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Massive tax grab will hammer NZ economy

New Zealand might have been expecting a capital gains tax to be announced today but the full suite of taxes proposed by the Tax Working Group would threaten the very viability...


More costs as tax monster unleashed

The Tax Working Group has gone much further than a Capital Gains Tax with a raft of new taxes targeting hard-working New Zealanders, National Leader Simon Bridges says. There are...


Wellbeing budget work coming apart at the seams

The Treasury Cost Benefit Analysis tool used to assess budget bids contains a significant error meaning wildly different monetary values appear for the same item depending on which order the...


Govt allows engineers to exploit CTV loophole

The Government is compromising public safety and letting down the families and victims of the CTV building in allowing engineers to continue for decades to exploit a legal loophole for...


Southland to benefit from consultation – Hipkins still welcome

Invercargill MP Sarah Dowie is congratulating the Ministry of Education for reconsidering its programme of consultation and sending the review panel to Southland so our community can have its say....


Govt holds up pay equity for part-time teachers

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill risks significantly delaying pay equity for part-time teachers, National’s Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye says. “The transitional provisions of the Bill will put at risk existing...


Labour removing ECE choice from families

Early Childhood Education may become unaffordable for vulnerable families if the Government pushes ahead with changes to home-based early education providers, National’s Early Childhood Education Spokesperson Nicola Willis says. “More...


Assessment of ban - we’ll be poorer not cleaner

New Zealanders will end up poorer as a result of the Government’s ban on new oil and gas exploration, but they’ll have nothing to show for it in terms of...


When gaining a friend is more important than A&E

When gaining a friend is deemed more important than avoiding the Emergency Room in Treasury’s model it puts in doubt the analysis that should have underpinned its ‘well-being Budget, National’s...


Consultation period on trades training reforms disrespectful

Consultation on trades training reforms shows a lack of respect to our communities, National’s Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Spokesperson Shane Reti says. “The Government has already decided what will...