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    Another Way to Profit from the Plastic Bag Scam.

    Credi, where credit is due, Countdown have successfully turned lemons into lemonade, finding various ways to profit from the Government's plastic bag 'save the turtles' scam. Their latest scheme is to counter all the naughty customers taking off with their plastic baskets by turning around and...

    The ‘Everyone is Better Off’ Mirage

    Smoke & Mirrors So I have been reflecting on how the CoL (and the Media Party) do their propaganda campaigns in relation to tax in general; a real gem is when they call them 'levies' not taxes and do so with straight faces....

    2020: Back to the Future on Tax Policy

    The biggest problem with NZ First having scuppered Jacinda's proposed Capital Gains Tax (CGT) is that the subject will never go away. Even if Jacinda adheres to her promise to never introduce it, the next Labour leader will bring the subject up again. It doesn't matter...

    Who Would Want to be an Employer?

    A few years ago, we were looking for an extra accountant for our practice. Applicants were in relatively short supply, but we were approached by an accountant living in Tauranga. He was qualified, had about 5 years experience, seemed nice enough and he was happy to...

    More Low-end Job Losses Coming Next Year

    Merry Christmas from the COL. Another kick in the guts for both business and young people has been announced. The COL think that they are playing Santa Claus but what they are delivering is a lump of coal.

    Brash: No Justification for Race-based Spectrum Give-away

    Press release: Hobson's Pledge There is not the slightest justification for allocating any resource which is the common property of all New Zealanders on the basis of race, Hobson’s Pledge spokesman Don Brash said yesterday.   In a deal announced...

    How to Be a Penniless Billionaire

    As you may be aware, Vernon Unsworth (hero of the Philippines cave rescue) recently lost a defamation case against Elon Musk, who had called him a “pedo”. Such are the vagaries of American defamation law that, even though the accusation was completely false, and Musk admitted...

    Investment in Canadian Cannabis Burns Stockholders

    At first glance on paper legal cannabis should be a lucrative investment. Thanks to the addictive nature of the product once you have a customer you are likely to have them for life so repeat business is guaranteed. Even better there is also the medical side...

    Shovel Ready?

    Ladies and gentlemen, the 2020 election campaign has officially started, and it will be the longest campaign of your lifetime. After promising to build 100,000 houses (and failing) and promising to build a light rail system in Auckland (and making very little progress...

    NZ’s Version of the ‘Amazon Tax’

    Smoke & Mirrors Sunday was the day we all started paying GST on internet shopping. It's New Zealand's version of the 'Amazon Tax' which, according to the Labour Government, is supposed to level the playing field for domestic retailers. So the place you...