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Taxpayers Are Forking Out $103 Per Laundry Service Or Shower Provided By A Government-funded Charity

Tuesday, 7 December 2021, 12:51 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Taxpayers are forking out $103 per laundry service or shower provided by a Government-funded charity, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union. According to its 2020 annual review , taxpayer-funded charity Orange Sky received $437,500 from the Ministry of Housing ... More >>

Call To Scrap Booze Tax As Hospitality Reopens

Monday, 6 December 2021, 7:19 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to support the hospitality sector with a temporary suspension of alcohol excise tax paid by bars and restaurants. A petition has been launched at www.taxpayers.org.nz/happy Union spokesman Louis ... More >>

Relief For Auckland Council Venues Is Insulting

Wednesday, 1 December 2021, 12:51 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the newly-announced voucher scheme for Auckland Council venues as a slap in the face for private businesses and families that have risked financial ruin during lockdown. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke ... More >>

Taxpayers' Union Congratulates Chris Luxon

Tuesday, 30 November 2021, 3:53 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union has congratulated Chris Luxon on his successful bid for the National Party leadership. Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, "It is to Chris Luxon’s credit that he is one of the few MPs to have taken a pay cut ... More >>

Taxpayers Milked To The Tune Of $48K For Anti-dairy Propaganda

Monday, 29 November 2021, 10:55 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is challenging the New Zealand Film Commission’s funding criteria after it gave anti-dairy documentary Milked a $48,550 “finishing grant” . The film, currently screening in New Zealand cinemas, argues that the ... More >>

Taxpayer Victory: Govt’s Three Waters Ads Canned For Straying Into Propaganda

Thursday, 25 November 2021, 5:12 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the cancellation of the taxpayer-funded Three Waters ad campaign. BusinessDesk reports that the Government’s $3.5 million Three Waters ad campaign has been canned early due to concerns from the Public Service ... More >>

Lowlife Kainga Ora Tenants Should Be Booted Out

Tuesday, 23 November 2021, 2:49 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the revelation that Kainga Ora has not evicted a single tenant since 2018 , with gang member tenants terrorising neighbours, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “These ingrates need to be booted out. That ... More >>

Paying Unvaccinated Staff To Sit At Home Is Bonkers

Tuesday, 16 November 2021, 11:14 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Oranga Tamariki’s policy to give unvaccinated staff members up to a month of special leave is wasteful and will encourage staff to delay their vaccinations, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Under ... More >>

Wellington City Council Spends $11,000 On Māori Translation Of Spatial Plan

Monday, 15 November 2021, 3:49 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Wellington City Council spent $11,482 plus GST producing a te reo translation of the summary of its new spatial plan, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Just 50 te reo copies were printed – resulting in a translation cost of $220 per ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Signs Major Glasgow Climate Declaration

Friday, 12 November 2021, 10:05 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has signed an international declaration presented at COP26 this week , joined by more than 130 think tanks and advocacy groups from around the world. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Many Kiwis ... More >>

Mahuta’s Working Group On ‘accountability’ Is Laughable

Wednesday, 10 November 2021, 5:42 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Nanaia Mahuta’s working group to advise on governance and accountability arrangements for the Three Waters Reform Programme is laughable given its make up, says the Taxpayers’ Union . “The working group was announced in response to 61 of the country's 67 ... More >>

Tax Credit Package Punishes The Productive

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 9:03 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Prime Minister's announcement that she will once again increase abatement rates on Working For Families tax credits will punish low-earning New Zealanders who increase their productivity, says the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union . "Low-earning New ... More >>

Government Waste Honoured At 2021 Jonesie Awards

Friday, 5 November 2021, 2:13 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The fourth annual Jonesie Waste Awards were hosted at the Beehive today, celebrating the best of the worst of local and central government waste from the last 12 months. Footage of the event is available on the Taxpayers' Union 's Facebook page . The ... More >>

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes James Shaw’s Pragmatic Approach To Emissions

Monday, 1 November 2021, 4:01 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming James Shaw’s commitment to reduce net – not gross – carbon emissions. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Climate change policy is a global challenge. What counts is not where cuts in emissions occur, ... More >>

The Incredible Numbers Behind Michael Woods's Tram To Māngere

Friday, 29 October 2021, 2:27 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is highlighting the incredible cost of Michael Wood's $14.6 million tram to M ā ngere in terms that anyone can understand. $14.6 billion is: $608,000,000 per kilometre $608,000 per metre $6,080 per centimetre $7,978 ... More >>

Self-interest On Display In Wellington - This Is What Gives Politicians A Bad Name

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 5:41 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the blatant self-interest on display today at the Wellington City Council after councillors voted to divvy up among themselves the pay of a departed colleague. “This is the sort of behaviour that gives local ... More >>

Handout For Big Onion Undermines Free Trade

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 3:56 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the Government's $2.8 million handout to onion growers , New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, "This is an eye-watering display of protectionist subservience to New Zealand's influential onion lobby." "It ... More >>

Major Campaign Launching To Stop Three Waters

Wednesday, 27 October 2021, 10:25 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is launching a major campaign to stop the Government’s proposed Three Waters reforms. The campaign launch comes on the same day that Local Government Minister Nanaia Mahuta has announced a working group to tweak the reforms ... More >>

Revealed: Government’s Favoured Unions Repaid $1.6 Million In Wage Subsidies

Tuesday, 26 October 2021, 5:15 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has today revealed that the Labour Party’s trade unions – First Union and E Tū – have repaid the full $1.6 million they received in wage subsidies. This comes after the Union called on them to do so earlier this year. ... More >>

Using IRD Officials As Snoops Risks The Integrity Of The Tax System

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 4:02 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming Revenue Minister David Parker’s use of little-known powers recently granted to the IRD to undertake a fishing expedition of wealthy New Zealanders. Responding to the reports of letters being issued to wealthy New Zealanders, ... More >>

 

 
 
 
 
 

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