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Revealed: Wellington City Council’s climate hypocrisy

By   /  June 24, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Revealed: Wellington City Council’s climate hypocrisy

Source: Taxpayers Union The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that, despite plans to declare a ‘climate emergency’, Wellington City Council spent a massive $623,296 on air travel in the previous financial year.This makes Wellington City the country’s second highest-spending council behind Auckland City ($1,221,571). Notably, Wellington City’s air travel spending is more than double […]

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Time nearly up on Makhlouf investigation

By   /  June 24, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Time nearly up on Makhlouf investigation

Source: Taxpayers Union 24 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE State Services Minister Chris Hipkins must confirm that the State Services Commissioner is on track to announce the results of his investigation into Gabriel Makhlouf by this Thursday, 27 June, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The Commissioner was clear in his […]

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Let beneficiaries keep more earnings: a letter to Jacinda, Grant and Carmel

By   /  June 20, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Let beneficiaries keep more earnings: a letter to Jacinda, Grant and Carmel

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) As a lifetime Labour supporter, I deeply admire and support your commitment to reducing child poverty – which of course means family poverty. A very important part of that is raising the minimum wage, to $20 per hour in 2021. But this makes it even more obvious how ridiculously low the abatement […]

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New Resource Clarifies Current & Proposed Abortion Law

By   /  June 20, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, Featured, FifthEstate1, KB, Media Releases, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on New Resource Clarifies Current & Proposed Abortion Law

Source: Family First Media Release 18 June 2019Family First has released a new resource to help New Zealanders understand the current abortion law and also the proposals for liberalisation suggested by the Law Commission and promoted by the Labour government. “We’ve seen widespread confusion and, in some cases, complete misrepresentations of the current law in […]

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Seminar: Commercial detriments of health (can we respond and how?)

By   /  June 20, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, DJF, FifthEstate1, Health, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Seminar: Commercial detriments of health (can we respond and how?)

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Seminar: Commercial detriments of health (can we respond and how?) Commercial determinants arise from the economic frameworks, forces and values that underlie and permeate all aspects of society. They are of fundamental importance for health status, inequalities, trends, and outcomes. While relevant to both communicable […]

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Time For Govt To Establish Watchdog For Oranga Tamariki

By   /  June 17, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, Featured, FifthEstate1, KB, Media Releases, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Time For Govt To Establish Watchdog For Oranga Tamariki

Source: Family First Media Release 17 June 2019Family First NZ is repeating its call for a fully independent watchdog for Oranga Tamariki. Family First has been calling for such a watchdog since 2011, including 2018, 2017, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011, and earlier. “We must have a mechanism that ensures two things – that families who […]

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Proposed 17.5% flat tax would cause economic boom

By   /  June 16, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Proposed 17.5% flat tax would cause economic boom

Source: Taxpayers Union 16 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The ACT Party’s 17.5 percent flat tax policy would cause an economic boom and finally bring New Zealand into line with our international competitors’ corporate tax rates, says the Taxpayers’ Union.Union Spokesman Jordan Williams says, “This would be a huge shot in the arm to the business sector, and amount […]

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NEW Resource: Abortion Law in New Zealand Q&A

By   /  June 14, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, Featured, FifthEstate1, KB, Media Releases, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on NEW Resource: Abortion Law in New Zealand Q&A

Source: Family First CURRENT ABORTION LAW  What is the current abortion law in New Zealand? Under the Crimes Act 1961, it is a crime to perform an abortion unlawfully, or to supply the means of providing an abortion (such as drugs or instruments) unlawfully (ss. 183 and 186). Women are explicitly exempt from liability, meaning […]

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CPAG welcomes Ministry of Health focus on food insecurity

By   /  June 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on CPAG welcomes Ministry of Health focus on food insecurity

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 13 June 2019 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that income adequacy, along with the consistent certainty of income, is key to ensuring that children’s nutritional needs are met for healthy brain development in their critical early years, and for ensuring that they are able to do well in their […]

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Container deposit scheme is just another tax

By   /  June 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Container deposit scheme is just another tax

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A container deposit scheme from the Government would just function as a new tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “This scheme will have no appreciable effect on recycling rates, but is guaranteed to financially punish consumers by increasing the upfront cost of […]

