New Zealand Labour Party

National's real record on tax

National loves to talk up their record on tax cuts.

But we dug a little deeper and noticed that, since they’ve been in Government, they’ve actually increased taxes – or introduced new taxes, fees or charges – at least 14 times.

Check out what they’ve done since they took office in 2008:

  • They first increased petrol tax by 3 cents per litre in 2009 - then they did it again by 3 cents in 2010, 2 cents in 2012, and 3 cents in 2013. Then they did it again in 2014 and in 2015! In case you haven’t been keeping count, that’s six increases over seven years.
  • They increased our GST from 12.5% to 15% in 2010.
  • In 2010, they removed depreciation on buildings.
  • In 2012, they introduced tax on Employer KiwiSaver contributions, and halved the Member Tax Credit.
  • Then they introduced a $40 per year student loan fee.
  • Also in 2012, they introduced new filing fees for companies.
  • And they introduced tax on school children working part time.
  • That year they also started charging $900 Family Court fees.
  • In 2013, they increased prescription charges from $3 to $5.
  • They introduced the bright line test to tax capital gains on houses sold within 2 years in 2015.
  • They introduced a border clearance levy in 2016.
  • Also last year, they introduced tax on online digital purchases.
  • This year they’ve proposed doubling the charges to use the facilities on Great Walks.
  • And throughout their entire time in office, they’ve increased tobacco tax multiple times.

When National talks about their record on tax, they’re only telling one side of the story. This is the rest of it.

And the story we’re actually more interested in is Labour’s plan to make New Zealand a better, fairer place.

That's why we'll:

  • Clean up our rivers
    We’ll do this by charging major commercial water uses a small royalty and giving it back to local councils to clean up rivers.

  • Invest in New Zealand’s tourism and conservation
    We’ll do this by investing $75m in a Tourism and Conservation Infrastructure Fund, paid for by a small $25 levy for international visitors.

  • Tackle Auckland’s traffic gridlock
    We’ll do this by building modern light rail to the airport and boosting investment in Auckland transport, funded by a regional fuel tax.

See our full list of policies here.