The New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union is welcoming news
that the Labour Party’s Palmerston North candidate, Tangi Utikere, has agreed to give up his ratepayer-funded deputy
mayoral salary while he campaigns for Parliament.
Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, “On Monday, we called on Mr Utikere to take unpaid leave – and now he’s agreed. That’s
a good result for Palmerston North ratepayers. The amount of money saved might be tiny in the scheme of things, but it
means ratepayers don’t have to worry about paying a councillor to campaign for a political party they may not support.
It also sends the right message about the attitude Tangi Utikere will bring to Parliament when it comes to the use of
“Meanwhile, National’s candidate in Port Hills – Catherine Chu, a Christchurch City Councillor – continues to take a $114,000 salary from ratepayers
. That’s not good enough, especially from a party that champions fiscal responsibility.”
New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
New Zealand's grassroots campaign for lower taxes and less government waste
The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union is an independent activist group, dedicated to being the voice for Kiwi taxpayers in
the corridors of power. It's here to fight government waste and make sure New Zealanders get value for money from their
tax dollar. New Zealanders are invited to join and donate at http://taxpayers.org.nz