Kaipatiki Residents Get Short Changed … Again

Press Release – Joint Press Release

This has been an expensive week to live in the North Shore! Kaipatiki Local Board members Lorene Pigg, John Gillon, and Dr. Grant Gillon are deeply concerned around the affordability of the crippling rates increase combined with the proposed motorway … Read more »

Research shows disparity between tax paid by women and men

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington

Research from Victoria University of Wellington examining taxation and government welfare spending by age and gender in New Zealand shows that women pay less tax than men over their lifetime and receive more government assistance. According to researchers … Read more »

Prime Minister’s Corporate Welfare for Safari Company

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is labelling the latest example of tourism corporate welfare announced by the Prime Minister today as ridiculous and impossible to justify. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: It isnt a loan, it isnt … Read more »

Govt books getting worse as economy slows

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Nationals economic credibility is under serious scrutiny with its search for surplus becoming harder due to an economy far too reliant on the dairy industry, says Labours Finance spokesperson David Parker. Read more »

Wellington Chamber Join Council in Sandpit of Stupidity

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Dominion Posts report that the Wellington City Council has spent $20,000 on a sandpit shaded by the earthquake prone Town Hall, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

National’s promised surplus looking doubtful

Press Release – Green Party

Budget figures for the first quarter of the financial year released today by Treasury show the Governments goal of achieving a budget surplus is looking doubtful, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Financial Statements of NZ Government – 30 September 2014

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the three months ended 30 September 2014 were released by the Treasury today. These statements are compared against forecasts based on the Budget Economic and Fiscal Update (BEFU 14) released … Read more »

Economy growing but fiscal position challenging

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Crown accounts for the first three months of the current financial year are broadly consistent with forecasts, but at the same time highlight the challenge of returning to surplus, Finance Minister Bill English says. Read more »

Toll Referendum a Waste of Money

Press Release – Affordable Auckland

Affordable Aucklands Stephen Berry says proposals for a public referendum on road tolls and a regional fuel tax would be a complete waste of money. The Len Brown-nosing Councils spending is already far out of control. Funding a referendum on tolling … Read more »

NZ govt deficit in line with forecast

Article – BusinessDesk

Nov. 7 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government’s operating deficit was in line with pre-election forecasts as company and income tax came in ahead of expectations, offsetting the lower domestic consumption which has been weighing on GST. Read more »

Decisions continue on draft 10-year budget

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Councils Budget Committee today made decisions regarding its rating policy for the draft Long-term Plan (LTP) 2015-2025, councils next 10-year budget. Read more »

Proposed rates cap will hurt Taranaki communities

Press Release – Joint Media Statement

The New Plymouth District Council Staff Association, and the unions representing New Plymouth District Council staff, the Public Service Association (PSA) and the EPMU, say a proposed cap on rates will only hurt residents by reducing services and … Read more »

Road funding announcements provide clarity on council share

Press Release – Local Government NZ

The New Zealand Transport Agency today releases its Funding Assistance Rates (FAR) which determines how central government land transport co-funding will be distributed over the next nine years. Read more »

Decisions on draft 10-year budget

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Councils Budget Committee today made decisions for its draft Long-term Plan (LTP) 2015-2025, the councils next 10-year budget. The Budget Committee has agreed to consult with Aucklanders on a 3.5 per cent average rates increase for each … Read more »

Auckland cemetery plot fee rise outrageous

Press Release – Funeral Directors Assn of NZ

Auckland Councils proposal to hike the cost of burials will make them unaffordable for many families and force them to cremate relatives against their will, says the Funeral Directors Association of NZ. Read more »

Questionable use of tax payer money

Press Release – NZ Property Investors Federation

It doesn’t seem like good value for NZ taxpayers to lose ownership of state houses, not receive a fair price and provide income related rents to social housing providers as well,” says NZ Property Investors Federation (NZPIF) Executive Officer, … Read more »

City Rail Link: ratepayers will face 10-20% rates increases

Press Release – David Thornton

Todays 10-year Budget debate at Auckland Council will startle ratepayers when they discover that their huge rates increases, following re-valuation, will see a reduction in service levels, and capital expenditure for suburban areas slashed to … Read more »

Why banks pay local body rates arrears, then charge customer

Press Release – Banking Ombudsman

Why banks can take money from customer bank accounts to pay their council rates arrears is explained in a new Banking Ombudsman Scheme quick guide on payment of overdue rates. Read more »

Duty free tobacco limit lowered from today

Press Release – Ministry Of Customs

Customs officers at the border will be enforcing new duty free limits for tobacco products from today. Read more »

Survey shows improved Inland Revenue service delivery

Press Release – Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

Satisfaction with Inland Revenues overall service has increased since last year according to an annual survey of Chartered Accountants. Read more »

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