Police were put on the frontline fighting Labour’s war
“The Parliamentary riots reflect a sad chapter in New Zealand history, there were ugly acts on all sides of it which can’t be excused but its important to look at what caused the event – needlessly inflexible vaccination policy and an immature and divisive response from the Government,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more
COVID Isolation Periods make New Zealand a global oddity
“Retaining a seven-day mandatory COVID isolation period makes New Zealand a global oddity. It’s a kind of Hermit Kingdom redux, 2023 edition, where Labour keeps treating adults like kids and putting costs on the economy like money is no object,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more
Dictatorship of academics still running COVID-19 policy
“A dictatorship of unelected academics is still running what remains of the Government’s Covid-19 policy, imposing significant costs on New Zealanders for little benefit, and showing reckless disregard for working people and businesses,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more
Control freak Govt should apologise, drop mandates
“New Zealanders were illegally punished by a control freak Government for no public health benefit at all”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more
Labour politicises public service
"Te Whatu Ora Chair Rob Campbell’s rant about Three Waters and co-governance breaches the code of conduct for board members of Crown entities and he should be pulled up by the Public Service Commissioner”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more
David grew up in Whangarei with two younger brothers, where his parents were a pharmacist and a draughtsman. As a teenager, he moved to Auckland for high school before graduating from the University of Auckland in electrical engineering and philosophy.
Before politics, David worked as an electrical engineer in New Zealand and for private sector think tanks in Canada. He has served as ACT Leader and MP for Epsom since 2014. In Government, he was responsible for Regulatory Reform and charter schools. From opposition, he passed the End-of-Life Choice Act.
Fearless and principled, he is known for standing up for his constituents and, if necessary, to every other party. He has been named MP of the year twice, and ‘the only one talking sense’ too many times to count.
MP for Epsom
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David knocked on 13,000 doors in the Epsom electorate suburbs of Epsom, Mt Eden, Parnell, and Remuera before being elected in 2014, and he hasn't stopped since. He regards being elected to Parliament by his neighbours as an enormous honour and privilege. Since then, his electorate office has assisted over 2,000 constituents on issues from ACC claims to hazardous trees on their properties. In cases such as that of Ana-Carolina Bircham, he has gone in to bat for as long as it takes, sometimes years. He has stood up for constituents on electorate-wide issues including proposed cycleways in Parnell, attacks on school children in Greenlane, and threats to Epsom's school zones.
COVID-19 inquiry must be comprehensive and independent of Government
“ACT welcomes the end of Covid restrictions the Government has clung on to for far too long, but in order to fully understand the damage they have done we need a full and independent investigation into the Government’s Covid response, and a plan to ensure we’re prepared for the future,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more
Scrap the Traveller Declaration form
“ACT is calling on the Government to use common sense and scrap the burdensome Traveller Declaration form,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson Dr James McDowall.Read more
One Year on from Delta: Citizens voting with their feet
“One year from the Delta outbreak, New Zealand is ‘leading’ the Anglosphere for COVID cases and death rates, and Jacinda Ardern’s abundance of caution has been replaced by an abundance of social and economic costs - but she’s nowhere to be seen,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more
Modelling shows 7-day iso should go
“The latest modelling from Covid-19 Modelling Aotearoa backs up ACT’s February call to scrap the 7-day isolation period,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.Read more