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Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
December 11, 2020 at 9:41 PM

Taxpayer Update: Pay it back Trev | Rotorua's monument | A new MP to watch

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Petition launched: Trevor Mallard must pay back taxpayers for his $333,000 legal bill Yesterday it was confirmed that Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard paid $333,000 in compensation (and legal costs) to settle a defamation claim made by a Parl…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
December 7, 2020 at 5:32 PM

2020 Ratepayers' Report league tables now available

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, The 2020 Ratepayers' Report is now live! We've just released the 2020 edition of our local government league tables, produced in partnership with our sister group, the Auckland Ratepayers' Alliance. Ratepayers' Report ranks local councils for metrics inc…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
December 4, 2020 at 12:40 AM

Taxpayer Update: Return of the CGT | Uni's mansion rort | Bad poetry

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, It's a longer Taxpayer Update this week – but there is just so much silliness in Wellington that we're swamped. Ruled-out taxes back on the agenda Jacinda Ardern has previously ruled out both a capital gains tax and an asset tax. In fact, both sh…
Barrie Saunders, Taxpayers' Union · [email protected]
December 1, 2020 at 7:01 PM

How are we doing? 2020 supporter survey

NationBuilder Dear Friend, As a supporter of New Zealand's best "union", we'd like to invite you to participate in our annual supporter survey – your chance to tell us what we're doing well, what we're doing wrong, and where we should focus our attention in 2021. Click here to ta…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
November 19, 2020 at 11:24 PM

Taxpayer Update: Greens are dreaming | Taxpayer-funded propaganda | Pike River

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Green Party exploit housing crisis for tax agenda You don’t make anything cheaper by taxing it. But the Green Party doesn't understand or doesn't care: they're using news of skyrocketing house prices as an excuse to put an asset/housing tax back…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
November 13, 2020 at 12:24 AM

Taxpayer Update: More money printing | Ping pong for COVID | Poor form from Stats NZ

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, We need tax relief, not desperate money printing The Reserve Bank Governor’s announcement of a new $28 billion 'Funding for Lending' money printing programme is a desperate measure. Clearly, monetary policy tools have become ineffective at fueli…
David Farrar · [email protected]
November 4, 2020 at 7:55 PM

i'm worried

NationBuilder , 2020 has been an excruciating year for many of us with the pandemic and its impact on our lives, jobs, and incomes. Tomorrow's swearing-in of the new Labour-Green Government is yet another blow for those who worry about the debt we will be leaving our kids. I would be…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
October 28, 2020 at 9:54 PM

Taxpayer Update: Rate hikes push up inflation | Ihumātao 2.0? | Creative NZ grant for homeless theatre

NationBuilder Dear Supporter,  The election may be over, but the wasteful spending hasn't stopped. I thought I'd give you an update on what's happened since 17 October and what you might have missed while party politics dominated headlines. Councils hike rates beyond inflatio…
David Farrar · [email protected]
October 25, 2020 at 11:48 PM

Celebrate Labour Day by joining NZ's best union ✊

NationBuilder Dear Friend, The economic challenges resulting from Covid-19 are dramatic. Every day the Government is borrowing another $128 million dollars. By 2024, every kiwi household will effectively have another $112,000 on top of their mortgage. It's our kids and grandkids …
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
October 15, 2020 at 11:11 PM

Here's what your support made possible

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, With the election tomorrow, and so many votes already cast, I thought I'd sit down to recap the Taxpayers' Union's campaign efforts, made possible by supporters like you. Slaying the Debt Monster This week we launched our revamped Debt Clock webs…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
October 12, 2020 at 9:35 PM

The Debt Monster's been busy

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, No-one can escape the Debt Monster Last week, readers browsing the NZ Herald election special were confronted with this shocking full-page ad: --> Click here to share the ad on Facebook <-- We think it's crucial voters understand that bot…
David Farrar, Taxpayers' Union · [email protected]
October 11, 2020 at 11:37 PM

One last push

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, As you will have seen in recent weeks, the whole team at the Taxpayers’ Union has been flat out running three campaigns getting cut through. I’m emailing to ask for your support this last week of the campaign so that we can reach more New Zealanders …
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
October 5, 2020 at 11:43 PM

Did you see this in the Herald on Sunday?

