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 »

Carbon taxes and the OCR

Press Release – Kevin Hearle

The Governor of the RBNZ has reduced interest rates to try and stimulate a sluggish economy. The Minister for Climate Change Tim Groser on the other hand is trying to introduce a carbon tax or updated ETS as a result of the impending decision in Paris … Read more »

Businesses Bear Brunt of Auckland Council Transport Levy

Press Release – Employers And Manufacturers Association

Businesses with a capital value of more than $180 million could be wearing a levy of more than $48,000, under Auckland Councils proposed Annual Plan. Read more »

New measure to share costs of maintaining NZ’s oil security

Press Release – Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

10 December 2015 New measure to share costs of maintaining NZs oil security equitably Read more »

Overcharging of thousands of car owners continues

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Thousands of car owners whose vehicles are incorrectly classified under National’s shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system face further delays in getting their levies right, Labour ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. Read more »

Bill tackles offshore property speculators and online GST

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A bill that will see offshore property speculators pay a withholding tax on profits from property transactions under the Bright-line test, and GST applied to online purchases of services and intangibles from overseas suppliers has passed its first … Read more »

Financial Statements of the Government of NZ to 31/10/15

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Overall the fiscal results have improved from the previous year with the OBEGAL deficit of $478 million compared to deficit of $1 billion at the same time last, with net debt relatively constant. Core Crown tax revenue has increased by 5.8%, while core … Read more »

Second rates instalment due

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council

The second of four rates instalments is due Tuesday 15 December and Horowhenua District Council offers a range of payment options. Read more »

Hahei Residents Draw Line in the Sand

Press Release – Hahei Ratepayer Association

Hundreds of Hahei residents gathered at the local hall on November 28 to voice concerns regarding the latest plan by the Department of Conservation, iwi and Thames Coromandel District Council to build a walkway along the coast. Everyone at the meeting welcomes … Read more »

Strong performance means smaller rate rise

Press Release – Tasman District Council

Tasman ratepayers are set to benefit from the Tasman District Councils sustained focus on debt reduction and reduced spending, with a lower than predicted rate increase next year. Read more »

Sales manager sentenced to 3 years jail for tax fraud

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

An Auckland sales manager who failed to pay tax and dishonestly claimed refunds has been sentenced to 3 years jail. Read more »

IRD eyes hybrid instruments, related party debt

Article – BusinessDesk

Dec. 2 (BusinessDesk) – The Inland Revenue Department is looking at the tax treatment of hybrid debt and equity instruments and the use of related party loans funding local subsidiaries as part of a global clamp-down on tax avoidance. Read more »

ACC makes recommendations on $450 million of levy cuts

Press Release – ACC

Thanks to a new funding policy and public feedback, ACC is recommending the Government makes across the board levy cuts of $450 million next year. Read more »

Fossil of Day award shows up National’s climate hypocrisy

Press Release – Green Party

New Zealand being awarded the Fossil of the Day award at the Paris climate talks is an embarrassing indictment that shows up the National Governments failure to walk the talk on climate change, the Green Party said. Read more »

10-year passports: Back by public demand

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Peter Dunne Minister of Internal Affairs 30 November 2015 10-year passports: Back by public demand Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has today welcomed New Zealands return to 10-year adult passports. Legislation necessary to effect this … Read more »

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