An open and benevolent society in which individual New Zealanders are free to achieve their full potential

ACT was founded in 1993 as the Association of Consumers and Taxpayers by Derek Quigley, a former National cabinet minister and Sir Roger Douglas, the former Labour Minister of Finance. Since we became a political party in 1994, we have consistently been the party of ideas, advocating for expanded personal freedom and responsibility.

We believe it is inherent in the nature of human beings as individuals that they are the owners of their own lives and must be free to act according to their own judgments so long as they accept and respect the like freedom of others.
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Our Statement of Identity and Purpose

ACT, as a constructive and solutions-focused political party, exists to promote and implement better policy for all New Zealanders, particularly through reducing the role of government and increasing the role of free markets. To this end, ACT puts up candidates for election to the House of Representatives, who are selected by the procedures set forth in rules 122-141.

ACT, as a constructive and solutions-focused political party, exists to promote and implement better policy for all New Zealanders, particularly through reducing the role of government and increasing the role of free markets. To this end, ACT puts up candidates for election to the House of Representatives, who are selected by the procedures set forth in rules 122-141.

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