Wine industry says increased MPI fees would threaten exports

Press Release – Crowe Horwath

The Ministry of Primary Industries proposal to impose higher costs on the wine industry poses a major threat to the sector and in particular its export business, says Wanaka-based Principal Alistair King from Crowe Horwath. Read more »

Business expenditure on R&D continues to rise

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Businesses are spending more on research and development (R&D) and this expenditure is expected to rise again in 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Read more »

Electronic tolling coming to Tauranga in 2015

Press Release – New Zealand Transport Agency

26 March 2015 | NZ Transport Agency – Waikato & Bay of Plenty Electronic tolling coming to Tauranga in 2015 Two high-tech electronic tolling gantries, the first of their kind in New Zealand, will be operational on key routes in Tauranga this year. Read more »

NZ Online Retail Sales: Monthly update & Q&A with Might Ape

Press Release – Bank of New Zealand

Key figures for February online retail sales Total online retail spending was up 9% on February last year a solid result, nearly back to double-digits. Online purchases at domestic merchants in February were up 6% on the spending levels … Read more »

SSC Pay Hike Makes MPs Look Selfless

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Reacting to the Dominion Post report that average salaries at the State Services Commission hit $126,000 in 2014, up $13,000 in a year and 15 per cent more than any other department, Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers Union says: Read more »

Stop Skycity Gambling with Taxpayer Funds

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First Deputy Leader Tracey Martin says Parliament now has the chance to protect both taxpayers and Auckland ratepayers from potential financial disaster. Read more »

Online GST could backfire on economy

Press Release – The New Zealand Initiative

Wellington (20 March 2015): Applying GST on low-value imports could easily backfire and end up doing more harm than good for the economy, The New Zealand Initiative warned today. Read more »

Time to end stealth tax increases

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

ACT Leader David Seymour has today called for an end to the stealth increase of tax rates through bracket creep. Read more »

Northland Port Doesn’t Want Winston’s Rail Link

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that Winston Peters has never visited, nor spoken to the management of the port company his key Northland by-election promise is framed around. Mr Peters announced soon after his Northland campaign launch that his party … Read more »

Time to cap rate rises in Northland and beyond

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Massive rate increases will not happen anywhere under ACT, said Northland candidate Robin Grieve today. Read more »

Major mis-steps in Future Footprint

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

New advice from the Auditor General shows AgResearch is playing fast and loose with taxpayer money, Labours Economic Development spokesperson David Clark says. Read more »

MPS’ Actions Confirm Stereotypes

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union says that political parties currently voting under urgency for a half-baked policy on MPs remuneration confirms all the negative stereotypes taxpayers hold about their elected representatives. Taxpayers Union spokesperson, … Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union Welcomes Green Party Pledge

Press Release – Green Party

The Taxpayers Union is welcoming confirmation from the Green Party that it will block Simon Bridges proposal to increase travel entitlements for MPs elected prior to 1999. Taxpayers Union Spokesman, Ben Craven, says: Read more »

Helping businesses prepare for year-end

Press Release – PricewaterhouseCoopers

With the end of the 2015 financial year now approaching for many businesses, PwC has released a tax planning checklist to assist with preparations for year-end as at 31 March 2015. Read more »

Calls for Sugar Tax Supported by Dentists’ Group

Press Release – Dentists Against Fluoridation

Calls by New Zealand Dental Association spokesman Dr. Rob Beaglehole last week for a Sugar Tax to curb the high decay rate in Kiwi kids is fully supported by Dentists Against Fluoridation, says spokesman Dr. Stan Litras. Read more »

Perk Proposal a Bridge Too Far

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is calling on the Government to withdraw Hon. Simon Bridges Supplementary Order Paper that would nearly double the value of international travel perks for former MPs. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

Ratepayers Fund Assistance to Auckland Council Accounts

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union can reveal that Auckland ratepayers have paid for an external image consultant to provide Brand Me training to back-office accounting staff inside the Auckland Council. Read more »

Retailers Welcome News Govt is Reviewing Reverse Tariff

Press Release – Retail NZ

Retailers are pleased by news that Revenue Minister Todd McClay has asked his officials for advice on how other countries collect tax and duty on low value imports, Retail NZ General Manager Public Affairs Greg Harford said today. Read more »

Todd McClay – Address to IFA Annual Conference, Queenstown

Speech – New Zealand Government

Following last years General Election I am pleased to have retained the Revenue portfolio. Actually rightly or wrongly, I asked to be able to retain it – and I look forward to working with you once again as Minister of Revenue. Read more »

SkyCity hole sucks up more taxpayer cash

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

SkyCity hole sucks up more taxpayer cash More evidence that taxpayers are being ripped off by a Government playing fast and loose with their cash has been provided by Television New Zealand, the SOE caught up in the dodgy SkyCity deal, Labour Economic … Read more »

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