New Zealand Taxpayers' Union - Latest News [Page 1]

Depreciation Policy Shouldn’t Be Just for Pet Industries

Thursday, 17 April 2014, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Labour’s announcement to beef up rates of depreciation in the manufacturing sector, but is questioning why David Cunliffe is picking winners rather than applying the policy across all sectors. Jordan Williams, ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Key’s Rejection of ‘Fat Tax’

Wednesday, 16 April 2014, 5:01 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming Prime Minister John Key’s rejection of fat and sugar taxes ahead of this year's election. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Union, says: More >>

Labour Should Hit the Brakes on Motorhome Tax

Tuesday, 15 April 2014, 5:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Ministry of Transport analysis of Labour’s new policy for taxing motorhomes, suggesting that motorhome owners would end up paying more for Road User Charges than they do today, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Taxpayer Paying Public Servants a Bonus for Joining a Union

Sunday, 13 April 2014, 12:39 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is outraged that taxpayers are being forced to fork out bonuses to Parliamentary staff on the condition that they join a trade union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says “This is union welfare and a political ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Govt Clamp Down On Tax Dodgers

Friday, 11 April 2014, 3:10 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Minister of Revenue’s comments at the OECD Cash and Hidden Economy Conference today. The union's Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: “The high returns from clamping down on tax evasion and avoidance ... More >>

Greens Ignore Evidence in Push for New Taxes on Fast Food

Friday, 11 April 2014, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Green Party health spokesman Kevin Hague's calls for taxation, regulation and legislation on fatty food, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: "Mr Hague is misleading New Zealanders in saying that evidence supports ... More >>

Taxpayer Funding For Development, Not Subsidising Golf Pros

Friday, 11 April 2014, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to today’s Fairfax report that golfer Lydia Ko is asking for more taxpayer support since turning pro than she received when she was an amateur, Jordan Williams, Executive of the Taxpayers’ Union, says: "Golf is one of the richest sports in ... More >>

Winston Peters is Right on Interislander Bailouts

Thursday, 10 April 2014, 11:42 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Taxpayers are sick of bailing out Kiwirail and the Interislander every time one of the dud ships hits a wharf,” says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of theTaxpayers’ Union. “Winston Peters is right, the Government is not a good manager of a shipping ... More >>

Government Workers in Wellington Are Not ‘Front Line’

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 2:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Minister for State Services, Dr Jonathan Coleman’s comments regarding public service staff numbers, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: More >>

National’s Broken Promise to Cut Wellington Pen Pushers

Wednesday, 9 April 2014, 9:46 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“National should stick to its promises to rein in the public service if it is to plug the shortfall in forecast tax revenue and get back into surplus in the 2014 budget,” says Jordan Williams, the Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ... More >>

No Reason for Soft Drink Tax on All Kiwis

Saturday, 5 April 2014, 3:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the feature in today's New Zealand Herald on efforts to promote a sugar tax on soft drinks, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: More >>

If John Tamihere Wants a Loan He Should Go to a Bank

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 11:31 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to David Fishers’ piece in today’s New Zealand Herald relating to a $500,000 transaction from the Waipareira Trust on the same day as John Tamihere settled his $1.3 million Auckland home, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Key Opts for Lolly Scramble Over Tax Cuts

Thursday, 3 April 2014, 11:28 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Key Opts for Lolly Scramble Over Tax Cuts 3 APRIL 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers’ Union is disappointed with Prime Minister John Key’s indication that the May Budget will have no plans for tax cuts . Union Executive Director, Jordan ... More >>

Flawed Earthquake Advice to Cost Aucklanders Billions

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 3:12 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the report by Tailrisk Economics released this morning that questions the value of the billions of dollars required to strengthen buildings deemed 'earthquake prone' in Auckland, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union, ... More >>

Reduction to ACC Levies a Good Start

Tuesday, 1 April 2014, 3:24 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to today's reduction of ACC levies which, according to ACC Minister Judith Collins, will save New Zealanders $387 million per year , Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: More >>

Auckland Mayor’s Astonishing Sense of Entitlement

Tuesday, 1 April 2014, 12:25 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to this morning's NZ Herald’s report that Auckland Mayor Len Brown has had a private gym installed in the Auckland Town Hall costing ratepayers thousands, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union , says: More >>

Taxpayers Funding Rich Man’s Sport No Reason to Celebrate

Thursday, 27 March 2014, 4:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Like Team New Zealand, the Minister gets eight-ninths of the way there. The analysis is based on the questionable assumption that private money would not have flowed into Team New Zealand without taxpayers coughing up. In addition, it says that without ... More >>

Problem Gambling Foundation Funding Cut Welcomed

Friday, 21 March 2014, 3:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the news that the Ministry of Health is to cut funding to the Problem Gambling Foundation in favour of addiction services to be provided by the Salvation Army's 'Oasis' service. More >>

Trustees Should Front up, Explain Or Resign

Thursday, 20 March 2014, 9:56 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Reacting to the news that Te Kohanga Reo National Trust is refusing to identify which of its board members received a $50,000 off-the-books koha payment, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says: “Who do these people ... More >>

Kōhanga Reo Non-Probe Already Evident

Wednesday, 19 March 2014, 3:28 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to media reports that the Government has referred the commercial arm of the Kohanga Reo National Trust to the Serious Fraud Office following new allegations received in the last 12 hours, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ ... More >>

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