In today's email we look into the Electoral Commission's list of donations made to political parties, dig into the sale of the disputes resolution service used by ACC, and ask what is next for ACT.
Before the election, David Seymour was talking about his plan to make ACT relevant again. Yet the party went backwards, leaving Seymour facing opposition as a solo act. What went wrong, and does ACT have a future in its current form?
ACT leader David Seymour has been going it alone in Parliament for the last three years, but he’s confident about a three-stage plan to revitalise the party’s flagging brand. As part of Newsroom’s election coverage, Seymour speaks about the issues on Kiwis’ minds and his own ambitions.
1. 'Vote for the other guy'
As election day creeps closer, the coalition planning is starting to gather pace. National’s preferences are no surprise but hint at the complex arithmetic lying ahead after September 23, as Sam Sachdeva reports.
New charter schools have been announced, as the ACT-driven policy continues to expand.
The Maori Party and the Government are in the final days of negotiations that would allow Resource Management Act reforms to pass. But the Maori Party is pushing hard to water down a clause that would allow any Environment Minister to over-ride Council rules such as a ban on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). It is pushing so hard that ACT and United Future think there is a real prospect of a complete impasse that might force the Government to ask for their help. The Maori Party and the Government say they are still confident of agreeing a deal, but brinksmanship is getting more intense.
ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour and United Future Leader and Ohariu MP Peter Dunne have intervened to offer a way for the Government to pass Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms without the support of the Maori Party.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I argue the stresses on the rolls of the Grammar Zone schools can only really be fixed with a pricing signal.
For the convenience of email-avoiding subscribers and samplers, here's the email sent earlier on Wednesday.