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KiwiBuild Expansion Lumps Taxpayers With Dodgy Investments

Friday, 7 August 2020, 5:37 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Government’s new $350,000,000 fund to underwrite “at risk” developments . Like the infamous KiwiBuild scheme, the fund will bail out developers that building housing at a loss. Taxpayers’ Union ... More >>

Vaping Law Will Harm The Public, Gives In To Big Tobacco

Thursday, 6 August 2020, 11:24 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Smokefree Environments (Vaping) Amendment Bill passed into law last night will help keep people smoking cigarettes, and caves into big tobacco interests, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, “The vaping ... More >>

Overdue Tax Bracket Indexation Still On The Cards

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 10:07 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is welcoming confirmation from the National Party that income tax bracket indexation remains party policy. However, suggestions that the National Party has no plans to cut income taxes will come as a major disappointment ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Damning Report On Provincial Growth Fund

Tuesday, 4 August 2020, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming a damning report from the Auditor-General which identifies the Provincial Growth Fund’s numerous failings in process surrounding the approval of grants, managing conflicts of interests, and tracking of performance. ... More >>

Councils Break The Law And Fail Ratepayers

Monday, 3 August 2020, 3:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is condemning Kaikoura District Council and Tararua District Council for failing to identify earthquake-prone buildings , as required by law. Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “These Councils broke the law ... More >>

Palmerston North Candidate Does The Right Thing. But What About Port Hills?

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 2:40 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming news that the Labour Party’s Palmerston North candidate, Tangi Utikere, has agreed to give up his ratepayer-funded deputy mayoral salary while he campaigns for Parliament. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke ... More >>

Taxpayer Victory: No Border Tax For Returning Expats

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 1:49 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Government's decision not to charge overseas citizens for quarantine if they are returning to New Zealand since the pandemic. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Human rights absolutists ... More >>

Funding Process Could Make For Chilling Precedent

Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 10:05 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment handed over taxpayer money without confirming that private funding was unavailable to AJ Hackett Bungy, the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is calling for Tourism Minister ... More >>

Labour’s Palmerston North Candidate Must Take Unpaid Leave For Election Campaign

Monday, 27 July 2020, 2:28 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Labour’s new candidate in Palmerston North – the deputy mayor – to take unpaid leave while he campaigns for Parliament. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “With the loss of Labour’s incumbent MP, ... More >>

Davidson's "tax Is Love" Statement Is Delusional, Offensive

Sunday, 26 July 2020, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Green Party co-Leader Marama Davidson’s statement this morning that "tax is love" , New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: "Marama Davidson is asking New Zealanders struggling to pay higher ... More >>

Lawrence Yule Billboard Found To Be An Election Ad

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 5:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayer-funded billboards promoting National MP Lawrence Yule have now been deemed candidate advertisements by the Electoral Commission. The Commission's decision was made in response to a complaint by the Taxpayers' Union , which understood the large ... More >>

Awkward Questions For Andy Foster

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 2:10 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has some serious questions for Wellington’s Mayor after Andy Foster performed a spectacular U-turn overnight , all at the ratepayers’ expense. Union spokesperson Jordan Williams says: “Twenty-four hours ago His Worship ... More >>

Taniwha Taxes Adding 8% To Cost Of Infrastructure Builds

Thursday, 23 July 2020, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union can reveal that councils are allocating up to eight percent of total build costs for iwi engagement for COVID-19 response projects. Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, "While trawling through council ... More >>

Jordan Williams Responds To Winston Peters Claims

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 4:53 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

This is classic Winston, lashing out incoherently in an effort to distract the media and public from his own screw-ups. He doesn’t want New Zealanders to read today’s news about how he gave his mates free trips to Antarctica on the taxpayer. He doesn’t ... More >>

Wellington’s Rate Hike Is Disgraceful

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 12:19 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Wellington City Council’s decision to increase rates by 5.1%, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “A 5.1% rate hike far exceeds the rate of inflation and would be painful in any year. The fact the Council ... More >>

Cabinet Office Should Investigate Peters’s Antarctic Indiscretion

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 11:44 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that Foreign Minister Winston Peters directed Antarctica New Zealand to give his friends two spots on an expedition, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “This looks like a clear-cut case of Winston ... More >>

Dodgy As Hell: Tender Quota For Māori Business

Wednesday, 22 July 2020, 8:59 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

According to RNZ, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta wants a quota of 16% of spending on roading and construction tenders to be made exclusively available for Māori businesses. The Taxpayers’ Union warned media last year that the Government ... More >>

Foster’s Silencing Scheme Is Undemocratic

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 11:46 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that Andy Foster has engaged a lawyer to threaten Wellington City councilors, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says the move is undemocratic. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Unlike appointed public servants ... More >>

He’s Green, He’s Hairy, And He’s Coming For Your Kids

Monday, 20 July 2020, 4:39 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is warning politicians on the 2020 campaign trail to watch themselves – because the Debt Monster is looming over them. The Debt Monster has arrived on New Zealand’s shores in the wake of the Government’s COVID-19 ... More >>

Winston Peters’ Attitude To Taxpayers Unbelievable

Monday, 20 July 2020, 2:30 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is stunned Winston Peters’s lawyer argued Peters should not have to pay legal costs because the Crown’s costs were covered by taxpayers, according to coverage in the NZ Herald . Mr Peters had been ordered to pay around ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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