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Clarification: Payment to ‘The Limery’ is a loan, not a grant

By   /  June 13, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Clarification: Payment to ‘The Limery’ is a loan, not a grant

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On Wednesday the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union issued a statement about the Provincial Growth Fund’s $355 million loan to ‘The Limery’ in Wairoa.The introduction of our statement called the loan a ‘payment’, which could lead some to believe it was a grant rather than a loan to be […]

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Taxpayers’ Union praises James Shaw for use of videoconferencing

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Taxpayers’ Union praises James Shaw for use of videoconferencing

Source: Taxpayers Union Taxpayers’ Union praises James Shaw for use of videoconferencing12 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers’ Union has congratulated Climate Change Minister James Shaw for his integrity and frugality. In response to questions from Todd Muller in the House today, Mr Shaw confirmed he has been conducting climate change meetings via video conference. “Congratulations to James […]

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Op-ed: The Wellbeing Budget gave beneficiaries what taxpayers deserved

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Op-ed: The Wellbeing Budget gave beneficiaries what taxpayers deserved

Source: Taxpayers Union Within the first weeks of becoming leader of the Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern made the call not to defend Metiria Turei’s self-confessed cheating of the welfare system. It was the right move. Workers rightly resent the idea that beneficiaries game the system while others work long shifts, pay secondary tax, and contribute […]

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Southern DHB: 24/7 maternity facilities in rural regions ‘not possible’

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, Association of Salaried Medical Specialists, DJF, FifthEstate1, Health, KB, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Southern DHB: 24/7 maternity facilities in rural regions ‘not possible’

Source: Association of Salaried Medical Specialists – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Southern DHB: 24/7 maternity facilities in rural regions ‘not possible’ Southern DHB CEO Chris Fleming joins Checkpoint live to discuss concerns about a lack of maternity facilities in the Southland and Otago regions. This follows several incidents in recent months, including a Lumsden mother who […]

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More speed cameras, lower speed limits: a recipe for revenue

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on More speed cameras, lower speed limits: a recipe for revenue

Source: Taxpayers Union More speed cameras, lower speed limits: a recipe for revenue12 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The combined effect of separate proposals to lower speed limits and install more speed cameras (with higher fines) will be to suck motorists dry, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “A wide net of […]

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Oxfam fake charity: UK Charities Commission do what NZ Commission won’t

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Oxfam fake charity: UK Charities Commission do what NZ Commission won’t

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers’ Union is adding to previous calls on the New Zealand Charities Commission to investigate Oxfam’s charitable status after a damning report out of the UK this morning on the parent charity’s abuse of human rights and prostitution of recipients of aid. Jordan Williams, the Taxpayers’ Union Executive […]

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Taxpayer forced to lime the pockets of private business

By   /  June 12, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Taxpayer forced to lime the pockets of private business

Source: Taxpayers Union 12 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The $355,000 payment to Wairoa’s “The Limery” – a privately-owned orchard and juice company – is a classic example of wasteful corporate welfare, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “It’s great to see The Limery’s success so far, but their latest funding source […]

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Using taxpayer money to promote vaping is wasteful and hypocritical

By   /  June 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Using taxpayer money to promote vaping is wasteful and hypocritical

Source: Taxpayers Union Using taxpayer money to promote vaping misses the real problem11 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government’s new ‘Vaping Facts’ campaign is emblematic of a wasteful and hypocritical approach to tobacco control, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The Government previously dismissed the public health value of vaping, now […]

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Confirmed: Kiwibuild is disgraceful welfare for the rich

By   /  June 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Confirmed: Kiwibuild is disgraceful welfare for the rich

Source: Taxpayers Union 11 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New information on the large available deposits being cited in Kiwibuild applications confirms that the policy is a taxpayer-funded handout for the wealthy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “This lays bare the myth that Kiwibuild was ever about helping low-income people […]

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New speed limits are just another tax

By   /  June 11, 2019  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, FifthEstate1, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, MIL OSI, MIL OSI - New Zealand, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on New speed limits are just another tax

Source: Taxpayers Union 11 JUNE 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE If the Government follows through with suggestions to drastically cut speed limits, it is guilty of introducing yet another tax on commuters, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Cuts to speed limits, signalled to be as low as 30kph on some roads, will […]

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