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Price of petrol up 20 cents before Govt fuel taxes

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 11:37:29 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

Figures released by Statistics NZ today show petrol prices for the year to June were up 20 cents per litre, even before the Government’s extra 25 cents per litre tax increases started coming into force on 1 July, National Party Transport spokesperson ...More >>

AIM’s early adopters experience simpler provisional tax

Tue, 17 Jul 2018 09:35:06 +1200 | New Zealand Inland Revenue

More than 1,100 customers have opted for more certainty around their provisional tax obligations by signing up for the new Accounting Income Method (AIM). More >>

Greater local powers must come with great responsibility

Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:38:28 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

MEDIA RELEASE Greater local powers must come with great responsibility 16 JULY 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE More >>

Rates for new financial year set

Thu, 12 Jul 2018 16:48:27 +1200 | Hastings District Council

Property rates for the 2018/19 financial year have been officially adopted by Hastings District Council today [July 12]. Final decisions on the year’s work programme and budget were decided in June, as part of the Long Term Plan (LTP). That process ...More >>

Queenstown ‘bed tax’ could kill the goose

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 12:20:51 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Queenstown Mayor’s proposed bed tax could choke the goose that lays the golden egg, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says, “As though it’s not already costly enough for people to ...More >>

Queenstown hospitality businesses fear a bed tax

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 11:49:18 +1200 | RNZ

Queenstown hospitality businesses fear a bed tax could ruin their livelihoods Tess Brunton, Dunedin journalist More >>

Gordon Campbell on the nurses strike

Wed, 11 Jul 2018 10:15:31 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

A t this point, the official response to the nurses strike has very little to do with the merits of the case. Hey, if the coalition government yields anything further to the nurses’ demands, it has concluded, what signal would that send to the teachers ...More >>

Council targets Airbnb and misses the mark

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 17:27:45 +1200 | Tourism Industry Aotearoa

Auckland Council’s new ‘Airbnb rate’ falls dismally short of the mark and fails to reduce unfairness for traditional accommodation providers, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa.More >>

Sugar tax will help stem the rising tide of type 2 diabetes

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 16:31:42 +1200 | Diabetes New Zealand

Diabetes New Zealand strongly supports the recent call by DHB heads for New Zealand to introduce a sugar tax. More >>

Invercargill City Council on naughty list

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 15:45:04 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union says ratepayers have been let down by Invercargill City Council’s decision to spend almost quarter of a million on a building to store Christmas lights. Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “First the ...More >>

Increasing Evidence Shows Sugar Taxes Ineffective

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:43:22 +1200 | NZ Beverage Council

The New Zealand Beverage Council (NZBC) says that calls for a sugar tax on sugar-sweetened beverages are misguided and there is increasing international evidence that shows sugar taxes are ineffective in reducing obesity.More >>

Acting PM – the Govt’s evidence-based voice on sugar tax

Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:19:41 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters may be this Government’s one evidence-based voice on sugar tax, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Strikes give small businesses a breather

Mon, 9 Jul 2018 16:11:39 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

Today’s strike action by 4000 bureaucrats from Inland Revenue and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment will give small businesses a temporary breather from onerous compliance costs, says ACT Leader David Seymour. “I welcome this action ...More >>

Christchurch restaurateur gets home D for tax evasion

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 14:20:37 +1200 | Inland Revenue Department

Christchurch restaurateur Jonathon Charles Schwass has been given six months’ home detention for not passing on more than $250,000 of his employees’ tax deductions. More >>

Christchurch City Council did not tender $1.245m touch wall

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 12:07:36 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Christchurch City Council failed to pursue an open tender process for their $1.2m ‘touch wall’, reveals the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union . More >>

Trucking companies growing rich on taxpayer handouts

Fri, 6 Jul 2018 09:20:00 +1200 | Dog And Lemon Guide

The government should make the trucking industry pay the full costs of the roads they travel down, says the car review website . More >>

Robertson should return surplus to taxpayers

Thu, 5 Jul 2018 10:59:21 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

A surplus of more than $5.2 billion in the eleven months to May shows the Government is overtaxing hardworking New Zealanders, according to ACT Leader David Seymour. More >>

Ombudsman judgment against Christchurch City Council welcome

Thu, 5 Jul 2018 09:12:54 +1200 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

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‘Risky’ four well-beings Bill puts cart before the horse

Wed, 4 Jul 2018 11:47:33 +1200 | Federated Farmers

Federated Farmers says a return to a looser legislative mandate for local government activities presents a "depressing scenario" for those who foot the bill - ratepayers.More >>

Gordon Campbell on subsidising the film industry

Wed, 4 Jul 2018 10:30:39 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

F ilm subsidies – or subsidies of any sort – have always been regarded by Treasury as a heretical notion. Sure, film subsidies may work in practice, but do they work in theory? In 2004, Treasury was predicting they could cost $10 million a year . ...More >>


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