Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


National Leaves Rural Tour Too Late

Thursday 24th Jun 1999
Owen Jennings
Media Release -- Other

ACT Rural Spokesman Owen Jennings today said National was a bit late getting out into rural New Zealand.

"ACT has been out listening to the people of rural New Zealand constantly since the last election.

"Rural people are feeling that they have been taken for granted by National. They feel ignored and disenfranchised with the big parties concentrating on the Auckland vote. ACT NZ is recognised amongst rural voters as the only party working to cut red tape and bureaucracy from the farm gate to help farming families and their communities.

"Rural New Zealanders are frustrated with the lack of progress on tackling costs and improving incomes. The worst compliance costs remain in place. Farmers as small businesses face huge taxes in various forms and are finding it increasingly difficult to survive.

"Our listening tours of rural New Zealand that began the week after the last election have put us in touch with the real concerns of rural New Zealanders. Issues like the Treaty process and welfare that ACT has had the courage to talk about and put up fresh new ideas to address.

ACT's promise to cut red tape and bureaucracy, to deliver new ideas and to have the fortitude to actually fix what's broken are seeing us gain strong support with rural voters," said Owen Jennings.


For more information visit ACT online at or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Hong Kong Protest Movement

Nearly ten weeks after the huge Hong Kong protests began, managing to still get 1.7 million people onto the streets in the rain is a testament to how strong the pro-democracy movement has become...

The pro-democracy protests enjoy huge support among Hong Kong’s youth, partly because the democratic systems currently at risk have only a limited time span. More>>



Welfare: More Measures To Help Those Facing Homelessness

Ministers have announced $54 million in Government funding for initiatives which will support at-risk individuals and whānau to stay in their existing tenancies. The funding will also provide additional wrap around services. More>>


Corrections: New Strategy On Māori Reoffending And imprisonment

Authentic co-design with Māori, incorporating a Te Ao Māori worldview, and greater connectedness with whānau are key elements of Hōkai Rangi, Corrections’ new departmental strategy designed to address the long-term challenge of Māori reoffending and imprisonment. More>>


Pacific Island Forum: Australia v Everyone Else On Climate Action

Traditionally, communiques capture the consensus reached at the meeting. In this case, the division on display between Australia and the Pacific meant the only commitment is to commission yet another report into what action needs to be taken. More>>


Unscoped Or Missed Damage: Resolution For Canterbury Owners Of On-Sold Homes

People with over-cap on-sold* properties in Canterbury can now apply for a Government payment so they can get on and repair their homes. More>>


Hamilton-Auckland: First Urban Growth Partnership Signed

New Zealand’s first urban growth partnership between the Government, local councils and mana whenua was signed at a meeting of mayors, chairs and ministers in Hampton Downs today. More>>


Vote On Action Next Week: Secondary Principals Walk From Negotiations

“Unfortunately we consider there is no further value in continuing negotiations at this point. The government has not been able to table an offer that will be acceptable to our members.” More>>

Patrol Car Stolen, Glocks Taken: Manhunt In Gore

The driver rammed the patrol car before fleeing on foot with Police chasing, also on foot. The man has then circled back around, stolen the patrol vehicle, which had the keys left in it, and rammed another Police car... Two Police-issued Glock pistols were stolen. More>>





InfoPages News Channels