Source: Taxpayers Union – Press Release/Statement:


10 MARCH 2015

The Taxpayers’ Union is today proudly relaunching its election Bribe-O-Meter to keep track of politicians’ pork-barrel promises in the lead up to Northland’s by-election. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says:
“While the by-election is for the seat of Northland, the cost of pork-barrel promises will impact the pockets of all New Zealand taxpayers.”
“The Prime Minister has already indicated that there will be further Northland-related policies launched throughout the campaign. The Bribe-O-Meter is to provide transparency to taxpayers on what those promises will cost.”
“Currently the National Party’s Northland promises equal $28.37 per New Zealand household. Winston Peters meanwhile is promising new ports and railways. Our initial estimate is that the cost, if implemented, would be at least $180 per household.”

The Bribe-O-Meter is available at and will be updated regularly in the lead up to polling day on 28 March.



Jordan Williams
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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.

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