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Revealed: Civil Aviation Authority's Sky-High Catering Costs

The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union can reveal that the Civil Aviation Authority spent over $232,000 on catering between July 2018 and June 2019. An annual catering expense of $232,000 is around $1000 every single working day of that year. Living costs in New Zealand are spiralling out of control and...

The Tax on Christmas 🎄💰

For most of us, Christmas is about giving. For the Tax Man, it’s all about taking. Islay wraps up the year with a special episode of Taxpayer TV, revealing the incredible reach of the “Tax on Christmas”. You can view the video on Facebook here.

Revealed: The Public Sector CEO Rich List

Taxpayers can now browse the specific pay rates, ranked, for public sector chief executives. This year taxpayers will pay $62 million in salaries for the 140 public sector CEOs. The average is paid $443,000, and 53 earn more than the Prime Minister. Many of these individuals make major decisions about...

Rubbish tax is set to cost families – and the environment

This op-ed is written by Louis Houlbrooke, Communications Officer at the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. The wistful days of Jacinda Ardern’s “no new taxes” pledge are long gone. Last week, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage proposed lifting landfill levies from the current $10 per tonne to $60 per tonne by...

Op-ed: Why is Labour struggling to deliver?

The two year media reviews of the Labour led coalition agree it is struggling to get enough runs on the board.   Why is this so? After nine years of opposition it can be expected there would be a running in period.   However that doesn’t adequately explain why they...

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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 $25. 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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