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Are our priorities right in Tonga?

This morning we received the following press release from the Government: NZ to contribute to the upgrade of Teufaiva StadiumJohn Key4 JUNE, 2014 Prime Minister John Key has today announced New Zealand will contribute around $2 million towards upgrading Tonga’s national stadium in Nuku’alofa ahead of the 2019 Pacific Games. Why are...

Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust shows need for OIA reform

The NZ Herald has picked up our comments in response to the recent scandal surrounding "irregular payments" at the taxpayer-funded South Auckland disability support provider, Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau Trust Trust investigates 'irregular payments' claim NZ Herald 27 May 2014 Trust investigates 'irregular payments' claim A taxpayer-funded South Auckland disability support...

Oops - $2 billion mistake in budget appropriations

  We’ve spent most of this week immersed in the budget documents and making notes of potentially questionable spending or unusually large increases. To our great surprise yesterday we noticed that one of the primary growth partnerships (PGPs) that the Government is funding appeared to have undergone a massive growth in spending....

London return for the money written-off on rail since 2008

We’re currently working though the budget announcements and stack of material released last week.  What’s caught our eye are the unbelievable amounts taxpayers are forking out for KiwiRail.  On Budget day the Government announced a further $198 million of funding for KiwiRail’s Turnaround Plan. That brings the total cost to taxpayers of...

Wairoa responds to Taxpayers' Union rates claim

Further to our questioning of the use of a rates figure that does not include new targeted rates, the Wairoa District Council has issued a media release: Wairoa District Council Defends Against Negativity Wairoa is transforming into a vibrantly energetic part of New Zealand and will no longer accept spin-driven...

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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.

We are not a political party, and we don't represent big business or special interests. Joining the New Zealand Taxpayers' Union only takes a few minutes and costs $5. Membership entitles you to attend our annual conference, AGM and other events, and to get regular communications from the Taxpayers' Union.

We rely on people just like you to support and donate to our cause to fight government waste. Our annual operating budget is currently smaller than the smallest trade union.

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The Taxpayers' Union stands for value for money for government spending. We want our politicians spending money as if they'd worked as hard the taxpayers who earned it and argue that new taxes should only be introduced when there are equal decreases in other taxes. We believe in a fair and efficient tax system. We are not a political party, nor are we aligned to any.

We promote sensible restraint of government expenditure by:

  • Scrutinising government spending;
  • publicising government waste;
  • Arguing for an end to corporate and union welfare; and
  • promoting and efficient tax system.

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