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How are GRA directors voting this election?


A number of clients have been asking us how the GRA directors are voting in the election, and we are happy to be upfront about this. Of course everyone has different perspectives and priorities, so we are in no way telling you what to do. But if you’d like to know who we will vote for and why, read on. 

At GRA we are naturally focused on business, property, and tax. So our decision on who to vote for is based on what we believe will result in a better outcome for business owners, property investors, our client base, and of course ourselves personally.  

In a nutshell, we are planning:

• Party vote: Act

• Candidate vote: the stronger of National or Act in the electorate

The rationale behind this is that Act are further right than National, will pull the Nats to the right, and reverse some of the social engineering that has been going on. They will ensure the undoing of the damage done by Labour to the property investment sector (and the negative consequences that are already flowing through to renters with increased rents and fewer properties available), and will keep National on track with such issues as reversing interest non-deductibility.

Act is very pro-business and has an attitude of encouraging and supporting people to succeed, which we believe is an important influence to have in Parliament. For far too long, people who are financially successful (especially property investors) have been treated as evil, when the vast majority are simply people wanting to provide for their families (and in so doing, they create jobs, provide homes, and contribute to the economy). 

In saying that, it is entirely up to you to decide what issues are the most important to you and therefore who you should vote for. 

The most important thing by far, of course, is to make sure you vote and have your say. 

Matthew Gilligan
Matthew Gilligan
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