Easter trading laws archaic, in need of overhaul

Easter trading laws are outdated and in need of a major overhaul, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today.
 
"This weekend thousands of businesses will be closed, liquor sales will be banned, and countless Kiwis will be denied the right to work," said Mr Whyte.
 
"Retailers are fed up. Consumers are fed up. Yet this nanny-statism continues, without any clear justification.
 
"Laws that dictate when businesses can and cannot operate are a relic of Muldoonism. In the year 2014, the right to work and trade year-round should be a given.
 
"Religious reasons for shutting down the country and banning liquor sales are no longer relevant to New Zealand's increasingly diverse society. No one who chooses to refrain from working or shopping is forced to do so.
 
"Some businesses will ignore the law and open anyway - the state has never enforced these overcomplicated laws consistently. Other businesses who could open legally will close down, unable to afford inflated labour costs.
 
"Consumers will find themselves in a time-warp, a return to the days of government paternalism.
 
"If the government insists on robbing the economy of two days of productivity, there ought to be a good reason.
 
"It's time for a national conversation about our archaic Easter trading laws. ACT will be pushing for an overhaul."

ACT Deputy Leader Kenneth Wang - Press Statement

Press Statement

Kenneth Wang - ACT Deputy Leader

14th April 2014

“I am honoured to be selected as ACT’s Deputy Leader. 

The ACT Party has selected a strong new leader Jamie Whyte. I am impressed with his intellect and his vision for this country.

Having served in parliament, I know Jamie Whyte will be a strong debater and will support policies that are important for the future of this country. 

I am standing for parliament again because this country is at the cross road,

Property crime is too high.  Taxes are too high.  New New Zealanders are increasingly under racial attack, victimized by politicians playing the race card to gain popularity. They are neglected by the main political parties.

ACT can and shall play a critical role for the outcome of this election.

I have lived in New Zealand since I came as a student.  I love this country and have stayed and formed my own small businesses, provide employment and made my part of a contribution to this wonderful country.

I am standing for parliament again because I am alarmed at what has happened to race relations in our country. It has got much worse.

Last year, when Winston Peters launched a vicious racial attack and pointed at the New Zealand Chinese community for creating a 'Supercity of sin', only ACT stood up openly against his attack.

This year Winston Peters again started his campaign against foreigners. Everyone knows, including we Chinese New Zealanders, that his campaign is directed at us.

Sadly, now the Labour Party has joined in, playing the race card, blaming the Chinese for New Zealand's problems. No surprise for me to hear David Cunliffe said that he “respects Winston Peters greatly” because Labour is 'going in bed' with Peters!

We need racial harmony, not racial hatred or hostility. 

Most of the houses owned by Chinese are not bought for speculation.  It is Chinese parents buying an apartment for their children to live in while studying at University.  Those students pay full fees and contribute to our employment and economy.  How does that hurt New Zealand?

Everyone knows the real reason for rapid rise in house prices is caused by a Labour Mayor who refuses to release enough land for housing, and current Resource Management Act pushes the costs of house building high beyond the reach of ordinary New Zealanders.

I support the ACT Party because this party stands for Equal rights and opportunity and One Law for All. 

I have stood for ACT in the past three elections, because ACT is the party of new New Zealanders.

I stand for ACT because ACT is tough on crime. Three Strikes law should be extended to burglary crimes.

Violent crime is down, in part because ACT’s “Three Strikes” .  Property crime which is the crime that affects most people numbers 50,000 offences annually. Many burglaries go unreported. In 2013 less than 15% of all burglaries were resolved by Police, less than 5% resulted in a conviction and less than 2% resulted in a term of imprisonment. 

For our people making their mind of how best to use their vote, my advice is to give your party vote to ACT, the most effective way to guarantee a stable government that will lead to prosperity.

 

ACT Deputy Leader Kenneth Wang - Press Statement

Press Statement

Kenneth Wang - ACT Deputy Leader

14th April 2014

“I am honoured to be selected as ACT’s Deputy Leader. 

