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Extraordinary Amount Spent on MBIE Website

Monday, 24 August 2015, 11:43 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The spending habits at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment are again under fire after it was revealed that the department has blown $559,872 on its new website. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Auditor-General Inquiry Welcomed

Tuesday, 18 August 2015, 4:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Auditor-General’s decision to begin an investigation into the the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership which saw $11.5 million of taxpayers' money used to establish a sheep farm in a Saudi desert and ... More >>

Beehive Staffers Raking in Ministerial Moola

Sunday, 16 August 2015, 8:00 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the report that more than a third of Ministerial staff employed in the Beehive are earning over $100,000 per year , Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams says: More >>

Solid Energy Stops Company Bleeding Taxpayers' Money

Thursday, 13 August 2015, 1:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the announcement that Solid Energy is entering a temporary 5-week period of voluntary administration, after which the company is expected to announce an orderly sell-down of assets, Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben Craven says: More >>

Taxpayers' Union Welcome End to CTU/Business NZ Rort

Monday, 10 August 2015, 9:22 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers' Union is welcoming news that the Government will cease funding the ACC training programme that has cost taxpayers $19 million since 2003 but was shown to waste 84 cents in the dollar. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams ... More >>

Minister Should Rule Out Tax Increases

Wednesday, 5 August 2015, 7:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The National Party should stick to its promise of no new tax increases, after comments from the Minister of Health in the Health Select Committee suggesting that Cabinet are about to consider further increases in excise tax on tobacco. Taxpayers’ Union ... More >>

Worst Suspicions of Saudi Sheep Deal Confirmed

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 5:30 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Foreign Affairs Minister, Murray McCully, to front up with the legal advice he says justified the $11.5 million Agri-hub deal which saw cash and a farm given to a Saudi businessman. This afternoon the Ministry ... More >>

Government Should Let Solid Energy Fail

Tuesday, 4 August 2015, 7:42 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Prime Minister’s u-turn on Solid Energy, after he indicated at today's Post-Cabinet briefing that it was up to the banks as to whether the company went into liquidation. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

Key's Comments on TPP Medicine Costs Disturbing

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is cautioning Prime Minister John Key for his comments that the Government would pick up the tab for increased costs of medicines as a result of a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. Taxpayers’ UnionExecutive ... More >>

Christchurch City Council Rebuild Priorities?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is labelling Christchurch City Council's spending of $1.2 million on their new website as irresponsible. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Taxpayers' Union Welcome Labour Party Tax Proposal

Friday, 17 July 2015, 11:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the release of the Labour Party’s tax policy, which would enable SMEs to opt for a PAYE regime. Taxpayers’ Union Chairman, John Bishop, says: More >>

Initiative Exposes Another Regulatory Tax on Housing

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 11:48 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the release of The New Zealand Initiative’s report into workplace health and safety costs driving up the price of construction. The report by Dr Bryce Wilkinson, A Matter of Balance: Regulating Safety , finds ... More >>

Auckland University Calls for 20% Tax on staple foods

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Auckland University’s latest report calling for new food taxes is the most ridiculous yet, according to the Taxpayers’ Union. The report calls for a 20% flat rate tax on bread; breakfast cereals; processed meat; fresh beef, lamb, hogget, and poultry; ... More >>

New Report Corrects Recent Misinformation About Sugar Taxes

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 9:08 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Nielsen sales data, today released publicly for the first time in New Zealand, shows that Mexican sales of sugar sweetened beverages have not moved, despite the introduction of a sugar tax. More >>

Govt Gives with One Hand, Takes with Other

Wednesday, 1 July 2015, 8:32 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is accusing the Government of taking with one hand while taking credit for giving with the other regarding changes to fuel excise taxes and ACC levies introduced today. On the same day ACC levies reduced by 3c, petrol excise has increased ... More >>

Activist Academic Fudges Tax Figures

Monday, 29 June 2015, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling out the anti-sugar activist academic, Gerhard Sundborn, for a second time, for misleading comments on Radio New Zealand this morning that Mexico’s implementation of a ten percent tax on sodas resulted in a twelve percent ... More >>

MFAT Spend $11.4 Million on Nyc Apartment

Friday, 26 June 2015, 7:43 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Foreign Affairs Minister to explain how the purchase of a $11.4 million luxury New York apartment is good value for taxpayer money. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Can Al-Khalaf Sell New Zealand Taxpayer-Funded Agri-Hub?

Thursday, 25 June 2015, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers Union is calling on the government to provide assurances that taxpayers’ assets tied up in the controversial “Agri-hub” cannot be sold by Saudi businessman Hmood Al-Ali Al-Khalaf. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Did a Cabinet Minister Tell a Saudi to Sue NZ Taxpayers?

Wednesday, 24 June 2015, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Prime Minister to take seriously the allegation that someone in his Government suggested to Hmood Al-Ali Al-Khalaf that he sue the New Zealand Government in relation to the ban of live sheep exports. The threat of ... More >>

MBIE Head Retracts Offer to Meet Taxpayer Representatives

Tuesday, 23 June 2015, 11:57 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The head of the government department that spent $140,474 on a TV screen, $67,339 on a sign and $5,480 on an arts consultant for its new Wellington offices, has retracted an offer made to the Taxpayers’ Union to meet about the Ministry’s spending. ... More >>

 

 

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