TPP protesters embarrass New Zealand and themselves

ACT Leader David Seymour says those involved in the ugly scenes outside Sky City should have stayed home and read about the benefits of trade or, better still, gone to work.

“Today is a chance to showcase New Zealand on the world stage. Instead, international media is broadcasting ugly, self-righteous hooliganism,” said Mr Seymour.

Labour chooses votes over education quality

Since Labour introduced interest free student loans, New Zealand’s Universities have tumbled down the world rankings, and ACT Leader David Seymour says that the two are connected.

“Labour’s approach to education is funding for votes, and quality be damned,” says Mr Seymour.

Since 2006 the University of Auckland has fallen from 46th to 82nd, and Otago to 173rd from 79th.

Council gets the money and the bag

The Government has let Auckland Council off the hook, gaining no concessions on land supply or rate rises, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Writing a big cheque was the time to bring Auckland Council to the table,” says Mr Seymour, “but instead the Council got away with the money and the bag.”

Key must follow up rail with education funding

While many will welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of early funding for the City Rail Link, education infrastructure in the area should not be overlooked, says Epsom MP David Seymour.

“The reality is that we have a train looking for passengers, rather than the other way around.  That’s why the Rail Link requires heavy intensification around Mt Eden Station, among others, to be viable.

Baby boomer government lets down a generation

The 12th Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey is a reminder of how little resolve the Government has applied to fixing a dysfunctional housing market.

“Watching the Annual Demographia updates is a reminder that a Cabinet of baby boomers has done nothing effectual on housing affordability," said ACT Leader David Seymour.

Assisted Dying critics must be honest

Assisted Dying critics must be honest

“Assisted Dying critics must be honest in their campaign.” David Seymour, ACT Leader said today.

His statement comes after, a website asking people to write to Parliament's Health Select Committee on the inquiry into ending one’s life in New Zealand, was found to misrepresent an author’s view on assisted dying.

ACT supports marine protection areas but calls for consistent compensation

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes the Government’s proposal to pass a marine protection Act, with some reservations.

“Recreational and commercial fishers alike know we don’t have the abundance of fisheries available to generations past.  We need to do better at conserving fish and their habitats while giving mineral and fishery investors certainty.

“For too long we’ve had an ad hoc approach that is overly politicised and uncertain for investors.

Auckland Council upends democracy

Auckland Council has engaged in breathtakingly undemocratic arrogance by foisting zone changes on central Auckland residents a week before Christmas without consultation, says Epsom MP David Seymour.

“In a democracy the elected representatives should be in charge of the officials.  In this case the officials swore the councillors to secrecy. It’s extraordinary. 

“The councillors who stood by and let this happen have sat on council too long.  They should either get back in control of the asylum or offer residents their resignation.

Seymour supports proposal for school closure

ACT Leader David Seymour supports the Minister of Education’s proposal to terminate the agreement under which Whangaruru partnership school Te Pūmanawa o te Wairua operates.

“The possibility of occasional school failures was accepted during both the formulation of the policy and the authorisation of each school,” said Mr Seymour.

ACT welcomes removal of criminal sanctions in cartels Bill

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed Government’s decision not to introduce criminal sanctions in the Commerce (Cartels and Other Matters) Amendment Bill. Mr Seymour wrote to the Minister’s office about this last year.

“Imposing criminal sanctions could inflict large economic costs on New Zealand through a chilling effect on legitimate collaborative business, reducing entrepreneurship and innovation.