The ACT Party has selected a strong new leader Jamie Whyte. I am impressed with his intellect and his vision for this country.

Having served in parliament, I know Jamie Whyte will be a strong debater and will support policies that are important for the future of this country. 

I am standing for parliament again because this country is at the cross road,

Property crime is too high.  Taxes are too high.  New New Zealanders are increasingly under racial attack, victimized by politicians playing the race card to gain popularity. They are neglected by the main political parties.

ACT can and shall play a critical role for the outcome of this election.

I have lived in New Zealand since I came as a student.  I love this country and have stayed and formed my own small businesses, provide employment and made my part of a contribution to this wonderful country.

I am standing for parliament again because I am alarmed at what has happened to race relations in our country. It has got much worse.

Last year, when Winston Peters launched a vicious racial attack and pointed at the New Zealand Chinese community for creating a 'Supercity of sin', only ACT stood up openly against his attack.

This year Winston Peters again started his campaign against foreigners. Everyone knows, including we Chinese New Zealanders, that his campaign is directed at us.

Sadly, now the Labour Party has joined in, playing the race card, blaming the Chinese for New Zealand's problems. No surprise for me to hear David Cunliffe said that he “respects Winston Peters greatly” because Labour is 'going in bed' with Peters!

We need racial harmony, not racial hatred or hostility. 

Most of the houses owned by Chinese are not bought for speculation.  It is Chinese parents buying an apartment for their children to live in while studying at University.  Those students pay full fees and contribute to our employment and economy.  How does that hurt New Zealand?

Everyone knows the real reason for rapid rise in house prices is caused by a Labour Mayor who refuses to release enough land for housing, and current Resource Management Act pushes the costs of house building high beyond the reach of ordinary New Zealanders.

I support the ACT Party because this party stands for Equal rights and opportunity and One Law for All. 

I have stood for ACT in the past three elections, because ACT is the party of new New Zealanders.

I stand for ACT because ACT is tough on crime. Three Strikes law should be extended to burglary crimes.

Violent crime is down, in part because ACT’s “Three Strikes” .  Property crime which is the crime that affects most people numbers 50,000 offences annually. Many burglaries go unreported. In 2013 less than 15% of all burglaries were resolved by Police, less than 5% resulted in a conviction and less than 2% resulted in a term of imprisonment. 

For our people making their mind of how best to use their vote, my advice is to give your party vote to ACT, the most effective way to guarantee a stable government that will lead to prosperity.

 

Press Statement 15 April 2014

Press Statement

Jamie Whyte

ACT Leader

 

 

I am delighted to announce that the ACT Board has elected Kenneth Wang to be ACT’s deputy leader.

Kenneth has already served as a member of parliament. Kenneth came out of his period in parliament with the strong support of his ACT colleagues, which is not an easy achievement.  John Boscawen, the previous ACT President, made no secret of his support for Kenneth Wang to be the next ACT Deputy leader.

Kenneth personifies ACT’s values of freedom and enterprise.  He came to this country many years ago to study at the Elim School of Fine Art. He fell in love with New Zealand and decided to stay. Later, having identified a gap in the market, Kenneth started an advertising agency that specializes in helping New Zealand businesses market in China and Chinese businesses communicate with other New Zealanders. Kenneth’s business is a great success.

ACT now has New Zealand’s best known and most popular Chinese politician on our team.  Anyone who doubts that has never been to a Chinese festival and seen how Kenneth is received.  It is a reception John Key would be pleased to receive.

It is no secret that we have been lobbied to select Kenneth.  Auckland Chinese have pointed out that Kenneth is a proven vote winner. 

ACT’s belief in personal responsibility is a message that new New Zealanders respond to.

ACT’s refusal to join Winston Peters and the Labour party, and blame the housing crisis on foreigners, has also been noted.  It was not foreigners who decided to restrict the supply of land for housing – which is the real cause of high house prices. That was the decision of Labour Mayor Len Brown.

