Tagged: tax

Why should we subsidise religious leaders and their silly statements? - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Nov 22, 2016

Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki’s statement blaming the Kaikoura earthquake on “gays, sinners, and murderers” highlights the stupidity of our charity laws which define the advancement of religion a charitable activity and give tax exempt status to religions purely because they advance religion. Public revulsion at Tamaki’s statement resulted in an on-line petition calling for the removal of Tamaki’s tax exempt status. Currently, that … Read More

Has New Zealand lost its way in tobacco control? - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 08, 2016

By Simon Chapman, University of Sydney The New Zealand government has decided to reorient its priorities in tobacco control. It has announced it will be pulling 73% of its previous funding support for tobacco control advocacy. The only money allocated for tobacco control to do the vital work of building and sustaining community and multi-party support for … Read More

Tobacco tax increases: new model measures impact - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 30, 2016

By Frederieke Sanne van der Deen, Nick Wilson, Tony Blakely On Thursday the NZ Government announced it would continue it’s programme of yearly 10% tobacco tax increases for the years 2017 to 2020 inclusive. Using our peer-reviewed BODE3 forecasting model, we project that with these additional four years of tax increases smoking prevalence in 2020 will be 21.4% for Māori … Read More

The Herald’s wrongheaded call for an ever-bigger population - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell May 28, 2016

The Herald’s editorial on Saturday was headed “Population growth is powering NZ economy”.  It isn’t just a statement of the rather obvious, that a rapid growth in the population –  particularly unexpectedly rapid growth – boosts total GDP.    When there are more people, they all need to consume stuff, and they need houses, schools, shops, roads, offices etc.  And … Read More

An open letter to Cabinet Ministers from 74 health professors calling for a sugary drinks tax - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Apr 02, 2016

An open letter to Cabinet Ministers from 74 health professors calling for a sugary drinks tax In this Public Health Expert blog, we reproduce a letter that appeared in the NZ Herald on 2 April.  Boyd Swinburn, Rod Jackson, and Cliona Ni Mhurchu led the writing.    Dear Cabinet Ministers We are very concerned by New Zealand’s appallingly high rate … Read More

Would a sugary fizzy drink tax reduce health inequalities? Probably Yes - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jun 19, 2014

Professor Tony Blakely A possible tax on sweetened sugary beverages (SSBs, and in particular sugary carbonated soft drinks) is topical internationally. This blog considers some economic theory around prices and demand, epidemiological predictions, and then a recent Australian study on … Continue reading → … Read More

Minister makes sense on alcohol minimum pricing - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Apr 30, 2014

Note: Eric Crampton at Offsettingbehaviour is an expert on the economics of alcohol consumption in New Zealand, and has posted on this. I purposely wrote this post first (because I have looked at modelling of minimum pricing), then checked out his comments. This post is especially long — sorry. The Ministry of Justice released a report […] … Read More