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Hastings District Councillors must all be skipping breakfast

By   /  August 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Hastings District Councillors must all be skipping breakfast

Source: Taxpayers Union Lower Taxes, Less Waste, More TransparencyChampioning Value For Money From Every Tax DollarThe Taxpayers’ Union is 100 per cent politically independent. We are not affiliated with any political party and will never become a political party.  We work with all parties, MPs or candidates that share our objectives.  We work with any […]

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Dame Emma Thompson leads celebs to give global brands 500-day warning: “Stop forest destruction for palm oil and save orangutans”

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Dame Emma Thompson leads celebs to give global brands 500-day warning: “Stop forest destruction for palm oil and save orangutans”

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Dame Emma Thompson, backed by a host of other famous names, has taken aim at big brands including Unilever, Nestle and Mondelez today, as Greenpeace releases a powerful new 90-second animation that highlights how orangutans are being pushed to the brink of extinction because of deforestation for palm oil. Launched globally […]

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Smaller Parliament would be a boon for taxpayers

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Smaller Parliament would be a boon for taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to the ACT Party’s proposal to reduce the size of Parliament from 120 to 100 MPs, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: “New Zealand is a small country and its Parliament should reflect that. Having a large Parliament only benefits careerist politicians who land a […]

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Plastics aren’t just polluting our oceans — they’re releasing greenhouse gases

By   /  August 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Plastics aren’t just polluting our oceans — they’re releasing greenhouse gases

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand I’m a French-Canadian postdoctoral scholar at the University of Hawaii, Manoa and part of the School of Ocean and Earth Science & Technology (SOEST). As part of our team’s research, we found that, as plastic decomposes, it is producing a new source of greenhouse gas pollution not included in previous climate […]

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More lifesaving aid needed urgently as a third big quake hits Lombok

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Economy, Environment, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand  /  Comments Off on More lifesaving aid needed urgently as a third big quake hits Lombok

Source: Oxfam New Zealand A third earthquake of 6.2 magnitude which struck Lombok yesterday has severely escalated the need for life-saving aid and slowed down rescue efforts. With the latest quake adding to the trauma of the tens of thousands already in temporary shelters and under open skies, there is an increasing need for water, […]

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Plastic bag ban proposal a win for people power and the oceans – Greenpeace

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Plastic bag ban proposal a win for people power and the oceans – Greenpeace

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Minister of the Environment, Eugenie Sage have today announced a proposal to phase out single use plastic bags by 2019. Greenpeace is celebrating the Government’s announcement on single use plastic bags as “a win for people power and the first big step towards addressing marine […]

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Absurd packaging rules show Government is choosing high tax revenue over saving lives

By   /  August 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Absurd packaging rules show Government is choosing high tax revenue over saving lives

Source: Taxpayers Union 10 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Smoke-free alternatives to cigarettes are set to be sold in cigarette-style warning packaging, deterring smokers from switching to less harmful products (that generate less tax revenue for the government). New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The Government is slapping misleading graphic health labels, applicable to traditional […]

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BreastScreen Aotearoa should go through same objective analysis as National Bowel Screening Programme

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on BreastScreen Aotearoa should go through same objective analysis as National Bowel Screening Programme

Source: Taxpayers Union 8 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming the Government’s value for money approach in the decision to roll out the National Bowel Screening Programme, however questions why the Minister is not ensuring similar independent rigorous evaluation has not been applied to the $5 million spent per year on […]

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Why are taxpayers subsidising cruise ship tour operators?

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Why are taxpayers subsidising cruise ship tour operators?

