ACT announces Clutha Southland candidate - Don Nicolson

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ACT announces Clutha Southland candidate

ACT Leader Jamie Whyte is pleased to announce ACT’s candidate for Clutha Southland.

“Our Clutha Southland candidate will be Don Nicolson, who has strong ties and commitment to this region. I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Mr Whyte.

“Don farms near Invercargill and is well known nationwide as a strong advocate for the primary sector. Farmers remember his huge commitment to the sector both in his role as Federated Farmers of New Zealand president until 2011 and then as ACT’s 3rd ranked candidate in the last election. Don has been our primary industry spokesman since then.”

“Within ACT I discovered a strong similarity with the Federated Farmers’ ethos, so joining up with ACT to continue work in the same vein is energising”, says Don.

“I'm looking forward to introducing the Clutha Southland electorate to ACT's policy ambitions. Like saying ‘no’ to any form of carbon tax, ‘yes’ to the introduction of  lower, flatter taxes and smaller more efficient government, and ‘yes’ to a three strike policy for burglary”.

“I became self-employed in 1979. Over the years I have reflected on how expansive and intrusive government takes away basic freedoms and slowly destroys an individual’s confidence to control their own destiny. I learned early on that subsidies breed failure and over-taxing breeds contempt. If more tax and more spend really works, why is it never enough? Are hardworking taxpayers getting value for money?”, Don reflects.   .

"I will be seeking the party vote in the Clutha Southland electorate", said Don.

 

Jamie Whyte, ACT Leader

Ph: 021 024 81006

Don Nicolson, Clutha Southland Candidate & Primary Sector Spokeman

Ph: 027 226 6331

 

Media Statement, Dr Jamie Whyte, ACT Leader‏

Media Statement
Saturday 7 June
 
 ​Dr Jamie Whyte
ACT Leader
 
 
 
On Thursday, Judge Wylie found John Banks guilty of knowlingly filing a false electoral return.
John will be sentenced on the 1st August, and has applied for a discharge without conviction.
Until then he is legally entitled to remain as a Member of Parliament but he could also choose to step down as an MP prior to sentencing.
John and I discussed this option earlier today and we have agreed that he will take the weekend to consider his alternatives.
 
 
Media Contact:
 
Dr Jamie Whyte
 

ACT announces Jamie Whyte as Pakuranga candidate

ACT is pleased to announce Dr Jamie Whyte as its candidate in Pakuranga.

Dr Whyte was elected ACT Leader in February. Since then he has been travelling around the country meeting New Zealanders and talking about ACT’s key messages of low, flat tax, cutting green tape, getting tough on crime, and “one country, one law.”

“ACT’s policy of three strikes for burglary, which would put serial burglars in prison for at least three years, will particularly appeal to Pakuranga residents,” says Dr Whyte.

“While I am campaigning strictly for the party vote, ACT’s policies will go a long way to making Pakuranga more prosperous, and its streets and homes safer.”

Dr Whyte has close ties with Pakuranga, having attended Mellons Bay Primary, Bucklands Beach Intermediate (BBI) and Pakuranga College. 

Until returning to New Zealand from London last year, Dr Whyte was the Head of Research and Publishing at Oliver Wyman Financial Services. He is a fellow of the Institute of Economic Affairs and a senior fellow of the Adam Smith Institute. His opinion piece, arguing that the Greens’ emissions policy was about moral grandstanding rather than reducing emissions, was published last week in the Wall Street Journal.

Dr Whyte recently also won the Institute of Economic Affairs’ Seldon Award for his publication Quack Policy – Abusing Science in the Cause of Paternalism.

“No other candidate – or party leader in New Zealand, for that matter – can lay claim to being regularly published in the Wall Street Journal or winning awards for their writing,” says ACT President John Thompson.

“ACT is very proud of its leader and Pakuranga candidate.”

ACT announces Party List to contest 2014 election

The ACT Party is proud to announce its List for the 2014 election today.

“This list represents all the best elements of the ACT Party,” says ACT President John Thompson. “It blends young talent and experienced leaders, all outstanding in their fields of expertise and all sharing ACT’s vision of a free and prosperous New Zealand.

“Our team is looking forward to campaigning across New Zealand on our key messages of low flat tax, cutting green tape, getting tough on crime, and ‘one country, one law,” says ACT Leader Jamie Whyte.

