Petrol taxes fu­elling more pain at the pump

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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.

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