‘3 challenges’ for next govt

Act New Zealand leader David Seymour addresses party faithful in Dunedin on Saturday night....
Act New Zealand leader David Seymour addresses party faithful in Dunedin on Saturday night. PHOTOS: GREGOR RICHARDSON
It is not easy competing with the other entertainment attractions a weekend offers, but Act New Zealand leader David Seymour said he was happy with the attendance, given Covid-19 restrictions, at a rally for party faithful in Dunedin on Saturday night.

"The next government is going to have three challenges; how we get smart about public health and how we can safely reconnect with the outside world — both for the tourism industry and the education industry, and we have to get on to this debt issue," he said yesterday.

"Thirdly, there is a great opportunity here if we can capitalise on being an island nation on a pandemic planet."

Mr Seymour was pleased so many rural voters had made the trip to town, and said Act had a message for those voters around removal of regulations.

"We had a full range of people from teenagers through to older people, and from all walks of life. It was a good meeting."

Audience questions focused mainly on what Act would do to manage the next stage of combating Covid-19, for which Mr Seymour pitched a well-being strategy for individuals and, more broadly, a co-ordinated centralised Covid-19 agency modelled on Taiwan’s approach to managing the disease.

Mr Seymour also said there was no reason why some Central Otago hotels could not host paying overseas guests, with the visitors spending their managed isolation period on site before beginning their holiday.

Mr Seymour was in Invercargill yesterday, promoting his plans to preserve the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter.


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