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Boat repair loan is just gambling with taxpayer money

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Boat repair loan is just gambling with taxpayer money

Source: Taxpayers Union 15 NOVEMBER 2018 Hon Shane Jones’ decision to loan $4.8 million to a Whangarei boat repair company is simply gambling with taxpayer money, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Oceania Marine is a private business, that ought to secure investment the same way its competitors do: from […]

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Manawatu-Whanganui PGF spending is just picking winners

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Manawatu-Whanganui PGF spending is just picking winners

Source: Taxpayers Union 15 NOVEMBER 2018 The Government should be delivering tax cuts to all businesses, not spending $48 million picking winners says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, responding to the Government’s announcement of Provincial Growth Fund spending in the region.  The Union’s Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Government should not be in the business of […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

By   /  November 15, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on MEDIA RELEASE: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

Source: Taxpayers UnionNew report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity 15 NOVEMBER 2018 A new report from the New Zealand Taxpayer’ Union examines why the taxing of sugar-sweetened beverages around the world has failed to curb obesityThe report – The Bitter Truth: Why don’t sugar taxes work? – responds to the central […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: EMARGOED: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

By   /  November 14, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on MEDIA RELEASE: EMARGOED: New report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity.

Source: Taxpayers UnionNew report on why sugar taxes don’t work to curb obesity EMBARGOED UNTIL 05:00AM THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018 A new report from the New Zealand Taxpayer’ Union examines why the taxing of sugar-sweetened beverages around the world has failed to curb obesityThe report – The Bitter Truth: Why don’t sugar taxes work? – […]

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David Clapperton’s undermining of democracy a test of accountability in local government

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on David Clapperton’s undermining of democracy a test of accountability in local government

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE12 NOVEMBER 2018The practice of Horowhenua District Council CEOs screening of emails, and the damning criticism by the Ombudsman released today, is a test of whether accountability of CEOs still applies at town halls, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.“If ever there was a case of serious misconduct justifying dismissal of a council’s CEO […]

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Provincial Growth Fund needs more oversight

By   /  November 12, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Provincial Growth Fund needs more oversight

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE12 NOVEMBER 2018 Shane Jones’ failure to declare dozens of meetings legitimises concerns of the Provincial Growth Fund model, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “There is a perception that the Provincial Growth Fund is merely a political tool of New Zealand First. Holding […]

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New sugar tax paper is classic ‘junk-science’ and its use should embarrass Otago University

By   /  November 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on New sugar tax paper is classic ‘junk-science’ and its use should embarrass Otago University

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE8 NOVEMBER 2018New research being held up by public health activists completely fails to justify a sugar tax despite their claims, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Responding to the Paper and media reporting on the same, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “The paper makes no effort to model […]

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Jobseeker numbers a puzzle given unemployment numbers

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Jobseeker numbers a puzzle given unemployment numbers

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE7 NOVEMBER 2018With unemployment falling to only 3.9 percent, the growth in those receiving jobseeker benefits is a real puzzle, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “In the last year, 9000 more people have moved on to the jobseeker benefit. There’s simply no excuse […]

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Taxpayers’ Union applauds efforts to cut red-tape in schools

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Taxpayers’ Union applauds efforts to cut red-tape in schools

Source: Taxpayers Union Taxpayers’ Union applauds efforts to cut red-tape in schoolsFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE7 NOVEMBER 2018Minister Hipkins’ announcement of a “genuine and serious attempt to cut unnecessary red tape” is great news says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Schools and education get caught up in paperwork and bureaucracy just […]

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Every day is Public Service Day

By   /  November 6, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Every day is Public Service Day

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE6 NOVEMBER 2018 Public servants, who earn 34 percent more than their private sector colleagues, need a pay-freeze not a celebration day, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Public servants are paid too much. Since the early 1990s, the public-sector wage gap has grown […]

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Brownlee-Mallard trip to the rugby is a classic taxpayer-funded junket

