Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Communications Agencies Join Anti Car Park Tax Group


For Immediate Release
13 March, 2013

Communications Agencies Join Anti Car Park Tax Group

The combined creative weight of around 100 advertising and media agencies represented by the Communications Agencies Association of New Zealand (CAANZ) has joined the FBT Action Group in opposing the Government’s proposal for a near 50% car park tax.

CAANZ has joined organisations such as Property Council New Zealand, the Employers and Manufacturers Association (Northern) and Tournament Parking in opposing a new tax on employer-provided car parks in Auckland and Wellington. The Unite Union is also a strong supporter of the campaign against the tax, citing concerns about potential impacts on the safety of late-night shift workers in the city.

CAANZ represents the advertising and media agencies of New Zealand with many of those creative agencies based in the Auckland and Wellington CBDs, close to their major clients.

“It’s the kind of campaign where I think our members would enjoy applying their combined creative talents to opposing what seems to be a petty and quite selective tax,” says CAANZ CEO Paul Head.

“A few years ago some of our members got very creative in successfully opposing Auckland Council proposals to ban billboards in downtown Auckland and this proposal seems like a similar irritant to the eco light bulb and weak showerhead ideas that were floated by the previous government.“

Mr Head said the association’s members were also deeply concerned about the compliance costs associated with the proposed car park tax as well as the additional cost of the tax.

“Most of our members are in small to medium size businesses and one or our members did a back of the envelope calculation that immediately added $30,000 per year to his compliance costs. The idea of having to work out where every employee is parking, and why, is ridiculous. Add that to another ridiculous proposal to track and tax cell phone and computer use and you’d have to wonder what a supposedly more business friendly government is thinking.”

The FBT Action Group was launched this week to oppose proposals by Revenue Minister Peter Dunne to extend the fringe benefit tax to include car parks in Wellington and Auckland city but not to other centres.

Like: facebook.com/nocarparktax

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news