Source: Taxpayers Union 8 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE $3.9 million in taxpayer funding for businesses to invest in electric vehicles is simply corporate welfare, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “It’s normal for companies to invest their own money in electric vehicles for efficiency and positive PR. So why are […]

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Slowdown possibility raises concerns for family incomes

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Slowdown possibility raises concerns for family incomes

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 August 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government should be turning up welfare and tax credits as the foundation for better family income protection in the likelihood that the country is facing an economic downturn. With New Zealand seemingly at the top of its game […]

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A looming slowdown requires urgent family income protection

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on A looming slowdown requires urgent family income protection

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 August 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government should be turning up welfare and tax credits as the foundation for better family income protection in the likelihood that the country is facing an economic downturn. With New Zealand seemingly at the top of its game […]

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Oxfam provides drinking water and shelter to thousands hit by Indonesia earthquake

By   /  August 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Economy, Environment, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand  /  Comments Off on Oxfam provides drinking water and shelter to thousands hit by Indonesia earthquake

Source: Oxfam New Zealand Oxfam is providing clean drinking water and tarpaulin shelter sheets to 5,000 survivors as a devastating earthquake of magnitude 7 on the Richter scale, the second within a week, hit Lombok Island in Indonesia. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency put the death toll at 91 with over 200 injured. 600,000 people are […]

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Let’s talk about climate change

By   /  August 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Let’s talk about climate change

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand If the repeated dire warnings from the world’s climate scientists have not been enough, then the recent tragic events in Japan, Europe and California must convince us to finally admit we have a problem. Facing up to the reality of climate change will be cold solace to those who have lost […]

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Mayoral slush funds should be abolished

By   /  August 4, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Mayoral slush funds should be abolished

Source: Taxpayers Union 4 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mayoral discretionary ‘slush funds’ are a recipe for disaster and should be scrapped, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, in response to news that Horowhenua Mayor Michael Feyen has lost control of his Mayoral fund due to mismanagement. “Because Mayors of the past have been allowed slush funds is […]

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Oxfam’s response to bombing in Hodeidah, Yemen

By   /  August 3, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Economy, Environment, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand  /  Comments Off on Oxfam’s response to bombing in Hodeidah, Yemen

Source: Oxfam New Zealand Oxfam condemned today’s attacks and called on all parties to the conflict to respect international law and protect civilians from harm.  The attack came as the UN Security Council met to discuss the situation in Yemen, during which the UN Special Envoy announced that parties would meet in Geneva in September. […]

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Oxfam responds to new Ebola outbreak in DRC

By   /  August 3, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Economy, Environment, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand  /  Comments Off on Oxfam responds to new Ebola outbreak in DRC

Source: Oxfam New Zealand Last night the Ministry of Health in the Democratic Republic of Congo announced four new confirmed cases of Ebola in Mangina area, in the territory of Beni, province of North Kivu. This comes only nine days after a similar outbreak in Equateur province in the western part of the country was […]

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Greens’ gaming policy is just corporate welfare

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Greens’ gaming policy is just corporate welfare

Source: Taxpayers Union  2 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE It’s disappointing to see the Greens abandon their long-held position on corporate welfare for gaming industry subsidies, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “In response to news that the gaming industry is thriving, the Greens’ instinctual response is to give it millions of […]

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Nga Tangata Microfinance: At last! Safer consumer credit may be coming soon to Aotearoa

By   /  August 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Nga Tangata Microfinance: At last! Safer consumer credit may be coming soon to Aotearoa

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 01 August 2018 Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) welcomes the Consumer Credit Regulation Review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Having made its submission today, NTM hopes that the outcome of the Review will be a safer consumer credit environment – particularly for those families on low incomes […]

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DHB Chair should front up over $90,000 for legal challenge to ‘angled shelves’

By   /  August 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on DHB Chair should front up over $90,000 for legal challenge to ‘angled shelves’

Source: Taxpayers Union 1 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MidCentral District Health Board’s Chair must front up over the decision to spend $90,000 of taxpayer money on a legal challenge against a Dannevirke supermarket for having an angled alcohol display, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “With hospital waiting lists, nurse […]

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Gloriavale funding is par for the course under Shane Jones

By   /  August 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Gloriavale funding is par for the course under Shane Jones

Source: Taxpayers Union 1 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Taxpayer funding for the likes of Gloriavale is an inevitable outcome of Shane Jones’ billion-dollar slush fund, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “When the $3 billion slush fund was set up, it was inevitable that we would see some pretty dubious applications […]

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