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More protection for whistle blowers welcomed

By   /  February 16, 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 More protection for whistle blowers welcomed

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: More protection for whistle blowers welcomed More protection for whistle blowers welcomed 16 FEBRUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union welcomes the new Government’s moves to strengthen laws protecting whistle blowers, and looks forward to working collaboratively with MPs to deliver effective legislative safeguards for whistleblowers. Taxpayers’ […]

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Maori TV pile-drives taxpayers

By   /  February 16, 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 Maori TV pile-drives taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Maori TV pile-drives taxpayers 16 FEBRUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says it’s absurd that taxpayers are now funding the broadcast of WWE episodes. According to legislation, the aim of Maori Television is to ‘promote Māori language and culture’ with a service ‘that informs, educates, and […]

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MR: Taxpayers’ Union welcomes refusal to bail-out Fletcher Building

By   /  February 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 MR: Taxpayers’ Union welcomes refusal to bail-out Fletcher Building

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: MR: Taxpayers’ Union welcomes refusal to bail-out Fletcher Building Taxpayers’ Union welcomes refusal to bail-out Fletcher Building 15 FEBRUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government’s decision to rule-out funding for embattled company Fletcher Building is a refreshing change from years of corporate welfare and a bad habit of taxpayers’ […]

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Bill English thanked for service to taxpayers

By   /  February 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 Bill English thanked for service to taxpayers

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Bill English thanked for service to taxpayers Bill English thanked for service to taxpayers 13 FEBRUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union expresses gratitude on behalf of its 32,000 members and supporters to Rt Hon Bill English for his service to taxpayers. “Under his tenure as Finance […]

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Taxpayers’ Union responds to state sector salary legislation

By   /  February 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 Taxpayers’ Union responds to state sector salary legislation

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers’ Union responds to state sector salary legislation Taxpayers’ Union responds to state sector salary legislation 12 FEBRUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Responding to the Government’s announcement of new legislation to boost the power of the State Services Commissioner in setting chief executives’ pay in the broader state sector, […]

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NZ Govt prefers taxing cigarettes over saving lives – while the NHS allows patients to vape

By   /  February 8, 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 NZ Govt prefers taxing cigarettes over saving lives – while the NHS allows patients to vape

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: NZ Govt prefers taxing cigarettes over saving lives – while the NHS allows patients to vape NZ Govt prefers taxing cigarettes over saving lives – while the UK lets patients vape 8 FEBRUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says the UK’s approach to e-cigarettes shows how New Zealand is dragging […]

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Callaghan staff can’t fit their suits, need pedometers

By   /  February 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 Callaghan staff can’t fit their suits, need pedometers

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Callaghan staff can’t fit their suits, need pedometers Callaghan staff can’t fit their suits, need pedometers 7 FEBRUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Callaghan Innovation spent taxpayer money on suit hire and pedometers as part of their $304,000 entertainment expense blowout in 2015/16. New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams […]

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Government’s sugar tax report bad news for nanny staters

By   /  February 2, 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 Government’s sugar tax report bad news for nanny staters

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Government’s sugar tax report bad news for nanny staters Government’s sugar tax report bad news for nanny staters 2 FEBRUARY 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says a Government-commissioned NZIER report on sugar taxes debunks popular justification for sugar taxes. The report, which was only released to the NZ Initiative’s […]

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Child poverty target is Barbie-doll politics

By   /  January 30, 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 Child poverty target is Barbie-doll politics

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Child poverty target is Barbie-doll politics Child poverty target is Barbie-doll politics 30 JANUARY 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says Labour’s proposed child poverty targets are about delivering socialism, not better lives for children. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “Tying poverty measures to the […]

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Taxpayers’ Union responds to The Spinoff

By   /  January 25, 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 responds to The Spinoff

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers’ Union responds to The Spinoff 25 JANUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Today an article was published about the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union in The Spinoff, a small, publicly-funded, Auckland-based millennial website specialising in television listicles, ‘pop-culture’, and fake news. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The Spinoff reveals that one in 20 information requests […]

