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Key's Comments on TPP Medicine Costs Disturbing

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is cautioning Prime Minister John Key for his comments that the Government would pick up the tab for increased costs of medicines as a result of a Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement. Taxpayers’ UnionExecutive ... More >>

Christchurch City Council Rebuild Priorities?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is labelling Christchurch City Council's spending of $1.2 million on their new website as irresponsible. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Taxpayers' Union Welcome Labour Party Tax Proposal

Friday, 17 July 2015, 11:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the release of the Labour Party’s tax policy, which would enable SMEs to opt for a PAYE regime. Taxpayers’ Union Chairman, John Bishop, says: More >>

Initiative Exposes Another Regulatory Tax on Housing

Thursday, 16 July 2015, 11:48 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the release of The New Zealand Initiative’s report into workplace health and safety costs driving up the price of construction. The report by Dr Bryce Wilkinson, A Matter of Balance: Regulating Safety , finds ... More >>

Auckland University Calls for 20% Tax on staple foods

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Auckland University’s latest report calling for new food taxes is the most ridiculous yet, according to the Taxpayers’ Union. The report calls for a 20% flat rate tax on bread; breakfast cereals; processed meat; fresh beef, lamb, hogget, and poultry; ... More >>

New Report Corrects Recent Misinformation About Sugar Taxes

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 9:08 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Nielsen sales data, today released publicly for the first time in New Zealand, shows that Mexican sales of sugar sweetened beverages have not moved, despite the introduction of a sugar tax. More >>

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 >>

 

 

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