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Auckland Council must step up or step aside

All eyes will be on Auckland Council tomorrow as they respond to the Independent Hearings Panel’s proposed Unitary Plan, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Prospective homebuyers have already waited too long for a workable solution to Auckland’s housing shortage," says Mr Seymour.

“We know that homeowners in the centre of the city are not opposed to intensification and in some cases welcome it, but they have specific, and in my view legitimate, concerns over school zones and funding, congestion, and community character.

ACT welcomes National adopting ACT policy

While it is light on specifics, ACT is glad that John Key’s conservation proposal draws heavily on ACT’s Sanctuary Trust policy, launched in February, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Prime Minister is absolutely on the right track, predator extermination is an important goal, it will take a very long term commitment, and that will require taxpayer funding distributed to private partners through an agency at arms-length from the Government of the day.

Free Press - 25/07/2016

David vs Jacinda
This week David Seymour takes aim at the teacher unions’ bullying tactics, and Jacinda Ardern is a pyromaniac in a field of strawmen.  The full Sunday Star Column is here.  The Labour Party need to show they are capable of criticising the unions’ movement when it is out of line.

Cannabis debate must consider social impacts

Research on cannabis law reform must measure social impacts, says ACT Leader David Seymour in response to a Treasury note estimating cannabis law enforcement plus lost tax revenue costs $550 million.

“What Treasury’s brainstorm didn’t estimate was the human costs of prohibition, such as the impact of imprisonment on families or mental health issues caused by prolonged cannabis use.

Reserve Bank action an indictment of Govt

New restrictions on lending announced by the Reserve Bank show how dysfunctional housing supply has become, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“In a normally functioning market, housing investment would stimulate supply, eventually bringing down prices," says Mr Seymour.  "The Bank is trying to reduce demand because it knows the market isn’t functioning.

“National and opposition parties support the Bank’s intervention, suggesting they’ve given up on responsive housing supply.

Free Press - 18/07/2016

Jennings for PM
Expat Kiwi billionaire Stephen Jennings made $5 billion as the only non-Russian oligarch in post-Soviet Russia.  Now he has a more ambitious plan to transform Africa as an urban developer, creating modern satellite cities for 70,000 people outside major African conurbations.  When he spoke in New Zealand last week, the most popular question was, when are you running for PM?

Newmarket school building funds welcome – Seymour

Epsom MP David Seymour has welcomed Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye’s commitment to building eight new classrooms at Newmarket Primary.

“I frequently visit the school and it is an outstanding learning environment led by a great principal,” said Mr Seymour.  “It is good to see the Government investing in expanding quality schools.”

The announcement comes as Auckland Council seeks to concentrate growth in the centre of the city.

Free Press - 12/07/2016

Tête-à-tête
In the Sunday Star this weekend, David argued: "The message would be simple. If you want to have children while receiving a benefit that's fine, but the Government will give entitlements in a form that puts the needs of the children first."

 

Free Press - 5/07/2016

The ‘Others’
In the cult television series Lost, the characters are tormented by the ‘others.’  Parliament recently has felt a bit like that with the Keep Kiwibank Bill, Foreign Homebuyer Bill, Panama Papers and even Tobacco Plain Packaging debates being turned into exercises in xenophobia.

Government fails to build houses – and who’s surprised?

Government home-building projects are running up against the same problems as private developments, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Housing New Zealand’s failure to build 2000 houses is no surprise. The entire housing shortage is caused by barriers to development. The idea that the Government could simply ignore these barriers and build houses itself was always ridiculous.

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