Auckland tradesman sentenced to 10 months home detention

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

A recidivist Auckland tax cheat has been sentenced to 10 months home detention and ordered to pay $92,400 reparation, following a second conviction for tax evasion offences. Read more »

Referendum on transport funding, Development Auckland, SHA

Press Release – Auckland Council

A number of reports were presented and discussed at todays Governing Body. The following is a digest of decisions made. Read more »

Bright-line test targets gains on property sales

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says measures proposed in a tax bill introduced today will improve compliance with the current residential land sale rules and help to ensure that people pay their fair share of tax on gains from property sales. Read more »

Paying your Children to work on the farm

Press Release – Crowe Horwath

Whether it be feeding the calves after school or docking lambs, working on the family farm is a quintessential rural New Zealand right of passage for many kiwi kids. Read more »

Call on Super Fund to quit Super Funding Apartheid

Press Release – Senior Citizens for Peace

In commemoration of the one year anniversary of the murder of nearly 2000 captive Palestinians in Gaza, taxpayers will today picket the NZ Superfund office to oppose the investment of New Zealanders money into companies which profit off Israels … Read more »

Retailers Welcome Government Moves on Gst Threshold

Press Release – Retail NZ

Retailers will be pleased by news reports that Revenue Minister Todd McClay is taking a paper to Cabinet this month that will allow New Zealand retailers to compete on a fair basis with foreign websites by substantially reducing the threshold at which … Read more »

Australia considering lowering GST import threshold

Press Release – PwC

Australia is proposing changes to its GST import threshold to try to even the playing field for its local retailers. Currently, the threshold on imported goods allows Australians to buy goods online from overseas for up to A$1000 without being charged … Read more »

More food activist research from Auckland University

Press Release – Food and Grocery Council

The latest research from Auckland University on packaged foods in New Zealand supermarkets is another disappointing example of food politicking dressed up as academic research, says NZ Food & Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. Read more »

Flag the referendum if 50% or more don’t vote

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labour has moved to have the second flag referendum canned if the first attracts fewer than half the eligible number of voters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. Read more »

Christchurch City Council Rebuild Priorities?

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is labelling Christchurch City Council’s spending of $1.2 million on their new website as irresponsible. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

Benefits of 20 years of tobacco tax increases modelled

Press Release – University of Otago

Continuing annual 10% tobacco tax increases in New Zealand until 2031 should lead to health gains, net health-system cost savings and modest reductions of about 2% to 3% in health inequalities between Mori and non-Mori, according to a new study … Read more »

Travel Tax Harmful for Tourism Industry

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The travel tax the National Government announced in the May Budget will discourage tourism and adversely impact on one of this countrys largest revenue streams, says New Zealand First. New Zealand First agrees with the Tourism Industry Association … Read more »

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Read more »

Rates Ripoff Rally

Press Release – Ray Calver and Dick Cuthbert

With Auckland rates increasing on average 9.9% a committed group of concerned Auckland residents have organised a Rates Ripoff Rally on Sunday August 16th 2015, where angry citizens can publicly show their opposition. Read more »

Tourism industry unites to oppose Travel Tax

Press Release – Joint Press Release

The Government must rethink its new Travel Tax because it is bad policy which will harm New Zealands economy, a coalition of tourism, travel and aviation organisations says. Read more »

A resounding ‘no’ to tourist tax – MANZ

Press Release – Motel Association

The accommodation industry will respond with a resounding no to the idea of a tourist tax floated by Local Government New Zealand, says the Motel Association of New Zealand (MANZ). The concept of heaping an additional tax on to one of the … Read more »

LGNZ funding review is more about councils spending more

Press Release – No More Rates

LGNZ funding review is more about councils spending more rather than helping ratepayers to pay less. Read more »

Poll shows majority support action on junk food marketing

Press Release – University of Auckland

20 July 2015 A recent independent poll has shown that a large majority of the public support government action on restricting unhealthy food marketing to children. The poll carried out in June this year, showed a majority of 73 percent in favour of … Read more »

Rates Rally in the Works

Press Release – Affordable Auckland

Affordable Auckland Mayoral candidate Stephen Berry is working with a group of concerned citizens to give Aucklanders the opportunity to convey exactly how they feel about their rates increase. We are organising a rates rally which will take place at … Read more »

Little Speech: Flexible Tax For Business

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party

Can I begin by acknowledging our hosts the Upper Hutt Chamber of Commerce, and the excellent work that your Chief Executive Mark Futter does as a voice and an advocate for local businesses. Read more »

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