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Govt Should Go Further On Rapid Antigen Test

Monday, 24 January 2022, 11:53 am | ACT New Zealand

“ A gazette notice allowing more Rapid Antigen Tests (point of care tests) is a step in the right direction but doesn’t go far enough,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.r “ACT first called for these tests to be more widely available back in ... More >>

Govt Goes On Holiday – Literally

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 8:58 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government will have to hope that the virus observes Wellington Anniversary Day tomorrow while Ministers take a break,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “We joke about the Government taking its mind off COVID-19 over summer, but 48 hours ... More >>

Delay In Border Opening Was Futile

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 8:20 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s postponement of home isolation for Kiwis arriving from Australia proved futile, with Omicron circulating before 17 January when they would have been allowed to come home without MIQ,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “My email inbox ... More >>

Government Failing On Road Safety Targets

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 8:19 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government is failing to deliver on the agreed targets in the Road Safety Partnership between NZTA and Police, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. Figures released in the NZTA Annual Report show that Police failed to deliver half their ... More >>

Locked Out Kiwis Deserve The Right To Vote And Come Home

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 8:18 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party has today launched a petition to give overseas New Zealanders the right to vote in their own country and to end MIQ for those who are fully vaccinated,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Overseas New Zealanders are only able to vote if ... More >>

Equitable Response To Omicron Vital

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:59 pm | Green Party

The Green Party supports the Government’s decision to move Aotearoa New Zealand to traffic light level Red at 11.59pm tonight, but says its success will depend on the support that is made available to the most vulnerable.  “The most ... More >>

Government Unprepared For Omicron

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:56 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government’s lack of preparation for Omicron has unnecessarily put New Zealand in a worse position than we needed to be, National Leader Christopher Luxon says. “Rather than spending the last month urgently boosting as many people as possible, ... More >>

Unprepared Government Caught On The Hop

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:54 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Jacinda’s ‘Stage 1’ is just Delta 2, with any real response to Omicron yet to be announced, that will be called Stage 2, and Stage 3,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “As with Delta, Jacinda Ardern’s Government has required actual ... More >>

NZ To Move To Red From 11.59pm Today

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Government

  All of New Zealand will move to the Red setting of the Covid Protection Framework (CPF) at 11:59pm today as Omicron is potentially now transmitting in the community, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.  “Nine COVID-19 cases reported ... More >>

PM's Speech: NZ To Move To Red

Sunday, 23 January 2022, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Government

Nine COVID-19 cases reported yesterday in the Nelson/Marlborough region have now been confirmed as the Omicron variant, and a further case from the same household was confirmed late yesterday. These cases are in a single family that flew to Auckland ... More >>

24 Day Isolation Rule Non-announcement Unprofessional And Unworkable

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:32 pm | ACT New Zealand

COVID isolation rules unprofessional and unworkable “New COVID isolation rules for Omicron are unworkable, and the way they were dumped on the Ministry of Health website on a Friday afternoon is unprofessional,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. ... More >>

The True Cost Of Delta Lockdowns Revealed

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 8:03 am | ACT New Zealand

“We now know the real cost of being unprepared for Delta was $8 billion,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Comments from Treasury in a Cabinet paper that was quietly put online over the summer holidays shows that the estimated cost of the Delta lockdowns ... More >>

Move Tamaki To Springhill, Let Pilgrims Protest In A Field

Saturday, 22 January 2022, 6:26 am | ACT New Zealand

“Brian Tamaki should be held at Springhill Prison, which is in a large field, so his protestors stop disturbing my constituents in their homes,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “I visited the site today, Hannah Tamaki told me it was all under ... More >>

New Zealand To Provide Further Help For Tonga

Friday, 21 January 2022, 4:15 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is giving an additional $2 million in humanitarian funding for Tonga as the country recovers from a volcanic eruption and tsunami last weekend, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. This ... More >>

WHO: End Travel Bans

Friday, 21 January 2022, 9:23 am | ACT New Zealand

“The Government should end its effective ban on travel to New Zealand now that even the World Health Organisation has advised against it,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “WHO recently released advice for international travel in relation to ... More >>

Quarterly Benefit Numbers Show Highest Number Of Exits Into Work

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 3:30 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s strong focus on supporting more people into work is reflected in benefit figures released today which show a year-on-year fall of around 21,300 people receiving a main benefit in the December 2021 quarter, Minister for Social ... More >>

Quarterly Benefit Numbers Show Highest Number Of Exits Into Work

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Government

The Government’s strong focus on supporting more people into work is reflected in benefit figures released today which show a year-on-year fall of around 21,300 people receiving a main benefit in the December 2021 quarter, Minister for Social ... More >>

