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Retraction and apology to Dr Rob Beaglehole

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Retraction and apology to Dr Rob Beaglehole

Source: Taxpayers Union 20 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Statement by Jordan Williams: This morning the Taxpayers’ Unionreacted to a Newshub story dated today regarding sugar labelling which featured a video of Dr Rob Beaglehole interviewed on the AM Show regarding sugar taxes above the caption: “New Zealand Dental Association spokesperson on sugary drinks Rob Beaglehole talks to […]

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LGNZ corrects position on waste levy

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on LGNZ corrects position on waste levy

Source: Taxpayers Union 20 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Local Government New Zealand have visited the offices of the Taxpayers’ Union and advised that, while they support raising the waste levy, they don’t have a specific target in mind. This corrects a report from Radio New Zealand (cited by the Taxpayers’ Union), which stated that LGNZ are lobbying […]

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Advisor to Health Minister mixes his work and his politics

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Advisor to Health Minister mixes his work and his politics

Source: Taxpayers Union 20 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Health Minister’s new policy advisor, Dr Rob Beaglehole, is out of line in appearing on Newshub this morning to lobby for new sugar labelling rules wearing the hat of a Dental Association ‘spokesman’. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “As a Ministerial advisor, Dr Beaglehole is paid […]

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Ministry of Health admits failure of tobacco tax hikes

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Ministry of Health admits failure of tobacco tax hikes

Source: Taxpayers Union 19 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Ministry of Health’s annual Health and Independence Report confirms the scandalous failure of regressive tobacco taxes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “This report demonstrates that tobacco taxes have been ineffective in cutting smoking rates, and especially so for Maori and […]

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Brazen attempt at revenue grab from LGNZ

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Brazen attempt at revenue grab from LGNZ

Source: Taxpayers Union 19 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELocal Government New Zealand’s decision to lobby for a 1,300 percent increase in the waste levy, from $10 to $140 per tonne, is just a new effort to gouge ratepayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “Half of all waste levy revenue is […]

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Greater local powers must come with great responsibility

By   /  July 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Greater local powers must come with great responsibility

Source: Taxpayers Union 16 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEProposed devolution of tax-and-spend powers to the local level must come hand in hand with better quality governance and clearer accountability to ratepayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “In theory, we support these ideas of ‘localism’ – Wellington lacks first-hand knowledge of […]

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Taranaki needs oil and gas, not an ‘economy manager’

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Taranaki needs oil and gas, not an ‘economy manager’

Source: Taxpayers Union  12 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE “No amount of communist-style economic planning will undo the damage of the oil and gas ban,” says Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke. “The Government wants to shield Taranaki’s economy by appointing a $600,000-dollar ‘transitional economy manager’. If only it were that easy.” “Appointing a bureaucrat to tell Taranaki businesses […]

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More taxpayer-funded slanted media

By   /  July 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on More taxpayer-funded slanted media

Source: Taxpayers Union  11 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More public funding must come with increased obligations on Radio NZ to reflect the political diversity of New Zealanders, says the Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union ​Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “RNZ’s biggest problem isn’t a lack of funding, but a failure to stick to the basics – providing an accessible, balanced news […]

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Queenstown ‘bed tax’ could kill the goose

By   /  July 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Queenstown ‘bed tax’ could kill the goose

Source: Taxpayers Union  11 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Queenstown Mayor’s proposed bed tax could choke the goose that lays the golden egg, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “As though it’s not already costly enough for people to stay in Queenstown, this tax would cost a family of four […]

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Invercargill City Council on naughty list

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Invercargill City Council on naughty list

Source: Taxpayers Union  10 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says ratepayers have been let down by Invercargill City Council’s decision to spend almost quarter of a million on a building to store Christmas lights. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “First the Council sent staff on a junket to China to find […]

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Acting PM – the Govt’s evidence-based voice on sugar tax

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Acting PM – the Govt’s evidence-based voice on sugar tax

Source: Taxpayers Union  10 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters may be this Government’s one evidence-based voice on sugar tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Mr Peters is exactly right to push back against the DHBs’ politicking. DHBs should be focused on delivering the core […]

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Christchurch City Council did not tender $1.245m touch wall, despite policy

By   /  July 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Christchurch City Council did not tender $1.245m touch wall, despite policy

Source: Taxpayers Union  6 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Christchurch City Council failed to pursue an open tender process for their $1.2m ‘touch wall’, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “In addition to its lack of transparency, Christchurch City Council disregarded the value of ratepayer money by failing to follow […]

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Christchurch City Council buckles: releases $1.2m “touch wall” spending

By   /  July 5, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Christchurch City Council buckles: releases $1.2m “touch wall” spending

Source: Taxpayers Union After being faced with legal action from the Taxpayers’ Union (and potentially the Attorney General), Christchurch City Council has buckled and confirmed the amount spent on its seven-metre ‘touch wall’ – $1.245 million.This was an eleventh-hour backdown from the Council. We literally had the affidavit signed, papers prepared, and were ten minutes away from filing in the […]

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Ombudsman judgment against Christchurch City Council welcomed

By   /  July 4, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Ombudsman judgment against Christchurch City Council welcomed

Source: Taxpayers Union In a judgment available here, the Ombudsman has deemed Christchurch City Council in breach of public duty, and invited the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union to bring enforcement proceedings to the High Court over the Council’s failure to release the spending figure for the seven metre ‘touch wall’ in its new library. He has […]

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Taxpayers’ Union welcomes Ombudsman judgment against Christchurch City Council

By   /  July 4, 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 Ombudsman judgment against Christchurch City Council

Source: Taxpayers Union The Ombudsman has invited the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union to bring enforcement proceedings to the High Court over Christchurch City Council’s failure to release the spending figure for the seven metre ‘touch wall’ in its new library. He has also asked the Attorney General to consider doing the same. Taxpayers’ Union Executive […]

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Keith Ng “fact-check” is false

By   /  July 4, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Keith Ng “fact-check” is false

Source: Taxpayers Union  4 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Keith Ng must not have read our report before he published his ‘fact check’ on public sector wages in the NZ Herald, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.Taxpayers’ Union Economist Joe Ascroft says “Keith shows that from 2009 there was little to no variation in the growth […]

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Winston’s immoral troughing reaches new depths

By   /  July 3, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Winston’s immoral troughing reaches new depths

Source: Taxpayers Union  3 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams responds to Rt Hon Winston Peters’ choice to claim the optional Winter Energy Payment: “Winston Peters’ insistence on claiming this money deeply immoral, considering struggling New Zealanders are taxed to pay for it.” “Mr Peters’ attempt to portray his greed as […]

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Taxpayers’ Union welcomes Rex Nicholls to Board of Directors

By   /  July 3, 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 Rex Nicholls to Board of Directors

Source: Taxpayers Union The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is pleased to announce that former Wellington City Councillor Rex Nicholls has joined the organisation’s board of directors. Rex’s background is in engineering, project management, and property investment. His mix of civic and private achievements place him perfectly as an ambassador for taxpayers.Rex says:“I’ve always operated on the […]

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Transmission Gully, not Revenue Gully

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Transmission Gully, not Revenue Gully

Source: Taxpayers Union  2 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government’s suggestion to toll the new Transmission Gully motorway appears to be another revenue-grab, despite the Transport Minister’s claims otherwise, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “If the proposed toll just was about managing the popularity of the route, the Minister […]

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Film industry handouts have always been waste of money

By   /  July 2, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Film industry handouts have always been waste of money

Source: Taxpayers Union  2 JULY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The latest scrutiny of taxpayer-funded handouts for film companies vindicates the Taxpayers’ Union’s focus on the issue since 2014. Taxpayers’ Union Economist Joe Ascroft says “The film industry subsidies highlighted over the weekend in the NZ Herald represent the worst excesses of corporate welfare. Spending hundreds of millions […]

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