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Wayne Grattan says it is time to ACT
August 26, 2017
Wayne Grattan - Otaki Electorate candidate for the ACT Party.

At this week's Kapiti Chamber of Commerce candidates meeting the speakers invited were just from National and Labour. Other candidates attended and KCNews has invited their comments.

This from ACT Party candidate Wayne Grattan:

Having thought about the debate organised by the Chamber of Commerce I have a few observations to make:

1. It was disappointing that other candidates couldn't participate – the debate was the poorer for it.

2. It was the same old tired positions and arguments trotted out by National and Labour Candidates.

3. It was the same old position raised in the questions by the chamber and others – generally what's in it for me and actually the same ones as the last election – labour (Kris) promised to spend more of residents money on police and health. National (Nathan) went on about the motorway and cycleway. There was no real talk about a strategy for the country or how we might want New Zealand to look in 20 years' time.
And to be fair, Kapiti is in good shape overall which is to be expected when you pump the amount of money in that has been spent on infrastructure. In addition the population is continuing to grow at a manageable pace so no real stress points - unlike Auckland housing.
Never the less ACT believes that strategically we could do better and have two key areas that Government could address.
Scrap and replace the RMA – it no longer achieves the environmental objectives and protection that it was set up to achieve and it is a major handbrake on development of our towns and cities as well as being a major contributor to the housing "crisis."
An expansion of the partnership schools to ensure that the 10% of kids who leave school with no qualification get one –and can read and write – good for all the social stats as well as employment opportunities – and having built a large business here I know how badly off this 10% are.

Andrew Crooks (added 98 weeks ago)
I heard Wayne speak in Palmerston North the other day, and his honesty resonates, where more seasoned politicians like Labour's representative, Iain Lees-Galloway, looks highly credible. But this is the problem. They are all appearances. We need 'real reformers', and we'll even take them in the form of Winston Peters and Donald Trump. Wayne sounds like a sincere reformer. ACT could use a '2nd runner'.
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