New Zealand Taxpayers' Union - Latest News [Page 1]

Race-based Pandemic Funding Disgraceful

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 1:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming today’s announcement of $25 million — $10 million for local iwi groups and $15 million for Whānau Ora providers — and says that funding based on skin colour at a time when the nation needs to come ... More >>

Cross-party Consensus That Councils Must Turn Minds To Cutting Rates Welcomed

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 12:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the comments from Finance Minister Grant Robertson, and National Party MP Gerry Brownlee, calling on councils across New Zealand to look at their books and see what is possible to reduce the rates burden on New Zealanders. ... More >>

“We Wellington” Waste Should See CCO Funding Frozen

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 9:39 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Wellington City and Wellington Regional Councils to freeze the funding of their economic and tourism promotion agency after its ill-judged “We Wellington” campaign - wasting tens of thousands in ratepayer ... More >>

Christchurch City Council Must Do More For Ratepayers

Tuesday, 31 March 2020, 4:23 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is welcoming Christchurch City Council's decision to allow delayed rates payments, but says the relief plan doesn't go far enough. Taxpayers' Union spokesperson Islay Aitchison says, "It's a good thing that ... More >>

Select Committees Must Defer Submission Deadlines In Light Of COVID-19 Crisis

Monday, 30 March 2020, 12:48 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is joining calls for the Government to extend submission deadlines for Select Committees during the immediate fallout of the COVID-19 crisis. New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, "Old political ... More >>

Support builds for suspending KiwiSaver subsidy

Friday, 27 March 2020, 2:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is joining calls for the Government to suspend its KiwiSaver subsidy during the economic fallout of COVID-19. More >>

Councils Failing To Livestream During Lockdown Must Get With The Times

Friday, 27 March 2020, 12:09 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is slamming councils that refuse to livestream meetings . Taxpayers' Union spokesperson Islay Aitchison says, "COVID-19 is not an excuse to make public decisions behind closed doors. In fact, as councils ... More >>

Rates Freeze: Dunedin City Council Sets An Example, Cuts Salaries

Thursday, 26 March 2020, 2:35 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that Dunedin City Council's executive leadership team are taking pay cuts for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis, New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: "This is a sensible decision that acknowledges the pressures ... More >>

One Council Demonstrates Leadership With Rates Freeze

Tuesday, 24 March 2020, 2:53 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Waikato Regional Council's preliminary decision to cancel scheduled rate hikes in light of COVID-19, New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: "Waikato Regional Council should be applauded for its urgent action on ... More >>

Campaign For Nationwide Rates Freeze Launched

Friday, 20 March 2020, 1:53 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has launched a campaign aiming to force New Zealand’s mayors and regional council chairs to commit to a 12-month rates freeze in light of current economic challenges. While the Government prioritises economic relief for struggling ... More >>

Exclusive: Ministry Of Health Hasn't Asked Where Staff Have Traveled

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 2:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Ministry of Health has not been asking staff returning from overseas where they traveled, the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union has learned. An information response from the Director-General's office confirms that " The Ministry has not actively ... More >>

Tax Relief For Air Travel Welcomed

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 1:00 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union welcomes the Government's move to cover the cost of passenger-based taxes for air travel in the next six months. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: "We're very pleased to see the Government acknowledge and remove ... More >>

Wellington Rates Hike: Deferred Meeting Should Consider A Freeze

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 11:59 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union has welcomed Wellington City Council's decision to defer a meeting that would have Councillors choose between rates hikes of 9.2% and 7.9%. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, "At a time when central government ... More >>

Aviation Package Unknowns A Cause For Concern

Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 10:32 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers' Union is urging the Government to rule out giving taxpayer-funded handouts to privately owned airports such as Auckland International Airport Ltd, in ways which would serve to protect shareholders rather than focusing on keeping ... More >>

Failure To Support Businesses With Minimum Wage Hike Will Cost Jobs

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 3:48 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is criticising the Government's failure to cover the cost to businesses of the minimum wage increase scheduled for April. Taxpayers' Union spokesperson Islay Aitchison says, "Support for businesses facing the ... More >>

Relief Package A Solid First Step

Tuesday, 17 March 2020, 3:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is welcoming temporary measures to ease pressure on employers contained in today's economic relief package. Taxpayers' Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, "Today's economic relief package is a solid first step ... More >>

COVID-19: Taxpayers’ Union Release Recommendations For New Zealand’s Immediate Economic Response

Monday, 16 March 2020, 3:16 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the developing threat of COVID-19 to the New Zealand economy, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has released a paper outlining its recommendations in advance of the Government’s package being announced tomorrow. Taxpayers' Union ... More >>

Picture Of Wasteful Spending: Taxpayers Coughing Up For Arty Italian Holiday

Tuesday, 10 March 2020, 4:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union can reveal that Creative New Zealand and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa are providing nearly $900,000 in taxpayer money for artists and curators to attend the Venice Art Biennale in 2021. "Showing ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Delighted To Offer PM A Briefing On Quit Group

Monday, 9 March 2020, 5:17 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to her confusion and desire for information during this afternoon's Post-Cabinet press conference, the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is offering to brief the Prime Minister on Quit Group's massive taxpayer rip-off. Spokesman Jordan Williams says, ... More >>

Quit Group Charity Hoarding 2.8 Million Of Taxpayer Money

Monday, 9 March 2020, 1:05 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union can reveal that Quit Group is holding 2.8 million taxpayer dollars, despite losing its government contract in 2015. Taxpayers Union spokesperson Islay Aitchison says, "In 2016, the Ministry of Health asked Quit ... More >>

 

 

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