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Replacing petrol tax with congestion charges is a good idea

Monday, 16 December 2019, 3:06 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The National Party’s proposal to replace petrol tax with congestion charges has been welcomed by the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

No excuse for an election-year deficit

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 1:36 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Minister of Finance’s  Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update , which includes a $900 million deficit for the next financial year,  New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union  spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says:   “At at time of high commodity ... More >>

New Plymouth’s rates surplus should be given back

Wednesday, 11 December 2019, 10:45 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports of New Plymouth District Council’s $1.6 million rates surplus, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “A rates surplus means the Council has taken more from the people of New Plymouth than it needs. It ... More >>

Child Poverty Figures show need for tax relief

Monday, 9 December 2019, 4:29 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Today’s child poverty figures , revealing that nearly 150,000 children are living in material hardship in New Zealand, show the need for tax relief says the Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

National needs to walk the walk on fuel tax

Friday, 6 December 2019, 12:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The National Party cannot credibly critique the Government’s hikes to fuel tax while it refuses to commit to reversing these hikes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Simon Bridges has lambasted ... More >>

Neutered fuel price inquiry is a cruel joke

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 12:28 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the final findings of the Commerce Commission’s inquiry into fuel prices, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “The Commerce Commission’s whole inquiry should be roundly dismissed as a joke. The Government ... More >>

Shane Jones conflict of interest disclosure came too late

Thursday, 5 December 2019, 12:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Shane Jones, Minister of Regional Economic Development, eventually declaring a conflict of interest over the NZ Future Forestry Products PGF application wasn't political transparency — it was crisis management butt covering, says the New Zealand Taxpayers ... More >>

Government restricts access to major spending announcements

Wednesday, 4 December 2019, 1:52 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

For the first time, the Government is blocking economic staff from the Taxpayers’ Union from the Minister of Finance’s Half-Year Economic Fiscal Update. More >>

Would ban on foreign donations apply to party ‘foundations'?

Tuesday, 3 December 2019, 12:41 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Justice Minister Andrew Little to clarify whether the ban on foreign donations to political parties will also prevent foreign donations made via ‘foundations’ connected to political parties. More >>

Clayton Park School showcase of Labour’s policy laziness

Monday, 2 December 2019, 11:00 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Clayton Park School’s totally unnecessary $238,000 cash injection announced yesterday by the Prime Minister is demonstrative of money not being targeted to where it is most needed, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Taxpayers’ Union congratulates NZ First

Friday, 29 November 2019, 3:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to New Zealand First’s decision to oppose January’s hike in tobacco excise, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Jordan Williams says: More >>

Amazon tax must be delayed in light of service shutdowns

Friday, 29 November 2019, 1:21 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to delay the introduction of the ‘Amazon tax’ in light of reports Amazon will withdraw its international websites while it processes how to comply with new GST rules, says the New Zealand ... More >>

New NZ First Foundation leaks contradict Peters’ claims

Friday, 29 November 2019, 9:35 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Deputy Prime Minster Winston Peters to front up and explain newly leaked details of his involvement in the establishment of the NZ First Foundation and so called “benefits” to those who contribute to the NZ ... More >>

Taxpayer-funded decommissioning of an oil field outrageous

Thursday, 28 November 2019, 11:26 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that taxpayers may have to cover the $155 million cost of decommissioning a Taranaki Oil field, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: More >>

Continued attempts at secrecy a bad start for new CCC CEO

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 1:30 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

New Christchurch City Council Chief Executive Dawn Baxendale has sidestepped public accountability at her first opportunity by  refusing to disclose $30,000 relocation expenses , doubling down on the City Council’s reputation as the most secretive ... More >>

Sextuple the tax on rubbish will hammer the poor

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 10:32 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Environment Minister’s plan to sextuple the waste-to-landfill tax is a revenue grab that will hammer poorer taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Like any levy, this will be ... More >>

Taxpayer-funded charities should be subject to official laws

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 3:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to a damning report revealing blowouts on travel and dining at the Hepatitis Foundation, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling for the extension of the Official Information Act to include taxpayer-funded charities. More >>

Council loan to developer would rip off ratepayers

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 11:19 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Christchurch City Council must reject Ōtautahi Urban Guild's $450,000 ratepayer-funded loan request for its housing development, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union. More >>

Local ‘biodiversity frameworks’ will become yet another tax

Tuesday, 26 November 2019, 10:23 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Planned ‘biodiversity frameworks’ for local councils will serve as yet another regulatory hurdle to affordable housing, warns the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Requiring local councils to ... More >>

Two-timing Iona Pannett creaming it

Thursday, 21 November 2019, 12:44 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In the wake of Wellington City Councillors voting for a 28 per cent increase in their base salaries , the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is questioning Iona Pannett’s decision to take a second salary. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams ... More >>

 

 

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