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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 >>

Labour Papers Put Onus Back on Mccully to Front up

Thursday, 18 June 2015, 10:18 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is repeating its calls for the Government to explain the basis for the apparent legal liability to Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf, which is being used to justify the controversial ‘Agri-hub’ farm giveaway and payment. Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Response to Taxpayer Funded Hair Straighteners a Disgrace

Wednesday, 17 June 2015, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union, which earlier today awarded the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment a certificate of achievement for wasting taxpayer money, is shocked at Steven Joyce’s apparent lack of concern for his Ministry’s actions. More >>

Reform the Only Response to Latest Kohanga Reo Scandal

Tuesday, 16 June 2015, 11:27 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reports that Te Kohanga Reo National Trust Board’s wholly owned subsidiary, Te Pataka Ohanga Limited, is again embroiled in serious allegations, described by Internal Affairs as “gross mismanagement”, shows the need for more transparency and accountability ... More >>

Fraud in Taxpayer Funded Agency Shows Need for Reform

Saturday, 13 June 2015, 3:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for law changes requiring more transparency from taxpayer funded agencies after today’s report in the NZ Herald of the taxpayer-funded Pacific Island Forum not reporting a staff member to police who had admitted misappropriating ... More >>

Facebook Posts are not "Youth Development"

Thursday, 11 June 2015, 2:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the Government’s decision to give $485,000 of taxpayer money to local Councils to run youth councils and workshops. Responding to Minister for Youth, Nikki Kaye’s media release, Taxpayers’ Union Executive ... More >>

Council's Private Garage Sale Suggests Lack of Governance

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

The Taxpayers’ Union is asking why Hastings Mayor, Laurence Yule, isn’t demanding his staff return the ratepayer assets obtained through a secret 'division staff only' garage sale. Responding to this morning's Hawke's Bay Today report that the Council’s ... More >>

Are the Green Party "Rma Deniers"?

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 3:55 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is highlighting comments by Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei that the Party is adamant the Resource Management Act isn't the cause of expensive homes , despite the OECD’s conclusion to the contrary. Taxpayers’ Union Executive ... More >>

Amalgamation Decision Should Be Based on Evidence

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 1:25 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for both sides of the Hawke’s Bay amalgamation debate to act with cool heads and ensure their public statements can be backed-up after yesterday’s release by the Local Government Commission of its final proposal. ... More >>

OECD Sends Warning Over Regulatory Taxes & Housing

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 11:46 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the OECD’s latest biannual report on New Zealand which cites “burdensome” planning rules as the reason for the high cost of housing and restricting economic growth, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Taxpayers Mourn Death Of Honourable Man

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 9:23 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union expresses it deepest sympathies to the family of Peter Conway who passed away today, says Taxpayers’ Union Chairman John Bishop. More >>

Production Costs of British And Irish Passports Half Ours

Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning why it costs the New Zealand Government more than twice the amount to produce an adult passport as it does in Britain and Ireland. More >>

Budget 2015 Increases The Cost of Corporate Welfare

Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 9:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Corporate welfare will cost the average New Zealand household more than $750 this year according to a new report published by the Taxpayers’ Union . The report, entitled Any new kids at the trough? collates all of the corporate welfare in Budget ... More >>

More Speakers' Junkets Signalled

Monday, 8 June 2015, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is concerned that a draft 'Inter-Parliamentary Relations Strategy’ released by the Speaker is a platform for more controversial ‘Speakers' tours’ and junkets for partners of MPs. Responding to the draft strategy, Taxpayers’ ... More >>

No New Taxes - Yeah Right

Friday, 5 June 2015, 11:47 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers' Union is calling on the Associate Minister of Health, Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, to reaffirm the National Party's election promise not to introduce new taxes on hard working kiwis after his refusal to rule out new hikes to tobacco excise tax . Taxpayers' ... More >>

 

 

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