ACT has always been Mr. Peters strongest opponent and it is our intention to get enough MPs to prevent Mr. Peters from holding the balance of power.

Mr Peters has challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on foreign investment. If the Prime Minister declines the offer I will gladly accept it. Mr Peters’ xenophobic and economically nonsensical policies need to be exposed for what they are.

Labour’s decision to play the race card and to seek office with Mr Peters is not only contemptible, it may keep Labour out of office for decades.  To quote President Obama, they are “on the wrong side of history”.

ENDS

Media Contacts
Jamie Whyte
021 0248 1006

Kenneth Wang
021 366 138

ACT says responsible climate change policy is a "bottom line"

The Act Party today reconfirmed its policy on climate change focusing on mitigation and adaptation. This follows the release of the latest report from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  

“Act’s policy is that the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) should immediately be abolished,” Act leader Jamie Whyte said today.  

“Our absolute bottom line to provide National with ongoing support on confidence and supply is that there be no expansion of the ETS until China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, India and Japan and Canada take similar material steps to implement ETSs across their economies, including agriculture,” said Mr Whyte.   

“New Zealand is well ahead of any other country in imposing climate change costs on our economy – and we are the only ones even considering including agricultural emissions. We should not move any further ahead until the world’s top ten emitters follow.  

"We need a responsible climate change policy that sees us move in line with the rest of the world on mitigation and which focuses on any adaptation policies that are needed.  

"The ETS is the wrong policy for New Zealand even if every element of the IPCC report and its new climate change models is correct.”  

China, the United States, the European Union, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, India and Japan and Canada are together responsible for over 70% of global Greenhouse Gas emissions, while New Zealand’s share of global emissions has fallen over the last decade from around 0.19% to around 0.14%.  

Emissions in China and India are expected to keep increasing over the next few decades, with China expected to become by far the world’s largest economy by the middle of the century, and India is expected to become equal to the United States.  

No country outside the European Union currently operates an ETS.  The EU ETS excludes most of its economy, and does not cover agricultural emissions.

Twyford jumps the shark

This morning at a conference hosted by Prefab New Zealand, Phil Twyford said that Labour is considering using the Public Works Act to expropriate private property to build homes.
 
“This is an extraordinary announcement," said ACT Epsom candidate David Seymour.

“It shows how little regard Labour have for private property and how unsettling a Labour-led government could be for the economic recovery. They clearly don’t have any no-go zones.
 
“Housing affordability has been damaged by artificial restrictions on land supply at the city fringe. In fact, Auckland’s Rural Urban Boundary has made land eight times more expensive. An obvious solution would be to relax such restrictions and open up the supply of land. 
 
“Instead Labour are now proposing another layer of government intervention to solve the problems created by the last one.
 
“If there was any remaining doubt that Labour would lead the most radical left-wing government in a generation, Twyford has removed it."

New Zealand must address international and internal trade barriers

ACT strongly supports the government’s initiative in opening up free trade talks with the European Union, said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today.
 
"More trade allows for greater division of labour and the productivity gains of specialization. Trade barriers – such as quotas, export subsidies and import tariffs (taxes) – reduce trade and hence the economic output of the countries involved," said Mr Whyte.
 
"This is true not only of trade across national borders but within nations too. Alas, New Zealand is full of internal trade barriers. That’s because most tax in New Zealand is levied only when trade occurs: most obviously, when someone pays for someone’s labour (income tax) or buys some goods or services (GST).
 
"The higher these taxes, the lower the internal trade in New Zealand and the lower the productivity of labour. That’s one of the many ways taxes don’t just transfer economic output but reduce it.
 
"Of course, the government must tax us to pay for essential state services. But it is absurd to tax people only to return the money to them in the form of “working for families” and other kinds of middle-class and corporate welfare.
 