By   /  November 5, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Brownlee-Mallard trip to the rugby is a classic taxpayer-funded junket

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE5 NOVEMBER 2018 Mallard and Brownlee’s boys trip to Tokyo to watch the All Blacks should not have been funded by taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “No one actually believes that this trip to Tokyo was part of a planned diplomatic strategy […]

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Even for Callaghan Innovation this is bad

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Even for Callaghan Innovation this is bad

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE1 NOVEMBER 2018Callaghan Innovation CEO Vic Crone needs to front-up and explain the decision to give a loss-making Bitcoin start-up $315,000 of taxpayers’ money, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.The Union’s Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Like a gambling addict or a formerly-successful sports star, Callaghan Innovation simply cannot be […]

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Z’s plunging profits show who’s really to blame for price increases at the pump

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Z’s plunging profits show who’s really to blame for price increases at the pump

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE1 NOVEMBER 2018The Prime Minister’s pointed pontification on petrol price margins has been exposed as bananas with Z Energy’s profit for the last six months having been slashed, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.  Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “If corporate greed was responsible for the huge increases […]

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Work and Income virtue signalling belittles beneficiaries as well as taxpayers

By   /  October 31, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Work and Income virtue signalling belittles beneficiaries as well as taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union Work and Income virtue signalling belittles beneficiaries as well as taxpayersFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE31 OCTOBER 2018Work and Income’s decision to waste $2.5 million on “makeovers” to waiting rooms so that they are more colourful is infantile, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. “Making WINZ offices more colourful doesn’t make it easier to for those in need to access a […]

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Electric train spend-up is 1970s style politicians meddling in the trainset

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Electric train spend-up is 1970s style politicians meddling in the trainset

Source: Taxpayers Union Electric train spend-up is 1970s style politicians meddling in the trainsetFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE30 OCTOBER 2018The Government’s decision to put money into electric trains is embarassing and a step back to a by-gone era of politicians meddling in sound business decisionsof the Government-owned railway, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director […]

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Government must guarantee no funding for luxury cars in PNG

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Government must guarantee no funding for luxury cars in PNG

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE30 OCTOBER 2018 The Government’s decision to fund the APEC conference in Papua New Guinea looks like an enormous waste of taxpayers’ money, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Papua New Guinea’s decision to purchase Maseratis – luxury italian automobiles – for the APEC […]

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Taxpayers being ripped off to help subsidise doctors

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Taxpayers being ripped off to help subsidise doctors

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE30 OCTOBER 2018Phil Twyford should not be gambling $2 billion on the housing market to help doctors meet their mortgage payments, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “KiwBuild has become a farce. Phil Twyford is spending $2 billion to buy homes from private developers, […]

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Regional fuel tax metastasizing

By   /  October 24, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Regional fuel tax metastasizing

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE24 OCTOBER 2018 With Wellington already in discussions to follow Auckland and introduce a regional fuel tax, local politicians need to commit to stopping the spread of tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says “Wellington does not need a regional fuel tax so it can […]

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Stop trying to make taxpayer-funded political parties happen!

By   /  October 23, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Stop trying to make taxpayer-funded political parties happen!

Source: Taxpayers Union FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE23 OCTOBER 2018The Government needs to stop mulling over the idea of giving taxpayer funding to political parties, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union after the Prime Minister refused to rule out the idea today. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Make no mistake, the Green Party is cynically exploiting the […]

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Celebrate Labour Day by joining a union

By   /  October 21, 2018  /  24/7 News, AM-NC, DJF, Economy, KB, KB, NGOs, Press Release, Taxpayers Union, Unions  /  Comments Off on Celebrate Labour Day by joining a union

Source: Taxpayers Union EMBARGOED UNTIL 5AM 22 OCTOBER 2018 The Taxpayers’ Union is encouraging New Zealanders to celebrate Labour Day by joining a union – in particular, the Taxpayers’ Union. The Union’s Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says, “With the events of the last seven days seeing the Opposition distracted, and the Government using the opportunity to rule out tax […]

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