ACT New Zealand has one member of Parliament.
ACT New Zealand in Parliament
ACT New Zealand first registered with the Electoral Commission in February 1995 and entered Parliament in 1996.
The party is currently represented in Parliament by one member, David Seymour, who is the member for Epsom.
On 29 September 2014 the ACT Party entered into a Confidence and Supply Agreement with the National Party for the 51st Parliament. The agreement provides that Mr Seymour will be appointed to a number of Parliamentary Under Secretary positions.
ACT New Zealand had similar agreements with the National-led government for the 49th and 50th Parliaments.
ACT New Zealand message
‘The ACT Party promotes an open, progressive and compassionate society where New Zealanders are free to achieve their potential and build successful families, businesses and lives.
The ACT Party believes:
- Individuals are the rightful owners of their own lives with inherent rights and responsibilities
- The purpose of government is to protect these rights and not to assume such responsibilities.
The ACT Party will promote, develop and pursue policies and proposals which:
- Encourage individual choice, responsibility and excellence.
- Enhance living standards for all New Zealanders through sustainable economic growth and international competitiveness.
- Enhance choice and diversity, and raise standards of achievement in education. The ACT Party supports partnership with schools and the early childhood education model.
- Ensure all New Zealanders have access to world-class health care and security in retirement; provide social and economic support for New Zealanders that genuinely need it.
- Sustain first-rate national security that protects individuals and their property.
- Explore and implement practical, innovative ways to protect our natural environment.
- Maintain sound economic management, including a balanced government budget, price stability and a free and open market economy.
- Limit the involvement of central and local government to areas where collective action is required e.g. Law and Order, Defence and Justice.
Together, we can achieve a safe, healthy and prosperous country led by a stable, disciplined Government that protects individuals, their families, the environment, and the economy. ’
Source: ACT New Zealand, http://www.act.org.nz/principles, accessed 10 September 2014.