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David Seymour: Letter of Expectations

Dear Prime Minister,

In light of Grant Robertson’s letter to the Board of Air New Zealand, here are some expectations for your Government:

Stop publicly attacking minimum wage workers. To accuse fast food and security workers, who have no platform, from the highest podium in the land is a bit cringey. By your proposed definition, it might be hate speech. You are accusing individuals of endangering the whole country. Please be kind.

Use language precisely. Please try to call things what they are. Your recent housing policy was not housing policy but a tax policy. No population on earth has taxed its way to higher home ownership rates. Describing anyone with a rental property as a ‘speculator’ is inaccurate and divisive, so is calling mortgage interest deductibility a ‘loophole.’

Define the problem before intervening. Your ban on oil and gas exploration has removed the best fuel available for a ‘just transition’ away from coal. In fact there is more coal in our future. If the problem was defined as ‘how do we reduce emissions,’ nobody would have suggested banning exploration.

Be proactive. When MIQ occupation shrinks, let’s have a contingency to let more people in. Separated families, specialist workers. It’s one thing to be reactive, such as when the Wiggles phone, but you need to be proactive in our response to COVID-19.

Uphold the rule of law. The rule of law is the bulwark that protects all New Zealanders from tyranny. We need to know that when there are disputes, they’ll be resolved by what the law says. By wading into the Ihumatao dispute on the side of the squatters, then using taxpayer money to buy them their wish, you have done irreparable damage to the rule of law.

Consult on the laws you make. Your firearm laws have been a disaster. You alienated the law-abiding firearm community for the sake of political theatre. Your gun buyback demonstrably failed. Now there is a shootout every other day. We could have told you this. Actually, we did.

Base your graphs on actual data. If you publish a graph showing how many people will be vaccinated and when, please base it on actual numbers. Don't tell us by Official Information Act request that it was 'for illustration only.' If it is just a pretty picture, don't muddy the water by putting numbers on the y-axis!

Think win-win. Too many of your policies are win-lose. Nearly everything you do is about either dividing up wealth or spending it. You need to start asking with each policy, will this bring forth the conditions for wealth creation?

We trust these guidelines will be of help, we take this time to indicate that we’ll be getting very involved in Governance renewal over the next two years.

Yours sincerely,

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21 de abr. de 2021

We are,a small readership. For my own mental health I'm getting invoved6. Sitting a d complaining us just not wor6. Let's all join a political party, get active, get ready for the next election. The right has been too lazy a d quiet.


Steve Shepherd
Steve Shepherd
20 de abr. de 2021

You gotta read this article in the herald to add some context..

This is polit bureau type government interference... Major shareholders do have an avenue and it is via directors but to spell this out in a demand to the board with the open threat of changing directors who "tow the line" is something akin to stand over tactics...

Especially when these so called elected officials are not using their OWN money but the public purse.

You can see how the socialist approach is creeping in behind the "be kind" public rhetoric... Be nice to folks in the media eye (who are bought with govt funds) and then start turning up the power thrusts into the free capital markets.


ACT should make this available to all NZres , run it as a letter to readers via the community newspaper network in South Island ....415000 copies rather than a few hundred in digital .The response would be huge in favour .

These readers are Voters .

Let the South Island lead the political recovery of NZ ( not Aotaroa!)

Respondendo a

" A Oh Tee A Rower " never was the name of these lands, it was Nu Tireni


20 de abr. de 2021

Excellent epistle of the failings of this Labour Government, David! May the force be with you. With the right team you will be quids-in in the next election.

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