Lower Taxes, Less Waste,
More Transparency

Championing Value For Money From Every Tax Dollar

Our Team

We operate our campaign out of a lean office in the heart of Wellington – 150 metres from the Parliamentary complex. With backgrounds in campaigning, journalism, business, economics and politics, we are uniquely placed to represent your interests and ensure the voice of the taxpayer is heard loud and clear in the corridors of power. Our Auckland campaigns, including for our sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance, are run out of our shared office in Auckland.

For all media enquiries - please call our media line on 04 282 0302 (24-hr) or email [email protected]

Taxpayers' Union Board:

Jordan Williams - Executive Director & Co-founder

 
  • Email: [email protected]
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  • DDI: (04) 282 0301
  • Bio: Our Executive Director is Jordan Williams. Jordan is a constitutional and commercial lawyer who manages the day-to-day operations of the Union. His background is in law and accounting and in 2011 he was spokesperson for Vote for Change, a lobby group that campaigned against the retention of the MMP electoral system. In 2019 Jordan was elected onto the Board of World Taxpayers Associations – the global network of taxpayers groups working together for lower taxes, limited and accountable government, and taxpayer rights all over the world. 
  • "There are thousands of groups, often taxpayer funded, that argue for more money to be taken from Kiwis to fund pet projects. The Taxpayers' Union balances the debate. We argue that value for money is more sensible than tax, spend, and hope policies dreamed up by politicians."

David Farrar - Co-founder

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  • Blog: www.kiwiblog.co.nz
  • Bio: David is a well known political blogger and commentator. David also owns and manages the specialist polling agency Curia Market Research and has an active involvement in Internet issues. He is an experienced political campaigner and former parliamentary staffer.
  • "I helped form the New Zealand Taxpayers Union because I believe that New Zealand needs a lobby group to stand up for the rights of taxpayers and ratepayers, and fight against those who treat them as a never ending source of funds."

Laurence Kubiak - Chair

Laurie
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Bio: Laurence has an extensive background in business and governance. He is a former CEO of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, former Chair of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Trustees Executors Ltd, and Director of Northpower.
  • "Government spending needs to create value for the New Zealand taxpayer, and robust, independent scrutiny is of vital importance in any healthy democracy. The work of the Union will never be more important than in the years ahead."

Casey Costello - Board member

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  • Email: [email protected]
  • Bio: Casey has over 30 years experience in security and law enforcement. After leaving the Police as a Detective Sergeant and vice-president of the NZ Police Association she has held various management roles including Parliamentary Service.
    After years as general manager of a building services company she now owns her own successful consultancy business.
    Since 2016 she has been co-spokesperson of Hobson’s Pledge advocating for equality before the law for all New Zealanders.Latterly Casey has also been active in the prevention of exploitation and supporting ethical labour practices with the establishment of a charitable trust to provide support and assistance to exploited workers.

Hon Ruth Richardson - Board member

Ruth
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Bio: Ruth was Minister of Finance in the fourth National Government, has been Chairman and Director of a range of private and public companies as well as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and coaches sovereign states seeking to transform their prospects.
  • "Governments make spending and regulatory choices, but not in an accountability vacuum. The Taxpayers’ Union gives well researched and often noisy voice on behalf of we who pay and suffer the consequences of ill-designed public policy. As a lifetime activist in these causes being a Director of the Taxpayers’ Union sits well with my DNA."

Chris Milne - Board member

Chris
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Bio: Chris is a councillor at Hutt City Council, a trustee and former chair of the Nikau Foundation (Wellington's community foundation), a trustee of the Nga Manu Nature Reserve, and a part owner and director of the boutique small goods manufacturer Martinez Ltd. He is a former ACT Party Parliamentary Chief of Staff.
  • "The Taxpayers' Union's focus on waste, efficiency and transparency occupies an important public niche and the organisation offers a constant reminder to both local and central government that they cannot spend money that they have not first taxed from productive workers and businesses, so the quality of their spending really matters for a prosperous New Zealand.”

Peter Williams - Board member

Peter Williams
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Bio: Peter has nearly fifty years of experience in the media as a TVNZ news presenter, sports writer, and radio host.
  • "The Taxpayers’ Union is a significant watchdog of how our taxpayer money is spent, or as has been the case too often lately, squandered. Taxpayers’ Union campaigns have a significant strike rate in changing or amending government policy, and I’m looking forward to ensuring there are many more such successes."

