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Allegations over Clayton Mitchell's Double Dipping

Candidate’s campaign on city debt Sunlive - 16/07/2014 Allegations made by the NZ Taxpayers Union yesterday that Clayton will be “double-dipping” if he remains a councillor if elected are rubbished by the councillor. “It's not about double-dipping I didn't get into council for the salaries that you got – I'm...

Taxpayers Union on Greens Economic Policy: 3 News

Greens announce $1B economic policy 3 News - 16/07/2014 Meanwhile, the Taxpayers' Union says the Greens' policy is the "lesser of two evils" and is taking a cautiously optimistic approach. "Although the Greens' policy still leaves room for picking winners, on balance it is better than the existing corporate welfare scheme...

Would performance pay justify paying MPs more?

Stephen Franks blogs: Incentive pay for MPs The moot for the New Zealand Initiative's youth debate semi-final this year in Wellington is a good one - "Should New Zealand tie MPs' and Ministers' salaries to a multiple of the average national income?" When the Remuneration Authority was asking MPs about reform of...

Guest Post: Larry Mitchell on Auckland Council's finances

Auckland Ratepayers “Wake Up” at last Bernard Orsman's analysis last week of Auckland Council's financial trouble got right to the heart of the matter. The section headed "Hey Big Spender you’re in a deep financial hole" accurately nails the central issue facing Auckland’s overtaxed ratepayers. With a new 2015-2025 long...

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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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