Northland To Move To Orange, NZ Prepared For Omicron

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Government

Northland will move to Orange at 11:59pm tonight, 20 January 2022, while the rest of New Zealand will remain at Orange as the Government prepares for Omicron to enter the community. More >>

Labour Has No Plan For Omicron

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 2:37 pm | New Zealand National Party

Jacinda Ardern and Labour have no plan for Omicron just like they had no plan for Delta, National Leader Christopher Luxon says. “The threat of Omicron became apparent in December but nothing seems to have happened in the last month to prepare New Zealand. ... More >>

No Plan For Omicron – Just Crickets

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 2:13 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Back from a long holiday the Government has finally fronted about the imminent arrival of Omicron – only to admit what we suspected all along, there is no plan,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Fresh from making announcements about announcements, ... More >>

RNZAF C-130 Hercules Flight Departs For Tonga As Navy Vessels Draw Nearer To Tongatapu

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Government

A Royal New Zealand Air Force C-130 Hercules has departed Base Auckland Whenuapai for Tonga carrying aid supplies, as the New Zealand aid effort ramps up, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. More >>

Benefit Dependency Surges Under Labour

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 11:55 am | New Zealand National Party

Today’s quarterly benefit data release is further confirmation that Labour have engineered a benefit dependency crisis in New Zealand, National’s Social Development and Employment spokesperson Louise Upston says. “At a time when businesses across ... More >>

Labour Party Puts The Treaty At The Heart Of Everything But The Labour Party

Thursday, 20 January 2022, 8:02 am | ACT New Zealand

“Labour is putting the Treaty at the centre of everything, but is the Treaty at the heart of Labour? The Labour Party constitution is 113 pages, but it mentions treaty only three times. It says that the Treaty should be honoured, but it doesn’t ... More >>

Four Weeks And Nothing To Show On Omicron Response

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 3:50 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Four weeks since Chris Hipkins last fronted on the COVID-19 response, he couldn’t tell New Zealanders anything new about how the Government will confront the imminent landfall of Omicron,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “There are two possible ... More >>

Update On Tonga

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Government

Tonga Update – 3pm 19 January 2022 The Tonga Government is responding to efforts on the ground. Power has been restored, and clean-up and damage assessments are ongoing. Relief supplies are being distributed by Tongan authorities. Work to clear the airport ... More >>

Lottery Of Human Misery Now Just Misery

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 12:27 pm | New Zealand National Party

The lottery of human misery that is MIQ has now just become human misery for the million Kiwis abroad who are shut out of their own country, National’s COVID-19 Response spokesperson Chris Bishop says. “The decision announced last night to ... More >>

No Accountability In Jacinda Ardern’s Hermit Kingdom

Wednesday, 19 January 2022, 10:38 am | ACT New Zealand

“The most visible Prime Minister in New Zealand political history was nowhere to be seen as the border was effectively closed to overseas Kiwis last night,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Covid-19 Ministers met yesterday. Did they make ... More >>

Another MIQ Lottery Postponed- Time For Honestly And Certainty With The Border

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 8:08 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The Government’s decision to yet again cancel the MIQ lottery will be devastating for Kiwis abroad and it’s time for a solution,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “We can’t go on like this, families have been torn apart and businesses can’t ... More >>

Car-hating, Tax-loving Government Drives Distributors Out Of The Country

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 3:38 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Distributors are being driven out of the country by a government that hates cars and loves tax”, says ACT’s Transport spokesperson Simon Court. “The Clean Car Standard has been labelled ‘counter-productive nonsense’, and both Isuzu Utes ... More >>

New Zealand Prepared To Send Support To Tonga

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Government

New Zealand is ready to assist Tonga in its recovery from Saturday night’s undersea eruption and tsunami, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Defence Minister Peeni Henare said today. Air Movements personnel stack and secure pallets of disaster ... More >>

Slump In Business Confidence Alarming But Unsurprising

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 1:42 pm | New Zealand National Party

The findings of the latest NZIER Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion (QSBO) – that business confidence has fallen markedly – should come as no surprise, National Spokesperson for Small Business, Andrew Bayly says. “When businesses don’t feel ... More >>

Kiwis Need Relief From Cost Of Living Crisis

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 11:49 am | ACT New Zealand

“Kiwis need tax relief and businesses need workers as Labour’s cost of living crisis continues to bite,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “ NZIER’s Quarterly Survey of Business Opinion reveals more than half of businesses increased their prices ... More >>

