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Government’s excuses over OIA inaction are astonishing

By   /  March 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 Government’s excuses over OIA inaction are astonishing

Source: Taxpayers Union 14 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEAndrew Little’s claim that reform of the Official Information Act may no longer be necessary thanks to the openness of his Government is astonishing, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Labour were right to campaign on reforming official information laws in Opposition, so it’s […]

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Teachers who join students’ strike tomorrow shouldn’t be paid

By   /  March 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 Teachers who join students’ strike tomorrow shouldn’t be paid

Source: Taxpayers Union Teachers bunking off tomorrow shouldn’t be paid14 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Minister of Education to confirm that teachers who ‘strike’ with students at tomorrow’s climate protests won’t be paid for their time bunking off.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “People will have varying opinions on […]

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Parker’s suggestion of Government-led ‘Valuation Day’ is spine-chilling

By   /  March 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 Parker’s suggestion of Government-led ‘Valuation Day’ is spine-chilling

Source: Taxpayers Union Parker’s suggestion of government CGT valuations is spine-chilling13 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIn response to concerns about the cost of ‘Valuation Day’ to asset holders, David Parker suggested at Question Time today that asset owners could avoid valuation costs by using Government valuations. New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “The suggestion of Government-directed […]

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Ron Mark secret recording revelations require explanation

By   /  March 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 Ron Mark secret recording revelations require explanation

Source: Taxpayers Union Ron Mark secret recording revelations require explanation 12 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the Government to ‘please explain’ following the partial airing of a previously secret recording of Minister for Veterans, Ron Mark, apparently threatening to pull taxpayer funding of a veterans group if its members do not get […]

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PM must release Cabinet Office advice on Jones issue

By   /  March 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 PM must release Cabinet Office advice on Jones issue

Source: Taxpayers Union 11 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Prime Minister must release advice given by the Cabinet Office to Shane Jones regarding his conflict of interest, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says “If, as the Prime Minister said in today’s post-Cabinet press conference, Cabinet Office advice led Mr Jones to attend […]

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Labour’s anti-CGT petition shows policy in disarray

By   /  March 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 Labour’s anti-CGT petition shows policy in disarray

Source: Taxpayers Union 11 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe fact the Labour Party is collecting signatures both for and against the proposed capital gains tax suggests the party is in disarray over the issue, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “When we were first told Labour’s activists were collecting signatures […]

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Reserve Bank should abandon the PC BS and stay in its lane

By   /  March 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 Reserve Bank should abandon the PC BS and stay in its lane

Source: Taxpayers Union 11 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Reserve Bank should focus on monetary policy and prudential supervision, rather than hiring a Maori Cultural Capability Advisor, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “The Reserve Bank has a specific and exclusive job of managing the health of New Zealand’s monetary […]

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Green co-Leader’s speech insults middle New Zealand

By   /  March 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 Green co-Leader’s speech insults middle New Zealand

Source: Taxpayers Union 11 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEGreen Party co-Leader Marama Davidson’s claim that the ‘wealthy elite’ are behind resistance to the proposed capital gains tax insults middle New Zealand and the thousands of Kiwis who submitted to the Tax Working Group against the tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan […]

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PM must call in Auditor General to give taxpayers confidence in Shane Jones

By   /  March 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 PM must call in Auditor General to give taxpayers confidence in Shane Jones

Source: Taxpayers Union 10 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Auditor General must launch an investigation into Shane Jones and the Provincial Growth Fund, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union in response to Mr Jones’ failure to recuse himself from a meeting that allocated $4.6 million to a project to which he is personally connected.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman […]

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Taxpayers’ Union: Cullen right on CGT

By   /  March 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 Taxpayers’ Union: Cullen right on CGT

Source: Taxpayers Union 8 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESir Michael Cullen’s 20 June 2007 statement in Parliament that “one of the problems with a capital gains tax—apart from the fact that if it were done, it should apply to all asset classes—is that countries overseas that have capital gains taxes have significant inflation in house prices […]

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State Services Commission should intervene over Cullen

By   /  March 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 State Services Commission should intervene over Cullen