"The money-go-round isn’t merely pointless, it reduces our productivity and output. It makes us poorer.
 
"A government that understands the importance of eliminating international trade barriers should also understand the importance of eliminating middle-class welfare.
 
"National should start unwinding the dreadful economic policies of the previous Labour government. With a strong ACT presence in parliament, it will."

National's bureaucratic instincts on show in education reforms

Hekia Parata’s idea of giving bureaucrats more power to calculate how much schools should be paid shows the worst of National’s centralising instincts, according to ACT leader Jamie Whyte.
 
“Parents know how well schools are performing.  It is also parents who pay the tax to fund the schools.  It should be parents who have the power to influence school funding.
 
“No government can collect and process as much information as parents already have, and no government can know parents' varying preferences for their children's education.  The Novapay debacle showed that government struggles even to install a centralised payroll system.  Why should anyone believe it can develop a centralised system for calculating school performance?
 
“Schools should be funded based on how many parents choose to send their children there, and they should be able to use the funds as they see fit.. 
 
“Under a bulk funding model, schools that attract students from high needs areas can still get a top up for doing so, but the most important drive for them should be attracting more students.
 
“ACT is the only party that truly believes in parental choice and understands the funding policies required to achieve it."

ACT leader Jamie Whyte supports Reserve Bank Governor

ACT Leader Jamie Whyte strongly supports the Reserve Bank Governor's decision to raise interest rates.
 
"All party leaders should be supporting the independence of the Reserve Bank Governor.  The statements from the leader of the Opposition are reckless and self serving.  The statements from the Greens and New Zealand First are dangerous," said Dr Whyte. 
 
"If Labour were to implement its present election promises, interest rates would have to rise further.  Every economically literate person in New Zealand knows that if the country wants to avoid damaging inflation then interest rates need to rise.
 
"I have spent the last ten years as a consultant working to correct the wreckage of the Global Financial Crisis.  Part of the reason for the crisis has been politicans refusing to back strong independent Reserve Banks.  Countries that have tried to impliment the policies of New Zealand First and the Greens have ended up in a mess - like Greece.
 
"ACT strongly supports an independent Reserve Bank.  We believe it would be helpful if the Minister of Finance Bill English came out strongly and not only supported the Bank's independence, but also said what we all know to be true - that this rise is needed.
 
"Having politicans fix interest rates is a road to economic chaos.  In election year it is important party leaders show some courage and tell the truth that the Reserve Bank is without doubt correct to raise interest rates, and more rises are inevitable.
 
"It is also worth pointing out that for every borrower there is a saver.  The decision to raise interest rates benefits even borrowers and exporters because no-one wins from runaway inflation."

Greens bullying the vulnerable

“Green MP Catherine Delahunty is acting as a spokesperson for the unions in her latest attack on partnership schools” said ACT leader Jamie Whyte today.

“The teachers’ unions are not concerned that five partnerships schools might fail.  The unions are scared that the partnership schools will succeed and encourage the creation of dozens more partnership schools.

“The parents of nearly a thousand mainly Maori children have welcomed the chance to attend a partnership school where the pupils are likely to succeed.

“They know that at state schools their children have almost no chance of success.  Those are the brutal facts of the latest international educational league table. 

“All the teachers at the failing schools that Ms Delahunty wants to force the partnership pupils to attend have been approved by the Education Council - and yet the pupils still fail.

“It’s true that partnership schools don’t have to report to the same bureaucrats as public schools. They are instead directly accountable to the parents who choose to send their kids there, and can pull their kids out whenever they choose.

“Around the world partnership schools are a fast growing movement because the children succeed in them.

“As part of our coalition agreement with National, ACT will insist that more pupils have the opportunity to succeed by attending partnership schools, if their parents wish. 

“If we have a Labour-Green government these children will be thrown back onto the educational scrap heap to meet the teacher union’s demand for a continuation of the present state monopoly that is serving Maori and low-income families so poorly.”

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