Wood Wasting Millions On Hillside Rail Yards

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 10:15 am | New Zealand National Party

New Zealanders are fast getting used to Michael Wood’s profligate spending, with $85 million to revive rail workshops in Dunedin just the latest instalment, National’s Transport spokesperson Simeon Brown says. “Transport officials advised against ... More >>

Ten Things Cabinet Needs To Do For Omicron

Monday, 17 January 2022, 6:58 am | ACT New Zealand

“Omicron is, to quote the PM, a ‘whole new virus,’ and we can’t be caught out with another March 2020 response, so Cabinet needs to confront reality with new goals and strategies today,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “In simple terms, ... More >>

Concerns For The People Of Tonga

Sunday, 16 January 2022, 6:10 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Opposition shares concerns for the people of Tonga and supports New Zealand standing ready to provide assistance, Opposition Leader Christopher Luxon says. “Our thoughts are with the people of Tonga as they deal with the damage and distress brought ... More >>

Civil Defence Tsunami Warning Fail

Sunday, 16 January 2022, 6:02 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Residents in Northland are rightly concerned that neither the Emergency Mobile Alert system nor any Tsunami sirens were activated prior to strong surges that destroyed dozens of boats in the Tutukaka Marina, flooded at least one campground, and put ... More >>

New Zealand Stands Ready To Assist People Of Tonga

Sunday, 16 January 2022, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Government

The thoughts of New Zealanders are with the people of Tonga following yesterday’s undersea volcanic eruption and subsequent tsunami waves, Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta says. “Damage assessments are under way and New Zealand has formally ... More >>

ACT Calls For Higher Standards For Our Teachers

Sunday, 16 January 2022, 8:02 am | ACT New Zealand

“As schools prepare to return for the new year, the ACT Party is calling for higher standards for our teachers when renewing their practicing certificates,” says ACT’s Education spokesperson Chris Baillie. “Across all of the standardised international ... More >>

New Year, New Rewards For Teachers

Saturday, 15 January 2022, 8:37 am | ACT New Zealand

“As school prepare to return for the New Year, ACT is calling on the Government to adopt our Teaching Excellence Reward Fund (TERF), says ACT’s Education spokesperson Chris Baillie. “Many New Zealanders can recall a teacher who made a real difference ... More >>

Credit Madness Inquiry Must Be Open And Transparent

Friday, 14 January 2022, 7:53 pm | ACT New Zealand

“ Reports that Commerce Minister David Clark has asked the Council of Financial Regulators to inquire into December's changes to the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act is welcome news, but the inquiry must be real,” says ACT Leader David ... More >>

Duke Of York’s NZ Military Patronage Appointment Ends

Friday, 14 January 2022, 11:04 am | New Zealand Government

Buckingham Palace has recently announced that, with the Queen's approval and agreement, the Duke of York’s military affiliations and Royal patronages have been returned to the Queen. In New Zealand, the Duke of York was formerly the Colonel-in-Chief ... More >>

International Education Revenue Loss For 2021 Expected To Reach $480 Million

Friday, 14 January 2022, 10:39 am | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party can reveal that the loss to the international education sector for 2021 is expected to reach $480 million,” says ACT’s Immigration spokesperson James McDowall. “In 2018 International Education was our fourth largest export ... More >>

Record High Of New Homes Consented Continues

Thursday, 13 January 2022, 12:56 pm | New Zealand Government

Annual figures for the last nine months show more new homes have been consented than ever before, says Minister for Building and Construction Poto Williams... More >>

Gang Numbers Up 2,671 In A Year

Thursday, 13 January 2022, 9:58 am | ACT New Zealand

“There are a staggering 2,671 more gang members on the streets of New Zealand in the past year – a sign our gang problem is completely out of control,” says ACT’s Justice spokesperson Nicole McKee. “A 50 per cent increase is incomprehensible. ... More >>

The Curious Case Of The RAT In The Pharmacy

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 6:14 pm | ACT New Zealand

“I’d never normally bring a politician’s partner into politics, but everyone should break a rule from time to time, and I want to commend Clark Gayford for advocating Rapid Antigen Tests. If only he knew someone in the Government who could lift its ... More >>

$60M Maternity Funding Diverted To Health Restructuring Over More Midwives

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 4:06 pm | New Zealand National Party

The temporary closure of Queen Mary maternity services at Dunedin Hospital is further evidence of Andrew Little being prepared to sacrifice health services over bureaucracy for his precious health system restructuring, says National’s Health Spokesperson ... More >>

