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Costing advice should be available pre- not post-election

Friday, 15 December 2017, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Independent policy costings should be made available to political parties prior to elections, and not limited to when negotiations occur to form a Government, says the Taxpayers’ Union. Today’s release of advice and correspondence between political ... More >>

Barrie Saunders new Chair of Taxpayers' Union

Friday, 15 December 2017, 10:56 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Barrie Saunders has been welcomed as the new Chairman of the Taxpayers' Union, replacing the organisation's founding Chairman, John Bishop, who has stepped down after four years in the role. More >>

Tax working group should be tasked with fiscal neutrality

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

With the Budget Policy Statement indicating fiscal restraint, and the Government not signalling increases in revenue over and above nominal growth and fiscal drag, the Tax Working Group should be tasked to offer fiscally neutral solutions says the ... More >>

Winter Energy Payment is universalism at its worst

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:34 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Government’s plan to give everyone over the age of 65 hundreds of dollars to pay for heating over Winter is an expensive mistake, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. The Union’s Executive Director, Jordan Williams, said, “A ... More >>

Labour’s mini-budget delivers fiscal restraint

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:33 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Grant Robertson’s pre-Christmas spend-up appears to tie his hand in years to come, and offers a welcome dose of fiscal restraint,” says the Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, reacting to today’s Half Year Economic and ... More >>

KiwiBuild spending mostly crowds out what would be built

Thursday, 14 December 2017, 1:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

By the next election the Government will have spent two billion dollars on KiwiBuild, but only a little more than a third of that will have translated into additional houses according to Treasury analysis pointed to by the Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Hipkins correct to target bureaucrat pay

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 3:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union welcomes the Minister of State Services’ new focus on restraining the wage growth of top bureaucrats. More >>

Abandoning PPPs will hit taxpayers for the sake of ideology

Wednesday, 13 December 2017, 12:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Labour’s plan to abandon public-private partnerships is an expensive display of ideology, says the Taxpayers’ Union . “It’s nuts to put hospitals and schools in charge of building projects when you have private developers are queueing up to ... More >>

Costs flying further than the fox

Tuesday, 12 December 2017, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

It would be incredible if Christchurch City Council spent $1000 removing a flying fox, but spending $26,600 at Muka Park to remove a flying fox because of noise complaints displays an impressive approach to wasteful spending, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Government name calling doesn’t help vulnerable kids

Monday, 11 December 2017, 5:34 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

MEDIA RELEASE Government name calling doesn’t help vulnerable kids 11 DECEMBER 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases

Monday, 11 December 2017, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Judge Andrew Becroft's comments on TVNZ's Q&A that child welfare payments should be indexed to inflation apply just as much to tax thresholds says the Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Rotorua Councillors Left With Mud On Face

Friday, 8 December 2017, 12:00 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Rotorua's Mud Festival had combined ticket sales of $117,000, barely covering 8% of the $1.48 million that the event cost to put on, according to preliminary financial figures provided to the Rotorua Lake District Council yesterday. More >>

Commission’s challenges not met by free tertiary policy

Friday, 8 December 2017, 11:03 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the release of the Tertiary Education Commission’s briefing to the incoming minister, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, said, “The Government is putting ideology over sound advice." More >>

Statement on Otorohanga Council's financial performance

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 3:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In a media release issued on 5 December 2017 the Taxpayers’ Union pointed out that Otorohanga District Council’s personnel costs per ratepayer are much higher than both the national average and the average for similar rural councils. More >>

Auckland DHB’s Updated ‘Values’ Not Worth $170,000

Thursday, 7 December 2017, 8:33 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Auckland DHB’s decision to spend over $170,000 on a new set of ‘values’ is a classic case of bureaucratic self-indulgence, says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union . The Taxpayers’ Union revealed the expense ... More >>

Government just as much to blame for motorists’ pain

Wednesday, 6 December 2017, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the MBIE report released today that investigated surging fuel prices, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft, said: More >>

New Campaign Launched for Otorohanga District Council

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:42 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Otorohanga District Council is now one of only two New Zealand councils not to have an Audit and Risk Committee overseeing how the District's money is being spent, according to research by the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union. More >>

Wintec CEO using public money to hide from media

Tuesday, 5 December 2017, 10:37 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In response to reports that Wintec CEO, Mark Flowers, spent $175,000 hiring lawyers to protect him from media questioning, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers' Union said: More >>

MP Golden Handshakes a bigger issue than (de)Barclay

Monday, 4 December 2017, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“What other fixed term job do you walk away with a $40,000 golden handshake?” asks the Taxpayers’ Union, responding to the media reports of Todd Barclay going on holiday with an entitlement of $3,000 per week until 23 December. More >>

Waitomo District Council introduce Audit and Risk Committee

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming news that Waitomo District Council has established an Audit and Risk Committee, after  Ratepayers' Report revealed that Waitomo District Council was one of only three councils nationwide without a dedicated, formal body ... More >>

 

 

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