Aucklanders heading online to check their rates

Press Release – Auckland Council

Aucklanders heading online to check their rates Auckland ratepayers have been checking Auckland Councils website for their rates for 2015/16 over the course of the day. The website is performing very well considering the high level of interest ratepayers … Read more »

Replace Hated Provisional Tax with Business P.A.Y.E

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Replace Hated Provisional Tax with Business P.A.Y.E At Mangawhai today with Commissioners for the Kairpara District Council New Zealand First Leader and former Treasurer, the Rt Hon Winston Peters, has advocated for a bold New Zealand First policy to replace … Read more »

Today’s rates shock is set to be repeated

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Todays confirmed rate rises of over 40% for some Aucklanders are the result of a council with completely unrealistic ideas about its role, says ACT Leader David Seymour. Read more »

Rates bills questioned. Review of Council costs needed

Press Release – Auckland Chamber of Commerce

In the absence of a review of Auckland Councils costs, the 2015/16 rates bills going online from today beg the question: Are the levels of increase necessary? Read more »

Revaluation the real ‘killer’ in council rates increases

Press Release – NoMoreRates.Com

While Auckland ratepayers express their anger at huge rates increases they need to look deeper than simply blaming council spending and waste, although both certainly impact hugely on the level of rates. Read more »

Aucklanders to find out rates tomorrow

Press Release – Auckland City Council

Auckland ratepayers will be able to find out their rates for 2015/16 on Auckland Councils website from tomorrow. The ratings information database (RID) will be live at from 9am where property owners can enter their … Read more »

Ratepayers Dealt the Damage Tomorrow

Press Release – Auckland Ratepayers’ Alliance

Tomorrow ratepayers will learn how Auckland Councils rates hikes will impact them, with the Council launching its online rating database at midnight tonight. Read more »

Young tax guns to talk alternatives to CGT

Press Release – Tax Management New Zealand

Taxation of houses under a capital gains tax (CGT) and GST on imports are among the ideas four young tax professionals will showcase to respected tax leaders in Wellington in October. Read more »

Blame the incompetent council

Opinion – Hugh Pavletich

If Auckland was a normal housing market, like most in North America, house prices would be at or below $300,000 for those on $100,000-a-year household incomes. Read more »

Budget documents reveal Kiwisaver deceit

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

A claim by John Key that cutting the KiwiSaver kickstart will not make a blind bit of difference to the number of people who join KiwiSaver has been shown to be false in Budget documents released yesterday, says Labours Finance spokesperson … Read more »

University wants to tax bread, cereal, meat, eggs and milk

Press Release – Food and Grocery Council

A call by Auckland University academics to tax New Zealand families staple foods such as bread, milk, eggs and meat is lunacy, says NZ Food and Grocery Council Chief Executive Katherine Rich. Over the past two years, the Universities of Otago and … Read more »

Looking for Details on $175 Million Lost From Education

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First’s Education Spokesperson Tracey Martin wants to know the details of the governments underspending on education. Read more »

Auckland University Calls for 20% Tax on staple foods

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Auckland Universitys latest report calling for new food taxes is the most ridiculous yet, according to the Taxpayers Union. The report calls for a 20% flat rate tax on bread; breakfast cereals; processed meat; fresh beef, lamb, hogget, and poultry; … Read more »

New Report Corrects Recent Misinformation About Sugar Taxes

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Nielsen sales data, today released publicly for the first time in New Zealand, shows that Mexican sales of sugar sweetened beverages have not moved, despite the introduction of a sugar tax. Read more »

Glitches galore in rego system rollout

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

ACC Minister Nikki Kaye should stop making excuses and just admit her new vehicle licensing system is a lemon after more botch ups were uncovered this week, Labours ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says. Read more »

NZ govt surplus widens in 11 months on company, PIE tax

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ govt surplus widens in 11 months on company, PIE tax inflows; delayed education spend Read more »

Financial Statements of the Govt of NZ, 11 Months to 31/5/15

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Once minority interests share of revenues and expenses are removed, the total Crowns operating balance before gains and losses (OBEGAL) was a surplus of $1,176 million in the eleven-month period. This compares to a forecast surplus of $193 million. … Read more »

Hawke’s Bay Airport offer a shameful giveaway

Opinion – Mike Butler

The right for Mana Ahuriri to buy half of the HB Airport, reported on Saturday, is the latest of a long line of government blunders over the airport. Read more »

The time is right for a sugar sweetened beverages tax

Press Release – FIZZ New Zealand

New Zealand doctors and researchers say new evidence about the effectiveness of a sugary drinks tax on reducing childhood obesity, and rising public support, mean the time is right to introduce such a tax in New Zealand. Read more »

Community housing provider concerned at Government

Press Release – Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity New Zealand is concerned that an announcement to establish a new tax exemption category for potentially deregistered housing charities misses the mark. Reliant on a misreading of the relevant case law, the governments announcement … Read more »

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