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Kiwibuild turning into a corporate welfare racket

By   /  May 20, 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 Kiwibuild turning into a corporate welfare racket

Source: Taxpayers Union 20 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Kiwibuild is turning into a corporate welfare racket, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union in response to news that none of the seven Kiwibuild homes marketed in Christchurch have sold, and therefore the Government is likely to pay out the private developers for the guaranteed sale price. Taxpayers’ Union […]

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Nelson Mayor a ‘climate emergency’ hypocrite 🤯

By   /  May 16, 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 Nelson Mayor a ‘climate emergency’ hypocrite 🤯

Source: Taxpayers Union Nelson Mayor a ‘climate emergency’ hypocrite16 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nelson Mayor Rachel Reese’s hypocrisy in her declaration of a ‘climate emergency’ is staggering, says the Taxpayers’ Union, after the Mayor today refused to take up the Union’s invitation to sign a pledge not to use ratepayer-funded international flights on climate change junkets. Taxpayers’ Union […]

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REVEALED: Nelson Mayor fighting climate change one Copenhagen trip at a time

By   /  May 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: Nelson Mayor fighting climate change one Copenhagen trip at a time

Source: Taxpayers Union The Mayor of Nelson’s genuine concern for climate change is being questioned, with the Taxpayers’ Union revealing the Mayor flew to Copenhagen for a luxury trip primarily to view a yet-to-be-open climate change museum.An official information response shows that Mayor Rachel Reese spent four nights at a luxury hotel in Copenhagen costing […]

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Clarification regarding comments on NZIER study

By   /  May 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 Clarification regarding comments on NZIER study

Source: Taxpayers Union 14 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Yesterday the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union made a statement headlined ‘NZIER confirms Māori being ripped off by Government’. This was in response to a new NZIER study quantifying the expenditure of Māori on taxes applied to tobacco, alcohol, and gambling. NZIER’s figures closely matched those in an earlier report […]

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Media advisory: Taxpayers’ Union to host Grover Norquist

By   /  May 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 Media advisory: Taxpayers’ Union to host Grover Norquist

Source: Taxpayers Union Taxpayers’ Union to host Grover Norquist13 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is hosting Grover Norquist in New Zealand on May 27-28.Mr Norquist is the founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). ATR is responsible for the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge”, a pledge signed by lawmakers who promise to […]

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🚨 Emergency declared in Nelson 🚨

By   /  May 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 🚨 Emergency declared in Nelson 🚨

Source: Taxpayers Union Emergency declared in Nelson13 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE While Nelson’s Mayor declares a “climate change emergency”, the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is declaring a “hypocrisy emergency” covering Nelson City.The Taxpayers’ Union is releasing details of the Mayor’s 36,000km round climate junket to Copenhagen, which was primarily to view a yet-to-be-open climate change museum.“It is incredible […]

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NZIER confirms Māori being ripped off by Government

By   /  May 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 NZIER confirms Māori being ripped off by Government

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The burden of tobacco tax on Maori investigated in the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union’s report Ka Tukuna Atu, Ka Tukuna Mai has been backed up by the NZIER. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “In our report, Ka Tukuna Atu, Ka Tukuna Mai, we found that Māori are being […]

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Taxpayers’ Union welcomes NCEA tax cut

By   /  May 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 Taxpayers’ Union welcomes NCEA tax cut

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NCEA fees were an unfair tax on a basic high-school education, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Families should not face a levy to ensure their children are able to sit NCEA exams, which should be a fully-paid for basic component of […]

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Parliament doesn’t need any more taxpayer-funded spin doctors

By   /  May 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 Parliament doesn’t need any more taxpayer-funded spin doctors

Source: Taxpayers Union 13 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to reports that Parliamentary Services has engaged a boutique PR firm, Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “Parliamentary Services already has well-paid communications staff, plus 120 MPs who should be responsible for explaining themselves to the public. The last thing Parliament needs is more taxpayer-funded spin doctors.” “Bringing in […]

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CORRECTION: Waikato Regional Council spends $9,000 on electronic video Christmas cards

