Regional Rate Proposed for Life-Saving Voluntary Services

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Regional Rate Proposed for Life-Saving Voluntary Services Waikato Regional Council will ask the public if they are happy for it to collect a rate to support surf life saving, Coastguard and rescue helicopter services in the region when it consults … Read more »

Little is Right, Student Debt is Unnecessarily High

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is backing Labour leader Andrew Littles comments that under National student debt has risen unacceptably high. It is calling on the Government to reverse Labours disastrous policy of interest free loans which has resulted … Read more »

Joyce destroys Government rail link certainty

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Infrastructure Minister Steven Joyce has destroyed the certainty the Prime Minister gave private sector investors in his State of the Nation announcement on the City Rail Link, Labours Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford says. Read more »

Property Groups Should Support Peters on Rma Reform

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is calling on business, property and planning industry groups to support Winston Peters proposed way forward for Resource Management Act reform. Reacting to Mr Peters state of the nation speech delivered last night, Jordan … Read more »

Spiralling student debt deterring further education

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Chris Hipkins Education Spokesperson 22 January 2016 Spiralling student debt deterring further education Student loan debt has increased by over 50 per cent since National became the government, hitting $15 billion this year and projected to continue increasing … Read more »

Court of Appeal decision on tax residence provides certainty

Press Release – KPMG

In a case potentially impacting all New Zealanders who move overseas, the Court of Appeal has decided in favour of the taxpayer, finding that property which a person has never lived in nor intends to live in cannot be their permanent place of abode, … Read more »

Hairdressers Join Takeaways in Upper Hutt Corporate Welfare

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union can reveal Upper Hutt City Council spent more than $160,000 of ratepayers money on subsidies to eleven businesses, including hairdressers, retailers, fast food joints and a contracting firm. Taxpayers Union Executive … Read more »

Frontline Measures Better than More Tobacco Tax Hikes

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union says that new measures to curb smoking shouldnt include more rounds of tax hikes, and should instead focus at frontline measures to support people to quit. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

Ratepayers must not bailout Dick Smith NRL Nines

Press Release – Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer

Ratepayers must not bailout Dick Smith NRL Nines Auckland ratepayers should be worried council staff from ATEED are now deep in talks with Dick Smith NRL Nines promoters Duco Events following the naming rights sponsor of the February tournament going … Read more »

Tobacco Tax Increase: New Report

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

To coincide with the Governments 10% hike of tobacco excise taxes today, the New Zealand Taxpayers Union has released a new report exposing the extent to which the Government is using excise tax on tobacco as a revenue gathering tool. Read more »

Smokers Warned to Stock up Before Friday

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is reminding smokers to stock up before the Governments 10% hike in tobacco excise tax which comes into effect on New Years Day. Read more »

Final Part of Waitangi Tribunal’s Te Urewera Report Released

Press Release – Ministry of Justice

The shocking poverty experienced by Te Urewera Mori was in large part caused by the Crowns many breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Waitangi Tribunal has found in the sixth and final volume of its Te Urewera district inquiry report. Read more »

Judge reserves decision on unpaid rates

Press Release – Auckland Council

Judge reserves decision on unpaid rates The Auckland District Court has today reserved its decision relating to summary judgment sought by Auckland Council against Ms Penny Bright for unpaid rates. The council is seeking to recover unpaid rates and associated … Read more »

Marine Parade viewing platform not a pier

Press Release – Napier City Council

The Napier City Council wishes to refute misconceptions in the public arena that the viewing platform constructed on Marine Parade is a pier. Read more »

Fetal Alcohol Consultation Opens

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Consultation has opened today on a discussion paper by the Ministry of Health on actions to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). The public are invited to make submissions to the Ministry until February 26, 2016. Read more »

Voters Deserve Specifics on Rates

Press Release – Affordable Auckland

Voters Deserve Specifics on Rates With the addition of a sixth candidate to the Mayoral race, Affordable Auckland candidate Stephen Berry believes it is time some other candidates started offering specifics about how they will control rates increases. … Read more »

Flat wages, inflation squeeze tax take, govt accounts

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealands tepid inflation and lack of wage growth will lean on the governments book over the next couple of years with a slimmer tax take than previously thought. Read more »

Will Victoria rule over Auckland?

Press Release – No More Rates

Will Victoria rule over Auckland? For those who have witnessed the lack of strong leadership on the Auckland Council the appearance of Victoria Crone into the mayoral battle should give a reasonable level of hope. Read more »

Lack of tobacco control strategy – smoking decline stalling

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition

The Smokefree Coalition is saddened but not surprised by the slowing decline in current smoking rates as shown by the Ministry of Healths 2014/2015 Health Survey results. Executive Director Dr Prudence Stone says the 10 percent annual tobacco excise tax … Read more »

Job done – Thames-Coromandel Chief Executive calls time

Press Release – Thames Coromandel District Council

Job done – Thames-Coromandel Chief Executive calls time Chief Executive of Thames-Coromandel District Council David Hammond has announced he will be leaving Council at the end of the financial year on 30 June 2016. Read more »

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