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Chatham Islands treaty settlement travel costs skyrocket

The efficiency of the Office of Treaty Settlements' travel arrangements needs examination, after just nine officials racked up a $57k travel bill to the Chatham Islands alone, in only 18 months.  Serious questions need to be asked about why the Office have not elected to use other means to remain connected with those...

Lifetime Tax (post budget update)

Tax threshold changes reduce lifetime tax by $80k /10 months The tax threshold changes in last month’s budget will see the largest relative tax savings go to those who already shoulder the smallest relative burden: middle-income earners.  That's the conclusion of Mac Mckenna's latest report - updating the "Lifetime Tax...

Revealed: MFAT giving taxpayer money to North Korea

Further to our earlier exposés of aid money being wasted on countries spending it on space programmes and the millions going to subsidiaries of the Clinton Foundation, we can now reveal that under the current Government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade has given $215,000 to North Korean aid projects, despite the despotic regime's efforts...

Op-ed: I'm a neoliberal. Maybe you are too

This piece first appeared in the National Business Review on 19 May 2017 I’m a neoliberal. Maybe you are too Opinion piece by Jordan Williams ‘Neoliberal’ is a fashionable term, but is often poorly defined and misunderstood. Radio New Zealand could barely contain itself last month when former-Prime Minister Jim Bolger...

Op Ed: John Bishop on Budget 2017

Joyce’s budget soothes path to re-election In a climate of strong economic growth and continuing surpluses in the government’s account, Steven Joyce has opened his wallet wide and gone on a spending binge. This is an election year budget in which every itch in the electorate has been soothed to...

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We are New Zealanders who have formed a union to stand up for hardworking New Zealand taxpayers. We represent the common interests of all taxpayers and aim to become New Zealand's largest union.

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