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Mayor Cull’s ratepayer-funded generosity is mad

Friday, 23 August 2019, 10:27 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The excuses about a reportedly unwanted $57,000 payrise for Dunedin City Council CEO Sue Bidrose are laughable, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Adverse drug reactions cost taxpayers quarter of a billion

Thursday, 22 August 2019, 2:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Between 2015/16 and 2017/18, DHBs spent $280 million treating patients due to adverse drug reactions, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union in its latest briefing paper on health productivity . More >>

Independent Parliamentary Budget Office is a victory

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 4:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s decision to establish and independent Parliamentary Budget Office, outside of Treasury, is a taxpayer victory and will improve democracy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It's ... More >>

Advice on clean car scheme is seriously flawed

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that the cost-benefit analysis prepared by Ministry of Transport and used to advise Ministers on the Government’s Clean Car Standard and ‘Feebate’ policies has serious flaws which undermine justifications for the ... More >>

Government deserves blame on petrol prices too

Tuesday, 20 August 2019, 9:17 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

When the combined tax on fuel hits over 50 percent in some parts of the country, it is hypocritical for the Government to blame corporates, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . More >>

Manufacturing contraction bolsters case for tax relief

Friday, 16 August 2019, 1:10 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

With the BNZ-Business NZ PMI signaling manufacturing is contracting , the Government needs to seriously consider tax relief, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

"Low emissions fund" helps burn bunker oil

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 3:36 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The $65,000 granted to Interislander so it can install electric vehicle chargers on its ferries is the most absurd waste of money yet to be delivered by the “Low Emissions” vehicle fund, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

Funding for Pacific nations needs proper oversight

Thursday, 15 August 2019, 10:33 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Prime Minister’s commitment of $150 million in funding for climate change response in the Pacific, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “It is no secret that many Pacific nations lack serious oversight when it ... More >>

Anti-housing rules to keep Kiwis locked out

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 5:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s plans to prohibit housing on ‘productive’ farmland will serve as yet another regulatory tax on housing, and is a shameful breach of Jacinda Ardern’s promise to fix housing supply, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Hiking booze tax a terrible mistake

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 4:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is warning of the dangers of hiking excise tax, in response to calls from a former Prime Minister for stronger action on alcohol harm. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It seems inevitable ... More >>

Hiking booze tax a terrible mistake

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is warning of the dangers of hiking excise tax, in response to calls from a former Prime Minister for stronger action on alcohol harm. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It seems inevitable ... More >>

Digital transport project has become a black hole

Wednesday, 14 August 2019, 11:02 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “This is more proof that bureaucrats do not make good tech tycoons, no matter how much taxpayer money they throw at geeks in Silicon Valley.” More >>

Redundancy payments dragging down health sector

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 12:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In a new briefing paper , the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that in the period 2013/14 through 2017/18, DHBs spent $20.37 million on redundancy payments. More >>

Resignation of Chief Statistician

Tuesday, 13 August 2019, 11:50 am | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the resignation of the Chief Statistician , New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: More >>

GJ Thompson affair trumps the secret letter

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 5:15 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Prime Minister’s decision to go to ground in response to questions over the GJ Thompson affair is a disgraceful failure of transparency, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Orr’s OCR “needs friends” comment is a call for tax relief

Wednesday, 7 August 2019, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Today’s surprise 50-basis points cut and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr’s comment that monetary policy “needs friends” forces the Government to seriously consider tax relief, says the Taxpayers’ Union. More >>

The face that haunts Porirua ratepayers

Tuesday, 6 August 2019, 2:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the value of a $98,876 brand makeover at Porirua City Council. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The official new avatar for the Council, which you would expect to be emblemic of the ... More >>

Ratepayer Mystery: Invercargill City Council's missing Yuan

Monday, 5 August 2019, 9:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the CEO of Invercargill City Council to take responsibility for untraceable cash spending that occurred on a trip to China. Taxpayers’ Union researcher Luke Redward says, “In late 2017, four Invercargill ... More >>

Falling consumer confidence shows need for tax cuts

Friday, 2 August 2019, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the latest ANZ consumer confidence survey, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says: “It’s telling that Wellington is a lonely bright spot for consumer confidence. The only ones doing well appear to be ... More >>

Taxpayers Union petition against intervention at Ihumātao

Wednesday, 31 July 2019, 2:03 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is petitioning the Government not to intervene on the side of Ihumātao protestors, in order to prevent a tidal wave of new land disputes that will cost taxpayers dearly. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan ... More >>

 

 

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