NationBuilder Dear Friend, Campaign for Tax Relief opens with a bang Three politicians in particular would NOT have been happy to see this full-page ad in the Herald on Sunday: Getting this published full-page was only possible thanks to hundreds of contributions from our su…
Louis Houlbrooke, Taxpayers' Union · [email protected]
October 2, 2020 at 9:11 PM

Let's make this a full page ad.

NationBuilder Dear Friend, New Zealanders who read these newsletters will be familiar with the ridiculous ways that politicians waste taxpayer money. But many voters in this year's election will be blissfully unaware of this Government's most absurd spending decisions. Will you h…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
September 30, 2020 at 1:46 AM

Jacinda Ardern's arts agency now in damage control

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Creative NZ goes into damage control We've spent the last week on social media releasing examples of bizarre art projects given taxpayer money by Creative NZ as part of a $16 million COVID-19 response (I've linked to my favourites at the bottom …
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
September 26, 2020 at 1:45 AM

Taxpayer Update: Bizarre arts grants | Ihumātao | Jacinda vs Judith

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Revealed: The bizarre ways the Government is fighting COVID-19 Jacinda Ardern (who moonlights as the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Heritage) has been pouring millions in extra taxpayer funding into Creative NZ for its COVID-19 response. Now we …
David Farrar, Taxpayers' Union · [email protected]
September 23, 2020 at 9:58 PM

This election just got serious

NationBuilder Dear Friend, Last night Green Party Minister Julie-Anne Genter let slip the Greens’ position for coalition negotiations after the election: a wealth tax on homes and retirement savings is the Greens' “bottom line”.   That’s right – the Greens’ asset tax on homes, ki…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
September 22, 2020 at 1:02 AM

Taxpayer Update: Jacinda v Judith | Bold tax policies | Phil me once

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Jacinda vs Judith Tonight at 7pm Jacinda Ardern and Judith Collins face off in TVNZ's first election debate. It's hosted by John Campbell and you can watch it on TV 1. At the same time, another debate takes place in Queenstown: each parties' fin…
Joe Ascroft, Taxpayers' Union Economist · [email protected]
September 16, 2020 at 2:09 AM

Decade of deficits revealed as Treasury opens the books

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, I’m writing to you from the media and analyst “lock-up” where Treasury just presented its Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update. The Update, which the Public Finance Act requires of Treasury just prior to every election, lays bare the Governmen…
David Farrar · [email protected]
September 14, 2020 at 8:07 PM

Help us stop the Greens' tax on your home and retirement 🏠

NationBuilder Dear Friend, When we defeated Labour’s capital gains tax last year, we thought we had beaten back the extreme tax proposals promoted by the left to target homeowners, business owners, and retirees. But it’s come back much sooner than expected.     I'm emailing to as…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
September 9, 2020 at 4:34 AM

Labour's new tax won't slay the Debt Monster

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Labour’s new tax is about envy, not slaying the Debt Monster Pictured: Grant Robertson and Stuart Nash avoid eye contact with the Debt Monster outside today’s policy announcement Earlier today Grant Robertson announced the Labour Party’s…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
September 7, 2020 at 1:24 AM

Taxpayer Update: Politicians kill jobs | MP's office rort | Goodie bags

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, New paper reveals how 'job creation' projects destroy jobs Too often, our politicians fall into the trap of thinking they can create jobs by piling on more and more government taxpayer spending. But if that were true, high-spending countries like…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
August 28, 2020 at 10:25 PM

Police plan to turn motorists into cash cows

NationBuilder Dear Friend, Did you see the news break yesterday that the Police are abolishing their 10km/h speed tolerance nationwide? That means that from today Police will be issuing fines for going as little as 101km/h on the open road – even when passing another vehicle…
David Farrar · [email protected]
August 27, 2020 at 11:36 PM

Just 50 days – can you step up?

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Today marks just 50 days until the election, and the extra delay means more time for politicians to waste our money to buy votes. I’m emailing today to ask for your support to help fight the politicians and parties wasting your money on pork-barrel p…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
August 23, 2020 at 11:08 PM

Taxpayer Update: Bloomfield ad | Recall elections | Burger subsidies

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Labour uses Ashley Bloomfield for the election campaign On Saturday the Labour Party posted a new ad on its Facebook page. The ad was filmed in the Ministry of Health's contact tracing centre and included a number of public servants, including D…
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
August 20, 2020 at 7:02 PM

Step up for a stronger democracy – support recall elections

NationBuilder Dear Friend, In New Zealand, if you elect a mayor or councillor who immediately misbehaves, that politician is safe in their seat until their three-year term is up. I'm asking you to help change this. Voter recall options are gaining popularity overseas and it's…
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
August 14, 2020 at 12:24 AM

Taxpayer update: We’re printing money. There’s got to be a better way.

