Social Housing Reform Bill passed into law

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Law changes to help grow an innovative social housing sector and house more vulnerable New Zealanders passed into law today. Read more »

Balance Budget with Buds

Press Release – Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis Party

The Government would be guaranteed to reach a budget surplus if they decided to make cannabis legal in New Zealand, according to the Cannabis Party. Read more »

2015 Budget Should Have Cut Welfare Payments

Press Release – Democrats for Social Credit

Rather than fiddling with the countrys one serious savings scheme, or pissing off overseas travellers with a nonsense exit and entry levy, the government should have made major cuts to a special class of welfare payments, according to Democrats … Read more »

Benefit increase a step in the right direction

Press Release – Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas has welcomed yesterdays Budget announcement of an increase in base rates for beneficiaries with children as a long overdue step in the right direction towards addressing the poverty experienced by too many Kiwi families. Read more »

Blenheim the place to be in June for Ag contractors

Press Release – Rural Contractors NZ

Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) is encouraging all of its members and any others interested in the agricultural contracting sector to attend its annual conference being held in Blenheim later next month. Read more »

Working to surplus the best news for farmers in the Budget

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers says its disappointed there is no Budget surplus this year, but the best news for farmers from the Government is that it is on track for a surplus next year. Read more »

Airport Sector Opposes International Border Tax

Press Release – NZ Airports

The Governments announcement to impose a tax on all departing and arriving international travellers is a border tax masquerading as a bio-security and customs levy. Read more »

Budget response: New Zealand needs to up its game on ODA

Press Release – Council for International Development

Budget response: Aid Agencies say New Zealand needs to up its game further on ODA Read more »

Gap between benefits and low waged workers had got too large

Article – BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) – The government decided to boost benefits for beneficiaries with children because the gap between benefit levels and the lowest income wage earners had become “a bit too wide,” Finance Minister Bill English said at a post-Budget … Read more »

KiwiSaver cut shows no long-term plan

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Nationals cutting of the KiwiSaver kickstart is incredibly short-term thinking, typical of a Budget that is woefully short on ideas to generate wealth and opportunity, Labours Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says. New Zealands savings … Read more »

NZ dollar drops to 4-year low vs. Sterling after upbeat data

Article – BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar fell to a four-year low against the British pound after UK retail sales rose more-than-expected in April, boosting optimism about the outlook for the economy. Read more »

Weaker NZ Dollar Helps Wool Prices

Press Release – NZ Wool Services International Ltd

New Zealand Wool Services International Limiteds Marketing Executive, Mr Paul Steel advises that a weaker New Zealand dollar compared to the last sale on 14th May, kept prices high despite a significant increase in the rostered quantity. Steady … Read more »

Budget 2015 – steady as she goes

Press Release – Chapman Tripp

The English brand is there in the steady-as-she-goes fiscal and economic management and in the finely targeted policy interventions. Read more »

Budget Responsible but Lacking Vision

Press Release – Employers And Manufacturers Federation

The Governments 2015 Budget provides New Zealand businesses with financial certainty, and tackles a number of politically sensitive issues, but fails to deliver on some of the big issues facing the country says the Employers and Manufacturers Association … Read more »

Tourism industry opposes border clearance levy

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association

The tourism industry is disappointed by the Governments surprise plans to impose a travel tax on New Zealanders and international visitors. Read more »

Message From Bill English

Press Release – Hon Bill English

Its the type of Budget a responsible Government can deliver when its following a plan thats working. Read more »

Nasty cuts to Kiwisaver show young NZers are fair game

Press Release – Green Party

Government moves to axe the $1000 Kiwisaver kick-start show that the Government has abandoned young New Zealanders, the Green Party says. Read more »

Budget 2015 refreshingly free of tax changes

Press Release – Deloitte

Apart from the much discussed announcement of extra funding for property tax compliance and a number of measures directed at providing extra tools to Inland Revenue for this work, there were refreshingly few changes to tax settings announced in todays … Read more »

College of Public Health Medicine applauds Budget 2015

Press Release – College of Public Health Medicine

College of Public Health Medicine applauds Budget 2015 measures The New Zealand College of Public Health Medicine (NZCPHM) has welcomed the Budget 2015 announcements about additional investment in bowel cancer screening and the expansion of urban … Read more »

Jonathan Boston: child hardship package

Press Release – Bridget Williams Books

Jonathan Boston: child hardship package will have only a marginal impact on child poverty The child hardship package in the 2015 Budget is a welcome initiative by the National-led government. However, the modest increases in benefit rates and tax … Read more »

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