Councillors must approve 400,000 homes

Auckland Councillors must approve the proposed Unitary Plan’s goal of allowing 422,000 dwellings in the next 30 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Solving a housing shortage is simple: let people build houses. The proposed Unitary Plan allows for 422,000 houses over the next 30 years. It’s an ambitious and necessary target.

Auckland Council must step up or step aside

All eyes will be on Auckland Council tomorrow as they respond to the Independent Hearings Panel’s proposed Unitary Plan, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Prospective homebuyers have already waited too long for a workable solution to Auckland’s housing shortage," says Mr Seymour.

“We know that homeowners in the centre of the city are not opposed to intensification and in some cases welcome it, but they have specific, and in my view legitimate, concerns over school zones and funding, congestion, and community character.

ACT welcomes National adopting ACT policy

While it is light on specifics, ACT is glad that John Key’s conservation proposal draws heavily on ACT’s Sanctuary Trust policy, launched in February, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Prime Minister is absolutely on the right track, predator extermination is an important goal, it will take a very long term commitment, and that will require taxpayer funding distributed to private partners through an agency at arms-length from the Government of the day.

Cannabis debate must consider social impacts

Research on cannabis law reform must measure social impacts, says ACT Leader David Seymour in response to a Treasury note estimating cannabis law enforcement plus lost tax revenue costs $550 million.

“What Treasury’s brainstorm didn’t estimate was the human costs of prohibition, such as the impact of imprisonment on families or mental health issues caused by prolonged cannabis use.

Reserve Bank action an indictment of Govt

New restrictions on lending announced by the Reserve Bank show how dysfunctional housing supply has become, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“In a normally functioning market, housing investment would stimulate supply, eventually bringing down prices," says Mr Seymour.  "The Bank is trying to reduce demand because it knows the market isn’t functioning.

“National and opposition parties support the Bank’s intervention, suggesting they’ve given up on responsive housing supply.

Newmarket school building funds welcome – Seymour

Epsom MP David Seymour has welcomed Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye’s commitment to building eight new classrooms at Newmarket Primary.

“I frequently visit the school and it is an outstanding learning environment led by a great principal,” said Mr Seymour.  “It is good to see the Government investing in expanding quality schools.”

The announcement comes as Auckland Council seeks to concentrate growth in the centre of the city.

Government fails to build houses – and who’s surprised?

Government home-building projects are running up against the same problems as private developments, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Housing New Zealand’s failure to build 2000 houses is no surprise. The entire housing shortage is caused by barriers to development. The idea that the Government could simply ignore these barriers and build houses itself was always ridiculous.

ACT calls on Greens to abandon outdated GMO policy

As over 100 Nobel Laureates call on Greenpeace to abandon its outdated position on genetic modification, ACT is calling on New Zealand Green MPs to do the same.

The fourteen Green MPs, none of whom have any scientific training, maintain the policy of ‘keeping the Aotearoa New Zealand environment free of GE organisms'.

This stands in stark contrast to 107 Nobel Laureates, who wrote:

National's paper tiger housing policy

“National’s policy is designed to get the number $1 billion in the headlines, but it will not actually affect the housing market at all because councils still have to pay the money back,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“National are correct that infrastructure funding is holding back development, but their plan leaves councils with the same problem, just a different lender.

Epsom MP David Seymour to host community meeting on crime and window washers

“At residents' request, I am hosting a community meeting on what can be done about a series of violent incidents in and around Remuera and Greenlane interchange,” says Epsom MP David Seymour.

At Cornwall Park School this coming Monday Mr Seymour will bring together representatives of local police, security, and Auckland Transport, and the principals of Cornwall Park District School and Remuera Intermediate.