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Singapore Airlines’ ratepayer subsidy proven total failure

By   /  January 24, 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 Singapore Airlines’ ratepayer subsidy proven total failure

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Singapore Airlines’ ratepayer subsidy proven total failure 24 JANUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says the failure of Singapore Airlines’ Wellington-Canberra route shows what an utter waste the route’s multi-million dollar subsidy has been. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “The Wellington-Canberra route should never have been subsidised […]

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Parliamentary Services is a Kingdom of Waste

By   /  January 23, 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 Parliamentary Services is a Kingdom of Waste

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Parliamentary Services is a Kingdom of Waste 23 JANUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Parliamentary Services purchased hundreds of copies of an animal-inspired self-help book, apparently “packed full” of tips.  In the glossy 115-page book, Parliamentary staff are encouraged to be like animals: “The […]

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Taxpayers’ Union joins congratulations for PM

By   /  January 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 Taxpayers’ Union joins congratulations for PM

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Taxpayers’ Union joins congratulations for PM Taxpayers’ Union joins congratulations for PM 19 JANUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union has joined New Zealanders in congratulating the Prime Minister on today’s news. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams said, “We wish the Prime Minister the absolute best for […]

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Re-renaming children’s ministry is political vanity

By   /  January 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 Re-renaming children’s ministry is political vanity

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Re-renaming children’s ministry is political vanity 18 JANUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Taxpayers’ Union is accusing both National and the new Government of vanity for yet again renaming the Ministry for Children. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “National and New Zealand First’s Tracey Martin are now both guilty […]

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Hands off motorists’ piggy bank, Phil

By   /  January 16, 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 Hands off motorists’ piggy bank, Phil

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Hands off motorists’ piggy bank, Phil 16 JANUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Government must keep its hands off motorists’ piggy bank, says the Taxpayers’ Union after the Transport Minister reportedly told stakeholders he’s considering using New Zealand’s roading fund for non-roading projects. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams said, “Phil Twyford is now suggesting […]

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International report says Kiwi voters lack electoral freedom

By   /  January 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 International report says Kiwi voters lack electoral freedom

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: International report says Kiwi voters lack electoral freedom 15 JANUARY 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New Zealand’s mediocre ranking in a new index of electoral freedoms is embarrassing and shows the need for electoral reform, says constitutional lawyer and electoral reform campaigner Jordan Williams, who is now the Executive Director of […]

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Waipa District Council clings to inefficient water services

By   /  December 21, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Waipa District Council clings to inefficient water services

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Waipa District Council clings to inefficient water services 21 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams is denouncing Waipa District Council’s refusal to pool water management services with neighbouring Hamilton City. “The role of councilors is to meet ratepayers’ local needs by obtaining effective and efficient […]

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Manurewa West School’s silence on spending largesse disgraceful

By   /  December 21, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Manurewa West School’s silence on spending largesse disgraceful

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Manurewa West School’s silence on spending largesse disgraceful Manurewa West School’s silence on spending largesse disgraceful 21 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A Manurewa school’s refusal to front media over its funding of the principal’s home expenses, a ‘stress-relief’ weekend and more is a disgrace to parents and taxpayers, […]

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Costing advice should be available pre- not post-election

By   /  December 15, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Costing advice should be available pre- not post-election

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Costing advice should be available pre- not post-election 15 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Independent policy costings should be made available to political parties prior to elections, and not limited to when negotiations occur to form a Government, says the Taxpayers’ Union. Today’s release of advice and correspondence between political […]

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Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases

By   /  December 11, 2017  /  24/7, 24/7 News, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons, Press Release, Taxpayers Union  /  Comments Off on Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases

Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement: Headline: Tax indexation just as important as welfare increases 11 DECEMBER 2017FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Judge Andrew Becroft’s comments on TVNZ’s Q&A that child welfare payments should be indexed to inflation apply just as much to tax thresholds says the Taxpayers’ Union. New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union Economist, Joe Ascroft, says, “Allowing […]

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