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So what do these political words really mean?

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This funny image about red heads got me thinking. How many other words do we use inaccurately? I have used words to describe political parties where I did not really understand the full meaning of the labels I was using.

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ACT has joined Whaleoil in ridiculing Green hippycrisy

I’m liking the cut of David Seymour’s jib…he is certainly getting amongst it all.

His latest target are the hippycrits in the Green party.

The Green Party are hypocrites given their MPs’ spending on flights, Act leader David Seymour says.

However, the Greens have dismissed the criticism as a “boring gimmick”, and say it is caucus policy to offset all air miles.

Mr Seymour said the latest release of expenses shows that in October, November and December the average Green MP spent $7992 on air travel — the highest average amongst political parties.

“Green MPs’ expenditure on air travel is extraordinary for several reasons,” said Mr Seymour. “These are the MPs who regularly tell us that climate change is the crisis of our time and we must reduce our emissions.”

Mr Seymour said the average Green spend of $7992 compared with an average spend by Labour MPs of $7790, $5493 by National MPs, and $5998 by NZ First MPs.

A Green Party spokesman dismissed Mr Seymour’s attack as a “gimmick”.

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Battle stations, the Green Party are under attack

When you think of the environment which political party do you think of? Most people would answer, the Green party but that is all about to change. ACT party leader David Seymour has gone on the attack, pointing out the Green party’s neglect of the environment.

ACT leader David Seymour is readying to fire shots across the Green Party bow, accusing them of “socialist economics” and neglecting the environment.

…The rank and file behind the single-MP party will gather at Auckland’s exclusive Orakei Bay this weekend for their annual conference, which is expected to carry a heavy environmental theme.

It’s understood Seymour will announce an environmental policy, geared around private enterprise playing a greater role in conservation.

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Where are Maori and Pasifika students achieving 20% above the National average?

Maori and Pasifika students are excelling at Vanguard Military School, one of the three Charter schools that I visited last year and did a series of investigative articles on.

Press Release:

Vanguard Military School is pleased to be able to release its provisional NCEA results for 2015 as confirmed by NZQA.  The school achieved a 93% pass rate at NCEA Level 1, a 100% pass rate at Level 2 and a 93% pass rate at Level 3.  All of these results are well above the national average for NCEA and, in the case of Maori and Pasifika students, they are 20% higher than the national average.

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2016 ACT Conference coming up

With National competently straddling the middle ground – some would say even the left – most pundits suspect there is a resurgence for ACT on the cards for 2017.   This does need ACT to present as capable, credible and reliable, and it’s hard to be too critical of Seymour’s performance so far.

I’m aware a fair few Whaleoil readers are natural ACT supporters who have supported National during the last election for two solid reasons: it was the only way to be sure that Kim Dotcom and his corrupt mob wouldn’t get into parliament – or worse – government, and it also reflected that David Seymour was a fresh new face and we simply didn’t know where Epsom was going to go.

All things being equal, we can take Seymour’s return to parliament in 2017 as read.  So, for the first time in quite a number of elections, people to the right of National have a place to go.  National will be returned, but with some pull towards the right.

Towards the end of the month ACT will have their conference. With more than the usual share of decent speakers lined up, it should be a good day.

Ruth Money
The country’s leading victims’ advocate.  As a volunteer she has assisted victims of some of the highest profile cases in recent times with navigating the justice system.  ACT has always advocated putting victims’ rights first and Ruth is at the forefront of not only talking about how victims can be better supported (which she’ll do at the conference) but actively supporting them on her own time.

Dame Lesley Max
Co-founder and CEO of the Great Potentials Foundation and creator of the HIPPY and MATES programs.  Since its foundation, ACT has advocated strong community organisations solving social problems where the Government doesn’t always get it right.  We are honoured to host one of New Zealand’s leading social entrepreneurs at our conference. Read more »

When a school doesn’t perform it should be closed

When a Charter school doesn’t perform it can be closed, which is as it should be, and in the case of the Charter school in Whangarura that looks like the best option. In an article about it the 3 News reporter is a little confused, quoting Hekia Parata as the Greens Education spokeswoman.

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Face of the day

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‘I think New Zealanders want politicians with balls not baubles’
-David Seymour

Seymour declines Ministerial role to continue building a strong ACT brand

David Seymour is showing he has principles and is more interested in re-building a party than the baubles of power.

Being offered ministerial positions at the age of 32 was a huge honour, Act leader David Seymour says – but one he has nonetheless decided to turn down.

“I have got to get Act’s vote up by the next election. At the moment lots of people are saying nice things…but there is only one number that counts,” Mr Seymour said of his decision.

“It is a huge honour at 32, in your first year of Parliament to be offered a ministerial post…but I couldn’t do a lot more than I am doing now if I was made a minister. Being an under-secretary is quite a useful position. Well, at least that is my judgment.”

Prime Minister John Key said he was surprised by Mr Seymour’s decision to turn down the positions of Minister for Regulatory Reform and Associate Minister of Education, but could understand the thinking behind it.

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Four areas where ACT thinks New Zealand is failing

And more interestingly, where we are fooling ourselves into thinking we’re doing ok.

Housing Affordability
Demographia’s International Housing Affordability Survey tells us that New Zealand has the highest ratio (5.2) between house prices and income anywhere bar Australia (where they have a capital gains tax and foreign buyer restrictions).  While a house in the average city of over one million population costs 3.6 years’ income, in Auckland it is 8.2.  The Demographia data covers literally hundreds of housing markets and presents compelling evidence that it is the supply of land that city councils will let you build on that affects affordability.  Auckland’s result is no surprise given Auckland Council’s fetish for forced intensification.

 

Superannuation Sustainability
Australia, France, Germany, the U.K, Belgium, Spain, Ireland, the U.S. and basically every other developed country is in the process of raising its retirement age, or at least has announced it will.  At the 2006 census New Zealand had five workers per retiree, by the time current students retire there will be only two workers per retiree.  The interesting thing is it’s not really an issue for current or imminent retirees; they’re fairly safe unless there is a radical upheaval.  It is however an issue for the young.  Sadly, John Key’s Prime Ministership will be remembered for delaying the inevitable pension age adjustment as much as for the flag referendum. Read more »

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Iwi leaders embrace Charter Schools

Kura hourua ( Charter Schools ) allow communities to be part of their children’s education in a culture of high expectations. -The Herald

Iwi Leaders have agreed to actively support the establishment of partnership schools. Influenced by the success of Charter schools in New Zealand and the success of Charter schools in New Orleans, New York City, and Chicago they have unanimously decided that Charter Schools ( kura hourua ) be expanded and that more Maori communities be encouraged to become involved with them. They will be advocating to Government to expand the Act Party initiated scheme and will be publicly stressing…

…the importance of high-quality teaching, high educational achievement and strong supportive partnerships with iwi, communities and other organisations.

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