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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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Greenpeace head and climate activist face court

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Greenpeace head and climate activist face court

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Greenpeace Executive Director, Dr Russel Norman, and climate activist Sara Howell, appeared for sentencing today following action they took to stop the world’s largest oil and gas exploration ship searching for fossil fuels off the Wairarapa Coast. Judge Arthur Tompkins in the Napier District Court reserved his decision on charges laid […]

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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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New seabed mining project threatens endangered whales and dolphins

By   /  July 12, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on New seabed mining project threatens endangered whales and dolphins

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand Greenpeace is shocked to discover that a new seabed mining exploration permit has been awarded inside a Marine Mammal Sanctuary, and is calling on the Government to reject all attempts to mine the seabed. The exploration permit, awarded to Ironsands Offshore Mining Limited, sits within the West Coast North Island Marine […]

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The time for tame reforms of tenancy laws is over says CPAG

By   /  July 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  /  Comments Off on The time for tame reforms of tenancy laws is over says CPAG

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 11 July 2018 As a country we should see that every every Kiwi child has the right to live in a home which is warm, safe and secure, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). “Sadly, this is not the case for tens of thousands of children in poverty, many […]

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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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Krill fishing companies back call to protect Antarctic Ocean

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Conservation, Environment, Greenpeace New Zealand, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs  /  Comments Off on Krill fishing companies back call to protect Antarctic Ocean

Source: Greenpeace New Zealand A campaign to create the world’s biggest marine reserve off Antarctica has been given props from an unexpected quarter. The Greenpeace campaign to protect the Antarctic Ocean, backed by 1.7 million people globally, has just received unprecedented support from the vast majority of krill fishing companies operating in these waters. New […]

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One year on from conflict – dream of a better Mosul remains distant for many

By   /  July 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Economy, Environment, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand  /  Comments Off on One year on from conflict – dream of a better Mosul remains distant for many

Source: Oxfam New Zealand One year after Mosul was retaken from ISIS, thousands of people are still unable to return home as parts of the city remain severely damaged and lack running water or electricity, Oxfam said today. Thousands more don’t feel safe to return – including families whose houses have been completely destroyed in […]

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New survey numbers to be celebrated, but children can’t wait for reporting

By   /  July 7, 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  /  Comments Off on New survey numbers to be celebrated, but children can’t wait for reporting

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 July 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commends the announcement by Minister of Statistics James Shaw that his ministry will be kicking off New Zealand’s most extensive survey of child poverty this month “to give a clearer picture of how poverty affects everyone; from children to the elderly”. […]

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Yemen: Hodeidah cannot be allowed to become a graveyard

By   /  July 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Economy, Environment, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand NGOs, Oxfam New Zealand  /  Comments Off on Yemen: Hodeidah cannot be allowed to become a graveyard

Source: Oxfam New Zealand Conditions for over half a million people in Yemen’s port city of Hodeidah are steadily deteriorating with food in short supply and seriously damaged water and sewage systems increasing the risk of cholera, Oxfam said today. More than 80,000 people have fled their homes, despite a recent reduction in the intensity […]

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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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