The list is led by Dr Whyte and Deputy Leader Kenneth Wang. They are followed by Northland business owner and orchardist Robin Grieve, Rodney Local Board Member Beth Houlbrooke, former Federated Farmers President Don Nicolson, and retail manager and former Auckland mayoral candidate Stephen Berry.

Notable in his absence is ACT’s Epsom candidate David Seymour, who is focusing his energy solely on Epsom.

“David is determined to be the MP for Epsom, and indeed the best MP Epsom has ever had, and we know he can do it,” says Mr Thompson.

“This means, rather than needing to clear the five percent threshold, every single party vote for ACT will count. And in an election that could be decided by just a couple of MPs, ACT could be the difference between a National or Labour-led Government – just as we were in 2011.”

The top 20 list placings are:

1. Dr Jamie Whyte
2. Kenneth Wang
3. Robin Grieve
4. Beth Houlbrooke
5. Don Nicolson
6. Stephen Berry
7. Dasha Kovalenko
8. Gareth Veale
9. Ian Cummings
10. Sara Muti
11. Toni Severin
12. Phelan Pirrie
13. Stephen Fletcher
14. David Olsen
15. Nick Kearney
16. Sean Fitzpatrick
17. Richard Evans
18. Michael Milne
19. Dr Ron Smith
20. Tim Kronfeld

Selected candidate profiles:

Robin Grieve
Own and operates a consultancy and training business and an avocado orchard in Whangarei
Represented New Zealand three times in toastmaster competitions
ACT candidate for Whangarei, Chair of ACT’s Policy and Law and Order Committees

Beth Houlbrooke
Elected member of the Rodney Local Board
Served as coordinator of a businesswomen’s network, chairperson of a school board of trustees, and a kindergarten president
ACT candidate for Rodney and Vice President

Don Nicolson
President of Federated Farmers 2008-2011
Owns and operates 212 hectare farm near Invercargill
ACT candidate for Clutha-Southland

Stephen Berry
Retail manager for Countdown
Finished third in last year’s Auckland mayoral election
ACT candidate for Upper Harbour

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Government Needs to Rein in Councils

Government Needs to Rein in Councils
Press Release: Stephen Berry, ACT Candidate for Upper Harbour
9/07/2014

ACT Upper Harbour candidate Stephen Berry says the Government needs to take urgent action to rein in Council spending across the country. “The power of general competence granted to local councils in 2002 is leading to widespread incompetence with ratepayer dollars. This blatant waste is only too obvious at Auckland Council.”

Many are quick to blame the formation of the Super City for the financial mess Auckland Council has got itself into but Mr. Berry does not share this view. “The first people to blame the council amalgamation are the politicians engaged in the wildly irresponsible spending. Had Len Brown focused on properly funding the basics instead of egotistical legacy projects like the City Rail Loop, the Council would not be in the position it is now.”

“Auckland Council borrowed $1.2 billion in the last financial year. The interest the Council pays on its debt is over $1 million a day. Suggestions the Council needs to cut spending by $280 million a year will not even come halfway to solving the problem.”

Proposals for cutting spending which have been floated in the media this week include slashing library operating hours and reducing parks maintenance budgets to achieve this target. Stephen Berry responds, “Mayor Brown and his spin doctors are playing a sneaky and deceptive game. They’re putting forward options for spending cuts on popular services so they can soften up Auckland residents for greater rates increases. There is still no mention of cutting the City Rail Loop which is clearly the first place the Council should start.”

ACT has previously introduced legislation into Parliament that would limit Council rates increases to the level of inflation each year. “Unsurprisingly this was blocked by the parties of the left. New Zealand First also conveniently forgot about its usual target market of retirees, many of whom live in their own homes, struggling to pay increasing rates on a limited pension.” Berry says, “I would like to see such legislation re-introduced to Parliament following the 2014 election, in addition to reforming the Local Government Act so councils are limited to only basic functions determined by central government.”

Stephen Berry was the third placed candidate for Mayor of Auckland in the 2013 election and campaigned on a platform of reductions in rates, spending and borrowing. However this time around he is not seeking votes for himself. “Aside from making submissions on the Council’s 10 year plan, the most powerful thing Auckland residents can do to restrict the excesses of Mayor Brown is to cast their party vote for ACT.”

ACT Education Policy

Today ACT is releasing its education policy. It aims to raise standards, especially in underperforming schools, by increasing choice and competition in primary and secondary education. It does this by giving all state and integrated schools the option of becoming Partnership Schools Hourua Kura and by increasing the government subsidy for independent schools.

This policy contrasts starkly with the education policies of Labour and National.

