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Revealed: The local council CEOs that are creaming it

By   /  September 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Revealed: The local council CEOs that are creaming it

Source: Taxpayers Union 18 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECEOs at small councils are earning inordinately high salaries, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, as it releases information compiled for the recently-released Ratepayers’ Report, available at www.ratepayersreport.nz. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Westland District Council, despite being one of the very smallest councils in terms of population, has the […]

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NZ Initiative report highlights urgent need for change in policy

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on NZ Initiative report highlights urgent need for change in policy

Source: Taxpayers Union EMBARGOED: NZ Initiative report highlights urgent need for change in policyEMBARGOED FOR 1AM 18 SEPTEMBER 2018A new report from Dr. Bryce Wilkinson and the New Zealand Initiative – Fit-for-Purpose – demonstrates how a bloated government is restraining growth and improvements in well-being, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan […]

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Media Advisory: Union to protest handouts for PSA members at MBIE

By   /  September 17, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Media Advisory: Union to protest handouts for PSA members at MBIE

Source: Taxpayers Union Union to protest handouts for PSA members at MBIE17 SEPTEMBER 2018The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union will tomorrow morning protest the recently-revealed taxpayer-funded $500 bonus for members of the Public Service Association working at the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment. Time: 8:00am, Tuesday 18 SeptemberLocation: Outside 15 Stout Street, Wellington Central  The protest […]

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PM’s “Tedtalk” a waste of everyone’s time

By   /  September 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on PM’s “Tedtalk” a waste of everyone’s time

Source: Taxpayers Union PM’s “Tedtalk” a waste of everyone’s time16 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Taxpayers’ Union is slamming the Prime Minister’s speech this afternoon at AUT as a “Tedtalk” focused at dividing economic cake rather than growing it. Responding to the PM’s speech Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams, said: “Not a single mention of New Zealand’s plummeting business […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Labour-led Government give taxpayer-funded bonus to union mates

By   /  September 14, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on EXCLUSIVE: Labour-led Government give taxpayer-funded bonus to union mates

Source: Taxpayers Union 14 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Taxpayers’ Union can reveal the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is using taxpayer money to bribe workers into joining the Public Service Association. “The following email was circulated to all MBIE staff and has been passed on to the Taxpayers’ Union. It reveals that, as a result of recent pay […]

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Prime Minister should expect better from Chief Science Advisor

By   /  September 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Prime Minister should expect better from Chief Science Advisor

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe dodgy advice tendered to the Prime Minister on sugar tax brings the Office of the Chief Science Advisor into disrepute, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “It appears the Chief Science Officer ignored NZIER’s comprehensive literature review on sugar taxes, commissioned […]

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Energy levies increase pain for households

By   /  September 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Energy levies increase pain for households

Source: Taxpayers Union 12 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA new report showing households are experiencing “energy hardship” should prompt the Government to scrap punitive energy levies that drive up power bills, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Last year, we revealed that energy users across the country have given large […]

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They look bad because they are bad, Mr Cull

By   /  September 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on They look bad because they are bad, Mr Cull

Source: Taxpayers Union 10 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe labelling of new council league tables as “selective figures” by Local Government New Zealand President Dave Cull is totally wrong and a sad snub to transparency and accountability by the head of the sector, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.“Dave Cull’s comments to media on the new […]

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[Corrected link] 2018 Local Government League Tables Published

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on [Corrected link] 2018 Local Government League Tables Published

Source: Taxpayers Union 9 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, in partnership with the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance, have today published this year’s Ratepayers’ Report  – online local government league tables – at www.ratepayersreport.nz. “With these league tables, New Zealanders can easily compare their local council performance and financial position against similarly sized councils and types,” says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union.“By […]

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2018 Local Government League Tables Published

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on 2018 Local Government League Tables Published

Source: Taxpayers Union 9 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, in partnership with the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance, have today published this year’s Ratepayers’ Report  – online local government league tables – at www.ratepayersreport.nz. “With these league tables, New Zealanders can easily compare their local council performance and financial position against similarly sized councils and types,” says Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union.“By […]

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2018 Ratepayers’ Report published