Source: Taxpayers Union State Services Commission should intervene over Cullen 8 MARCH 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWhether Michael Cullen is becoming rich from his role as Tax Working Group Chair or not, it’s unacceptable that he is still on the Government’s payroll as he campaigns for a capital gains tax and the State Services Commission should intervene, says […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: Cullen’s taxpayer-funded lobbying is outrageous

By   /  March 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 MEDIA RELEASE: Cullen’s taxpayer-funded lobbying is outrageous

Source: Taxpayers Union Cullen’s taxpayer-funded lobbying is outrageousThe Tax Working Group process has become blatantly politicised with the Government’s decision to pay Sir Michael Cullen to continue lobbying for a capital gains tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “The advertised purpose of the Tax Working Group was to deliver […]

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Media advisory: ‘Dowsing’ outside Wellington City Council offices

By   /  March 6, 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: ‘Dowsing’ outside Wellington City Council offices

Source: Taxpayers Union ‘Dowsing’ outside Wellington City Council officesIn light of recent reports, tomorrow New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union mascot Porky the Waste-hater will be dowsing for common sense outside Wellington City Council’s offices. A spokesperson will be available for interview.Time: 10:30amLocation: 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington MIL OSI

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Waterfront dunce must reimburse ratepayers in full

By   /  March 6, 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 Waterfront dunce must reimburse ratepayers in full

Source: Taxpayers Union MARCH 6 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to reports that the individual who destroyed a Wellington sculpture will only pay $1000, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says:“Why should long-suffering Wellington ratepayers have to pay for one man’s idiotic decision? When this vandalism originally made the news, Justin Lester said ‘you break it, […]

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Ratepayer-funded ‘dowsing’ is absurd

By   /  March 6, 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 Ratepayer-funded ‘dowsing’ is absurd

Source: Taxpayers Union Ratepayer-funded ‘dowsing’ is absurdMARCH 6 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIn response to the use of ‘dowsing’ by ratepayer-funded contractors in Wellington, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says: “It beggars belief that ratepayer-funded contractors are resorting to the tradesman’s equivalent of homeopathy. When the Council was informed of this practice, it could have simply […]

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Will taxpayers fund Helen Clark’s activism?

By   /  March 4, 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 Will taxpayers fund Helen Clark’s activism?

Source: Taxpayers Union MARCH 4 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to the establishment of Helen Clark Foundation, New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:“We welcome the establishment of a new policy think tank. New Zealand needs more independent voices on policy to hold the politicians to account. However, it would be a shame to see the Helen […]

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Climate Change Minister spends up large on international flights

By   /  March 1, 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 Climate Change Minister spends up large on international flights

Source: Taxpayers Union MARCH 1 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEResponding to the news that the Minister for Climate Change spent more than any other government minister on international travel in the last quarter, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams, says:“Taxpayers will not warm to James Shaw’s $73,771 international travel spend. The Green Party Leader spent more on international […]

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Government should accept Tax Working Group tobacco recommendations

By   /  March 1, 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 Government should accept Tax Working Group tobacco recommendations

Source: Taxpayers Union MARCH 1 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Tax Working Group’s recommendation “that the Government prioritise other measures to help people stop smoking before considering further large increases in the tobacco excise rate beyond the increases currently scheduled” is sound advice, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “The international […]

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Taxpayers’ Union welcomes damning comments on Provincial Growth Fund from Local Government Chair

By   /  February 28, 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 damning comments on Provincial Growth Fund from Local Government Chair

Source: Taxpayers Union FEBRUARY 28 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming today’s comments from Local Government Funding Chair Craig Stobo’s to 150 delegates at the Local Government New Zealand Localism Symposium that “the worst example of allocative inefficiency has to be the Provincial Growth Fund. It has all the organisational characteristics of lotto.”Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams […]

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Tax should be ‘One Law for All’

By   /  February 28, 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 should be ‘One Law for All’

Source: Taxpayers Union FEBRUARY 28 2019FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA capital gains tax should not be racist, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, which is calling out suggestions that iwi may receive special exemptions from the proposed new tax. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “When Maori groups receive tax exemptions and special breaks, other businesses find […]

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