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Government Right to Be Cautious on Border Threshold Changes

Thursday, 30 June 2016, 1:23 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government is right to be taking a cautious approach with potential changes to the threshold upon which GST is collected at the border for low value goods, says theTaxpayers’ Union. In response to Customs Minister Nicky Wagner’s comment this ... More >>

Greenpeace, Green Party, Right On Ruataniwha Dam

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 12:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is joining the Green Party, Greenpeace and local community groups calling for ACC not to risk taxpayers’ money on the Ruataniwha Dam in Hawke’s Bay. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

English's Mistake Shows Need For Independent Policy Costing

Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 12:03 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is renewing calls for the establishment of an independent policy costing officer of Parliament, following the admission by the Minister of Finance that he got the numbers wrong for Sue Moroney’s private member’s bill ... More >>

Another Week, Another Corporate Welfare Jolly

Tuesday, 28 June 2016, 4:31 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Steven Joyce’s latest announcement of recipients of taxpayer-funded corporate welfare , Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

MPs Should Pick up Bill for Staff Turnover

Monday, 27 June 2016, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the report that taxpayers have picked up the bill for an MP’s high staff turnover, Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson, Ben Craven, says: More >>

Govt Starting to See through the Smoke

Monday, 27 June 2016, 2:50 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the report that the Government has cut the budget of anti-smoking lobbyists , Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson, Ben Craven says: More >>

Government Transport Funding Package Cautiously Welcomed

Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is cautiously welcoming the Interim Report on the Auckland Transport Alignment Project, released this afternoon by Finance Minister, Bill English and Transport Minister, Simon Bridges. Jordan Williams, the T axpayers' Union Executive ... More >>

Need for Independent Policy Costing Unit

Monday, 20 June 2016, 9:55 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that the political toing and froing over Sue Moroney’s Members Bill for 26 weeks paid parental leave shows the need for an independent policy costing office. Jordan Williams, the Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, says: More >>

CHCH City Council Spends Up Big On Sky TV

Monday, 13 June 2016, 11:23 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Research by the Taxpayers’ Union shows that Christchurch City Council was the second highest spender of all local authorities when it came to Sky TV, spending $36,086.74 on the subscription TV service in one year. More >>

365 Days - Still No Answer To Saudi Sheep Question

Monday, 13 June 2016, 11:08 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is frustrated that despite having a year now passed since Murray McCully’s Saudi Sheep deal was exposed publicly, taxpayers are still none the wiser as to the apparent “legal threat” which justified $11.5 million dollar ... More >>

Ballooning steudent loan debt no surprise

Thursday, 9 June 2016, 12:06 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is not surprised that student loan debt is continuing to increase, with 728,000 now owing $14.84 billion according to the New Zealand Herald . Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben Craven, says: More >>

Chch Wants First Class City, Not First Class Tickets

Tuesday, 7 June 2016, 11:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is aghast following news that the now-defunct Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Agency (CERA) spent $5 million of taxpayers’ money on travel, including junkets to the US, UK, Spain and Canada. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

Sneaky Tax Hike Will See Households, Motorists Paying More

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 1:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is labelling the $50 million increase in the fire insurance levy a sneaky tax hike, following changes announced in Budget 2016. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Ben Craven, says: More >>

Give up the Money, Save Some Lives for World Smokefree Day

Monday, 30 May 2016, 3:46 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Tomorrow, Tuesday, is World Smokefree Day and the Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to stub out its addiction to excise tax revenue and legalise e-cigarettes so that more New Zealanders can kick the habit. According to UK Government research ... More >>

Government Choosing Tax Revenue Over Lives

Friday, 27 May 2016, 4:41 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that the only justification for failure to legalise the sale of nicotine e-cigarettes is to protect tax revenue from the sale of traditional fags. In response to the Government’s passing of the Customs and Excise (Tobacco ... More >>

The Size of the Beast Keeps Growing

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is disappointed that despite today’s Budget showing healthy numbers the Government has failed to give any indication of when New Zealanders can expect tax relief. Taxpayers’ Union Chairman, John Bishop, says: More >>

ETS Changes a Tax Hike with Lipstick

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:45 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says the Government’s decision to double the price of emissions of some businesses amounts to a tax hike on business and employment which will see consumers pay more. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union ... More >>

More Corporate Welfare in Budget 2016

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Government’s “Innovate New Zealand” initiative, as announced in Budget 2016, as growing the Government’s regime of corporate welfare. More >>

More Money, Few Solutions for Housing Crisis

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government is throwing good money after bad regarding the extra $100 million boost to develop Auckland housing as announced in Budget 2016 according to the Taxpayers’ Union. Its Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Kiwirail or Kiwifail?

Thursday, 26 May 2016, 2:39 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Another Budget another huge cheque from the taxpayer for KiwiRail”, says Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams reacting to today’s $190.2 million capital injection into KiwiRail announced in Budget 2016. More >>

 

 

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