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Taxpayers' Union Applauds Gareth Morgan's Generous Offer

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 3:58 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is delighted that Gareth Morgan has today offered to top up the crowd sourcing campaign to purchase the beach adjacent to the Awaroa inlet in the South Island. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Awaroa Beach: Little Restraint From Labour

Tuesday, 9 February 2016, 10:13 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is telling politicians to butt out of the tremendous community effort to purchase a beach next to the Awaroa inlet in the Abel Tasman National Park after Labour Leader Andrew Little called upon the Government to stump up with taxpayer ... More >>

Team NZ Slush Fund Dressed up as Corporate Welfare

Thursday, 4 February 2016, 10:24 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is outraged that Callaghan Innovation has provided Team New Zealand with a research and development grant of up to $17.25 million . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Eagle Joins Lester in Wanting Ratepayer Funded Sport

Tuesday, 2 February 2016, 11:51 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the calls from Wellington City Councillor, Paul Eagle, for ratepayers to fund the Wellington Lions provincial rugby team to the tune of $250,000, Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Ben Craven says: More >>

Little is Right, Student Debt is Unnecessarily High

Monday, 1 February 2016, 1:37 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is backing Labour leader Andrew Little’s comments that under National student debt has risen unacceptably high. It is calling on the Government to reverse Labour’s disastrous policy of interest free loans which has resulted ... More >>

Little Policy Detail Demonstrates Need for Independent Unit

Monday, 1 February 2016, 11:15 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that today’s promise by Andrew Little for 3 years free post-school education shows the need for an independent policy costing unit, similar to the one proposed by the Green Party last week. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, ... More >>

Game Over: Picking "Winners" Costs Taxpayers More than $15M

Friday, 29 January 2016, 11:56 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has discovered that the failed Gameloft video gaming studio has received more than $15 million in corporate welfare grants from Callaghan Innovation since 2014. The French owned company yesterday announced that it will close operations ... More >>

Auckland Motorists Already Paying Plenty

Thursday, 28 January 2016, 12:37 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming renewed calls for the introduction of new motorway or congestion taxes for Auckland, and is calling on the National Party to stand by its election promise and rule out new taxes. Jordan Williams, Executive Director ... More >>

Corporate Welfare Should Be Open to Public Scrutiny

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 1:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is again slamming Wellington City Council’s shambolic information management and secrecy relating to how it uses ratepayer funds, following leaked details of the Council wooing Singapore Airlines. Responding to the report, Taxpayers’ ... More >>

Property Groups Should Support Peters on Rma Reform

Wednesday, 27 January 2016, 10:53 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on business, property and planning industry groups to support Winston Peters’ proposed way forward for Resource Management Act reform. Reacting to Mr Peters’ state of the nation speech delivered last night, Jordan ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Applauds Green Party Proposal

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 2:31 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the proposal from Green Party co-leader, Metiria Turei, in her state of the nation speech today for a policy costing unit inside Treasury that would independently cost the policies of political parties. More >>

Wellington Ratepayers Entitled to the Facts

Tuesday, 26 January 2016, 10:02 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling for full discloser by the Wellington City Council, after three of its Councillors contradicted the Council’s Chief Executive about an apparent budget blow-out of the Council’s controversial Island Bay Cycleway. ... More >>

Linz Overcharging Nets $40m Pot of Gold

Thursday, 21 January 2016, 11:44 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Land Information New Zealand has overcharged New Zealanders by $40 million for its " Landonline " service, despite the requirement that is it to function on a cost-recovery basis. More >>

Hairdressers Join Takeaways in Upper Hutt Corporate Welfare

Monday, 18 January 2016, 11:41 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal Upper Hutt City Council spent more than $160,000 of ratepayers’ money on subsidies to eleven businesses, including hairdressers, retailers, fast food joints and a contracting firm. Taxpayers’ Union Executive ... More >>

Frontline Measures Better than More Tobacco Tax Hikes

Thursday, 14 January 2016, 11:56 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that new measures to curb smoking shouldn’t include more rounds of tax hikes, and should instead focus at frontline measures to support people to quit. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Wellington-Singapore Airlines News Terrific

Tuesday, 12 January 2016, 4:14 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming news that Singapore Airlines is considering a route from Wellington via Canberra and says it undermines the case for local or central government corporate welfare for privately owned Infratil to extend the Wellington ... More >>

Government Ministers Too Posh to Fly Jetstar?

Tuesday, 5 January 2016, 2:57 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Ministers are not practicing what they preach in their apparent support for more competition in New Zealand’s skies. Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union , Jordan Williams, says: More >>

Tobacco Tax Increase: New Report

Sunday, 3 January 2016, 5:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

To coincide with the Government’s 10% hike of tobacco excise taxes today, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has released a new report exposing the extent to which the Government is using excise tax on tobacco as a revenue gathering tool. More >>

Smokers Warned to Stock up Before Friday

Wednesday, 30 December 2015, 9:49 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is reminding smokers to stock up before the Government’s 10% hike in tobacco excise tax which comes into effect on New Year’s Day. More >>

Napier's Seaside Pier Scared of the Water

Friday, 18 December 2015, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is lending its support to ratepayers of Napier, annoyed with the Napier City Council, wasting $2.6 million on a pier that doesn’t quite reach the water on Napier’s foreshore. More >>

 

 

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