ACT names deputy leader

Kenneth Wang has been announced as the deputy leader of the ACT Party today.

Mr Wang said he was standing because he was alarmed at what was happening to race relations in New Zealand.

He said he stood for equal rights and one law for all and ACT was the party for "new New Zealanders".

ACT Leader Jamie Whyte said Mr Wang would be campaigning nationally, and it was yet to be decided whether he would stand for a particular electorate.

They would be targeting the Asian vote, as Act was the natural party for "new New Zealanders," Mr Whyte said.

"It's no secret that we have lobbied to select Kenneth. Auckland Chinese have pointed out that Kenneth is a proven vote winner."

ACT had refused to join Winston Peters and the Labour Party in blaming Auckland's housing crisis on foreigners, Mr Whyte said.

"ACT has always been Mr Peters' strongest opponent and it is our intention to get enough MPs to prevent Mr Peters from holding the balance of power.

"Mr Peters has challenged the Prime Minister to a debate on foreign investment. If the Prime Minister declines the offer I will gladly accept it," Mr Whyte said.

"Labour's decision to play the race card and to seek office with Mr Peters is not only contemptible, it may keep Labour out of office for decades."

- By Brendan Manning of APNZ

ACT missives

How Peters' claims and Labour's decisions are playing race cards? Talking about it in this high-handed manner is why Act is basically defunct and has no traction. I know Hide did his best on Peters and he is gone.
Peters is likely to get in excess of 10% and will make sure there are some changes made, which are long overdue.  Mr Whyte should serve his apprenticeship first before he picks a debate with WP. No one is interested as it is not a fair contest. Act should actually work out some of its own policies and get them up before decrying others.
The challenge for you lot is to register on the polls. Coming out with your latest piffle  does nothing to help that.

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