New Council rates remissions and bylaws passed

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council at its meeting today agreed to rates remissions for a number of properties in the Port Hills. It also passed three new bylaws and one amended bylaw, all of which come into force on 1 December 2014. Read more »

MfE briefing highlights urgent need for Climate Change Act

Press Release – Generation Zero

New greenhouse gas emissions projections revealed today in the Ministry for the Environments Briefing to the Incoming Ministers highlight the need for a Climate Change Act with legally binding carbon budgets, says youth climate change organisation Generation … Read more »

Cut Corporate Welfare to Beat the Australians

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Fairfax article that IRD have indicated that company tax may need to be reduced next year, should Australia reduce their rate, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

Kiwi Income Property Trust result up to 30 September

Press Release – Kiwi Income Property Trust

Kiwi Income Property Trust today announced its interim result for the six months ended 30 September 2014, reporting an after tax profit of $23.8 million. The reported after tax profit in the prior comparable period was higher, at $61.9 million, due … Read more »

IRD Services Unavailable Over Weekend

Press Release – Inland Revenue Department

Customers are advised Inland Revenue will be changing over all of its mainframe services to a new provider. Work will start at 6am on Saturday 15 November 2014 and continue throughout the following day. During this time all of our services will be unavailable … Read more »

Joyce Incubates Whole New Method of Corporate Welfare

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the announcement from Science & Innovation Minister, Steven Joyce, that Callahan Innovation’s expanding business incubator network has granted its’ first interest free grant, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

Auckland Council website update 1.50pm

Press Release – Auckland Council

The Auckland Councils website is continuing to experience intermittent technical issues as people try to access the new 2014 property valuations published yesterday. Read more »

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 »

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