It was all just pillar talk

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Steven Joyces confession that he can no longer guarantee a pillar-free design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre shows the Government has abandoned its dream of creating an iconic world-class structure, says Labour Economic … Read more »

KPMG welcomes debt capitalisation tax proposals

Press Release – KPMG

KPMG welcomes proposals confirming that shareholders can convert debt to equity funding for insolvent companies. This will provide business with a simple route to rationalise group structures without unwarranted tax effects. Read more »

Debt-remission consultation taxpayer friendly

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Debt-remission consultation taxpayer friendly Minister of Revenue Todd McClay has said that a consultation paper seeking public feedback on tax rules for related parties debt remission will lead to greater certainty and fairness for tax payers. This … Read more »

Government-Picked Winner Loses Taxpayers’ Money

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that taxpayers forked out $287,500 in corporate welfare to the failed eHome business that is currently in receivership owing $17.5 million to creditors. Read more »

Big Bill After Minister Bypassed Airport Security

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The cost to the taxpayer of the inquiry into former Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee deliberately breaching security at Christchurch Airport is $43,550. Read more »

NZ Super Referendum an Easy Choice for Taxpayers

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is backing ACT leader David Seymours call for a referendum on New Zealands growing superannuation burden. Reacting to Mr Seymours speech delivered this afternoon at the Partys conference, Taxpayers Union Executive … Read more »

NZTE Resisted Ateed’s Push into London

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers’ Union can reveal that New Zealand Trade and Enterprise resisted attempts by Auckland Council’s economic development arm to create a new role in London for one of its former executives. Responding to the NZ Herald story published today , … Read more »

NZ government deficit smaller than expected in first half

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 20 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government’s operating deficit was smaller than expected in the first six months of the financial year, as the consumption and corporate tax take rose ahead of forecast in December, having lagged estimates in … Read more »

Police PR Loses the Plot – Buys a Tractor

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Waikato Times report that Police have purchased a tractor for raising awareness of rural crime, Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

Pokie expenditure up in last quarter of 2014

Press Release – Department Of Internal Affairs

More money was spent on pub and club pokies in the last three months of 2014 compared with the previous quarter ended September 2014, according to figures compiled by the Department of Internal Affairs. Read more »

Tax Hike Should Go up in Smoke

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to answers in Parliament by Associate Minister of Health, Hon Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, that the Government is seeking advice on raising tobacco taxes further, Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

MBIE’s 5-Star Furniture on the Taxpayer

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is shocked that the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment spent $360,000 on new furniture for its new Wellington offices to re-accommodate 200 staff. Responding to last nights 3News story , Jordan Williams, Executive … Read more »

Leaflet dump costs a bitter bill

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Government has spent thousands of taxpayer money on health publicity it later had to dump, either because it was out of date or didnt suit its political agenda, Labours Health spokesperson Annette King says. Read more »

Masturbating Nun a Poor Use of Ratepayer Money

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

In an unusual coalition the Taxpayers Union is backing concerns expressed by the morally conservative Family First lobby group regarding a highly offensive t-shirt being displayed at the Canterbury Museum. The t-shirt features a semi-naked nun masturbating. Read more »

Revised cost of transition for Wellington

Press Release – Local Government Commission

A revised table has been produced for the Volume 2: Technical Report which accompanied the draft proposal for reorganisation of local government in Wellington. The revision affects the estimated transition cost for the proposed Greater Wellington Council, … Read more »

MP Expenses a Long Way to Go

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is pleased that the latest round of MPs expenses does not appear to include more troubling examples of MPs abusing their taxpayer funded travel and accommodation privileges. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan … Read more »

Tax relief for drought-affected Southern farmers

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Revenue Minister Todd McClay today welcomed Inland Revenues decision to exercise its income equalisation discretion to help provide relief for drought-affected farmers in the eastern South Island. Mr McClays comment follows the declaration of a medium-scale … Read more »

Victoria Square: No Need For Change – Open Letter to PM

Press Release – Christchurch Civic Trust

Victoria Square Letter to Rt Hon John Key Prime Minister of New Zealand From Mark Gerrard, Chair Historic Places Canterbury & Neil Roberts, Chair Christchurch Civic Trust Read more »

Levy cuts closer following decision on new cars

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Everythings on-track for a significant reduction in ACC motor vehicle levies from 1 July, says ACC Minister Nikki Kaye, who has decided how levies for new cars will be calculated. From 1 July 2015, the average motor vehicle levy, including the … Read more »

Taxpayers’ Union Launch Skycity Petition

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union has launched an online petition for members of the public and concerned taxpayers to voice their opposition to taxpayer support of the SkyCity convention centre. Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

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