Ice Cream Exporters Frozen Out

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 11:06 am | ACT New Zealand

“A media release from Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash talking up New Zealand ice cream exports is ridiculous when New Zealanders are frozen out of going overseas to promote their products,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “Nash thought ... More >>

Government Own-goal Will Cost Students

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 11:03 am | New Zealand National Party

As teacher shortages mount, National is again calling for COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins to urgently act and allocate MIQ spots for the teachers that he announced would be able to enter the country last July, National’s Immigration spokesperson ... More >>

Report Trumpets Scope For Ice Cream Exports

Wednesday, 12 January 2022, 10:33 am | New Zealand Government

Latest research into our premium ice cream industry suggests exporters could find new buyers in valuable overseas markets as consumers increasingly look for tip top quality in food. Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash has released a new report ... More >>

Major Events Fund Falls Short

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 4:02 pm | ACT New Zealand

“Economic Development Minister Stuart Nash was poorly advised when he restricted the Government’s Major Events Fund to events with over 5000 attendees. He could support far more events for the same money,” says ACT Leader David Seymour. “The ... More >>

Honouring The Legacy Of Legendary Kaumātua Muriwai Ihakara

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 3:49 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for Arts, Culture, and Heritage Kiri Allan has expressed her great sadness and deepest condolences at the passing of esteemed kaumātua, Muriwai Ihakara. “Muriwai’s passing is not only a loss for the wider creative sector ... More >>

ACT Will Protect Freedom Of Expression On Campus

Tuesday, 11 January 2022, 9:28 am | ACT New Zealand

“A Bill from the ACT Party will soon be debated in Parliament that will require tertiary education institutions to protect freedom of expression,” says ACT MP Dr James McDowall. “Freedom of expression and academic freedom are critical values ... More >>

Have Your Say On Proposed Changes To Make Drinking Water Safer

Monday, 10 January 2022, 2:04 pm | New Zealand Government

Associate Minister for the Environment Kiri Allan is urging all New Zealanders to give feedback on proposed changes aimed at making drinking water safer. “The current regulations are not fit for purpose and don’t offer enough protection, particularly ... More >>

Where’s The Urgency On Boosters And Kids?

Monday, 10 January 2022, 1:11 pm | New Zealand National Party

It’s ridiculous that the Book My Vaccine website will not allow people to book in for booster vaccinations four months after a person’s second dose, and still doesn’t allow parents to book in for kids’ vaccinations, says National’s COVID-19 ... More >>

Govt Fighting Phoney War Against Omicron

Monday, 10 January 2022, 12:56 pm | ACT New Zealand

“As Omicron cases pile up at the border and the whole spectrum of commentators from the blasé to the catastrophists say we’re gonna get it, the Government is fighting a phoney war. Book My Vaccine is still not set up for booking four-month ... More >>

ACT’s Plan To Crack Down On Gangs

Monday, 10 January 2022, 10:19 am | ACT New Zealand

“ACT is calling on the Government to introduce our policy of Gang Injunction Orders this year to crack down on gang members and minimise the risk posed to the public as gang numbers spiral out of control,” says ACT’s Justice spokesperson Nicole ... More >>

ACT’s Plan To Revolutionise Mental Health

Sunday, 9 January 2022, 2:03 pm | ACT New Zealand

“The ACT Party is encouraging the Government to introduce our innovative solution for the Mental Health crisis facing New Zealand,” says ACT Deputy Leader and Health spokesperson Brooke van Velden. “The Government has allocated billions of dollars ... More >>

Planting The Seeds For Rewarding Careers

Saturday, 8 January 2022, 6:29 pm | New Zealand Government

Hon Kiri Allan Minister of Conservation Minita mō Te Papa Atawhai A boost in funding for a number of Jobs for Nature initiatives across Canterbury will provide sustainable employment opportunities for more than 70 people, Conservation Minister Kiri Allan ... More >>

Finance Committee Should Review Changes To Credit Contracts And Consumer Finance Act

Saturday, 8 January 2022, 6:26 pm | ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has written to the Finance and Expenditure Committee, asking it to open an inquiry into the effects of recent changes to the Credit contracts and Consumer Finance Act. “Over the past month I have heard about the new law from ... More >>

MIQ Failures Create Mayhem And Distress For Families With Visas

Saturday, 8 January 2022, 6:25 pm | New Zealand National Party

The Government has cruelly chosen not to fix known problems in the Managed Isolation and Quarantine (MIQ) online booking system that are keeping families from reuniting says National’s Spokesperson for Immigration, Erica Stanford. “Resident 2021 ... More >>

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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