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Taxpayer Support of Catton Generous

Friday, 30 January 2015, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is releasing figures obtained from Creative NZ showing that author-turned-policy-critic, Eleanor Catton, has received tens of thousands of dollars worth of grants courtesy of New Zealand taxpayers. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

Joyce & Guy Splurging on Corporate Welfare

Thursday, 29 January 2015, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the announcement that Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, has approved two more Primary Growth Partnership programmes for the deer and lamb industries, and the subsequent $5m for the Food Innovation Network announced by Steven Joyce, ... More >>

Taxpayer Funded Middle Finger From Eleanor Catton

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 4:42 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning Man Booker prize winner Eleanor Catton’s comments regarding the Government’s support of the arts given the substantial support she has personally received from taxpayers. More >>

Government Must Do Better on Social Housing

Wednesday, 28 January 2015, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers' Union is labelling today's social housing announcements half-hearted and disappointing for taxpayers. More >>

Aucklanders Aren't That Stupid

Friday, 23 January 2015, 12:13 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The website launched this morning by Auckland Council to get public feedback on the Council's ten year budget is a PR attempt to justify higher rates and new charges, rather than a genuine consultative process, according to the Taxpayers' Union . Its ... More >>

Smith Could Deliver National's Largest Ever Tax Cut

Thursday, 22 January 2015, 10:53 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Government’s acknowledgement of the size of the RMA regulatory tax. Responding to the report by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, and last night’s speech from Environment Minister Nick Smith, Jordan ... More >>

5-Year Passports Continue to Clip Kiwis' Wings

Wednesday, 21 January 2015, 9:21 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is renewing calls for a return to 10-year passports in 2015 after Minister of Internal Affairs Peter Dunne’s failure to address New Zealand’s expensive passport regime that sees New Zealanders pay more but get less. More >>

Taxing Sugar Not the Answer

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 11:27 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the NZ Herald reporting on an opinion survey commissioned by the Southern Cross Health Society which had 39 percent of respondents supporting a tax on sugary drinks, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Ben Craven says: More >>

HPA Spends $1.2 Million on "Not Beersies" Campaign

Thursday, 15 January 2015, 10:12 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has released documents detailing the cost and focus group feedback on the controversial "Not Beersies” campaign by the Health Promotion Agency. The documents show that the campaign had the least positive impact on entrenched, ... More >>

Whangarei's 'Goldilocks Bridge' Gets Too Hot

Wednesday, 14 January 2015, 2:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on more transparency from the Whangarei District Council in relation to its $32 million bridge that seizes when Whangarei’s mercury hits 26 degrees . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Len Brown Gets a Tax Cut, While Average Rates Soar

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union are stunned that the annual rates bill of Auckland Mayor, Len Brown’s seven bedroom mansion in Totara Park has been decreasing at the same time as the average Aucklander is paying much more. More >>

Minister Must Take Responsibility for Holiday Speed Backlash

Tuesday, 13 January 2015, 11:47 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming what looks set to be a U-turn by Police Minister Michael Woodhouse on the lowered summer speed tolerance. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Save the Money on Staff, Not Services

Monday, 12 January 2015, 4:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the Fairfax article that Christchurch ratepayers could soon be asked to begin mowing local parks and reserves as Christchurch City Council looks to cut back its maintenance programme, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Jordan Williams says: ... More >>

British Tories Pledge to Stop Sutton-Style Golden Handshakes

Wednesday, 7 January 2015, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on John Key to follow British Prime Minister David Cameron’s pledge to ban six figure “golden goodbyes” for public sector workers. More >>

Government Should Say No to Christmas Shake-Down

Monday, 22 December 2014, 11:56 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government not to bail-out Sky City for expected cost overruns of the National Convention Centre. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Ban on Alcohol Advertising Could Cost Taxpayer

Thursday, 18 December 2014, 9:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to yesterday's release of the report of the Ministerial Forum on Alcohol Advertising and Sponsorship, Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: More >>

Cut Taxes + Cut Waste = Surplus

Tuesday, 16 December 2014, 2:42 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Treasury's Half Year Fiscal and Economic Update, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

MFAT Spends $9 Million on Four Day Conference

Monday, 15 December 2014, 12:53 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

New Zealand taxpayers forked out $9 million to pay for a recent four-day UN conference in Samoa that included hiring the luxury P&O Pacific Jewel cruise liner. New Zealand covered the accommodation and operating costs of September’s Small Island ... More >>

State Services Commission Staff Highest Paid in Govt Sector

Monday, 15 December 2014, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The average salary for staff at the State Services Commission is higher than at any other government department, according to figures released by the Taxpayers’ Union. This morning’s Dominion Post reported the Commission staff earn an average of more ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Annual Review Released

Monday, 15 December 2014, 9:42 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has released its annual review, covering the first 12 months of operations. More >>

 

 

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