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Queenstown's mayor Jim Boult has announced a non-binding referendum to test community support for a local visitor levy. The money - council wants $25 million to $40m a year - would fund desperately needed infrastructure for New Zealand’s premier tourist...
It’s illegal to bribe voters preceding an election. So why is it, that all the political parties promised more benefits to more people in the three months preceding the election, than in the entire three years beforehand? The political sugar...
A Queenstown booze baron's hoping a change to the country's alcohol laws will make it easier for liquor stores selling smokes. Beaver Liquor boss Russell Gray – also the Hospitality New Zealand Auckland chairman – says last month's amendment to...

Pollie plans tax payback

A political party is touting a novel way to fund Queenstown's under-pressure infrastructure in the run-up to September's election. ACT proposes returning half the GST from the value of building consents to local councils to fund vital infrastructure projects. "It would...
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