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Tool launched to stop the Tax Working Group cash grab

By   /  April 26, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Tool launched to stop the Tax Working Group cash grab

Source: Taxpayers Union 26 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has released its draft submission to the Tax Working Group, along with an online tool that makes it easy for taxpayers to make submissions. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “We’re inviting taxpayers across the country to send the Tax Working Group a […]

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Why does the Government hate Rodney?

By   /  April 26, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Why does the Government hate Rodney?

Source: Taxpayers Union 26 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASETransport Minister Phil Twyford confirmed this morning that Rodney residents will pay four different ways for transport projects in Auckland. Responding to Mr Twyford’s comments, Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “Residents of Rodney will be paying for transport projects through the current fuel taxes, the proposed nationwide increase […]

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Busting the Oil and Gas industry’s Alternative Facts about Jacinda’s offshore oil exploration ban.

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Busting the Oil and Gas industry’s Alternative Facts about Jacinda’s offshore oil exploration ban.

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Busting the Oil and Gas industry’s Alternative Facts about Jacinda’s offshore oil exploration ban. After Jacinda’s historic announcement that brought an end to new offshore oil and gas exploration, we’ve been hearing a lot from the industry about how the sky is about to fall in. Fun […]

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$19,000 for cultural advice is tokenism at its worst

By   /  April 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on $19,000 for cultural advice is tokenism at its worst

Source: Taxpayers Union 20 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELocal councils need to stop wasting money on expensive ‘cultural advice’, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Christchurch City Council spending nearly $19,000 on cultural advice for a sport centre name translation is expensive tokenism at its very worst.” “The most disturbing aspect […]

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CPAG education expert appointed to Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on CPAG education expert appointed to Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – Press Release/Statement: Headline: CPAG education expert appointed to Tomorrow’s Schools Taskforce Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is thrilled with the Minister of Education’s appointment of Professor John O’Neill to the Independent Taskforce to Review Tomorrow’s Schools. Professor O’Neill, Head of the Institute of Education at Massey University, is […]

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TAXPAYER HERO: Hon Dr Megan Woods

By   /  April 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on TAXPAYER HERO: Hon Dr Megan Woods

Source: Taxpayers Union 19 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe eradication of Callaghan Innovation’s controversial Growth Grants in favour of a rules-based R&D tax incentive is a major victory for taxpayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “For years we have been campaigning against these handouts to businesses hand-picked by Callaghan […]

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Tobacco tax zealots are now changing their tune

By   /  April 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Tobacco tax zealots are now changing their tune

Source: Taxpayers Union 18 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEIt is clear we have reached a sea-change on tobacco policy, with long-standing champions of tobacco tax hikes now changing their tune, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. On the AM Show this morning, Hāpai Te Hauora CEO Lance Norman admitted that tobacco excise “is having a negative impact on other […]

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April Newsletter

By   /  April 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on April Newsletter

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – Press Release/Statement: Headline: April Newsletter Kia ora koutou katoa, and welcome to Child Poverty Action Group New Zealand’s April 2018 newsletter.   In This Issue Nationwide post budget events 2018 Child Poverty Reduction Bill Submission Round the Bays 2018 Community film screening fundraiser Policy news CPAG news update CPAG […]

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Greenpeace Oil Campaign: Seven years in the wilderness

By   /  April 13, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Greenpeace Oil Campaign: Seven years in the wilderness

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Greenpeace Oil Campaign: Seven years in the wilderness Steve Abel   A photograph popped up on my Facebook feed recently, saying – “seven years ago today”. It was a shot of the crew from the Oil Free Seas flotilla being welcomed onto Waititi Marae at the isolated […]

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Human rights, housing and child poverty – where do we stand?

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Human rights, housing and child poverty – where do we stand?

