Aucklanders Aren’t That Stupid

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The website launched this morning by Auckland Council to get public feedback on the Council’s ten year budget is a PR attempt to justify higher rates and new charges, rather than a genuine consultative process, according to the Taxpayers’ Union . Its … Read more »

Progressive plan promises low rates increase

Press Release – Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has approved its draft 10-year budget for consultation, which proposes increased services with a 0.2 per cent rates increase in the first year. Read more »

International Relations Manager (Incentives) Appointed

Press Release – New Zealand Film Commission

The New Zealand Film Commission appoints Catherine Bates as International Relations Manager (Incentives) The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) today announced the appointment of Catherine Bates as International Relations Manager (Incentives). We are delighted … Read more »

Public consultation aims to reach more Aucklanders

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Council wants as many Aucklanders as possible to have a say on the regions 10-year budget, with feedback being sought online, at public events or through a feedback form going to all households. Read more »

Aucklanders urged to have their say

Press Release – Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Mayor Len Brown is urging Aucklanders to have their say on some of the biggest decisions on the future of Auckland. Read more »

Deficit $1.5b in five months to November

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Lower than expected operating expenses and higher than forecast customs and excise duties contributed to an operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) deficit $121 million better than forecast for the five months to November, Finance Minister … Read more »

Brewer, Quax, Wood urge public to speak up on 10-year plan

Press Release – Cameron Brewer

Three centre-right Auckland councillors say its critical Auckland householders have their say on Auckland Councils draft Long Term Plan which goes out for public consultation today. Read more »

Comments On Auckland 10-Year Plan

Press Release – No More Rates

Residential Ratepayers to be slogged with $100 million extra on rates while business rates go down. Read more »

NZ govt operating deficit smaller than expected

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 23 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand’s government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first five months of the financial year as a clampdown on expenditure managed to offset a shortfall in the tax-take from last month’s forecast. Read more »

Government Financial Statements to 30/11/14

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Core Crown tax revenue was $94 million below forecast. GST, source deductions and corporate tax together were collectively $138 million lower than forecast, partly offset by higher-than-forecast customs and excise duties. However, year-on-year growth … Read more »

An Uber Rip Off for Taxpayers

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First is concerned the Uber ride service and multinational companies like it are using elaborate tax shelters to rip off hard working Kiwi taxpayers. The Party will be closely following the governments newly announced review of … Read more »

Finance Minister English to keep lid on public sector wages

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 21 (BusinessDesk) – Finance Minister Bill English has warned public sector employees will face “restrained” wage increases as he tries to get the government books back in the black while contending with lower than expected inflation. Read more »

Tariana Turia to receive international tobacco control award

Press Release – Smokefree Coalition

A nomination by the Smokefree Coalition for Associate Health Minister Hon Tariana Turia to receive a 2015 Luther L Terry Award has been accepted. Hon Ms Turia will be presented with the award in March 2015 in Dubai. Read more »

IRD collects $4.1 billion of tax debt in 2013/14

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay says Inland Revenues focus on collecting tax debt has paid big dividends, with $752 million more being collected in 2013/14 than in the previous year. Read more »

A decade of distress for Auckland ratepayers.

Press Release – No More Rates

Rates increases of 3.5% for each of the next 10 years is only half of the story that Auckland Council ratepayers will discover when they receive a summary of the Councils proposed 10-year Long Term Plan[LTP] due for delivery next week. Read more »

Taxing Sugar Not the Answer

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the NZ Herald reporting on an opinion survey commissioned by the Southern Cross Health Society which had 39 percent of respondents supporting a tax on sugary drinks, Taxpayers Union Spokesman Ben Craven says: Read more »

Declare Drought Now

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

As dry conditions are taking grip on many farms the Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy needs to take the bull by the horns and declare regional and local adverse events, says New Zealand First. Read more »

HPA Spends $1.2 Million on “Not Beersies” Campaign

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union has released documents detailing the cost and focus group feedback on the controversial “Not Beersies campaign by the Health Promotion Agency. The documents show that the campaign had the least positive impact on entrenched, … Read more »

Kiwis See Sugar as Public Health Enemy #1

Press Release – Southern Cross Health Society

New Zealanders appear to be getting the message that we can have too much of a good thing sort of. Read more »

Tax man reaping little in return for extra spending

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The National Government has more than doubled the amount it spends chasing tax debt but the level of outstanding tax remains at a near record high, Labour MP Stuart Nash says. Read more »

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