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, In the nearly seven years I’ve been running the Taxpayers’ Union, it’s fair to say the last few weeks have been the strangest. We totally rewrote our election campaign strategy following COVID the first time. We scrapped the election “Bribe-O-Met…
Louis Houlbrooke, Taxpayers' Union · [email protected]
August 7, 2020 at 12:39 AM

This is a $90,000 email

NationBuilder Dear Friend, The Government is borrowing $1,125 every second. So by the time you read to the bottom of this email, another $90,000 will be added to our national mortgage. This debt will continue to grow until at least 2024, when it is forecast to total $200 billion …
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
August 4, 2020 at 10:54 PM

Taxpayer Update: Damning report | Green manifesto | Debt Monster selfie

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Damning report on Provincial Growth Fund confirms pork barrelling, conflicts, and worse A damning new report from the Auditor-General has confirmed what your humble Taxpayers' Union has been saying about the Provincial Growth Fund all along. He …
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
July 24, 2020 at 12:32 AM

Taxpayer Update: He’s green, he’s hairy, and he’s coming for your kids

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, He’s green, he’s hairy, and he’s coming for your kids This week we introduced a new character to New Zealand politics – the Debt Monster. The Debt Monster is stalking politicians of all stripes as they campaign across the country. He loves it wh…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
July 15, 2020 at 4:21 AM

Here's who won a "Jonesie" for wasting your money

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, We've had a big day hosting our third annual Jonesie Awards, celebrating the best of the worst of government waste from the last 12 months. --> Click here to watch the full ceremony <-- If you just want to know who won, scroll down. Behind the…
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
July 14, 2020 at 11:04 PM

LIVE from Parliament, the 2020 Jonesie Awards for Government Waste

NationBuilder Dear Friend, The team are about to kick-off the annual Jonesie Awards for government waste at Parliament. The Jonesie Awards match the spirit of the annual entertainment awards season – complete with golden swine trophies – to recognise the best of the worst of gove…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
July 8, 2020 at 10:11 PM

Taxpayer Update: Rio Tinto | Posters | Envy tax

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Pay back the money, Rio Tinto This morning it was announced that Rio Tinto plans to close operations at its Tiwai Point smelter near Invercargill. This comes after Rio Tinto received a $30 million bailout from taxpayers in 2013 to “future proof…
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
June 29, 2020 at 3:32 AM

The Green Party just put taxpayers in the firing line

NationBuilder Dear Friend, I am seriously concerned about this year's election. The Green Party have just received fawning media coverage for their newest policy package: a new tax on wealth, higher income taxes, and massive hikes to benefits. At the very time we need to get New…
Louis Houlbrooke, Taxpayers' Union · [email protected]
June 29, 2020 at 12:02 AM

Nominations are now open

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, The invites have been sent, the red carpet booked, pig trophies polished, and Porky's tux is back from the dry cleaner. All that's needed now is your nominations for the 2020 Jonesies. The Jonesies are our golden glitz and glamour Oscars-style award …
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
June 24, 2020 at 7:30 PM

Taxpayer Update: Ihumātao | Sack Dr Clark | Posters investigated

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Will Winston put the kibosh on the Ihumātao deal? After months of delays, it's been reported again that the Government is on the verge of purchasing the land at Ihumātao using $30 million of taxpayer money. This would be a disgraceful capitulati…
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
June 18, 2020 at 1:15 AM

Trevor Mallard won't like this.

