Petrol taxes fuelling more pain at the pump
Noticed how much the cost of living has increased in the last year?
It’s no surprise really. Every decision the new Government has made since gaining power has increased the cost of living. This is a Government that likes to tinker and tax.
Their new fuel taxes are placing a heavy financial burden on hard working Kiwis as they pay record prices at the pump.
That’s why National is calling on the Government to axe its new fuel taxes.
The average New Zealand household is now paying $200 a year more in petrol taxes than this time last year. In Auckland that figure is $324. New fuel taxes on top of record petrol prices are a major reason for that.
Since the election petrol prices have increased 42 cents a litre on average and the costs are only going to increase as fuel prices continue to climb and the Government prepares to impose even more new taxes.
There are two more excise taxes planned over the next two years. Councils right around New Zealand are already asking for Auckland’s regional fuel tax to be made available nationwide and crude oil prices are expected to continue to rise.
While the Government can’t control global prices for fuel, it can control its taxes.
And it’s already collecting huge amounts of tax on petrol. Every time you put $1 of fuel into your vehicle, 53 cents of that is going straight from your wallet into the Government’s back pocket.
The Government has more money because New Zealanders have less.
It thinks the answer is another inquiry. That’s fine but it should also be providing immediate relief to New Zealanders by axing those taxes.
Ordinary hard working Kiwi families don’t need the worry of figuring out how they’re going to drive to school or get to the supermarket. But this Government is pricing them out of their cars.
The Government needs to realise it can’t keep heaping costs on to New Zealand families. It’s ramping up the cost of living and making it harder for Kiwis to get ahead.
Rescue helicopter saved
One of the few pieces of good news received by our region has been that the long awaited decision that our Coromandel rescue helicopter service is safe and will remain so.
People power finally won the day after a huge campaign fought by our local communities. All the unnecessary angst, worry and concern that we’ve been put through could easily have been avoided if the Minister of Health had just made it clear from the very beginning that Coromandel wasn’t going to lose its rescue helicopter service.
A great local victory
As local MP I was delighted to help Whangamata¯ champion, Jo Schneebeli, in her battle to change a regulation that meant children who predeceased a parent weren’t noted on their parents death certificate. As Jo had lost two daughters this meant a lot to her.
After several years of trying to fix the law, to her credit current Internal Affairs Minister, Tracey Martin, recognised this anomaly and the law has now been changed.
I was pleased to be with Tracey when she presented Jo with a framed copy of the Order in Council amending the Births, Deaths and Marriages regulations.