Huge opportunities in tertiary Partnership School sponsorship

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the introduction of the Education Legislation Bill, which will allow tertiary institutions to apply to sponsor Partnership Schools.

“This is paving the way for unprecedented innovation, allowing New Zealand’s highest learning institutions to apply their resources and expertise to secondary and primary age students," said Mr Seymour.

Councillors have a duty to speak up on rezoning

Epsom MP David Seymour has called on Auckland councillors to state their real positions on the rezoning of Auckland’s central suburbs.

The Herald today reports that councillors have been sworn to secrecy over intensification plans for Epsom, Mt Eden, and other central suburbs. If this is true, then it’s an affront to the purpose of elected office. If it’s false, then all councillors should deny it immediately," said Mr Seymour.

Minister helpless in breaking Mt Eden promise

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Settlements’ promise that there would be no change in public access to Mt Eden has proven worthless, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Minister Finlayson’s statement last July was clear – ‘there will be no change in public access to the maunga’.

Netflix tax should be offset with tax cuts

The Government should offset any revenue produced by its ‘Netflix tax’ with cuts to company or personal tax rates, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“If this tax is really about levelling the playing field for local businesses, and not just another revenue grab, then National should have no problems offsetting the cost of this tax through tax cuts elsewhere,” said Mr Seymour.

Special economic zones may be needed across NZ

A New Zealand Initiative report on special economic zones (SEZ) has been welcomed by ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Letting local authorities opt in or out of certain policy settings could provide a low-risk alternative to the one-size-fits-all regulatory approach.

“Different parts of the country have different regulatory needs and desires. A classic example is RMA reform. With broad reforms stuck in a political stalemate, why not test the appetite for narrower, regionally adjusted policy?

Surplus shows no excuse for stealth tax hikes

The government’s return to surplus means it can no longer justify relying on bracket creep to inflate revenue, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Despite the Government’s improving financial status, household tax bills continue to rise as inflation pushes income into higher tax brackets,” said Mr Seymour.

Seymour lodges assisted dying Bill

David Seymour, MP for Epsom, has lodged a Bill on assisted dying in Parliament’s Members’ ballot today.

“The End of Life Choice Bill is a response to the anguish faced by a small but significant minority of people with terminal illness or who are grievously and irremediably ill, as they anticipate the prospect of intolerable suffering and the indignity of the final few days and weeks of their lives,” said Mr Seymour.

ACT welcomes important progress for our trading nation

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomed the finalisation of the TPP agreement, freeing up trade amongst the twelve signatory countries across Asia and the Pacific.

“ACT is committed to free trade between nations, and this is another important step in that direction. Tariffs will be eliminated on 93% of our trade with these nations, once the agreement is fully phased in.

“New Zealand is a trading nation. International trade is the foundation of our nation’s wealth and the basis of our standard of living.

New ocean sanctuary welcome, but compensation principle important

ACT Leader David Seymour has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of an Ocean Sanctuary in the Kermadec region, but says the government must consider the costs imposed on private businesses.

“An important principle is at stake here. If justified, existing operators in fisheries and mining should be fully compensated,” said Mr Seymour.

Red Peak inclusion may help rescue referendum

Red Peak’s inclusion in the flag referendum may help save the referendum process, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The South African and Canadian flags both emerged from outside those countries’ original flag processes to become cherished icons, something similar may be happening here.

“The Government is committed to having a referendum and adding Red Peak will mean many people who felt alienated will now be able to get behind it.