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Was PM misleading, or not paying attention?

“The Prime Minister needs to explain to New Zealanders whether she was misleading them when she said a controversial change to Three Waters was “not something I would necessarily be aware of” or whether she just wasn’t paying attention in caucus when it was discussed,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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Higher salaries but worse outcomes for kids

“The salaries for senior staff at Oranga Tamariki have increased by 55 per cent in the past five years but we’re not seeing improved results for children in need,” says ACT’s Children spokesperson Karen Chhour.

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Govt adopts ACT’s on-farm sequestration policy

“It’s promising that the Government has adopted ACT’s long held policy of recognising on-farm sequestration for climate change. They should adopt the rest of our climate policy and take a practical approach to emissions that doesn’t hammer our agriculture sector,” says ACT’s Climate Change spokesperson Simon Court and Prima

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Review confirms Oranga Tamariki negligence must stop now

“Oranga Tamariki has had so many damning reviews and apologised so many times it is becoming meaningless, there needs to be real change to ensure incidents like the one that occurred with Malachi never happen again,” says ACT’s Social Development spokesperson Karen Chhour.

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ACT’s solutions for building New Zealand and conserving nature

“ACT’s solution for building New Zealand and conserving nature is one where New Zealanders are free to make the best possible use of their property and our shared environment to live their best lives,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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Putting freshwater management back under local control

“Everyone agrees that many freshwater resources in New Zealand are being exploited beyond their ability to cope and regenerate, but the current Governments approach of centralised control will not work either,” says ACT’s Primary Industries spokesperson Mark Cameron.

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An Environmental Protection Act that works

“Almost everyone is frustrated with the Resource Management Act, including environmentalists who believe it has failed its environmental goals. ACT’s proposed Resource Management reforms would simplify and focus resource management law to ensure the health of the air, water and soil, along with biodiversity, are protected a

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ACT’s plan to build more housing with neighbourly harmony

“ACT’s alternative to the RMA will result in more houses being built and fewer barriers being put in the way of their construction, in a way that returns power to local communities” says ACT Deputy Leader and Housing spokesperson Brooke van Velden.

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Better, faster infrastructure planning funding

“ACT has announced a suite of measures to get infrastructure built faster at less cost to the taxpayer and ratepayer. These measures borrow from around the world where a range of vehicles are used to get infrastructure done, compared with New Zealand’s limited and parochial range of infrastructure ownership, funding and fin

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PM in denial about ram raids

“Jacinda Ardern’s assertion on AM this morning that the “majority” of ramraid cases are being prosecuted shows she’s either in denial or living on another planet when it comes to crime,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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Free Press, 28 November 2022

ACT has been busy. The party released its Immigration Policy on Thursday, setting out how ACT would make New Zealand competitive with the likes of Australia and Canada in the war for talent. ACT’s Truancy Policy came out on Sunday, calling for fines for parents, truancy officers for schools, and daily national reporting of

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PM doesn’t know Govt went soft on crime

“Fending off suggestions she is ‘pro-criminal’ this morning, the Prime Minister revealed her ignorance of the law and accidentally drew attention to the fact her Government has reduced penalties for ram raid-type offences”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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Driving up car prices in a cost of living crisis

“The Government’s Clean Car Standard (Ute Tax) is expected to increase the price of used cars by 20 to 25 per cent, making life tougher for everyday Kiwis grappling with the cost of living crisis,” says ACT’s Transport spokesperson Simon Court.

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Govt admits it’s wrong – months too late

“The $10 million of funding provided to retail businesses is only equal to the amount provided to bail out AJ Hackett bungy in 2020. The Government values the thousands of vulnerable retail businesses in New Zealand living in fear the same as it valued a single tourism business two years ago,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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Will DoC end up introducing bears?

“New Zealand’s Department of Conservation is the first conservation department in the world to introduce “locally captured wild ship rats” to protected areas in the name of pest control, what could possibly be next?” Asks ACT’s Conservation spokesperson Nicole McKee.

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Consequences for truancy: ACT proposes solutions

ACT Leader David Seymour and Education spokesperson Chris Baillie have today proposed a range of solutions to deal with New Zealand’s truancy crisis, including consequences for parents and schools.