ACT New Zealand

New Zealand libertarians, including a former finance minister, formed the ACT New Zealand political party in the 1990s.

New Zealand long was a bastion of the welfare state. Then, Sir Roger Douglas, a Labour Party finance minister, began a series of libertarian economic reforms in 1984 helping New Zealand become the fastest-growing economy in the industrialized world. New Zealand even privatized its post office.

ACT's philosophy is spelled out in Douglas' book, Unfinished Business. ACT New Zealand wants to eliminate government in health, education and pensions, and abolish the income tax.

To contact ACT-New Zealand, see their official Web site: