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Auckland Tram: Taxpayers Deserve The Respect Of A Cost-benefit Analysis

Wednesday, 27 January 2021, 12:42 pm | Taxpayers' Union

“The Government’s failure to even conduct a standard cost-benefit analysis for the most expensive infrastructure project in New Zealand’s history is mind-bogglingly arrogant,” says New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke. “A ... More >>

Report Confirms Rotorua Waste Monument’s Safety Risks - Council Erects Safety Fencing

Thursday, 21 January 2021, 10:22 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union has now seen the engineering report provided to Rotorua City Council on the Hemo Gorge’s 3D printed monument to government waste paid for by NZTA, Rotorua ratepayers and others – and it is even worse than feared. Rotorua ... More >>

ACC Payout For Illegal Overstayer: Minister Must Explain

Tuesday, 19 January 2021, 6:27 pm | Taxpayers' Union

ACC Minister Carmel Sepuloni must confirm whether the Government supports ACC’s apparent policy to make payouts for illegal overstayers , says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, “Since when was it ACC policy to ... More >>

'Samoa Humiliates NZ With Progress On Vaccine Rollout'

Friday, 15 January 2021, 4:51 pm | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that Samoa is set to begin its vaccine rollout next month , New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Jordan Williams says: "This is, frankly, humiliating for New Zealand. What are we paying our taxes for, if not to secure a ... More >>

Orr’s 3pm Friday Apology For Data Snafu Anything But Upfront

Friday, 15 January 2021, 3:39 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Reserve Bank Governor’s apology and claim he will ‘own the issue’ is laughable given the lack of answers and timing of its release. Jordan Williams, a spokesman for the Taxpayers’ Union said: “It’s been five days since they came clean, ... More >>

Land Value Based Rates Charges Gets Thumbs Up From Taxpayers' Union

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 2:26 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union welcomes the call by Wellington City Councillor Fleur Fitzsimons for a shift to land value based rates charges. Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, "Local government leaders across the country should join in Fitzsimons’s call ... More >>

Council Must Release Engineering Safety Report On Hemo Gorge Monument Lean

Thursday, 14 January 2021, 10:36 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Rotorua Lakes District Council to urgently release the engineering report on the public safety and structural integrity of the visible foundation-misalignment and lean of the City’s Hemo Gorge monument to government ... More >>

Rotorua’s Monument To Government Waste Structurally Insecure?

Monday, 11 January 2021, 1:59 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is alarmed to learn that Rotorua’s Hemo Gorge Sculpture, labelled a ‘monument to waste’ by locals , potentially poses a health and safety risk due to structural movements since its installation. Taxpayers’ Union Rotorua ... More >>

Taxpayers To Privacy Commissioner: This Is Not What We Pay You For.

Monday, 11 January 2021, 10:52 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is labelling the Privacy Commissioner’s crusade for government regulation over Facebook and Twitter’s de-platforming practices as ‘bizarre’ and more akin to a anti-corporate political campaign, rather than ... More >>

Fees-free Polytechnic Drain Should See University Subsidies Scrapped

Friday, 8 January 2021, 2:05 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The finding that fees-free tertiary education is leading students away from polytechnic study should see the policy scrapped and all university subsidies reviewed, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . The Union ’s 2017 briefing paper, Robin Hood ... More >>

Public Sector Salary Blowout Is Unsustainable And Unfair

Tuesday, 29 December 2020, 12:20 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to news that the cost of salaries in the public sector has increased by 13 percent in just one year, New Zealand Taxpayers' Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: "Funneling ever more taxpayer money into the state sector is not sustainable, ... More >>

Message Board Erected In Rotorua Highlighting Monumental Waste

Sunday, 27 December 2020, 2:11 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

New Zealanders approaching the Hemo Gorge roundabout from the south will from today be greeted by an electronic message board warning motorists of the 12-metre 3D-printed monument to Government waste at the Te Hemo Gorge roundabout, where State Highway ... More >>

Wellington Ratepayers Need Pipes, Not PR

Friday, 18 December 2020, 10:52 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to Wellington Water’s $354,000 spend on PR contractors , New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Instead of pipes, Wellingtonians got press releases from highly-paid spindoctors. It’s no wonder rates bills are ... More >>

Increased Tax Revenue Creates Opportunity For Stimulus Tax Cuts

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 2:36 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to the release of Treasury’s Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Over the next four years, Treasury is now forecasting $16.8 billion more in tax revenue than it ... More >>

Tell Taxpayers How Much Ihumātao Will Cost Us, Jacinda

Monday, 14 December 2020, 10:25 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Prime Minister must confirm how much taxpayer money she is spending on a purchase of occupied land at Ihumātao , says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Perhaps the Prime Minister thinks she can sign off the ... More >>

Petition Launched For Trevor Mallard To Pay Back Taxpayers For His Defamation Settlement And Legal Costs

Friday, 11 December 2020, 2:09 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

A written Parliamentary question has confirmed the Taxpayers’ Union ’s understanding that the Speaker paid a six-figure settlement to a staffer he accused of rape. Responding to the news, Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Taxpayers should ... More >>

Making Up Facts In Maiden Speech To Suit A Prejudiced Narrative Is A Bad Sign

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 6:54 pm | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

In his maiden speech in Parliament today, newly-elected Green Party list MP Ricardo Menéndez March criticised “the Winston Peters and Bob Jones of the world” for “scapegoating immigrants” for the housing crisis and unemployment. Responding ... More >>

2020 Ratepayers' Report League Tables Now Available

Tuesday, 8 December 2020, 8:55 am | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union , in partnership with the Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance , has today published the 2020 edition of Ratepayers' Report – online local government league tables – at www.ratepayersreport.nz. With these league ... More >>

New Campaign Launched Calling On Grant Robertson To Stay True To His Word

Friday, 4 December 2020, 2:51 pm | Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has today launched its ‘ Stick to Your Word ’ campaign calling on Grant Robertson to keep his promise made six weeks ago not to touch the bright line test. Union Campaigns Manager, Louis Houlbrooke, said: “Despite ... More >>

Mayor Urgently Needs Lessons About Ratepayer Money

Friday, 4 December 2020, 11:44 am | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is offering Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall free financial literacy training after his extraordinary comment which demonstrated complete disregard for ratepayers and the sacrifices they make to fund councils. Union spokesperson ... More >>

   

 
 
 
 
 

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