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Christchurch City Council's Stadium Obsession Needs To Stop

Friday, 19 April 2024, 12:44 pm | Taxpayers' Union

This stadium has already burdened Christchurch ratepayers enough, with its ridiculous delays and enormous budget blowouts. These extra nice-to-haves are clearly unaffordable, and represent nothing more than just wasteful gold-plating: Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Slams Eye-watering Hastings Rates Hike

Friday, 19 April 2024, 9:57 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that Hastings District Council is set to hike rates by 25 percent, Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager, Connor Molloy, said: “We get that cyclone recovery and investing in resilient infrastructure will obviously be front ... More >>

REVEALED: RNZ’s Hypocrisy Over Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill

Thursday, 18 April 2024, 12:11 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Radio New Zealand (RNZ) spent $71,842.53 on Facebook advertising over the past 12 months, despite earlier this year coming out in support of the Fair Digital News Bargaining Bill , which would force the likes ... More >>

NEW POLL: Strong Support For Inflation Adjustment Of Tax Brackets To End The Stealth Tax

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 1:16 pm | Taxpayers' Union

A new Taxpayers’ Union — Curia poll has revealed that New Zealanders – at a ratio of five to one – support inflation adjustment of income tax brackets. 67% of respondents supported inflation adjustments while just 13% were opposed. More >>

Government Spending Still Driving Cost Of Living Skyward

Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to today’s release of the latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) figures, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Domestic inflation is still punishing Kiwis, with non-tradeable inflation – the aspect most ... More >>

More Competition, Not Less, The Solution To Failing Councils

Monday, 15 April 2024, 11:50 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to comments from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham on the prospect of Supercity-like deals in New Zealand, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Where there are savings to be found, councils should ... More >>

NEW POLL: Kiwis want Nicola Willis to hold firm on tax relief

Friday, 12 April 2024, 7:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

A new Taxpayers’ Union – Curia poll has revealed that 53% of New Zealanders believe that the Government should continue to deliver the tax relief that was promised by the National Party during the election campaign. 29% of respondents thought that ... More >>

Sky-high Interest Rates Show Kiwi Families Need Government To Show Some Fiscal Responsibility

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 2:12 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s decision to hold the Official Cash Rate (OCR) at 5.5%, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “High interest rates stifle growth and punish Kiwi families. They’re ... More >>

Government Must Clamp Down Harder On Managerial Class With Public Service Cuts

Wednesday, 10 April 2024, 12:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to concerns from public servants that managers seem to be ‘immune’ from staffing cuts, Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman, Alex Murphy, said: "The whole point of the Government's spending cuts was to axe the back-office bureaucracy and ... More >>

NEW POLL: More Bad News For Centre-Right As Government Parties Drop In Support

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

National is down on last month to 37.1% (-0.3 points) while Labour is up slightly to 25.7% (+0.4 points). The Greens take third place on 14.6% (+3.3 points) while ACT drops back to 7.2% (-2.8 points). The smaller parties are NZ First on 6.3% (-1.1 ... More >>

MPs Must Not Take Pay Hike While Kiwis Go Backwards

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 6:29 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on MPs to put their money where their mouths are and implement a pay freeze rather than accept a taxpayer-funded pay hike at a time when many families are going backwards. Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager, Connor ... More >>

Government KPIs Show Progress But Lack Ambition

Tuesday, 9 April 2024, 6:22 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the release of nine Government key performance targets to be achieved by 2030, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Kiwis won’t need reminding that despite public spending jumping 84% since 2017, ... More >>

Revealed: Callaghan Innovation Wastes Over $170,000 On Rebrand As Staff Call Out Job Cuts.

Monday, 8 April 2024, 3:01 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Callaghan Innovation has blown $170,000 on a rebranding exercise at a time when taxpayer-funded agencies were being told to curb spending. Information obtained under the Official Information Act reveals that ... More >>

New Report: Fire And Emergency Levy Increase Unjustified, Performance Review Needed

Monday, 8 April 2024, 1:16 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

  The Taxpayers’ Union is today releasing a r eport highlighting the significant failure of Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) to realise the expected efficiency gains following the 2017 mega-merger of fire services. The report concludes ... More >>

Government Puts An End To Labour’s Hijack On Local Democracy

Friday, 5 April 2024, 1:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“Electors should be able to vote on, and veto, fundamental changes to their local voting system. It’s refreshing to see the new Government restoring this necessary democratic convention. More >>

Unelected Commissioners Need To Learn Their Place

Thursday, 4 April 2024, 10:28 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

“If Anne Tolley and the other commissioners believe they are running the city well, they should stand for election and put their case to the voters rather than trampling over local democracy.” More >>

Ratepayers Need Competent Councils, Not More Debt

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 10:47 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to calls by councils including Wellington, Hamilton and Tauranga for their debt caps to be raised, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Sometimes it makes sense to use debt to spread the cost of an ... More >>

Ratepayers, Not Unaccountable Bureaucrats, Should Be Responsible For Heritage Listings

Wednesday, 3 April 2024, 5:12 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to calls from Wellington City Council to be able to delist heritage buildings by a simple majority vote, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Ratepayers are on the hook for paying to preserve heritage buildings, ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Government’s New Action Plan

Tuesday, 2 April 2024, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Government’s 36-point action plan for the second quarter, Taxpayers’ Union spokesman, Alex Murphy, said: “It's refreshing to see the Coalition sticking to their guns on the issues Kiwis voted them in on, like delivering tax relief, cutting ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Make Formal Request To Chinese Government For MP Spending Information

Thursday, 28 March 2024, 2:56 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has today made a formal request under the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Open Government Information () for information held about how New Zealand Members of Parliament are spending taxpayer ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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