Taxpayers' Union Advisor:

Jim Rose - Research Fellow

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  • Blog: www.utopiayouarestandinginit.com
  • Bio: Jim Rose has worked at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the Department of Labour, the Ministry of Social Development, and the New Zealand Treasury, and in Canberra for the Productivity Commission, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and the Department of Finance. Jim has Masters degrees in economics and in public policy from the Australian National University and from the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo respectively. 
  • "A lot of money would be saved by taxpayers if bureaucrats always had to put forward "Lilley’s option" — the option of doing nothing — whenever there is a problem or a crisis."

Taxpayers' Union Staff:

Callum Purves – Campaigns Manager

  • Email: [email protected]
  • DDI: (04) 495 7913
  • Bio: Callum is our full-time Campaigns Manager. He has a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of St. Andrews and previously worked as a Regional Campaign Manager and Head of Field Operations for the Conservative and Unionist Party in Scotland and Northern Ireland. He also served for five years as a councillor on Perth and Kinross Council in Scotland and in research and advisory roles in the Scottish Parliament. 
  • “Politicians and unelected officials are far too quick to spend your money. They often seem to live in a bubble detached from the everyday lives of the people that they are meant to represent and serve. At the Taxpayers’ Union, we shine a light on government waste, champion lower taxes and fight for greater transparency and accountability in the democratic process.”

Derek Bonnar – Funding and External Relationships Manager

  • Email: [email protected]
  • DDI: 021 486 330
  • Bio: After being an enthusiastic supporter for a number of years, Derek joined the Taxpayers’ Union as our Funding and External Relationships Manager in April 2022. Derek has over twenty years’ experience in Senior Management positions in both New Zealand and Australia. He has worked in both highly commercial environments and the not for profit sector, in both environments he has achieved significant results in both fundraising and revenue growth. Derek’s key to business success has been based on building strong relationships with key stakeholders and supporters.
  • “I became a passionate supporter of the Taxpayers’ Union after becoming increasingly alarmed at the sheer amount of government waste and unnecessary spending. Too often local and central politicians treat taxpayers and ratepayers as ATM machines to drive their bureaucratic extravagance. I am proud to be part of a great team that will hold government to account and ensure Taxpayers get value for their hard earned tax dollars” 

Sara Leckie – Development Officer & Office Manager

  • Email: [email protected]
  • DDI: 04 495 7914
  • Bio: Sara is our full-time Office Manager & Development Officer. She has extensive experience in all the corporate services fields. Sara deals with all our office administration and assists the Board with donor engagement and fundraising.
  • “I have worked in both the government and private sector - working at the Taxpayers’ Union has been a very different experience and one I am really enjoying. It is a great team environment with enthusiastic, committed individuals working hard to further the mission of the Taxpayers’ Union.” 

Annabel Fleming - Grassroots and Engagement Coordinator (acting)

Annabel
  • Email: [email protected]
  • DDI: 04 495 7916
  • Bio: Annabel came on board as a student intern, and is covering the engagement side of things while Grace is on maternity leave. She graduated from Victoria University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Politics.
  • "I’ve always felt passionately about the importance of holding those in power to account. It’s cool to be a part of the team which acts as a voice for Kiwi taxpayers and ratepayers, fighting for increased efficiency, transparency and accountability from our government."

Connor Molloy - Researcher

Connor
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Bio: Connor is our part-time Researcher. He is currently in his fourth year at Victoria University studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Public Policy. He researches issues of tax, government waste and accountability.
  • I find it frustrating when successive governments tell voters that somehow we will be better off if we have less money in our pockets. No one is as careful with someone else’s money as they are with their own and government wastage is a perfect example of this. I’m here to advocate for value for money on all government spending and a greater level of transparency for taxpayers.” 

Is This You?

We are always on the lookout for great additions to our team. Do you enjoy politics and want to be part of a growing movement? Do you agree with the objectives of the Taxpayers' Union? Our ability to hire staff depends on our success in fundraising, the support from members, and our current workload. A background in politics, communication, law, accounting, economics or finance is an advantage. If this sounds like you, send your CV and a cover letter to our Executive Director.

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