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Maori Party: Maori Party Questions Tax Review

Proposals for tax reform show a lack of imagination and creative thinking, according to Maori Party co-leader Dr Pita Sharples.

"Tax is all about who pays what share of the nation's bills, and that goes to the heart of a party's political philosophy," said Dr Sharples.

Progressive: FTT Better Than Increasing GST

Progressive: FTT Better Than Increasing GST

A financial transactions tax is a better option for widening the tax base and reducing income tax than increasing GST, MP for Wigram and Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton says.

"GST is a regressive tax," Jim Anderton says.

$3 Million To Councils For Waste Minimisation

$3 Million To Councils For Waste Minimisation

City and district councils will today receive their first payment of waste levy funding collected under the Waste Minimisation Act, Environment Minister Nick Smith says.

Government Support For International Paralympics

Economic Development Minister Gerry Brownlee is pleased that $400,000 will be contributed towards the 2011 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships being held in Christchurch 21-30 January 2011 from the Major Events Development Fund (MEDF).

Minister Looks At Company Registration Process

Commerce Minister Simon Power has asked officials to provide advice to him on whether key aspects of company registration could be strengthened.

This follows concerns recently expressed about New Zealand's company registration process.

Tourism Regions To Share $5 Million For Marketing

Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, John Key, has announced that eight groups will share $5 million to market their regions.

Government Should Design A Tax System For The Future

Government Should Design A Tax System For The Future

"The Government should seriously consider the option presented in the final report of the Government Tax Working Group to drop and align personal, corporate and trustee tax rates to 27 percent," says Steve Thomas, Researcher at Maxim Institute.

Maori Party: Take The GST Off Healthy Food

Maori Party: Take The GST Off Healthy Food

Maori Party finance spokesperson, Rahui Katene, has welcomed the Government's statement this afternoon that any changes to the tax system would have to meet tests of equity and fairness, alongside delivering benefits for households and the economy.

Land Tax Fails To....with Farmers

Land Tax Fails To....with Farmers

Federated Farmers is concerned the Government is too focused on slicing the tax pie ever smaller, rather than growing the New Zealand economy. The Federation is especially concerned at proposals for a land tax that could farmers $525 million.

Chamber Welcomes Mike Moore's Appointment As New Zealand Ambassador

Chamber Welcomes Mike Moore's Appointment As New Zealand Ambassador

The appointment of Mike Moore as New Zealand Ambassador to Washington is an inspired choice according to the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce given the importance of New Zealand's business and trading relationship with the US.