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Last year, Parliament's Speaker Trevor Mallard announced the opening of an "architecturally-designed" playground on Parliament's front lawn. Until just recently, the Taxpayers' Union were the only ones asking questions about the cost. We had a s…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
June 12, 2020 at 10:14 PM

Taxpayer Update: Statue madness | Taxpayer-funded propaganda | $4000 for tea

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Statue controversy is pathetic We are currently facing the economic fallout of a literal pandemic. But our country's media and politicians have decided the biggest issue affecting New Zealanders is whether or not our statues are racist. On Thurs…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
June 10, 2020 at 10:06 PM

There are 100 days left

NationBuilder Dear Friend, There are now just 100 days until New Zealanders vote on 19 September. The result of the election will determine whether politicians like Jacinda Ardern, Winston Peters, and the Greens will be in charge of managing terrifying amounts of government deb…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
May 29, 2020 at 11:06 PM

Taxpayer Update: Race-based hospital waiting lists | Chch rates U-turn | Public health follies

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, DHB prioritises patients according to race We were amazed to find out this week that Wellington's DHB now has a policy which moves Māori and Pacific patients to the front of their elective surgery queues. We all pay tax into the health system wi…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
May 22, 2020 at 3:32 AM

Taxpayer Update: What will PM Muller do | Race-based funding | Pork 🐷

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, The National Party has a new Leader This afternoon, Bay of Plenty MP Todd Muller successfully challenged Simon Bridges for the National Party Leadership. While we don't endorse political parties, we watch National very closely as a party of 'lim…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
May 18, 2020 at 9:59 PM

Taxpayer Update: Debt clock launched | Tram shelved | Rock bottom journalism

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Watch Government debt tick up in real time Following the Budget’s eye-wateringly high debt forecast, the team have been thinking about how to best illustrate what it looks like to borrow $200.8 billion by 2024 (or $109,700 …
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
May 14, 2020 at 2:55 AM

Budget 2020: What taxpayers need to know

NationBuilder Dear Friend, As I write this, Grant Robertson is unveiling Budget 2020 in Parliament. Two members of our team have just emerged from the pre-Budget briefing. Below, our Consulting Economist Joe Ascroft summarises the contents of the Budget and what it will mean fo…
David Farrar · [email protected]
May 13, 2020 at 7:46 PM

Special interest groups are profiting from COVID-19

NationBuilder Dear Friend, Today is Budget Day, and frankly I'm expecting bad news for taxpayers. Special interest groups are successfully exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to spend your money on their pet projects. First it was cycleways and "Māori businesses". Now it's horse racin…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
May 12, 2020 at 3:37 AM

Taxpayer Update: What to look for on Thursday | 18 days of reading about rock lobster

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, This will be a big week for taxpayers. Thursday is Budget Day, when Grant Robertson will decide how to spend around $100 billion of your money. As usual, we're sending staff to the Budget Day lock-up briefing. This event gives economists, sector …
Jordan Williams, Taxpayers' Union · [email protected]
May 1, 2020 at 10:58 PM

Taxpayer Update: More pay cut victories | Business loan bonanza | Where's Heather? | Where's David?

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, State Services Commissioner throws his weight behind our pay cut campaign! 🎉 We've had another major win in our campaign for the public sector to share the financial burden of COVID-19. Last month, we wrote to the State Services Commissioner an…
Louis Houlbrooke · [email protected]
April 21, 2020 at 11:08 PM

Taxpayer Update: Public sector pay | Winston's failure | Message for the left

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, The 'public sector pay cut' needs to go much, much further A week ago, we welcomed the Prime Minister's six-month 20% pay cut for government ministers and public sector CEOs. However, the announcement came with fine print: the CEO pay cut only a…
Barrie Saunders · [email protected]
April 15, 2020 at 8:30 PM

Now is the time to join with others

NationBuilder Dear Friend, The economy is in free fall, taxpayers are losing their jobs, and we have Labour/Green/NZ First Government with a ready made excuse to spend more and load debt onto the next generation. Never before has a voice for fiscal restraint and value-for-money b…
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
April 15, 2020 at 1:57 AM

Policy victory! PM announces 20% pay cut for Ministers & Government CEOs

NationBuilder Dear Friend, We did it!! Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has just announced a six-month 20% pay cut for all central government CEOs and Ministers. This is the result of people power Just like the wins we clocked up with councils committing to freezing rates across the…
Jordan Williams · [email protected]
April 11, 2020 at 12:01 AM

It's time for public sector pay cuts

NationBuilder Dear Supporter, Happy Easter. As you'll see in the media summary at the bottom of this email, we've been busy all week with our rates freeze campaign. Slowly but surely, our efforts are resulting in more and more councils commit to freezing rates. But before we …