• Video: David Seymour visits Hawke's Bay, says region has been good to ACT Party

Video: David Seymour visits Hawke's Bay, says region has been good to ACT Party

ACT leader David Seymour spent today, the last weekend before election day, in Hawke’s Bay, saying there are areas where the crossover between ACT and the local voter is stronger than elsewhere.

In an interview with Hawke’s Bay App today before meeting locals and holding a public meeting, Seymour said the country has real challenges to overcome and Hawke's Bay is “probably at the forefront of that due to recent events”.

“The Bay's been good to us and we want to be good to the Bay. It's an area that's filled with people who are committed to making a difference in their own lives, but they've also faced some bigger challenges, and I don't just mean the floods, which have been a failure of investment and infrastructure and stop banks.”

“I also mean with crime, where Hawke's Bay is literally the place that the government decided it might be a good idea to give gangs money to be nice back to us.”

He says Hawke's Bay has suffered badly.

“Meanwhile, it's filled with people who are busy producing food, not just for New Zealand, but for the world and find themselves whacked by an avalanche of bad regulation.”

“So there's a bunch of areas where I think the crossover between ACT and the voter is probably stronger than elsewhere, but Hawke's Bay is far from the only place where those are concerns.”

He said that if the country and Hawke’s Bay were going to overcome challenges, a stable government was needed.

"The Bay's been good to us and we want to be good to the Bay. It's an area that's filled with people who are committed to making a difference in their own lives, but they've also faced some bigger challenges, and I don't just mean the floods, which have been a failure of investment and infrastructure and stop banks."

"I also mean with crime, where Hawke's Bay is literally the place that the government decided it might be a good idea to give gangs money to be nice back to us. Hawke's Bay has suffered badly. Meanwhile, it's filled with people who are busy producing food, not just for New Zealand, but for the world and find themselves whacked by an avalanche of bad regulation. There's a bunch of areas where I think the crossover between ACT and the voter is probably stronger than elsewhere, but Hawke's Bay is far from the only place where those are concerns."

“We need a stable united government that's ready to fix the economy, cut down wasteful spending and deal with the division left behind by Labour from day one.”

ACT has two candidates in Hawke’s Bay, with Pawel Milewski standing in Napier and Rob Douglas in Tukituki. Seymour said it was important for local voters to party vote ACT.

“Having people like Rob Douglas around the table is going to make an enormous difference, he has got a good background in the property industry as a valuer, he's an honest guy and a hardworking guy.”

“Having someone like Rob in Parliament would be good, and it's a very strong reason, you may be giving a electorate vote to another party, but a very strong reason to give your party vote to ACT.”

In the interview, Seymour also spoke about the importance of having charter schools as well as his party’s plan to increase prison beds.

Regarding National’s plan to establish a special Ombudsman to oversee the Cyclone recovery, Seymour said it was something that could be considered..

“Look, I'm open to the idea, but I just always warn people if a job's not going well, creating a new person to fill that job can be a big mistake.”

“We thought really hard about a minister for regulation and we decided, look, there's already people doing that job, they're just not doing it well, so we're going to reorganise them.”

“But when it comes to, well, you've got an Ombudsman, is there something that that Ombudsman can't do? And if so, what would we need to change so that they can do it before you then introduce a second Ombudsman?”

“I'm in favour of getting down problem solving at a practical level rather than just adding another person and giving them a job title.”

 Watch the video to see the full interview with David Seymour.