Don Nicolson

Every Party but ACT is behaving like overwrought socialists on the sale of land

They are all at it, Mr Key, Mr Peters, Mr Craig and Mr Cunliffe. National New Zealand First the Conservatives and the Labour Party telling New Zealand Farmers who they can sell, their land to.

This xenophobic populism simply to get votes risks permanent damage to the property rights of New Zealanders.

ACT values the rights citizens have in their most important asset, their property. Government bossing property owners as to whom they can sell land is trampling on the rights of property owners.

ACT wants politicians to stop meddling in private property

ACT wants politicians to stop meddling in private property
Press Release, Don Nicolson


“With the news about a pending sale of privately owned Lochinver Station to Shanghai Pengxin  once again stirring anti-foreigner feeling, politicians must show respect for private property”, ACT’s Primary industry spokesman Don Nicolson says. 

Spat between Minister Smith and Fish and Game overdue - ACT

With the latest spat between Minister Nick Smith and Fish and Games Bryce Johnston hitting fever pitch, ACT Primary Industry Spokesman Don Nicolson says a review of the Fish and Game legislation will be an ACT ambition in the next parliament.

“If Dr Smith is sincere about his recollection of a discussion with Mr Johnston recently, then it is clear he needs the legislative privilege of Fish and Game reviewed,” says Mr Nicolson.

Don Nicolson – Speech to ACT Southern Forum

Don Nicolson – ACT Candidate  for Clutha Southland

Speech to ACT Southern Forum

July 20, 2014

Mr Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to address the ACT southern area conference today with this day being 63 days-yes 9 weeks out from the general election.

An election that will obviously not only define who is the government for the next 3 years and who will be the opposition but also define the future of the very party I am proud to represent ACT.

Zespri monopoly must be held to account

The recent Bay Of Plenty Times report, 'New Fraud Crisis for Zespri' shows why ACT has remained so staunch about the need to have a Ministerial inquiry launched into the behaviour of the state-sanctioned kiwifruit marketing monopoly Zespri, says ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson.

The article, which explores invoicing irregularities in Zespri’s Taiwan market, highlights serious problems within Zespri - problems which were initially brought to the Government's attention by ACT some 18 months ago.

Minister must act on Zespri revelations

Revelations in today’s edition of The National Business Review that appear to show Zespri gave false evidence to Chinese courts about their import practices requires action from the Minister for Primary Industries, Nathan Guy, ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.

“It is not good enough to leave these matters to a New Zealand Kiwifruit Growers Incorporated (NZKGI) inquiry as the Minister proposes to do” Mr Nicolson said.

“That is an inadequate response to what appears to have been occurring.

SFO investigation raises serious questions about Zespri

News that the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is investigating Zespri raises serious questions about the company’s operations and the Government’s refusal to look into it, ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.

“The SFO is responsible for investigating serious and complex fraud.   While the purpose of the SFO’s investigation is unknown, that it is investigating at all is an indictment on the Minister for Primary Industries’ decision not to initiate his own inquiry," Mr Nicolson said.   

Nathan Guy Must Stop Making Excuses And Do Something

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy is looking for excuses to justify his inaction amid growing calls by kiwifruit growers that the industry needs an independent inquiry, ACT New Zealand Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.

“Initially the Minister said he wouldn’t initiate an inquiry because Zespri was before the Courts on a charge of smuggling.

“Now that Zespri has been found guilty, he is using the excuse that an internal inquiry is already taking place and there is no need for the Government to step in.

Minister Must Act On Issues In China

ACT New Zealand Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson today congratulated the Minister for Primary Industries for fixing the problem with his Ministry’s customs certificates in China and called on him to take a similar personal interest into the alleged wrong doing by Zespri.

“The Minister has assured us that the export meat problem has been fixed and the certification problem will not affect other food exporters,” Mr Nicolson said. 

“He was right to put it on the officials responsible for food safety in the Ministry - they did a poor job for New Zealand.  

Nathan Guy Cannot Keep His Head In The Sand On Zespri Allegations

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy can no longer keep his head in the sand over Zespri’s role in the customs fraud allegations  in China after damning internal documents were revealed today by the Sunday Star Times, ACT Primary Industries Spokesman Don Nicolson said today.