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Potential Changes To Trust Tax Hike Shows Government Is Lawmaking On The Hoof

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 10:12:28 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to reports that the Finance Minister wants to exempt some trusts from paying the new 39% trust tax rate, Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns Manager, Connor Molloy, said: “What is clear is that this tax hike has never been properly thought through ...More >>

The New Zealand Property Investors Association Welcomes Fair Taxation Measures

Wed, 28 Feb 2024 09:19:51 +1300 | NZ Property Investors Federation

The latest data from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) reveals a steady annual increase of 2.2% in the value of residential property nationwide. However, the landscape of the property market is undergoing notable shifts, as demonstrated ...More >>

Highest Public Sector Wage Growth On Record Despite Lagging Productivity

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 10:51:28 +1300 | Taxpayers' Union

Responding to a report showing that public sector wage growth is the highest on record, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Despite a Government elected to trim the bureaucratic fat, public sector wage growth continues ...More >>

Wellington Councillors Need To Front Up Over $32 Million Corporate Handout

Fri, 23 Feb 2024 10:02:24 +1300 | Taxpayers' Union

Wellington City Council is set to decide in secret whether to use $32 million of ratepayers’ money to buy the land under the Reading cinema from its current owners - a multinational firm with real estate holdings valued at over half a billion dollars ...More >>

Child Poverty Worsens; Retiree Liz Greive Urges Other Pensioners With High Incomes To Help.

Thu, 22 Feb 2024 13:58:57 +1300 | Share My Super

“The statistics released today show child poverty has worsened still further in New Zealand. The life and opportunities these children have are not what we, or even our children had. We must do better by them, which in turn, does better for the whole ...More >>

Proposed Amendments To Social Security, Benefits Adjustment & IT Amendment Bill: Impact On Vulnerable Communities

Wed, 21 Feb 2024 18:00:40 +1300 | E Tipu e Rea Whanau

The proposed amendments to the Social Security, Benefits Adjustment & Income Tax Amendment Bill have raised significant concerns regarding their potential impact on the most vulnerable members of our community. If these amendments are enacted ...More >>

Imprisonment Sentence To Deter Tax Offending

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:08:53 +1300 | Inland Revenue Department

A former construction company director has been jailed on tax charges. In 2021, Stephen Eugene Foley was found guilty by a jury of aiding and abetting his construction companies (HPTP 2014 Ltd and Point to Point Construction Ltd) of deducting PAYE from ...More >>

On National Spreading Panic About The Economy

Tue, 20 Feb 2024 09:03:08 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

It is a political strategy as old as time. Scare the public with tales of disaster and stampede them into supporting your ideological agenda because they believe There Is No Alternative. Yet, if the NZ economy truly is as “fragile” as PM Christopher ...More >>

NZTA Must Be Clearer With Speed And Traffic Camera Plans

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 11:04:35 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Commenting on NZTA’s proposal to expand the stock of its road safety cameras from 150 to potentially 800 over the next ten years, Taxpayers’ Union, Researcher, Alex Murphy, said: “There’s no doubt that having safer roads is critically important, ...More >>

Members Bill To Remove GST From Kai, Pulled From Ballot

Thu, 15 Feb 2024 13:17:46 +1300 | The Maori Party

Te Pāti Māori co-leader and Member for Waiariki, Rawiri Waititi is ecstatic his members bill to remove GST from kai has been drawn from the ballot. “For the last three-years Te Pāti Māori have been calling on the previous and current governments ...More >>

Dunne's Weekly: Traffic Management, Stop-go Signs And Aviation Security

Wed, 14 Feb 2024 09:18:08 +1300 | Peter Dunne

There was a hole in a quiet road near me recently. It was about three metres long. A repair crew came to fix it. That crew consisted of six people - a digger operator, someone directing the digger's movements, two stop-go sign holders and their two ...More >>

Every Ratepayer To Pay More Under National’s Plan For Water Services

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 18:09:49 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

It is now certain that New Zealand ratepayers will pay higher rates with the Government confirming it has no plan to help councils deal with ageing water infrastructure, Local Government spokesperson Kieran McAnulty said. “The Government’s confirmation ...More >>

On National’s Misleading Policy Packaging

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 12:27:08 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Truth in packaging can be a political rarity, but the gap between what the Luxon administration says it is doing and what its policies will actually deliver is looking as wide as the Grand Canyon. Is it possible to run a government for three years purely ...More >>

Police And Te Whatu Ora Need To Be Put Back In Their Lane

Fri, 9 Feb 2024 09:30:41 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is slamming today’s news that the Police and Te Whatu Ora Health NZ allocated a $60,000 legal war chest to fight a Wellington pub owner – all for the sake of a bar having to close an hour earlier. “CBD crime is growing, ...More >>

Road Freight Operators Support Road Taxes Being Used For Roads

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:57:14 +1300 | National Road Carriers

Road freight operators welcome the Government prioritising funding collected for roading being used for roading and projects that deliver economic efficiency says National Road Carriers Association (NRC) GM Policy & Advocacy James Smith. ...More >>

Mayor Responds To Cancellation Of Regional Fuel Tax

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 12:04:10 +1300 | Office of the Mayor of Auckland

Aucklanders will have to pay higher rates or miss out on major road and public transport improvements if the Government goes ahead with cancelling the Regional Fuel Tax (RFT) this year. Today, the Minister of Transport, Hon. Simeon Brown, announced that the ...More >>

Government To Axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 11:55:29 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, ...More >>

Government Could Reduce Prices With The Stroke Of A Pen

Wed, 7 Feb 2024 11:26:05 +1300 | New Zealand Taxpayers' Union

Responding to calls for the Government to scrap New Zealand’s remaining import tariffs, Taxpayers’ Union Policy & Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: “Tariffs are a tax on consumers, and if there’s one thing Kiwis don’t ...More >>

New Zealanders' Views On What's Fair When It Comes To Paying For Infrastructure

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 08:42:49 +1300 | New Zealand Infrastructure Commission

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission, Te Waihanga, has released the results of a survey that asked New Zealanders what they think is fair when it comes to paying for infrastructure services like roads, drinking water, and electricity. "Survey ...More >>

On ACT’s Flat Tax Fever

Thu, 1 Feb 2024 12:04:36 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

Party on, dudes. Repeatedly, the policy adventures of Christopher Luxon and David Seymour are taking New Zealand back in time to the most excellent year of 2017. According to Chris and Dave, that’s when government spending was being restrained most righteously ...More >>


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