By   /  May 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 CORRECTION: Waikato Regional Council spends $9,000 on electronic video Christmas cards

Source: Taxpayers Union Correction: An earlier version of this release referred to Waikato District Council in the headline. This was an error. As per the below, the subject of the release is the Waikato Regional Council.11 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has revealed that Waikato Regional Council last year sent out 177 electronic […]

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Revealed: Waikato Regional Council spends $9,000 on electronic video Christmas cards

By   /  May 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 Revealed: Waikato Regional Council spends $9,000 on electronic video Christmas cards

Source: Taxpayers Union The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Waikato Regional Council last year sent out 177 electronic Christmas cards to political insiders – at cost of $9,341*, or $53 per card. The Union was tipped off about the cards by one of the recipients, who was concerned about the extravagance of the ridiculous […]

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$98 million on rehabilitation is a good use of taxpayer money

By   /  May 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 $98 million on rehabilitation is a good use of taxpayer money

Source: Taxpayers Union 10 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today’s announcement of $98 million invested in cutting serious reoffending is a good use of taxpayer money, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayer’s Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “In addition to the obvious misery that crime causes for its victims, crime also costs taxpayers billions through the health, […]

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Whangarei ratepayers charged $91,000 for art junket

By   /  May 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 Whangarei ratepayers charged $91,000 for art junket

Source: Taxpayers Union 10 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has revealed that the Whangarei Arts Museum Trust spent $91,168 – including business class flights to Dubai – for 11 people to visit Vienna and see a Hundertwasser painting. Taxpayers’ Union researcher Tabitha Lorck says “In total, Whangarei Art Museum Trust – a Council CCO – spent […]

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REVEALED: Whangarei Ratepayers charged $90,000 for art junket

By   /  May 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 REVEALED: Whangarei Ratepayers charged $90,000 for art junket

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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MEDIA RELEASE: Tax Freedom Day not until 1 June

By   /  May 9, 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 MEDIA RELEASE: Tax Freedom Day not until 1 June

Source: Taxpayers Union Tax Freedom Day not until June 19 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe premature celebration of ‘Tax Freedom Day’ by Baker Tilly Staples Rodway is just festive silliness says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Reacting to coverage of ‘Tax Freedom Day’ Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft says, “Staples Rodway’s calculations ignore the cost of debt-funded Government spending and […]

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Cockies call for Government to rule out fart tax

By   /  May 8, 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 Cockies call for Government to rule out fart tax

Source: Taxpayers Union 8 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECockies around NZ will be concerned today’s climate announcement is a warm up for the Government to introduce a fart tax 2.0, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “While the separate treatment of methane is welcome and common sense, introducing a fart tax […]

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Welfare for deadbeat dads is a betrayal of taxpayers

By   /  May 3, 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 Welfare for deadbeat dads is a betrayal of taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union 3 MAY 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERemoving sanctions on beneficiaries for not naming the father of their children is just welfare for deadbeat dads, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, “The big winner from this change will be deadbeat dads, who will be able to jettison their child […]

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Tobacco excise punishes poorest

By   /  April 30, 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 Tobacco excise punishes poorest

Source: Taxpayers Union New data shows poorest punished by tax29 APRIL 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENew data from Stats NZ shows why the Government should focus on alternatives to tobacco to reach Smokefree 2025 rather than smash the poor, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says “Stats NZ data shows that the cost […]

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Petrol price increases put pressure on taxpayers

By   /  April 23, 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 Petrol price increases put pressure on taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union 23 APRIL 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWith petrol prices increasing, tax relief would keep costs manageable, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft, says “With fuel prices increasing due to global conditions it’s a good time to remind taxpayers that half the cost of fuel is tax – once fuel excise, […]

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Where’s the value for taxpayers in sending Mr Speaker to junket in Africa?

By   /  April 23, 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 Where’s the value for taxpayers in sending Mr Speaker to junket in Africa?

Source: Taxpayers Union 23 APRIL 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIf Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard wanted to see gorilla in Africa he should have paid for the privilege, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “There is plenty of wildlife at Wellington Zoo. Taxpayers should not have to fund Trevor Mallard […]

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