By   /  September 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on 2018 Ratepayers’ Report published

Source: Taxpayers Union In partnership with our sister-group, the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance, today we have published the 2018 edition of Ratepayers’ Report – our online local government league tables.Ratepayers’ Report allows all ratepayers to see how their local council performs on metrics including average residential rates, staff numbers, liabilities per ratepayer, and even CEO salary. It compares any local […]

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Shane Jones is destroying jobs, not creating them

By   /  September 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Shane Jones is destroying jobs, not creating them

Source: Taxpayers Union 7 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEShane Jones’ spending in Kawakawa will destroy jobs, not create them, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Taxpayers might think that $2.4 million for three jobs is a bad deal. Actually, it’s far worse than that. Taking this much money out of the […]

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Curran’s excuse for $1,000 limo service is bogus

By   /  September 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Curran’s excuse for $1,000 limo service is bogus

Source: Taxpayers Union 6 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe claim that a $1,000 limo service was Clare Curran’s ‘cheapest option’ for transport in Queensland appears to be bogus, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “We’re not convinced the Minister’s trip to Queensland, ‘a first-hand look at what it takes to […]

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Government does right by taxpayers in vetoing report

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Government does right by taxpayers in vetoing report

Source: Taxpayers Union 5 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE”Bravo” says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, responding to Chris Hipkins’ comments binning a report calling for a boost in funding for MPs’ offices. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Just as pay rises for MPs weren’t justified, extra funding for political staffers would be totally inappropriate at a time […]

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Huge increase in funding for politicians screws scrum against taxpayer

By   /  September 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Huge increase in funding for politicians screws scrum against taxpayer

Source: Taxpayers Union 5 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe proposed extra $13 million (a 20 percent increase) in taxpayer funding for Parliament and political parties is an enormous rort, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, responding to the tabling in Parliament of the Report of the Seventh Triennial Appropriations Review Committee.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams […]

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Meka Whaitiri needs to turn up and do her job like the rest of us

By   /  September 3, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Meka Whaitiri needs to turn up and do her job like the rest of us

Source: Taxpayers Union 3 SEPTEMBER 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMeka Whaitiri should turn up to Parliament and do the job she’s paid to do, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, ““We said the same thing about Todd Barclay: taking heat from the media is part of being a politician, and being accountable […]

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Councillors must accept pay hikes? Not true.

By   /  August 31, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Councillors must accept pay hikes? Not true.

Source: Taxpayers Union 31 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE After the Taxpayers’ Union challenged Councillors and Mayors across the country to refuse their latest pay hike, Remuneration Authority Chair Fran Wilde today emailed every councillor saying they have “no ability to decline all or part” of their pay, “nor can your council instruct your chief executive to […]

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Here’s to Sir Michael’s Tax Working Group delivering more than the PM when it comes to business confidence 

By   /  August 28, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Here’s to Sir Michael’s Tax Working Group delivering more than the PM when it comes to business confidence 

Source: Taxpayers Union 28 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A ‘Business Advisory Council’ is hardly the sort of economic kick start required to recover from declining business confidence with all eyes now on the Tax Working Group to deliver something to fire up New Zealand’s commercial sector, says the Taxpayers’ Union. Union spokesman Jordan Williams says, “The business community […]

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Taxpayers’ Union welcomes Christchurch Mayoral support for Mayoral pay freeze

By   /  August 28, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Taxpayers’ Union welcomes Christchurch Mayoral support for Mayoral pay freeze

Source: Taxpayers Union 28 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is delighted that Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has joined the Union’s cause to apply the pay freeze for MPs to local governmment until councils’ finances are under control. “Yesterday all of New Zealand’s mayors and councillors received our challenge for them to turn down […]

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Let’s not turn the All Blacks into welfare bums

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Let’s not turn the All Blacks into welfare bums

Source: Taxpayers Union 27 AUGUST 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers Union says a taxpayer-funded handout for the All Blacks would be an absurd misuse of taxpayer money.  “The NZRU is already exempt from income tax as a ‘promoter of amateur sport’. Taxpayers are doing enough favours for the All Blacks as it is, the last […]

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