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Tax on internet giants must be revenue neutral

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Tax on internet giants must be revenue neutral

Source: Taxpayers Union Tax on internet giants must be revenue neutralFEBRUARY 18 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to the Government’s stated intention to introduce a new tax on foreign internet companies, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Taxing foreign corporates will be popular with the public, but it’s also hugely convenient for the politicians, who will […]

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Trapping predators is not “Provincial Growth”

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Trapping predators is not “Provincial Growth”

Source: Taxpayers Union Trapping predators is not “Provincial Growth”FEBRUARY 18 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to the announcement of $19.5 million in Provincial Growth Funding for predator control, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Regardless of its merits, conservation spending is not a ‘Provincial Growth’ initiative. Shane Jones seems to have completely run out of ideas […]

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Education, income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities, say Oxfam, Save the Children & World Vision

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Economy, Environment, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand  /  Comments Off on Education, income-generation for Rohingya refugees must be top priorities, say Oxfam, Save the Children & World Vision

Source: Oxfam New Zealand Donate now Education and income-generating opportunities must be made top priorities for the nearly 1 million Rohingya still languishing in the world’s largest refugee camp almost 18 months after fleeing violence and persecution in Myanmar, said three leading NGOs at the launch of a new UN funding plan for the crisis […]

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Three reasons why plastics won’t save the oil industry

By   /  February 18, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Conservation, Environment, FifthEstate1, Greenpeace New Zealand, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Three reasons why plastics won’t save the oil industry

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand As electric vehicles and cheap solar panels cut into the demand for petroleum-based fuels, an increasingly desperate oil industry has been banking on plastics to drive future demand growth. Here are three reasons why the logic behind this is flimsier than a cheap plastic bag. Bad press: The petrochemical industry has been aware of the general […]

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Taxpayers look to Winston Peters to balance James Shaw’s extreme views

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Taxpayers look to Winston Peters to balance James Shaw’s extreme views

Source: Taxpayers Union FEBRUARY 15 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Winston Peters to take a critical view of the Tax Working Group’s proposals, as the Green Party doubles down on its capital-gains-tax-at-any-cost stance. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The more that James Shaw bangs the capital gains tax drum, the […]

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Time for Government to abandon Kiwibuild

By   /  February 15, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Time for Government to abandon Kiwibuild

Source: Taxpayers Union FEBRUARY 15 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Reserve Bank’s analysis that Kiwibuild is crowding out private building, along with reports of minimal interest from buyers, shows yet again why Kiwibuild should be abandoned, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Reserve Bank’s boffins say that for every ten Kiwibuild […]

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Greens must retain budget rules, for taxpayers’ sake

By   /  February 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Greens must retain budget rules, for taxpayers’ sake

Source: Taxpayers Union Greens must retain budget rules, for taxpayers’ sakeFEBRUARY 14 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Green Party’s reconsideration of the Government’s Budget Responsibility Rules should concern taxpayers, says The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Labour will be looking for any excuse to scrap the budget rules without taking the blame – […]

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Revealed: Central Otago District Council’s $40,000 fashion collection locked away

By   /  February 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Revealed: Central Otago District Council’s $40,000 fashion collection locked away

Source: Taxpayers Union FEBRUARY 14 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEInformation released to the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union reveals that just 12 per cent of a $40,000 fashion collection owned by the Central Otago District Council has ever been on display, with the exhibited items only being displayed 14 per cent of the time (269 days) since the […]

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Salvation Army report demonstrates why Kiwi families need tax relief

By   /  February 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Salvation Army report demonstrates why Kiwi families need tax relief

Source: Taxpayers Union Salvation Army report demonstrates why Kiwi families need tax reliefFEBRUARY 13 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to the release of the Salvation Army’s State of the Nation report, Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “The Salvation Army correctly points out that much of the Government’s ‘well-being’ agenda is no more than an idea, lacking tangible […]

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James Shaw’s CGT ultimatum ignores need for fairness

By   /  February 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on James Shaw’s CGT ultimatum ignores need for fairness

Source: Taxpayers Union FEBRUARY 13 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEGreen Party co-leader James Shaw’s suggestion that the Government won’t deserve to be elected if it doesn’t introduce a capital gains tax has dangerous implications, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Green Party’s apparent ‘capital-gains-tax-at-any-cost’ position is appalling, because it suggests they […]

