Local Government

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    Cameron Luxton

    Cameron Luxton MP is based in Tauranga and was elected to Parliament with the ACT Party in 2023. Cameron has a background in construction and farming. He is a skilled tradesman and currently owns a building business.

  • Press Releases

    Auckland Council is right about ‘bombing run’

    “Megan Woods needs to recall her instructions to Kainga Ora that would turn a massive strip through the centre of Auckland into a project. The way she treated Auckland Council disrespected local people, and it’s time to get a Government that listens,” says Epsom MP David Seymour.

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    Will Mauri make our water safe to drink

    “The Labour Government’s obsession with adding race-based hierarchy to every piece of legislation has come to Three Waters,” says ACT’s Infrastructure Spokesperson Simon Court, “but will it fix our broken pipes and make our water safe to drink?”

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    Serve up core services not word salads

    “Our communities want their councils to get back to the basics. Water, rubbish, housing and roads is what councils should be focussed on. The last thing they need is another word salad from the Government like the Review into the Future for Local Government,” says ACT’s Local Government spokesperson Simon Court.

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    ACT launches petition to speed up the clean-up of Auckland’s beaches

    “ACT has launched a petition which urges the Government to adopt ACT’s three-point plan to speed up the clean-up of Auckland’s beaches,” says ACT’s Environment spokesperson Simon Court.

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  • Campaigns

    Speed Up the Clean-Up

    Auckland beaches are too often black flagged - unsafe for swimming or any form of recreation. This means that when you take your kids swimming or launch a boat, you could be exposed to dangerous bugs from raw sewage overflows.

    The average Auckland household will pay Councils Watercare $1224 this year, increasing to $2261 by 2031.

    ACT believes it is unfair that people who pay water charges on top of council rates should have to swim and play in water contaminated by raw sewage.

    A screenshot of Auckland's dirty beaches. Photo credit: Safeswim
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    Many of these spills are from what councils call “engineered overflow points” – in other words – they are designed to dump raw sewage into waterways and into our harbour when the system can’t cope. This is not limited to periods of heavy rain - many overflows occur after just a light shower and far more frequently than we might think.

    The Labour Government pushed through an expensive, racially divisive and inefficient Three Waters reform, which is so complicated they recently announced it will be delayed from 2024 until 2026. The delays mean that very little will be done to clean up our beaches and harbour under Labour.

    According to a recent council survey, more than two-thirds of us rate clean waterways and beaches as our most important “must-have”. The black flags of Safeswim show where investments are a “must-have”.

    ACT proposes a practical Water Infrastructure Plan to speed up the clean-up.

    Return $1.2 billion each year to local councils, a half-share of the GST collected by the Government on all new builds.

    Delivering urgently needed major projects through Public-Private Partnerships between councils and developers, attracting investment from financial entities such as KiwiSaver funds, ACC, and iwi.

    Establish long term 30-year Central Government-Local Government Partnership agreements to plan water infrastructure upgrades tailored to specific regions.

    ACT’s plan would allow communities to retain control of water assets, and speed up the clean-up.

    Sign the petition to support ACTs practical Water Infrastructure Plan.

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  • Press Releases

    No basis for Three Waters co-government arrangement

    “Labour has confirmed in his own confused way that there is no legal basis for implementing co-government arrangements in water infrastructure,” says ACT’s Three Waters spokesperson Simon Court.

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    McAnulty mixes honesty, naivete, and ignorance on Three Waters

    “Kieran McAnulty’s candid admission that Labour’s three waters reforms are not democratic shows a dangerous mixture of naivete and ignorance about the Treaty and democracy,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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    ‘Affordable’ water reforms to cost taxpayers more

    “Taxpayers are going to have a big bill to pay for the Government’s shallow rebrand of Three Waters. The Government needs to be upfront with the costs, if it has even bothered to figure them out,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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    Māori Caucus: 1, Chris Hipkins: 0

    “There was only ever going to be one winner in a battle over co-government between the Prime Minister and the Māori Caucus,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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