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Human rights, housing and child poverty – where do we stand? How well is New Zealand doing to ensure it upholds its international obligations to human rights, especially where they relate to children? The concluding observations from a recent review of how New Zealand is […]

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CPAG welcomes new report on Children’s Rights

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on CPAG welcomes new report on Children’s Rights

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – Press Release/Statement: Headline: CPAG welcomes new report on Children’s Rights Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the new report from the Children’s Convention Monitoring Group (CCMG), and its timely release following the 25th anniversary of New Zealand signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). The […]

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Crisis of underinvestment means Govt must reconsider election bribes

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Crisis of underinvestment means Govt must reconsider election bribes

Source: Taxpayers Union 11 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEClaims of underinvestment in health and education should naturally lead to the Government reconsidering its expensive non-essential election bribes, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “Clearly the Government believes it’s facing a crisis of underinvestment and needs to spend a lot of money […]

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National’s fuel tax ad misrepresents their policy

By   /  April 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on National’s fuel tax ad misrepresents their policy

Source: Taxpayers Union 10 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENational’s new campaign and TV ad against fuel taxes is disingenuous, considering the Party refuses to make any commitment to repeal the taxes if elected government, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “It’s a nice ad, but it’s completely misleading. You would think, […]

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Another Taxpayers’ Union victory for transparency

By   /  April 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Another Taxpayers’ Union victory for transparency

Source: Taxpayers Union 6 APRIL 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWellington City Council’s commitment to proactively release sensitive spending figures is a win for transparency and the Taxpayers’ Union. The first round of figures, including a $98,000 banquet, were released in response to a Taxpayers’ Union information request. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Wellington ratepayers have gained […]

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Coleman’s early exit betrays taxpayers (and his voters)

By   /  March 28, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Coleman’s early exit betrays taxpayers (and his voters)

Source: Taxpayers Union Coleman’s early exit betrays taxpayers (and his voters) 28 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says that electorate MPs should sign pledges confirming they intend to serve a full three-year term, instead of sparking a by-election like Jonathan Coleman has. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “If an electorate MP isn’t […]

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REVEALED: The $40,000 price tag for Justin Lester’s rainbow crossing

By   /  March 28, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on REVEALED: The $40,000 price tag for Justin Lester’s rainbow crossing

Source: Taxpayers Union 28 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe $40,000 price tag for Justin Lester’s proposed ‘rainbow crossing is a slap in the face for Wellington ratepayers, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union. The Union has obtained the figure under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act. Wellington City Council provided the following estimate of the crossing’s costs (based on estimates […]

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Proposed Education Bill could be disastrous for disadvantaged children

By   /  March 25, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Proposed Education Bill could be disastrous for disadvantaged children

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Proposed Education Bill could be disastrous for disadvantaged children Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that if passed, the Education (Social Investment Funding and Abolition of Decile System) Amendment Bill could put schools serving income poor and materially deprived communities at risk of losing funding they […]

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Win for Taxpayers’ Union in SSC findings

By   /  March 22, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Win for Taxpayers’ Union in SSC findings

Source: Taxpayers Union 22 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEToday’s findings by the State Services Commission inquiry, led by John Ombler QSO, into Dr Nigel Murray, are spot on, vindicate, and justify the work of the Taxpayers’ Union. The Union successfully led a campaign calling for the resignation, or sacking, of Dr Murray and subsequently the former DHB Chair, Bob Simcock. “Today’s […]

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Oxfam announces leaders of Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct

By   /  March 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Economy, Environment, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand, Press Release  /  Comments Off on Oxfam announces leaders of Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct

Source: Oxfam New Zealand – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Oxfam announces leaders of Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct Zainab Bangura, a former Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, and Katherine Sierra, a former Vice-President of the World Bank, will co-chair an Independent Commission on Sexual Misconduct, Accountability and Culture Change, Oxfam said today. The Independent Commission […]

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Ombudsman must act as Auckland Council pisses on LGOIMA

By   /  March 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Ombudsman must act as Auckland Council pisses on LGOIMA

Source: Taxpayers Union Ombudsman must act as Auckland Council pisses on LGOIMA 20 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Ombudsman needs to send a message to bureaucrats who withhold information from the public by publicly reprimanding the senior Auckland Council official responsible for deliberately delaying the release of a major report on Ports of Auckland, says the […]

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