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Government Must Scrap Failing Film Subsidies And Fund Pharmac Instead

Friday, 14 June 2024, 11:51 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the government to axe all taxpayer funding for films and direct that money into Pharmac instead following reports that the Film Commission spent $88 million on film subsidies that generated just $14 million in ... More >>

Miserable Cuts To The Bureaucracy Locking In The Growth Under Labour

Friday, 14 June 2024, 11:39 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the revelations in yesterday’s information release from the Public Service Commission that shows the bureaucracy has only reduced by 416 FTEs since December last year. More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Review Into Health And Safety Regulations

Friday, 14 June 2024, 10:32 am | Taxpayers' Union

“Overzealous health and safety regulations are one of the biggest handbrakes on productivity, driving up the cost of everything from doing business to building core infrastructure necessary for this country to function. More >>

Wasted $33.5 Million On Northland Railway Shows Danger Of Putting Pet Projects Before Economics

Thursday, 13 June 2024, 7:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Already, more than $33.5m has been spent attempting to reopen a mothballed section of railway between Kauri and Ōtiria despite the project now being put on hold. Commenting on this, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: ... More >>

Fund Medicine Not Movies - Taxpayers’ Union Calls For Scrapping Corporate Welfare To Fund Pharmac

Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 8:25 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In last month’s Budget, the Government claimed it could not find the $70-80 million needed to deliver on National’s election promise to fund new cancer medicines. At the same time, over $100 million every year – more than enough to fund the medicines ... More >>

New Poll: Gap Between Government And Opposition Narrows

Tuesday, 11 June 2024, 1:20 pm | Taxpayers' Union

This month's results are compared to last month's Taxpayers' Union – Curia poll. National is down three seats on last month to 44 and Labour is also down one seat to 36. More >>

Richlister Peter Jackson Should Refuse Corporate Welfare To Allow More Funding For Pharmac Instead

Monday, 10 June 2024, 11:37 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union congratulates Sir Peter Jackson on coming in at number 5 on this year’s NBR rich list and urges him to refuse any corporate welfare for his upcoming films so that the government can fund Pharmac instead. More >>

The Government Must Scrap Taxpayer Funding For EV Charging Rort

Monday, 10 June 2024, 10:57 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling the Government to scrap its EV charging rort that will see millions of taxpayer dollars funnelled into the hands of private companies despite the policy doing absolutely nothing to reduce New Zealand’s net emissions. More >>

Credit Rating Agency Shot Across The Bow A Danger To New Zealanders’ Living Standards

Friday, 7 June 2024, 5:30 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union says that the comments from credit ratings agency Fitch overnight represents a major threat to New Zealand’s public finances and New Zealanders’ living standards should the country see a credit ratings downgrade and higher costs ... More >>

Surge In Dividend Payments Entirely Predictable Following Trust Tax Hikes

Thursday, 6 June 2024, 2:04 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Commenting on news today that companies’ dividend payments more than doubled in the tax year to 31 March from $23.6 billion to $49.4b ahead of the increase in the trustee tax rate from 33 to 39 percent, Taxpayers’ Union Head of Campaigns, Callum ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Calls On Privacy Commissioner To Open Formal Investigation Into Alleged Misuse Of Census Data

Thursday, 6 June 2024, 11:16 am | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has written to the Privacy Commissioner this morning calling on him to launch an investigation into alleged misuse of census data by Auckland’s Manurewa Marae, entities associated with John Tamihere, and Te Pāti Māori. More >>

Four-year Council Terms Must Come With Right Of Recall

Wednesday, 5 June 2024, 6:30 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Commenting on reports that former National Minister and current Mayor of Nelson, Nick Smith, will chair a group exploring local government electoral system reforms, Taxpayers’ Union Head of Campaigns, Callum Purves, said: “Ratepayers across the ... More >>

Manurewa Marae Allegations Warrant Public Inquiry

Tuesday, 4 June 2024, 2:43 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to form a public inquiry under the Inquiries Act to ensure that MSD and Stats NZ are not tasked with reviewing their alleged, lack of action following complaints from whistleblowers that the Manurewa ... More >>

Police Commissioner’s Job Is To Enforce The Law, Not Publicly Lobby The Government To Change It

Tuesday, 4 June 2024, 12:24 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming comments from Police Commissioner Andrew Coster where he appears to be lobbying the government to change alcohol regulations. More >>

Debt Interest Costs Soon To Be Higher Than Spending On Primary Schools, Secondary Schools & Ministry Of Justice Combined

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 4:13 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager, Connor Molloy, said:“Government debt ballooned by 161% under Grant Robertson. Forget cutting it back, Nicola Willis is pumping it even higher. More >>

Budget 2024: National Continue To Give Taxpayer Money To Corporate Welfare Bludgers

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 2:31 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is lashing out at the continuation of the Government’s corporate welfase schemes, labelling them ‘socialism for the rich’. More >>

Budget 2024: Government Promises To Hike Taxes By Stealth

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 2:30 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is condemning the Government for failing to introduce ongoing annual adjustments to income tax brackets for inflation. More >>

Budget 2024: $2.6 Billion Down The Drain For No Climate Benefit

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 2:27 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming today’s continuation of a number of Labour’s climate change initiatives as economically and scientifically illiterate. More >>

Budget 2024: The Mother Of All Disappointments

Thursday, 30 May 2024, 2:11 pm | Taxpayers' Union

All in all, this Budget means New Zealand goes further into the red. Debt servicing costs for the coming year will be $9.2 billion. That’s the same as we are forecast to spend on primary schools, secondary schools, and justice combined. More >>

NEW POLL: Just 9% Of New Zealanders Think Grant Robertson’s Wellbeing Budget Didn’t Spend Enough

Wednesday, 29 May 2024, 2:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

A new Taxpayers’ Union – Curia poll has revealed that most New Zealanders think that the level of spending in Grant Robertson’s 2019 Wellbeing Budget was about right or too high. Tomorrow’s budget from Nicola Willis should be compared against ... More >>





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