New Zealanders held back by loopy regulations

Simon Bridges
National Party Leader

Most people have a story about loopy regulations. Something that makes absolutely no sense, but a bureaucrat in Wellington thought it sounded great. If you’re lucky they don’t cost a lot, but others have a real impact on our ability to get moving.

Often I hear about businesses being stunted by what feels like arbitrary, painstaking regulations. A colleague has a constituent who owned a small bus depot structure that had no walls, but they were forced to install four exit signs, just in case people couldn’t find their way out in a fire.

Good regulations are simple, clear and rigorously enforced. National understands the importance of moving quickly to introduce new regulations and sometimes to disrupt old patterns.

At their worst, poor regulations have the potential to stop important things from happening. Insufficient or sloppy regulations can put us at risk. Inadequate regulations need to be reviewed and, where necessary, fixed.

National is currently going through countless regulations and deciding what’s needed and what’s standing in the way of sensible development, so that should we be elected to Government next year we’re ready to hit the ground running.

A National Government will repeal 100 regulations in our first six months and will eliminate two old regulations for every new one we introduce. We will also require future governments and regulatory agencies to undertake at least one regulatory simplification process every three years to reduce the complexity and number of regulations.

If you have an example of unnecessary or excessive regulations, let me know by going to


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