Fishing industry legal challenge a step too far

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party is calling the fishing industrys legal challenge against the Kermadec Sanctuary self-serving and a step too far. Read more »

OIO must explain Argentine pollution prosecutions

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

David Cunliffe MP for New Lynn Land Information Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 29 April 2016 OIO must explain Argentine pollution prosecutions The Overseas Investment Office (OIO) has questions to answer about how it safeguarded our sensitive land by allowing … Read more »

Dunne Speaks – The Panama Papers Fall-out

Press Release – United Future NZ Party

DUNNE SPEAKS Friday 29 April New Zealands tax system is generally well-regarded. In part that is because of our focus on a broad base, low rate approach to personal and corporate taxation, and in part it is because our system is relatively easy to … Read more »

Full independent inquiry needed to save NZ’s reputation

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Revelations that John Key’s personal lawyer and trust advisor led a lobbying campaign to shut down a review of New Zealand’s foreign trust regime makes the case for a full scale independent inquiry a matter of urgency, Labour’s Finance spokesperson … Read more »

What did the PM tell his lawyer about foreign trusts?

Press Release – Green Party

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Ministers lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. Read more »


Press Release – Mike Pero

The Reserve Bank has this morning kept the OCR at its current rate of 2.25 per cent which has come as no surprise to real estate agency CEO Mike Pero. Read more »

Mossack Fonseca links to OIO approvals must be investigated

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Minister for Land Information must investigate and disclose how many applications to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) have links to Mossack Fonseca, says Labours Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. Read more »

Poll shows Govt seen to be handling tax haven issue “poorly”

Press Release – ActionStation

Community campaigning group ActionStation says the Government needs to act to close loopholes that have allowed New Zealand to become a tax haven. The group today released UMR polling data showing more than half of New Zealanders are concerned about New … Read more »

IMF to review financial system oversight, securities law

Article – BusinessDesk

April 27 (BusinessDesk) – The International Monetary Fund will look at the Reserve Bank’s oversight of the insurance and banking sectors, and review the overhaul of New Zealand’s securities law to see how the country stacks up against global norms. Read more »

John Key’s land tax could push up rents

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Phil Twyford MP for Te Atat Housing Spokesperson MEDIA STATEMENT 26 April 2016 John Keys land tax could push up rents A land tax proposed by John Key as the answer to the housing crisis could push up rents and risks having no effect on skyrocketing … Read more »

Property Institute rejects land tax proposal

Press Release – New Zealand Property Institute

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, is urging the Government to consider options other than a land tax if figures to be released over the next few days show that foreign property investors are affecting the Auckland … Read more »

National breaking tax promises

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

The introduction of a land tax would be a broken promise, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Read more »

Jury still out on impact of foreign property investors

Article – BusinessDesk

April 26 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand would need data on the activity and influence of foreign property investors before committing to the risks and costs associated with a selective land tax, says Bob Buckle, the dean of commerce at Victoria Business … Read more »

Government should just ban foreign speculators

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Prime Ministers musings about a land tax on non-resident buyers is just more tinkering, and the Government should just ban foreign speculators as the Australian Government has done, says Labours Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Read more »

Land Tax a Disgraceful Cop-Out

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is slamming the Governments consideration of a land tax on foreign purchasers as a cop-out by the Government to fix New Zealands housing affordability crisis. Jordan Williams, Taxpayers Union Executive Director says: Read more »

Action not words, needed on housing speculation

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

John Key should be taking action to crack down on speculation in our overheated housing market, instead of random musings on land tax, Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford said. “John Key suggested today on TVNZ’s Q and A programme that a land tax … Read more »

Bottled water concerns misplaced

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The call from opposition parties for a moratorium or a new tax on consents for bottled water plants is typically uninformed and scientifically unsound in respect of dealing with the challenges New Zealand has in freshwater management, says Environment Minister … Read more »

English: Speech to the Third Data Hui

Speech – New Zealand Government

Can I acknowledge Dame Diane Robertson, chair of the Data Futures Partnership, John Whitehead, from the Partnership Government Statistician Liz MacPherson, Brendan Boyle, Chief Executive of the Ministry for Social Development who we just heard from, and … Read more »

99.85% of overseas buyers slip through OIO screen

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

David Cunliffe MP for New Lynn Land Information Spokesperson 18 April 2016 99.85% of overseas buyers slip through OIO screen Read more »

NZ first-quarter inflation meets Reserve Bank forecast

Article – BusinessDesk

April 18 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand recorded inflation that met the Reserve Banks forecast in the first quarter, as an increase in tobacco tax, food and housing-related costs offset the impact of low fuel prices. Read more »

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