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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.

For all media enquiries - please call our media line on 04 282 0302 (24-hr) or email media@taxpayers.org.nz.

Taxpayers' Union Board:

Barrie Saunders - Chairman

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  • Email: barrie@taxpayers.org.nz
  • Bio: Barrie has many years of experience in the operations of government and in media and communications. He practised in journalism and public relations before establishing his own government relations consultancy.
  • "I have watched the Taxpayers’ Union develop into an effective lobby group against wasteful government expenditure at both national and local levels. Given the plethora of organisations wanting governments to spend more, the Union has a vital counterbalancing role."


Jordan Williams - Executive Director & Co-founder

  • Email: jordan@taxpayers.org.nz
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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.
  • "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 balance 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

  • Email: david@taxpayers.org.nz
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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."

Sashi Meanger - Director

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  • Email: sashi@taxpayers.org.nz
  • Bio: Sashi is an entrepreneur and academic, having had a number of senior roles in not for profits and small businesses. He has lectured at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Management and is the current Executive Director of the New Zealand Film School.
  • "I have followed the progress of the Taxpayers’ Union from its infancy and seen it grow into a loud voice for taxpayers. Every dollar of public spending is a dollar that a hard-working Kiwi earned. The Taxpayers’ Union balances the debate against the hundreds of organisations and special interests arguing for more government spending on their pet causes."

Rex Nicholls - Board member

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  • Email: rex@taxpayers.org.nz
  • Bio: Rex is a former Wellington City Councillor, having served 1983-1989 and 1992-1998. His background is in engineering, property investment, and project management. He is a former director of Wellington International Airport and Lambton Harbour Management, and was involved in setting up Tourism Wellington.
  • "I’ve always operated on the basis that money in my pocket will be much more efficiently spent than if I run it past a Government Department first. Spending other people’s money should carry a huge duty of care – but it seldom does."

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:

Amanda Richardson - Development Officier

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  • Email: amanda@taxpayers.org.nz
  • DDI: (04) 495 7914
  • Bio: Amanda is our full-time development officer, and first started with the Taxpayers' Union as a Research Intern in 2014. Amanda holds an Honours Degree in Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington and is working toward a Masters degree focused on political psychology and voting behaviour.
  • "Our members and supporters come from all over the country and share a common view that greater transparency and less waste in government leads to a better New Zealand."

Casey Russell - Engagement Coordinator

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  • Email: casey@taxpayers.org.nz
  • DDI: (04) 495 7916
  • Bio: Casey is the first point of contact for the hundreds of enquires we receive each week from members, supporters, and the public. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy at Victoria University.
  • "Transparency is key to any well governed democracy. The Taxpayers’ Union is doing crucial work to achieve a more transparent, accountable government – something that benefits all New Zealanders."

Joe Ascroft - Economist

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  • Email: joe@taxpayers.org.nz
  • DDI: (04) 495 7919
  • Bio: Joe is our part-time Economist. He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Statistics from the University of Otago and is currently finishing his Masters in Economics. Joe is from Dunedin and works on producing reports and analysis across Taxpayers’ Union campaigns.
  • "Government waste disrespects the hard-work of taxpayers to provide for their families and grow their businesses. New Zealanders deserve effective public services that aren’t bloated by unlimited demands from Wellington officials."

Louis Houlbrooke - Communications Officer 

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  • Email: louis@taxpayers.org.nz
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  • DDI: 04 495 7913
  • Bio: Louis is our full-time Communications Officer. He has a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism and worked for three years as a Parliamentary Press Secretary before joining the Taxpayers’ Union. He manages media relations and ensures the voice of taxpayers is heard on radio, television, social media, and in newspapers across the country.
  • "Officials who decide how to spend public money often lose touch with the taxpayers who earned it. At the Taxpayers’ Union, we seek to bring big-spending bureaucrats back to Earth by putting their excesses in the public eye."

Anna Plummer - Researcher

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  • Email: anna@taxpayers.org.nz
  • Bio: Anna is one of our part-time researchers. From the UK, Anna has a Masters in Nutrition from Kings College London, and has been in New Zealand since January 2017.
  • "Stopping government organisations spending money on things no one needs or wants is in the interest of everyone."

Garrick Wright-McNaughton - Researcher (Local Government)

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  • Email: garrick@taxpayers.org.nz
  • DDI: (04) 495 7918 
  • Bio: Garrick is one of our researchers and has recently completed his Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in economics, at Victoria University. Garrick played a major role in producing 2017 “Ratepayers’ Report” and is primarily responsible for our research projects in the local government sector.
  • "Government Officials need to keep in mind that every dollar they spend is earned by a hard working member of public. Public money must be spent sensibly, and that’s what I enjoy working hard to promote."

Tabitha Lorck - Research Intern

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  • Email: tabitha@taxpayers.org.nz
  • Bio: Tabitha is one of our part-time research interns. She studies a Bachelor of Laws and Arts, majoring in Criminology and International Relations, with a minor in Māori Studies at Victoria University. Tabitha is from Hawkes Bay and has been studying here in Wellington for the last three years. 
  • “I have been paying taxes since I was 14. Before the Taxpayers' Union, I wouldn't have questioned what taxpayer money was being spent on and if that spending was of value to hard working New Zealanders. Now I realise that there is a strong voice for people like me and that government spending always needs to be scrutinised.” 

Patrick Corish - Research Intern

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  • Email: patrick@taxpayers.org.nz
  • Bio: Patrick is one of our part-time research interns. Patrick is studying toward his Law and Arts degrees at Victoria University, planning to major in Philosophy and International Relations.
  • While taxpayers must give up a portion of earnings for the collective benefit, the efforts of the Taxpayers’ Union protects all of our contributions from being misappropriated by the inefficient machineries of government.” 

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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