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Council’s $20,000 bike light investigation is absurd

Wednesday, 17 July 2019, 2:33 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has identified an absurd case of mission creep at Wellington City Council: the decision to spend $21,750 on two Consumer NZ investigations into different brands of bike lights. More >>

Porirua should biff the “Lyle Lanley” Adventure Park

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 2:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Porirua City Council to cancel its underwriting of a proposed Canadian-led privately owned adventure park slated for public land after a similar project created a huge liability for Christchurch ... More >>

Piglets at the trough? Youth Parliament a waste of time

Tuesday, 16 July 2019, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

This week’s “Youth Parliament” is an expensive waste of time that promotes taxpayer-funded junketeering, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . “We shouldn’t be training kids on the joys of the trough,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson ... More >>

Berry grower should have got a bank loan

Friday, 12 July 2019, 3:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding the announcement of a $2.37 million loan from the Provincial Growth Fund to a Northland berry farm, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Why couldn’t this business get a loan from the bank? If no bank was willing ... More >>

New Plymouth District Council corrects flight expense info

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 5:42 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

New Plymouth District Council has corrected information it gave the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union regarding ratepayer-funded flight expenses in 2017/18. A Council spokesperson states: More >>

New Plymouth District Council’s eye-watering flight expenses

Thursday, 11 July 2019, 12:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that New Plymouth District Council was the fourth highest-spending council in the country when it game to air travel in the 2017/18 financial year. The Council spent $285,391 on flights, $256,235 of which was domestic, ... More >>

Tim Shadbolt’s mayoral expenses revealed

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 2:07 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt has spent $147,243 on his ratepayer-funded purchase card since late 2016 (the beginning of this term in local office). More >>

Taxpayers to Vice-Chancellor: Enough is enough

Wednesday, 10 July 2019, 11:32 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling for the resignation of Victoria University Vice-Chancellor Grant Guilford over his deceitful use of a ‘rebrand’ to push a name-change agenda that has already been rejected by students, alumni, and the ... More >>

Ombudsman report ignores whistle-blower and key allegations

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 3:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the report published this afternoon , the Taxpayers’ Union ’s Jordan Williams says: “While the Ombudsman’s report makes no criticism of the Taxpayers’ Union , it has totally ignored key aspects his Office had committed to investigating: ... More >>

New vehicle tax leaves poor on the scrapheap

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 9:51 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The proposed penalty on ‘gas guzzling’ vehicles is a painful, regressive tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Let’s be very clear: this is a tax on Otara vehicles to subsidise ... More >>

Councils must reject the “Nanny’s Charter”

Friday, 5 July 2019, 5:04 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on councils across the country to reject the Childcare Allowance just introduced by the Remuneration Authority, allowing councillors and local board members to claim up to $6,000 per year from ratepayers ... More >>

Porirua’s Canadian art exchange typifies wasteful travel

Thursday, 4 July 2019, 8:28 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is questioning Porirua City Council’s decision to spend $9,218 on flights to Canada for an ‘indigenous art exchange’. The spending details have been released as part of a Taxpayers’ Union investigation into 2017/18 ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union may welcome opt-out unionism

Wednesday, 3 July 2019, 11:29 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding a proposed opt-out union membership system, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: More >>

Kiwi taxpayers should not prop up corrupt socialists

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 1:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Foreign Affairs Minister’s announcement of $1.5 million in humanitarian funding for Venezuela, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “Winston Peters must confirm that not a cent of this funding will be handled ... More >>

Taxpayers cut out of Lord of the Rings filming negotiations

Tuesday, 2 July 2019, 10:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government has failed to consider the interests of taxpayers in negotiating New Zealand as the filming location for a new Lord of the Rings series, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, ... More >>

Axe ACT's Tax

Monday, 1 July 2019, 4:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to ACT’s proposed levy on plastic bags, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “This is a surprising lurch to the left from ACT. Have they forgotten that tax is theft?” More >>

The most absurd 'climate emergency' declaration yet

Thursday, 27 June 2019, 4:31 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Queenstown-Lakes District Council’s ‘climate emergency’ declaration is the country’s most absurd yet, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “This is absurd hypocrisy from ... More >>

Cabinet reshuffle: Yet another working group?

Thursday, 27 June 2019, 3:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is disappointed to see the Government appoint yet another working group, this time in charge of housing. New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Kiwibuild was always a flawed policy. Taking it ... More >>

Findings on unrepentant Makhlouf are damning

Thursday, 27 June 2019, 11:12 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the release of the State Services Commission’s findings into Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: More >>

Time nearly up on Makhlouf investigation

Monday, 24 June 2019, 11:31 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins must confirm that the State Services Commissioner is on track to announce the results of his investigation into Gabriel Makhlouf by this Thursday, 27 June, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers' Union ... More >>

 

 

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