Another $9M on Corporate Welfare

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to the announcement from Primary Industries Minister, Nathan Guy, and his Associate Minister, Jo Goodhew, that the Government will be spending another $9 million of taxpayers money on farming and forestry projects, Taxpayers Union … Read more »

Visitor economy support for local govt investment

Press Release – Tourism Industry Association

A healthy visitor economy is vital to the regions but local government support is essential, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says. Read more »

Makhlouf: Connecting Internationally

Speech – New Zealand Treasury

This afternoon, Secretary to the Treasury, Gabriel Makhlouf, is giving a speech to the Trans-Tasman Business Circle on international connections. Below is the text of the speech. Read more »

Monthly Economic Indicators March 2015

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

Real GDP rose 0.8% in the December quarter, the same as Treasurys HYEFU forecast Partial indicators for 2015 remain consistent with a solid growth outlook Nevertheless, the domestic inflation outlook remains weak with the RBNZ reaffirming … Read more »

Ngapuhi settlement negotiators appointed

Press Release – Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority

Three prominent Ngapuhi have been appointed as negotiators for the historic Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement negotiations to begin soon between the Tuhoronuku Independent Mandated Authority (Tuhoronuku IMA) representing all Ngapuhi – and the Crown. … Read more »

Decision digest: Progress with CRL faster than anticipated

Press Release – Auckland Council

Auckland Council committee members met today to discuss the levies for the Auckland Museum and MOTAT, further financial assistance for the Retrofit Your Home Programme, and the councils submission to the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service Amendment … Read more »

National’s motorway bribes won’t help Northland

Press Release – Green Party

Bringing forward the start date on the Puhoi to Wellsford motorway will not help Northland or the rest of country that will have to pay for it, the Green Party said today. Read more »

Retailers Welcome News Govt is Reviewing Reverse Tariff

Press Release – Retail NZ

Retailers are pleased by news that Revenue Minister Todd McClay has asked his officials for advice on how other countries collect tax and duty on low value imports, Retail NZ General Manager Public Affairs Greg Harford said today. Read more »

Financial Statements of Govt of NZ, seven months to 31/1/15

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

The Financial Statements of the Government of New Zealand for the seven months ended 31 January 2015 were released by the Treasury today. These statements are compared against forecasts based on the 2014 Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update (HYEFU) … Read more »

NZ govt posts small surplus in 7 mths to January

Article – BusinessDesk

March 11 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government posted a small operating surplus in the seven months through January as tax revenue beat expectations, while costs were smaller than anticipated. Read more »

SCL selected as integrated laboratories preferred provider

Press Release – Joint Media Statement

Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast District Health Boards (DHBs) have selected Southern Community Laboratories (SCL) as their preferred provider for hospital and community laboratory services. Read more »

Wellington Laboratories Decision Defies Belief

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The decision by the three Wellington region district health boards to continue their attempt to put public hospital laboratories in the hands of a private company defies belief, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of the Association of Salaried … Read more »

Give children in poverty the same respect as retirees

Press Release – Bridget Williams Books

New Zealand has an opportunity to tackle its high levels of child poverty by prioritising the needs of children just as it has done for the elderly, two prominent academics say. Read more »

Govt to forge ahead with ‘high risk’ lab plan

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Health Minister Jonathan Colemans decision to privatise Wellingtons laboratory services goes against the advice of those working at the front line our clinicians and medical specialists, Labours Health spokesperson Annette King says. Read more »

LGC have blinkers on says Napier Mayor

Press Release – Napier City Council

Napier mayor Bill Dalton says he has no faith in the Local Government Commission given their decision to stand by a report he says is totally erroneous. Read more »

Todd McClay: ATAINZ Tax Conference

Speech – New Zealand Government

Thank you for inviting me here today. It is always a pleasure to address tax professionals. Read more »

Gobsmacking Lack of Financial Analysis for Lab Proposal

Press Release – Association of Salaried Medical Specialists

The three Wellington regional district health boards driving public hospital laboratories toward privatisation have failed dismally to provide any good financial analysis of the benefits of going down this path, says Ian Powell, Executive Director of … Read more »

English: Auckland Chamber of Commerce and Massey University

Speech – New Zealand Government

Thank you Michael and the Auckland Chamber of Commerce, and Steve and Massey University, for inviting me back to this annual event. Read more »

Tamaki Redevelopment has key role in Auckland housing

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 26 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand government is looking at ways Tamaki Redevelopment Co can help boost the supply of affordable housing, which forms part of its focus on the nation’s “unbalanced” property market, Finance Minister Bill English … Read more »

NZ Treasury to put more acid on Crown entity boards

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 25 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand Treasury has pulled in private sector directors to give it advice on how to put Crown entity boards under more scrutiny so as to avoid another rapid deterioration such as witnessed by coal miner Solid Energy. Read more »

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