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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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$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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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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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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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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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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One third of Kiwi smokers admit to sacrificing essentials

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 One third of Kiwi smokers admit to sacrificing essentials

Source: Taxpayers Union One third of Kiwi smokers admit to sacrificing essentials 20 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA new global survey of smokers just released from the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, has found that 36% of New Zealand smokers admit to spending money on tobacco that they know ‘would be better spent on household essentials […]

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Hamilton CEO exposes ratepayers to enormous risk over river development

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 Hamilton CEO exposes ratepayers to enormous risk over river development

Source: Taxpayers Union Hamilton CEO exposes ratepayers to enormous risk over river development 20 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEHamilton City Council’s decision to tip off two businessmen about a proposed development has exposed ratepayers to enormous risk, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “Best practice for these types of proposals is […]

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Bring back the old Ron Mark!

By   /  March 15, 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 Bring back the old Ron Mark!

Source: Taxpayers Union Bring back the old Ron Mark! 15 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASERon Mark’s use of NH90 helicopters for his home commute is stunning in light of previous comments that the aircraft in question are ‘unreliable money guzzlers’, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “The idea that any Minister in New Zealand would […]

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Victory for Hamilton ratepayers as Mayor’s name-change bid fails

By   /  March 15, 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 Victory for Hamilton ratepayers as Mayor’s name-change bid fails

Source: Taxpayers Union Victory for Hamilton ratepayers as Mayor’s name-change bid collapses 15 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union this morning delivered a petition to Hamilton City Council and Mayor Andrew King urging against wasting ratepayer money on a non-essential name change. The petition statement reads: I oppose the use of ratepayer resources on a proposal […]

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Taxpayers’ Union welcomes value capture tax 

By   /  March 13, 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 Taxpayers’ Union welcomes value capture tax 

Source: Taxpayers Union Taxpayers’ Union welcomes value capture tax 13 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Minister of Finance’s decision to investigate a Value Capture Tax in Auckland to pay for infrastructure is an intelligent application of the ‘user pays’ principle, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.   Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says “This appears to […]

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Who is Jenny Salesa and why is she spending $10,000 a month on travel?

By   /  March 12, 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 Who is Jenny Salesa and why is she spending $10,000 a month on travel?

Source: Taxpayers Union 12 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is calling on Labour Minister Jenny Salesa to front up to taxpayers with a better explanation for her high travel and accommodation expenses. Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says, “Why is Jenny Salesa spending $10,000 a month on travel – more than the Prime Minister?””The average taxpayer […]

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Amy Adams will be held accountable to taxpayers

By   /  March 7, 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 Amy Adams will be held accountable to taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union Amy Adams will be held accountable to taxpayers 7 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is looking forward to holding National’s new finance spokesperson accountable to taxpayers. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Amy Adams will play a major role in determining National’s stance on questions affecting taxpayers, such […]

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Taxpayers’ Union thanks Hon Steven Joyce

By   /  March 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 Taxpayers’ Union thanks Hon Steven Joyce

Source: Taxpayers Union Taxpayers’ Union thanks Hon Steven Joyce 6 MARCH 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has thanked Hon Steven Joyce for his decade of service to the country. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “We often sparred over policy, but always respected Steven Joyce’s intelligence and sincerity, and we will miss […]

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