Auckland Ratepayers’ Money Shouldn’t Be Bob Harvey’s Secret

Press Release – Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance

The Auckland Ratepayers Alliance is calling out Auckland Council for its secretive approach to ratepayer money after it shot down the Alliances enquiries regarding the remuneration of Sir Bob Harvey in his new role as Champion for Auckland … Read more »

Council party after rates hike fails any sniff test

Press Release – Cameron Brewer

“Given the latest rates increases have been so controversial and so significant for many Auckland households, the Mayor and management shouldve dropped any idea of a celebratory drinks party in the Aotea Centre before it was even first mooted, … Read more »

Taxation (Land and Offshore Persons Information) Bill

Press Release – Select Committee Office

The chairperson of the Finance and Expenditure Committee is inviting submissions on this bill. The closing date for submissions is Thursday 9 July 2015. Read more »

Ruataniwha dam has already cost ratepayers too much

Press Release – Green Party

Ruataniwha dam has already cost ratepayers too much The Ruataniwha dam project should not proceed, as it has already sucked up $12million of Hawkes Bay ratepayers money and $6m from the taxpayer, and questions still remain about the dams viability … Read more »

MFAT Spend $11.4 Million on Nyc Apartment

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is calling on the Foreign Affairs Minister to explain how the purchase of a $11.4 million luxury New York apartment is good value for taxpayer money. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

MFAT spend on apartment unwise

Press Release – Green Party

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) has once again misjudged what is an appropriate use of taxpayers money by spending $11.4 million dollars on an apartment, said the Green Party today. Read more »

Auckland Council adopts 10-year budget

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Council has adopted its 10-year budget, setting rates, introducing an interim transport levy and agreeing on the level of investment in the region for the next 10 years. Read more »

Bill to strengthen property tax rules passes first reading

Press Release – New Zealand Government

A bill which will help Inland Revenue enforce the tax rules around property has passed its first reading in Parliament today. Read more »

Lavish penthouse spend confirms culture of extravagance

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Lavish penthouse spend confirms culture of extravagance At the same time thousands of New Zealanders are being locked out of the property market, the Government is spending up on a lavish New York penthouse for its diplomats, Labours Foreign … Read more »

Million-plus car owners to pay too much ACC

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

More than a million car owners will pay higher ACC motor vehicle registration than necessary from July, Labours ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. Read more »

Lower tobacco duty free limit yields results

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Nicky Wagner Minister of Customs Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga Associate Minister of Health Read more »

Did a Cabinet Minister Tell a Saudi to Sue NZ Taxpayers?

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is calling on the Prime Minister to take seriously the allegation that someone in his Government suggested to Hmood Al-Ali Al-Khalaf that he sue the New Zealand Government in relation to the ban of live sheep exports. The threat of … Read more »

Disgraced Heart of City boss Alex Swney gets 5 years, 7 mths

Article – BusinessDesk

June 24 (BusinessDesk) – The disgraced former chief executive of Aucklands Heart of the City, Alex Swney, has been sentenced to five years and seven months in jail for tax evasion and defrauding the business group. Read more »

Rate Rebates applications for 2014/2015 close next Tuesday

Press Release – Horowhenua District Council

Horowhenua ratepayers are reminded that next Tuesday is the last day available to apply for rates rebates for the 2014/2015 year. Read more »

Abstaining is not leading

Press Release – Albert Eden Roskill Communities and Residents

Communities and Residents (C+R) Albert/Eden/Roskill are seriously concerned about the hefty rates increases proposed in the Long Term Plan (LTP) and calls on all Councillors to vote against it. Read more »

MBIE Head Retracts Offer to Meet Taxpayer Representatives

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The head of the government department that spent $140,474 on a TV screen, $67,339 on a sign and $5,480 on an arts consultant for its new Wellington offices, has retracted an offer made to the Taxpayers Union to meet about the Ministrys spending. … Read more »

NZ govt introduces bill aimed at property speculators

Article – BusinessDesk

June 23 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government has introduced a bill aimed at tightening rules and scrutiny of property investors, including the requirement to provide their tax numbers and for foreign investors to show they have a local … Read more »

Bill to strengthen property tax rules introduced

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay and Land Information Minister Louise Upston have welcomed the introduction of a new bill which will help Inland Revenue enforce the tax rules around property. The Taxation (Land Information and Offshore Persons Information) … Read more »

PM must explain Saudi sheep scandal backflips

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

John Keys explanations of the Saudi sheep scandal continue to be riddled with inconsistencies and irreconcilable backflips, Labours Trade Spokesperson David Parker says. Read more »

MSD going down wasteful spending track

Press Release – New Zealand Parliament

The Ministry of Social Development is paying big salaries and forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars on management courses while at the same time looking to hand some services over to a multinational outsourcing company with an appalling track … Read more »

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