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 fairer, more 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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Constitution

ACT supports decreasing the size of Parliament and changing the way that electorates are defined. Election law needs to be reformed - especially around the broadcasting rules.

The role of the Treaty of Waitangi should be restricted to the text and we also support enhancing the Bill of Rights to cover property rights

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). 

Economy and Taxation

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.

Local Government

ACT will reduce the rates burden on households and businesses and lower the costs  by repealing the RMA and replacing it with a property based regime (see RMA).  Remove the power of general competence and limit increases in local authority spending to inflation plus population growth unless the local authority can obtain the prior approval of a majority of voters in that jurisdiction. Remove the requirement for the Auckland Council to have a Maori Statutory Board. Ensure that roads and piped water are supplied on a fully commercial basis .

Primary Industry

With the majority of New Zealand’s overseas earnings derived from the Primary sector, ACT observes that over time expansionary governments have applied more costly legislation to each unit of production – costs that are unrecoverable from any marketplace. 

ACT knows that to be competitive, adaptable and resilient to evolving consumption trends, the primary sector needs much less government legislated impediment in production, processing, marketing and distribution.

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.

Superannuation

ACT believes that retirement is a predictable expense for which the vast majority of citizens are able to save independently, given clear signals about what the government will and will not be providing.  Under the Status quo, superannuation is an enormous fiscal cost that is subject to political manipulation.