Colin Craig’s tax figures do not add up and are dishonest

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Colin Craigs tax plan is to have two rates of income tax: 0% up to $20,000 and 25% above that. This will leave a $6.4 billion hole in the budget even before the new spending proposed by the Conservatives. The Conservative tax promises are … Read more »

Why Gisborne would need a ‘local share’ of royalties

Press Release – Local Government NZ

Every year the Government receives hundreds of millions of dollars in royalty payments for oil, gas, coal and mineral extraction in New Zealand. Read more »

Government funding boost for aged care a good start

Press Release – Aged Care Association

Yesterday Health Minister Tony Ryall announced a 5% funding boost for the elderly in rest home level care starting from 1 October 2014. New Zealand Aged Care Association Chief Executive Martin Taylor says it is a good injection of funding for the sector. Read more »

Cunliffe’s fiscal backdown nothing like enough

Press Release – New Zealand Government

David Cunliffe and Labour are still committed to irresponsibly spending all of the next four Budgets before the election, despite yesterday attempting and failing to recast their ropey fiscal forecasts, National Party Finance Spokesman Bill … Read more »

$150 million boost for Rural Broadband Initiative

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

Nationals Communications and Information Technology spokeswoman, Amy Adams, today announced a re-elected National-led Government will establish a new $150 million fund to extend the Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI). Read more »

National’s tax cuts mean health, education cuts

Press Release – Green Party

John Key is again dangling tax cuts in front of voters, but such cuts will come at the cost of cuts to health, education and environmental protection, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Labour, Greens and Dotcom would spend up large

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

Hon Bill English National Party Finance Spokesman Media Release 25 August 2014 Labour, Greens and Dotcom would spend up large Its too late for Labour to try to look responsible with taxpayers money when it has publically committed to four years … Read more »

Greens plainly wrong again on Budget claims

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Russel Norman and the Greens have again confirmed they cannot read Budgets, repeating incorrect claims that the National-led Government is planning multi-billion dollar cuts to health and education spending over the next three years. Read more »

Government “opening of the books” shows wasted opportunity

Press Release – Council of Trade Unions

The economic and fiscal forecasts in the pre-election update the opening of the governments books shows how the Government has failed to grasp the opportunity of the Global Financial Crisis to rebalance the economy, says CTU … Read more »

National Chooses to Campaign on High Tax, High Spend Policy

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is slamming Bill Englishs indication that the National Party will not offer voters any indication of tax cuts before next month’s general election. Speaking to journalists and analysts in the Pre-election Economic and Fiscal … Read more »

Soaring debt shows National poor economic managers

Press Release – Green Party

Treasurys pre-election update today shows net government debt will be substantially higher than forecast just three months ago, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2014

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Full PREFU: prefu14whole.pdf Full Executive Summary with charts: prefu14pt2of11.pdf Online: Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update 2014 The Treasury – New Zealand Read more »

On track to surplus, more jobs, higher incomes

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New Zealand is on track to Budget surplus this year, backed by good growth, more jobs and higher incomes under the Governments economic programme, according to Treasurys Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update issued today. Read more »

Falling commodity prices take heat out of NZ economy: Prefu

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 19 (BusinessDesk) – This year’s drop in global dairy and log prices has slowed the pace of the New Zealand economy earlier than expected, while lower than anticipated GST receipts are likely to trim the projected government surplus, according to the … Read more »

Prefu shows National’s economic credentials intact

Article – BusinessDesk

Aug. 19 (BusinessDesk) – The National government heads into the election with its Budget surplus target broadly intact, delivering a set of economic and fiscal forecasts marginally revised from May to reflect weaker commodity prices and a lower tax take. Read more »

National to cut $3.8bn from health, education, environment

Press Release – Green Party

Findings in an independent analysis of the Governments books, commissioned by the Green Party, reveal National is planning multi-billion dollar cuts to health, education, and environment spending over the next three years. Read more »

Stench of Pork Barrel Politics in Rotorua

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the Associate Minister of Tourism, Todd McClays comments on the opening of the Rotorua Mountain Bike Gravity Park, which received $225,000 of taxpayers money to develop, Taxpayers Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says: Read more »

Major Events Fund invests in Winter Games NZ

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce today announced the Major Events Fund is investing $1.5 million in Winter Games New Zealand 2015 and $1.25 million in Winter Games New Zealand 2017. Read more »

Green’s transport policy says everything must go

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says the Green Party owes it to New Zealanders to identify which State highway projects would not proceed under its just released transport policy. Read more »

New multi-million dollar bill for taxpayers under failed ETS

Press Release – Green Party

New figures showing taxpayers forked out nearly $6 million in the last year on free pollution permits to Rio Tinto show the emissions trading scheme (ETS) must go, the Green Party said today. Read more »

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