Posts Tagged ‘ACT Party’

Waitangi Treaty attack prompts iwi to write to King Charles

Thursday, May 16th, 2024

One Northland iwi, Ngāti Kahu, has drafted a letter to King Charles III concerning Te Tiriti O Waitangi . They want him to stop the “violent attack” on the Treaty presented by the ACT Party’s Treaty Principals Bill. Urgent hearing Iwi chairperson Professor Makere Mutu presented evidence at an urgent Waitangi Tribunal hearing into the Read more

Easter Trading bill will be no good for families, workers

Monday, April 15th, 2024
Easter Trading

NZ Catholic Bishop Steve Lowe (pictured) is dismayed Easter trading – and the current ban on it – is up for change. He’s concerned about the ACT Party’s Easter Trading bill, which was drawn in a ballot just before Easter. “I guess when I read about this, I groaned. I thought: ‘Here we go again’. Read more

Proposed Treaty Principles Bill “will empower weirdos”

Monday, April 8th, 2024
Treaty Principles Bill

The Coalition Government’s pledge to introduce a Treaty Principles Bill is insupportable, opponents say. Describing the proposed Bill as “radical”, former National Party minister Chris Finlayson and political commentator Matthew Hooten say the bills should not have the National-led Government’s support. Former  National Party attorney general and minister for Treaty negotiations under Sir John Key’s Read more

Church and charity tax exempt status under spotlight

Thursday, September 28th, 2023

National leader Christopher Luxon and Labour leader Chris Hipkins faced off in Newshub’s Decision 2023 Leaders Debate on Wednesday. When asked by debate host, Paddy Gower whether charities should pay tax, Hipkins responded with a definite “yes”, while Luxon said he was “open to it”. In August, there was speculation that the National Party plan Read more

ACT, Labour and National to make pathway for parents of migrants to NZ easier

Monday, September 25th, 2023

Three parties on Saturday announced policies that would see the road for parents of migrants to New Zealand made easier. Labour, National and ACT all made similar announcements that they would overhaul the current visa system, while Labour also opened up the door for a one-off regularisation for Pacific and other migrants who have been Read more

ACT’s David Seymour rejects racist rhetoric allegations

Monday, February 13th, 2023

ACT leader David Seymour and Te Pāti Māori’s Rawiri Waititi have clashed in a tense debate about co-governance during what was supposed to be an interview about Labour’s policy dump. It comes after Prime Minister Chris Hipkins on Wednesday put several unpopular policies on the burn pile including the RNZ-TVNZ merger, hate speech reforms and Read more

Easter trading law reform unlikely

Monday, July 4th, 2022
Easter trading law reform

An ACT Party bill for Easter trading law reform was doomed before its first reading last Wednesday. The private member’s bill came from small business spokesman Chris Baillee. It sought to give retailers more choice over whether they operate during the religious holiday. Baillie said his bill would also look after workers by keeping existing Read more

David Seymour’s euthanasia attack bigotry at utmost

Monday, September 28th, 2020

A televised debate on the euthanasia referendum went septic when ACT leader, David Seymour accused Palliative Care Specialist, Dr Sinead Donnelly of basing her objections on religion, not facts. Donnelly and Seymour appeared on TV3’s Newshub Nation on Saturday morning. Donnelly said the proposed Act is a “dangerous law” that will put the lives of Read more

NZ Parliament turns democracy on its head

Monday, July 1st, 2019
culture of life

I am writing to congratulate Members of Parliament who bravely defended the God-given right to life of every member of our community and voted against the End of Life Choice bill (EOLCB). By voting in favour of this bill at the second reading, Parliament has abandoned its commitment to upholding a culture of life and Read more