Taxpayers' Union unimpressed with Kohanga inquiry Newstalk ZB 19/3/2014
The late night press conference and mischaracterisation of the report into the independent audit into Te Kōhanga Reo National Trust by cabinet ministers involved is shameful, Taxpayers Union executive director Jordan Williams says.
"The Ernst Young review did not even look at the key allegations at Te Pataka Ohanga. It’s not vindication, it’s a whitewash.” Read more.
Kohanga inquiry 'whitewash' Dominion Post - 19/03/2014
The Government's audit of the Te Kohanga Reo National Trust has been slammed as a "whitewash" by right-wing lobby group the Taxpayers Union.
The comments come as the Government dodged questions about allegations of misspending by a company linked to kohanga reo after a media conference last night in which it said the organisation had been cleared - before admitting none of the claims sparking its inquiry were investigated. Read more.
New Kohanga Reo claims spark SFO call Stuff.co.nz - 19/03/2014
The Sunday Star Times has revealed that IRD has spent more than $225 million on consultants over the past five years. The amount includes $52 million in the past financial year alone. Easy compliance with the tax code is not promising when even IRD need to spend so much on experts to get things right.
The IRD is also continuing with an IT project which is estimated to cost at least $1 billion.
Taxman binges $225m on advisors Sunday Star Times 02/03/2014
Today's Christchurch Press devotes it's editorial to the 'gentleman's agreement' between former Labour MP Pete Hodgson and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull exposed by the Taxpayers' Union earlier this week.
Editorial: Gentlemen sign contracts too - Christchurch Press 25/02/2014
Dunedin mayor defends MP deal - Sunday Star Times 23/02/2014