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Even During A Pandemic, Councils Hike Rates Beyond Inflation

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 12:34 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

This year, local councils across New Zealand made a big show this year of rejigging their annual plans in response to COVID-19, but new data confirms most failed to take necessary measures to avoid increasing costs on struggling households. Union ... More >>

Official New Zealand Government Debt Clock Launched At Debtclock.nz

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 8:28 am | Taxpayers' Union

The official ‘New Zealand Government Debt Clock’ has been launched this morning to track in real time the money politicians are borrowing on taxpayers’ behalf at www.debtclock.nz . “Based on official Treasury figures, just the speed of the ... More >>

Revealed: Nearly Three Quarters Of Kiwis Oppose An Asset Tax

Tuesday, 13 October 2020, 12:24 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Polling Released Today By The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Reveals That 72 Percent Of New Zealanders Oppose An Asset Tax Or “wealth Tax”.Exclusive polling by Curia Market Research commissioned by the Taxpayers’ Union asked respondents, “ Do ... More >>

Public Service Commissioner Intervenes Over Oranga Tamariki Video

Monday, 12 October 2020, 3:05 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is welcoming intervention from the Public Services Commissioner over a video produced by Oranga Tamariki which appeared to endorse Hon Tracey Martin. In a response to a complaint from the Union , Commissioner Peter Hughes ... More >>

Growing Evidence For New Zealand To Adopt Swedish Strategy

Thursday, 8 October 2020, 4:25 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Whoever wins the coming election should look to Sweden for leadership on the economic response to COVID-19, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “While Sweden’s forecast drop in GDP isn’t as severe as New ... More >>

No Minister! Stop Trying To Buy A Seat With Taxpayer Money

Wednesday, 7 October 2020, 11:11 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is condemning Shane Jones’ expected announcement of $100m funding for marae renovations as “a cynical last-minute attempt to buy the Northland seat. Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke said: “Ten days before ... More >>

Election Campaign Launched For Tax Relief Now

Monday, 5 October 2020, 9:19 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Today the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union launches its nationwide election campaign for Tax Relief Now. Union Campaigns Manager Louis Houlbrooke says, “Between now and Election Day we will be making the case for tax relief as the main plank of the ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Launches Major Direct Mail Campaign Against Green Party’s Proposed Asset Tax

Monday, 5 October 2020, 6:51 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is today launching the Campaign for Affordable Home Ownership to fight against the Green Party’s proposal to implement an asset tax. Campaign for Affordable Home Ownership spokesperson Islay Aitchison says: “Between ... More >>

Goldsmith’s Commitment On Charitable Tax Exemption Welcomed

Sunday, 4 October 2020, 5:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Paul Goldsmith’s promise that the National Party would “definitely look at” taxing charity-owned businesses, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “We’re welcoming this commitment from Paul Goldsmith and ... More >>

Millions For Church Renos Is Vote-buying

Wednesday, 30 September 2020, 11:28 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Provincial Growth Fund’s $10m spend on Pasifika churches , New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “This kind of hyper-targeted spending can only be read as vote-buying. With a growing Debt Monster, now is not ... More >>

Billion-dollar Health Spend Risks Disappearing In The Black Hole

Tuesday, 29 September 2020, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is warning that Labour’s $1 billion health policy could turn into unproductive black hole spending unless efficiencies are found. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “In 2019’s Wellbeing Budget, ... More >>

Labour Should Release Their Fiscal Plan

Monday, 28 September 2020, 2:00 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Labour Party to immediately release their fiscal plan, so it can be subjected to the same scrutiny as the National Party’s fiscal plan. Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke said: “The National ... More >>

Plastics Innovation: Yet Another Corporate Welfare Slush Fund

Sunday, 27 September 2020, 4:36 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Labour's announcement of a $50 million Plastics Innovation Fund , New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: "A legacy of the previous Government was the litany of corporate welfare slush funds it set up, typically ... More >>

Stratford District Council’s Navel-gazing Over Logo Is Embarrassing

Friday, 25 September 2020, 1:47 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Stratford District Council’s review of its logo is an embarrassing waste of time and money, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Stratford District Councillors need to seriously re-evaluate their priorities. ... More >>

Creative NZ Fights COVID-19 With “indigenised Hypno-soundscapes”

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is questioning the value of the Arts Continuity Grant , a COVID-19 response fund which has so far paid out $16 million in grants to a variety of questionable short-term arts projects. Since March, Creative NZ has ... More >>

Wealth Tax Demand: Only Jacinda Ardern Can Rule It Out

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 5:54 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Green Party MP Julie-Anne Genter's statement that her Party's wealth tax policy is a "bottom line" for a Labour-Greens Government, New Zealand Taxpayers' Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: "This confirms what ... More >>

National Candidate Proves Ratepayer Rort Unjustifiable

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 2:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that Cr Catherine Chu failed to attend over half of Christchurch City Council briefings since October , the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union says the revelation is proof elected local councillors must refuse their salaries while they ... More >>

Judith Vs Jacinda: The Questions That Should Asked Tonight

Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 11:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has released a list of questions that should be asked at tonight’s TVNZ leaders' debate – and at tonight’s separate finance debate in Queenstown. Questions for Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins: Is tax theft ... More >>

Brouhaha Over Nat’s Numbers Highlights Lack Of Delivery Of Independent Policy Costing Office

Sunday, 20 September 2020, 2:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that if Labour had done what it had promised and introduce an independent election policy costing office, the current confusion over National’s numbers would never have happened. Union Spokesman, Jordan Williams, says: “The ... More >>

Winston Peters' Tax Gaff Makes No Sense

Saturday, 19 September 2020, 4:42 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Winston Peters must have been confused this morning when he made the bizarre claim that tax cuts are a ‘bribe’ and, ironically, criticised another party for promising to scrap his provincial vote fund in the next breath. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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