Angry Andy thinks providing Iwi with tax free status is a winning move…


The Taxpayers’ Union is?querying?Labour Party leader Andrew Little’s comments at Waitangi that New Zealand should consider allowing Maori to?make?their own laws, including?tax laws, in?reference to?rules applicable to Native American tribal lands. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union says:

“Like many New Zealanders, Mr Little may be surprised to learn that iwi do not currently pay income tax, even on profits of their commercial investments.

“New Zealand is quite unique in the Commonwealth in allowing a type of group defined by blood to qualify as ‘charitable’ and therefore not pay income or company tax.”

“New Zealand’s taxation regime is even more generous to iwi than the rules applicable to Native American tribes. Here, iwi pay no tax regardless of?how income is derived while for Native American tribes?only some types of income?(usually those derived on?native?lands)?are exempt from paying federal?tax.”

“There are arguments that the public-good iwi provide justifies?the charitable exemption to tax. How that can be extended to ?commercial entities such as?Shotover Jet,?owned by?Ngai Tahu, is another question entirely.”

In other words, a fair amount of “Iwi” run commercial concerns are already rorting the ?taxpayer by being allowed to register as a not-for-profit incorporated society.

It seems Angry Andy Little is getting some of the David Cunliffe “make policy up on the run” disease. ? It sounds good at the time, but it doesn’t stand closer scrutiny.

On this basis, I think we should encourage Angry Andy to make a lot more speeches.