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Phil Rennie


Featured Publication

  • Submission to the NZ Business Tax Review 2008 14 August 2008
    The priorities for the NZ government should be: Reduce the corporate rate to 30% Reduce the top personal rate to 30% Reduce the other relevant rates (trusts, fringe benefit tax etc) to 30% Move the corporate and personal rates, over…...
    The priorities for the NZ government should be: Reduce the corporate rate to 30% Reduce the top personal rate to 30% Reduce the other relevant rates (trusts, fringe benefit tax etc) to 30% Move the corporate and personal rates, over…
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Media & Commentary

  • Is New Zealand saving itself to death? 07 May 2008 | The Dominion Post
    How important are savings to economic growth? Would you gamble billions of dollars on the answer? This is the challenge facing the New Zealand government after the launch of a radical new savings plan last year. Known as “KiwiSaver,” the…
    How important are savings to economic growth? Would you gamble billions of dollars on the answer? This is the challenge facing the New Zealand government after the launch of a radical new savings plan last year. Known as “KiwiSaver,” the…
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  • Kiwisaver or KiwiSucker? 07 May 2008 | The Wall Street Journal Asia
    You’d have to be an idiot not to join KiwiSaver, according to most financial advisors. In effect the government is paying you thousands of dollars to join, and soon employers will have to contribute as well. But is it too…
    You’d have to be an idiot not to join KiwiSaver, according to most financial advisors. In effect the government is paying you thousands of dollars to join, and soon employers will have to contribute as well. But is it too…
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  • Supersize my economy 11 April 2008 | The National Business Review
    Everyone knows that Australians are richer than New Zealanders, with wages a third higher on average. Almost everyone agrees this is a bad thing, but the hard part is working out what exactly to do about it. At a public…
    Everyone knows that Australians are richer than New Zealanders, with wages a third higher on average. Almost everyone agrees this is a bad thing, but the hard part is working out what exactly to do about it. At a public…
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  • Economics not only a matter of size 24 January 2008 | The Dominion Post
    As painful as it is to admit, everyone knows that Australians are richer than New Zealanders. Wages are a third higher on average across the ditch, and almost everyone knows a friend or relative who has made the move. So…
    As painful as it is to admit, everyone knows that Australians are richer than New Zealanders. Wages are a third higher on average across the ditch, and almost everyone knows a friend or relative who has made the move. So…
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  • Don’t choke on your cornflakes but Australians are much richer than New Zealanders 10 December 2007 | The New Zealand Herald
    Why are Australians so much richer than New Zealanders? It’s almost an embarrassing question to ask because we don’t like admitting superiority to the Aussies at anything, be it sport or economic policy. Australians now enjoy average incomes a third…
    Why are Australians so much richer than New Zealanders? It’s almost an embarrassing question to ask because we don’t like admitting superiority to the Aussies at anything, be it sport or economic policy. Australians now enjoy average incomes a third…
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Publications

  • KiwiSaver or KiwiSucker? A Critical View 07 May 2008 | IA94
    The promised benefits of KiwiSaver do not match the high cost of the taxpayer subsidies. KiwiSaver is a pointless and hugely expensive straitjacket on the New Zealand economy. The incentives added last year have made the scheme expensive, distorting, regressive, unfair, unstable, and unsustainable. KiwiSaver represents a fundamental change to…...
    The promised benefits of KiwiSaver do not match the high cost of the taxpayer subsidies. KiwiSaver is a pointless and hugely expensive straitjacket on the New Zealand economy. The incentives added last year have made the scheme expensive, distorting, regressive, unfair, unstable, and unsustainable. KiwiSaver represents a fundamental change to…
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  • Why is Australia So Much Richer than New Zealand? 04 December 2007 | IA90
    Australians are a third richer than New Zealanders. Per capita GDP (adjusted for purchasing power parity) is NZ$48,000 in Australia compared to just NZ$36,400 in New Zealand. This difference is remarkable given that the two countries enjoyed the same level of income for most of the twentieth century. From the…...
    Australians are a third richer than New Zealanders. Per capita GDP (adjusted for purchasing power parity) is NZ$48,000 in Australia compared to just NZ$36,400 in New Zealand. This difference is remarkable given that the two countries enjoyed the same level of income for most of the twentieth century. From the…
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  • Taming New Zealand’s Tax Monster 15 May 2007 | IA87
    Since 2000 the amount of tax paid by New Zealanders has increased from $32 billion to $52 billion. This is a $20 billion increase, or 37% in real terms. Tax revenue for 2007 is $7 billion higher than was originally predicted five years ago, representing a huge unexpected bonus for…...
    Since 2000 the amount of tax paid by New Zealanders has increased from $32 billion to $52 billion. This is a $20 billion increase, or 37% in real terms. Tax revenue for 2007 is $7 billion higher than was originally predicted five years ago, representing a huge unexpected bonus for…
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  • New Zealand’s Spending Binge 15 March 2007 | IA83
    Core government spending is now almost $20 billion a year higher than it was in 2000, a 32% increase in real terms. Total government spending now makes up 40% of GDP, compared to 35% in Australia. Most measurements show government spending is higher now than it was under the Muldoon…...
    Core government spending is now almost $20 billion a year higher than it was in 2000, a 32% increase in real terms. Total government spending now makes up 40% of GDP, compared to 35% in Australia. Most measurements show government spending is higher now than it was under the Muldoon…
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  • Why Tax Cuts Are Good for Growth 18 October 2006 | IA75
    Economic growth involves a number of factors, which are often difficult to isolate. Tax cuts are no silver bullet on their own, but research shows they can have a significant positive impact on economic growth. Tax causes people to make different economic decisions than they otherwise would – such as…...
    Economic growth involves a number of factors, which are often difficult to isolate. Tax cuts are no silver bullet on their own, but research shows they can have a significant positive impact on economic growth. Tax causes people to make different economic decisions than they otherwise would – such as…
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  • How to Fix a Leaky Tax System 14 September 2006 | IA74
    Raising the top rate of tax to 39% for income over $60,000 has made New Zealand’s tax system complicated and unfair. Because large numbers of people are able to avoid the increased top rate, the moral basis of the system is being undermined. Tax avoidance and evasion has greatly increased…...
    Raising the top rate of tax to 39% for income over $60,000 has made New Zealand’s tax system complicated and unfair. Because large numbers of people are able to avoid the increased top rate, the moral basis of the system is being undermined. Tax avoidance and evasion has greatly increased…
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  • Are New Zealanders Paying Too Much Tax? 15 May 2006 | IA71
    The ever increasing tax burden has become a heated issue in New Zealand. At the 2005 election, over-taxation was hotly debated with the government arguing that high taxation is a myth despite clear indications to the contrary. New Zealand’s taxation burden is high by world standards. It is higher than…...
    The ever increasing tax burden has become a heated issue in New Zealand. At the 2005 election, over-taxation was hotly debated with the government arguing that high taxation is a myth despite clear indications to the contrary. New Zealand’s taxation burden is high by world standards. It is higher than…
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