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State of the Nation report shows little improvement for children

By   /  February 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on State of the Nation report shows little improvement for children

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 12 February 2019 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the The Salvation Army’s annual State of the Nation report “Are You Well? Are We Safe?” released today, which provides an overview of how New Zealand is doing for the wellbeing of its citizens. The report has a particular focus on […]

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Scrapped Saudi sheep deal is belated victory for taxpayers

By   /  February 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Scrapped Saudi sheep deal is belated victory for taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union Scrapped Saudi sheep deal is belated victory for taxpayersFEBRUARY 12 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to the cancellation of the planned Saudi abattoir installation, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “David Parker has done right by taxpayers in clawing back the last of the previous Government’s Saudi sheep bribe. The deal should have […]

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Hipkins’ action on IRD welcomed

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Hipkins’ action on IRD welcomed

Source: Taxpayers Union Hipkins’ action on IRD welcomedFEBRUARY 11 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to news that the State Services Commissioner will be examining Inland Revenue’s inclusion of political questions in a public survey, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “This is a strong response from the Minister, and ought to send a message to all […]

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Back-to-school costs: A looming spiral of debt

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Back-to-school costs: A looming spiral of debt

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) It’s my daughter’s first day at intermediate and my stomach is in knots. I know she’ll be ok. She knows how to slap on a fake-it-till-you-make-it grin and step out into the world. But this tactic isn’t going to work for me. I’ve sourced second-hand uniform items, I’ve been […]

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Op-Ed: Politicians give to Māori with one hand, but take with the other

By   /  February 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Op-Ed: Politicians give to Māori with one hand, but take with the other

Source: Taxpayers Union This week’s Waitangi festivities were marked with a string of Government funding announcements, totaling hundreds of millions for development projects intended to make life better for Māori.Some of these projects will achieve their goals. Others will just line the pockets of the politically-connected. But in every instance, these grand Waitangi gifts and […]

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Car smoking ban kicks can down the road on real solutions to beat smoking harm

By   /  February 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Car smoking ban kicks can down the road on real solutions to beat smoking harm

Source: Taxpayers Union Car smoking-ban kicks can down the road on real solutions to beat smoking harmFEBRUARY 10 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is not fooled by today’s band-aid announcement banning smoking in cars with kids in them, and is challenging the Government to use the law change to reform the restrictions that currently apply […]

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Transpower issues “game changing” report on solar

By   /  February 10, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Conservation, Environment, FifthEstate1, Greenpeace New Zealand, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Transpower issues “game changing” report on solar

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand A new Transpower report into the future of electricity has been labelled “the most disruptive study to emerge in the New Zealand energy space”. The country’s electricity grid operator, Transpower, has just released an addendum to last year’s significant report on New Zealand’s energy future, Te Mauri Hiko, which confirms that […]

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How long is the tail wagging the fish in NZ’s fisheries management?

By   /  February 9, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Conservation, Environment, FifthEstate1, Greenpeace New Zealand, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on How long is the tail wagging the fish in NZ’s fisheries management?

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand What’s that thing people say? You don’t know what you’ve got until they’re gone. Strangely I’m starting to feel that way about National’s former minister for primary industries. Bring back the Guy who was starting to put cameras on commercial fishing boats, Nathan Guy. Yes, really. In the year running up […]

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Nelson fires “tip of the ice sheet” without immediate emissions slash

By   /  February 7, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Conservation, Environment, FifthEstate1, Greenpeace New Zealand, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Nelson fires “tip of the ice sheet” without immediate emissions slash

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Thursday, February 7: New Zealand scientists are behind a major new international research paper that shows dangerously unpredictable extreme weather could become a reality within decades as the impact of melting ice sheets becomes better understood. Greenpeace climate campaigner, Amanda Larsson, says the study published in the journal Nature is the […]

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Report: Māori punished with world’s highest rate of tobacco excise

By   /  February 7, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Report: Māori punished with world’s highest rate of tobacco excise

Source: Taxpayers Union With tobacco excise slamming the country’s most vulnerable communities, the Government needs to urgently deregulate reduced-harm products, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union upon the release of its new report, Ka Tukuna Atu, Ka Tukuna Mai.Key findings:1) The Government annually takes $120 million more from Māori via tobacco excise than it gives in Treaty Settlements […]

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