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The Elevator Pitch: ACT

Charlotte Cook

We are taking elevator pitches to politics. Everything you need to know about the ACT party's policies, values and why you should vote, all in the length of an elevator ride.


ACT Leader David Seymour jumped in the elevator to explain everything first-time voters need to know about them. He talked party values, policies, general voting advice and his go-to karaoke song.

The ACT party stands for freedom, choice and responsibility

One policy David wants first-time voters to know about is housing.

ACT believes...

The cost of housing is unacceptably high. Auckland (and some other cities), have a significant housing shortage.

The high cost of housing is widening the gap between people who own houses and those who don’t.

The high cost of housing is pushing costs on to taxpayers as the government increases spending on emergency housing, Income-related rent subsidies, and accommodation supplements.

ACT will...

- Remove New Zealand's large cities from the Resource Management Act, and create separate urban development legislation, prioritising land supply and reducing red tape on developers. 

- Incentivise councils to consent more land for development and build more infrastructure, by sharing a portion of GST levied on construction.

Get councils out of the building standards process, by replacing council building inspections and compliance with a mandatory private insurance regime for buildings.

Click here for a full list of policies.

Stay tuned as new episodes are released from different parties to help you form an educated vote when it comes to ticking the box on September 23.