News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

Holland’s departure no guarantee of change – PSA


The PSA, the union representing New Zealand’s tax workers, today said the departure of the IRD Commissioner Graham Holland would be ‘no automatic panacea’ for the organisation.

PSA national secretary Paul Cochrane said those wanting a better quality tax service – including IRD staff – must realise the importance of getting the findings of this year’s tax inquiry in place soon.

‘We were, by and large, satisfied with the inquiry’s findings and the call for a change in the work culture which, as was explicitly stated, must come from the top.

‘In that sense Mr Holland’s announcement will hopefully serve as a circuit breaker for change but there can be no comfort this will automatically happen,’ he said.

The inquiry was detailed on what was needed in IRD, he said. ‘There were recommendations on improving and increasing staff training and there was criticism of the downgrading of the department with job cuts, office closures and a loss of one on one services for taxpayers.

‘Detailed work has been done in examining the problems and now we need to be moving to fix things. I am confident this will happen because Labour was explicit in its support of the inquiry’s findings,’ he said.

‘We want the best for our members who have had a pretty hard time in the last year or so. We are working to get a job contract for those people which involves them in a workplace partnership aimed at getting a better quality service with more satisfying jobs, skills development and career structures,’ Mr Cochrane said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'


The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>


Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>


Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>


Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland