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More Tar, More Tax: Reduced-nicotine Proposal Will Make People Smoke More

Thursday, 15 April 2021, 9:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government’s proposal to reduce nicotine in cigarettes by up to 95 percent is a dangerous intervention that will make people smoke more cigarettes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Nicotine ... More >>

National Party Policy Better Than Taxing Housing Investment But Giving More Money To Wasteful Councils Counterproductive

Wednesday, 14 April 2021, 9:51 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the National Party’s housing policy to force councils to reduce the regulatory constraints on land supply, but has concerns about the blank cheque approach to giving councils even more money. “The biggest constraint ... More >>

Parliamentary Palace Will Not Have The Support Of Taxpayers

Tuesday, 13 April 2021, 2:33 pm | Taxpayers' Union

“The Speaker’s attempt to pitch a new Parliamentary palace as a ‘ wooden office block ’ will not fly with taxpayers,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke. “Fundamentally, you can’t trust politicians with property projects. ... More >>

Hamilton City Council Must Investigate LGOIMA And Spin Doctor Costs

Monday, 12 April 2021, 11:29 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is stunned a Hamilton City Councillor is using inflated official information costs to pursue ‘utu’ on the Union for a series of exposés relating to the Council. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams said: “There ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Applauds Drawn Member’s Bill To End Bracket Creep

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 6:16 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Government must support Simon Bridges’s private member’s bill to end bracket creep drawn from the ballot today , says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “From a taxpayer perspective, this is one of the ... More >>

Tauranga CBD Needs A Commercial Rates Freeze

Wednesday, 7 April 2021, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Tauranga City Council commissioners to freeze commercial rates in support of rejuvenating its CBD . Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “Tauranga businesses are struggling to keep their doors open in ... More >>

Te Huia Train Service: $560 Taxpayer Subsidy For Every Passenger

Tuesday, 6 April 2021, 12:57 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Low interest in the opening run of the Te Huia train service is an omen of a ridiculously large taxpayer subsidy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Waikato Regional Council Chair has said he wants to ... More >>

GWRC Tax Screw-up Should Result In A Sacking

Monday, 29 March 2021, 12:31 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Someone at Greater Wellington Regional Council needs to lose their job over a nine-year failure to pay the correct amount of tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It appears Wellington ratepayers will ... More >>

Ombudsman Missing In Action Over Climate Change Commission Models

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 3:32 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling out the Ombudsman for ignoring the public fracas over the Climate Change Commission’s refusal to release economic modelling (that no one can replicate) which, it claims, suggests its wholesale intervention ... More >>

Hamilton City Council Harvested Submissions From School Children

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 3:08 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Hamilton City Council staff members have been visiting classrooms and harvesting submissions from children on the Council’s Māori partnership strategy, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal. Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, “We ... More >>

Grant Robertson Breaks Bright-line Test Promise

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 10:06 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Government’s housing policy announcements, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Grant Robertson made a clear promise not to extend the bright-line test. He’s now broken that promise.” “You don’t ... More >>

Rod Stewart And Tourism NZ Just Shafted Taxpayers

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 2:28 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has been left dumbfounded by Tourism NZ’s decision to spend $918,000 on a video of Rod Stewart singing a song for America’s Cup fans. The four-minute video records Rod Stewart singing on a boat in front of the London Bridge. An extended ... More >>

Referenda For Māori Wards Still An Option For Local Councils

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Councillors across the country should join those in Whangarei revisiting the decision to introduce Māori wards for the 2022 elections, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The nine councils that chose to ... More >>

GDP Number Shows Need For Tax Relief

Thursday, 18 March 2021, 11:12 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The surprise 1% drop in GDP shows the need for economic stimulus through tax relief says the Taxpayers’ Union. Responding to today’s Stats NZ numbers, Union spokesman Jordan Williams said: “On a per capita basis, Kiwis are earning five percent less ... More >>

Using KiwiBuild Money To Block New Housing Is Absurd

Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 12:12 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Responding To Newshub’s Report That The Government Used KiwiBuild Funds To Purchase The Disputed Land At Ihumātao, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Spokesman Louis Houlbrooke Says: “It beggars belief that the Government used taxpayer money meant for building ... More >>

GWRC Should Seek Advice As Chair Guns For CEO Job

Monday, 15 March 2021, 12:33 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Greater Wellington Regional Council should seek advice from the Auditor-General as the council’s Chairman applies for the Chief Executive position , says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It’s difficult ... More >>

Forcing Ratepayers To Pay For A Service They Don’t Want Is Nasty – Commissioners Must Act

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 2:35 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Tauranga City Council’s Commissioners to ensure residents can ‘opt out’ of the Council’s new rubbish collection service and not be financially penalised.  Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director ... More >>

Tauranga Commissioners' Proposal For 22% Rate Hike Stirs Action

Wednesday, 10 March 2021, 2:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is committing to creating a Tauranga Ratepayers’ Alliance following the alarming news from the unelected Council commissioners that they plan on a 22% then 12% cumulative rate hikes over the next two years. Taxpayers’ Union ... More >>

A Spoonful Of $50m Does Not Help The $2b Cost Of A National Electric Bus Fleet Go Down

Monday, 8 March 2021, 5:31 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The government’s plan to convert New Zealand’s public bus fleet to electric would cost $1,947,750,000 for the current 2597 buses alone, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . That is a $1000 cost for every New Zealand household. Each new ... More >>

Wellington’s 13.5% Rate Hike Should See Library Sale Back On The Table

Saturday, 6 March 2021, 2:08 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is condemning Wellington City Council’s refusal to consult on the privatisation of the central library as undemocratic. “Wellingtonians threatened with a 13.5 percent rate hike deserve a full menu of cost-saving options ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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