Policies

We’re striving for a progressive, vibrant New Zealand that encourages individual choice, responsibility and excellence. A nation with a strong economy where hard work is rewarded, not taxed away.

We believe the current role of government is far too large and should be limited on a principled basis. Clearly defining the government’s function would achieve the outcomes New Zealanders desire - a more fair, prosperous and dynamic society.

Our policies are designed to create the right conditions for people to reach their full potential and build successful families, businesses, and lives.
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ACC

The one-size-fits-all compulsory, government-owned monopoly insurance provider is failing New Zealanders. ACT believes a competitive market would ensure a fair, efficient personal injury claim system that delivers results and provides consistent, adequate cover to those who need it. 

Crime and Justice

While we support rehabilitation for those who have committed crimes, victims must come first. ACT supports tough, appropriate sentencing for all offences including burglary (three strikes you’re out), livestock theft (weapon and vehicle confiscation) and murder (sentenced by degree). 

Defence

When it comes to defending our country against external threats, we support a whole-of-government approach and better linkages between policies, priority and funding. ACT wants to switch our anti-nuclear stance to improve cooperation with our closest allies.

Economy

Long run growth of the New Zealand economy has been slow, damaging our position in the global talent market and forcing Kiwis offshore. We’re calling for a review of government asset ownership, expenditure, taxes and the regulatory environment. Our goal is for government expenditure to drop below 28 per cent of GDP, with a top income tax rate of 24 cents.

Education: School and Pre-school

We seek more innovation and choice in primary and secondary education. The government is currently failing parents and children with services that fall short. We believe in separating the property ownership role of the Ministry of Education from the operations role, giving Boards of Trustees sole governorship. The Early Childhood system, which operates on a market-like basis, should be a model for the whole sector.

Education: Tertiary

While students have diverse educational options, tertiary funding is often poorly allocated and leaves the country without graduates. We want to add interest to student loans, remove price controls that distort educational choices, and have more contestable research funding on the non-teaching side.

Emissions Trading Scheme and Global Warming

New Zealand’s stated position has been that it would be a ‘fast follower’ in the global effort to reduce emissions.  In the event, few other nations have made significant efforts to reduce their emissions and yet New Zealand has become more of a leader than a follower by introducing the world’s only all all-sectors, all-gases scheme. 

Energy

ACT believes the government should not own electricity generators and should relax regulatory restrictions on the building of new facilities. We are open to the exploration and extraction of coal and oil to generate revenue and business activity, and lower local prices.

Environment and Conservation

New Zealand’s valuable environment faces real threats but there’s currently too much red tape to effectively protect it. ACT believes it would be better managed with fewer and clearer regulations, and stronger property rights.

Health

Competition and choice in health care are being suppressed and hospital productivity has declined leaving patients frustrated. We believe the government should be transparent about the service levels it will provide and introduce greater funding contestability.

Housing

Land use restrictions are making it near impossible for New Zealanders to own their own home. We advocate repealing the Resource Management ACT and revising the Local Government Acts to avoid “symptom-treating” remedies such as subsidies to home buyers, taxes aimed at reducing demand, and greater direct government participation in the housing market.

Housing Affordability and the Resource Management Act

"Safe, comfortable, and stable housing is important for social cohesion, family stability, and individual wellbeing.” – New Zealand Productivity Commission

Today, the goal of owning one’s own home is becoming harder to reach for too many New Zealanders. Over the past 33 years, the prices of homes have dramatically increased in comparison to average incomes – making them much less affordable.

Immigration

ACT is and always has been the pro-immigration party.  To ensure all New Zealanders benefit, we need to maintain the points system for immigrants, ensure they have ready access to work but not easy access to welfare, and lower the tax burden to attract the best immigrants.

Red Tape and Regulation

Urgent action is needed to relieve the regulatory burden placed on New Zealanders and their businesses. ACT promotes a robust law-making process (the Regulatory Responsibility Bill) to produce predictable and sensible regulation. 

Resource Management Act

We believe the Resource Management Act is a lost cause and no manner of amendments will fix it. We want to set up an expert taskforce to determine exactly what specific measures relating to public goods, such as flood control, border protection and problems of non-point source pollution, are needed.

Roads

Roads are one of the most important infrastructural assets in New Zealand but regulatory limitations and poor funding models are restricting improvements. We believe that charging drivers for road use would increase efficiency, create more direct price signals for building additional roads, and provide revenue for public-private partnerships.

Superannuation

ACT believes retirement is a predictable expense for which most New Zealanders can save independently. We support lifting the retirement age from 65 to 67 and indexing increases National Super to inflation (CPI) rather than wages. Watch ths space for future policy announcements on this topic.

Treaty of Waitangi and Race Relations

ACT supports the vision of a free society and would seek to remove all race-based appointments in parliament or any other branch of government. We would work towards ensuring the Waitangi Tribunal process ends on the basis of full, fair, and final settlements.

Welfare and Family

We support the current government’s initiatives to shift welfare from an open-ended system people rely on, to one of mutual obligation. ACT would continue this process by reducing effective marginal tax rates for those moving from welfare to work, outsourcing rehabilitation to private providers, putting lifetime limits on Sole Parent Support, cracking down on benefit fraud, and scrapping the minimum wage.