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Comprehensive Victory in Unitary Plan "Taniwha Tax" Campaign

Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 3:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union and its sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance , are celebrating a comprehensive victory in their “ Taniwha Tax ” campaign, with the Independent Hearings Panel recommending that Cultural Impact Assessment ... More >>

Worksafe's Attitude to Accuracy Astonishing

Tuesday, 26 July 2016, 9:06 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has made a complaint to the State Services Commissioner against WorkSafe NZ chief executive Gordon MacDonald in relation to public comments which appear to justify his agency misleading the public in relation to advertisements ... More >>

LGNZ Conference - A WAG/HAB-Free Event?

Monday, 25 July 2016, 5:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Research interns at the Taxpayers’ Union have today been informally surveying councils across New Zealand, and are happy to confirm that most councils have departed from the historic norm of spouses attending the Local Government New Zealand annual conference, ... More >>

Lack of Realism in Predator Free Announcement

Monday, 25 July 2016, 4:18 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The lack of economic rigour in John Key’s new signature policy announced this afternoon in Wellington is ‘scary’ according to the Taxpayers’ Union . Reacting to the Government’s announcement, the lobby group’s Executive Director, Jordan Williams, ... More >>

Corporate Welfare for RLWC Shows Government Priorities

Tuesday, 19 July 2016, 3:49 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says health, education and fixing New Zealand’s housing crisis would be a much better use of the $1.35 million of taxpayer money that the Government will use to subsidise the 2017 Rugby League World Cup , which New Zealand ... More >>

Aid Money Wasted on Countries With Space Programmes

Monday, 18 July 2016, 10:01 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is questioning why NZ Aid money, meant to help the world’s poorest, is being used to support countries and governments with their own space programs. The figures, obtained by the Taxpayers’ Union , show that since 2010 ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Calls For Examination of Term Limits

Sunday, 17 July 2016, 8:52 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is suggesting that term limits for local councillors may be a way to bring fresh thinking into local government. It is releasing a table of New Zealand’s longest-serving politicians, which shows the turnover of local councillors ... More >>

Pot of Gold at Mothballed Charity Health Procurement Failure

Thursday, 14 July 2016, 4:57 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Minister of Health needs to explain to taxpayers how $3million is sitting in the account of a defunct charity when the money was supposed to be used to help smokers quit. Radio NZ reports that the Government has sought legal advice over the Quit ... More >>

Questions over covert taxpayer funding mayoral campaign

Saturday, 9 July 2016, 8:43 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has been leaked an email from a senior Labour Party insider which appears to reveal that the Labour Party have used taxpayer money to produce a promotional video of Wellington’s controversial Deputy Mayor, and mayoral candidate ... More >>

Council not trustworthy to spend taxpayer money

Monday, 4 July 2016, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union , and its sister organisation the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance, say Auckland Council are not trustworthy when it comes to spending the taxpayer money announced yesterday by the Prime Minister, for Auckland and other high growth regions, ... More >>

New report shows corporate welfare continues to soar

Sunday, 3 July 2016, 6:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Corporate welfare amounts to more than $800 per New Zealand household, according to a calculation by the Taxpayers’ Union contained in a report released today. The report, entitled Welfare Bums, is available here . More >>

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 >>

 

 

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