Labour’s policy of increasing teacher numbers and discouraging parents from donating money to schools reflects their abiding philosophy – that no matter what the question, the answer is always spending more taxpayers’ money.

National’s policy, which imposes new management and teaching arrangements on schools reflects their centralising and managerialist tendency – their unjustified confidence that things would be done better if only they were controlled from the Beehive.

ACT is the only party that has faith in teachers and parents. Politicians should not decide how schools are run or how students are taught. Teachers should. And politicians should not decide which schools succeed and which fail, which expand and which contract, which open and which close. Parents should, through the choices they make about where to send their children.

New Zealand’s education system does not need yet more governmental interference. It needs more choice and more competition. 

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ACT releases its messages for the election campaign

“The ACT Party executive has today determined the four issues the party is going to campaign on,” said ACT Leader Jamie Whyte.

“The party will be issuing a comprehensive manifesto, but it is necessary to prioritise the policies. ACT has selected the issues that our polling has determined are of greatest concern to New Zealanders.

“Voters are concerned that property crime is out of control. ACT will be the only party campaigning to be ‘tough on crime’. ACT will also be the only party campaigning for ‘low flat tax’. Every other party is promising to use taxes to redistribute wealth. ACT says taxes should be low to encourage growth and jobs.

“Only ACT is going into the electorate with a promise to cut regulation. ACT believes the growth in local body council regulations symbolise the growth in government and ACT will campaign to ‘cut green tape’.

“ACT believes thinking New Zealanders are concerned at the divisive effect of race-based laws. ACT is going to campaign on the slogan of ‘One country, One law’.

“The party believes a significant number of voters agree with ACT and after the election we will have a block of ACT voters big enough to implement these policies’ ends.

“The country can re-elect a centre-right government and send Wellington a strong message by party voting ACT. Except in Epsom, where ACT’s David Seymour is going to win, the ACT party will not seek the constituency vote. The party will stand constituency MPs with a message to party vote ACT.”

ACT Supports Federated Farmers call for tougher laws against rustling

ACT Supports Federated Farmers call for tougher laws against rustling
Press Release: Jamie Whyte, ACT Leader
30/06/14

 

"ACT fully supports Federated Farmers call for tougher laws against rustling" said ACT Leader Jamie Whyte. 

"Once when National was the farmers' party the government would have taken strong action.  Parliament as a whole is soft on property crime which is the reason burglary and cattle rustling are out of control.  They are crimes that pay.  ACT has the way to stop it - take property theft seriously and send burglars and cattle rustlers to jail. We need mandatory prison for professional property criminals." 

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NZEI Opposes Choice for Parents

Judith Nowotarski is the President of the New Zealand Education Institute, a teachers’ union. She opposes ACT’s policy of allowing state schools to choose to become charter schools. She argues that:

“The charter school experiment has been dogged by controversy in its first year. No one is queuing up for more. Opinion polls show parents have no appetite for this experiment being rolled out any further.”

That is ridiculous. The only controversy about partnership schools has been all the whining from teachers’ unions. Nowotarski’s claim that no one wants to send their children to partnership schools is even sillier. If it were true, what would she be worried about? No one would take the choice our policy offers them. The fact that Nowotarski wants parents to be denied the choice shows that she knows many would choose partnership schools. 

ACT announces Ilam candidate Gareth Veale

ACT Leader Jamie Whyte is pleased to announce ACT’s candidate for Ilam.

“Our Ilam candidate will be Gareth Veale. Gareth has strong ties to this region and I’m glad he has agreed to do his best to grow ACT’s party vote in the area,” says Dr Whyte.

Gareth lives in Riccarton with partner Gemma. He has previously stood for ACT in Ilam in 2011 and in the Christchurch East by-election in November last year. He currently works in insurance, helping settle Canterbury Earthquake claims.

“ACT is the only party in New Zealand that goes into elections without bribing the electorate. ACT, through its staunch principles, promises a truly good future that is achievable,” says Mr Veale.

“I'm looking forward to introducing Ilam and wider Christchurch to ACT's plans to introduce lower and flatter taxes and a three strike policy for burglary.

“In the Christchurch East by-election, I highlighted the staggering rates of burglary and ACT’s commitment to champion tougher penalties for burglaries. I look forward to meeting voters and highlighting the hypocrisy of other candidates at the public meetings.”

“National needs a reliable coalition partner so that New Zealand can retain a stable government that values freedom, choice, and personal responsibility. The best way to achieve this is by giving your party vote to ACT!”

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