago to 173rd from 79th.

Council gets the money and the bag

The Government has let Auckland Council off the hook, gaining no concessions on land supply or rate rises, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Writing a big cheque was the time to bring Auckland Council to the table,” says Mr Seymour, “but instead the Council got away with the money and the bag.”

Key must follow up rail with education funding

While many will welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of early funding for the City Rail Link, education infrastructure in the area should not be overlooked, says Epsom MP David Seymour.

“The reality is that we have a train looking for passengers, rather than the other way around.  That’s why the Rail Link requires heavy intensification around Mt Eden Station, among others, to be viable.

Free Thoughts – Fresh Water and RMA reform: a plan or a blunder?

“Treaty settlements should be for cash and resources. They must not involve deals over governance arrangements that undermine our democratic institutions.”

Summary & Overview

Who owns the freshwater flowing down our rivers?  Does that question even make any sense?

A better question is, who has the rights to use that water, and on what terms?

Free Press - 25/01/2016

We’re Back
After a bumper 2015, Free Press is back for an even bigger 2016.  This week we invite you to ACT’s 2016 Party Conference.  Attendees will see an ACT Party that is rejuvenating and on a roll into the next election.

Baby boomer government lets down a generation

The 12th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey is a reminder of how little resolve the Government has applied to fixing a dysfunctional housing market.

“Watching the Annual Demographia updates is a reminder that a Cabinet of baby boomers has done nothing effectual on housing affordability," said ACT Leader David Seymour.