Kevlar Smalley rolls out more policy than the Labour party

Yesterday the Kevlar party called for tax on soft drinks.   Today, tax on tourists.

Look at the issue we’ve got with kauri die-back disease. Where I live in the waitakeres, I can see it creeping across the valley. Much of the kauri in the Waitaks was felled by the pioneers to build our cities and now, as these great trees begin to reforest the area, they’re being felled a killer disease.

There’s little or no money to manage that. And very little is being down to protect these magnificent and iconic trees.

And so the tourists flock in. And we welcome them – as we should. But tourism is now out biggest earner. It’s our biggest industry. It’s leap-frogged dairy. And so how do we protect the asset that supports that industry? That asset is the landscape of this country and the flora and fauna which lives on it?

The Greens want a so-called ‘taonga levy’ to be applied to international visitors – it would be up to around $18 and so it would bring the total border levy to around $40.

Peter Dunne says we should impose a $25 tax. I think that’s probably about right. That would raise around $75 million a year.

It won’t stop people coming here. If you’re coming to new zealand it’s likely that you’re coming here for its beauty and to experience nature — and so if it’s signposted to tourists that part of their visa fee contributes to its maintenance, I can’t see how that would be a deterrent.

Lets not spend years discussing this. Instead, lets impose a tax sooner rather than later, and help to protect and maintain this country’s greatest asset.

Can we please just tell tourists to stand and deliver so we can take some money out of their pockets because Rachel wants Kauri die-back disease in her back yard paid for.

She’s quite an observational policy maker, our Rach.

Yesterday she saw a toddler in a push chair with a coke and she became a supporter of sugar tax.

Today she looked out the window at some trees and we have a tourist tax.

I wonder what she’ll look at next?


– Rachel Smalley, NewstalkZB

  • shykiwibloke

    Hopefully she will turn her gaze on fellow Journo’s. An MSM unchecked facts tax would have a broad base of support.

    • johcar

      … and raise millions almost instantly!

  • Tiberius

    She might see her neighbour painting his roof tomorrow.

  • Curly1952

    With a bit of luck she may look in the mirror and decide their should be a tax on all silly reporters whether print or radio – should generate a good income for the government

  • Isherman

    “There’s little or no money to manage that.”

    From the 2014 budget, there is in fact $26.5 million over 4 years specifically allocated to Kauri Dieback, spread over both operational costs and research into the disease for which there is no cure. I wouldn’t say that’s little or no money Rachel.

  • Aucky

    Smalley is right. A $25 tax on its own won’t stop people coming here but news of it will make the travel industry media worldwide and NZ is already viewed as expensive not only for local services but also because of our distance from the main tourism markets (excluding Australia). Our high dollar is also a deterrent. Let’s not make life easier for competitive destinations to take business away from us by taxing tourists to death.

    How do we protect our assets Rachel asks. By investing time, resources and our money Rachel that’s how. Our money not tourists’ money because it’s a cost of doing business. The dairy industry doesn’t add a tax to milk products to pay for fencing.

  • Ross

    Is it just me, or did she liken tourists (one of our biggest money earners) to a disease?

    Either way, how about you just stick to reporting the news, and not making it.

    • Aucky

      Thank God she’s on at 5.00am and I never get to hear her. It must be the broadcasting equivalent of standing on a soapbox in Albert Park on a wet Sunday afternoon.

  • Nermal

    I have no idea what she will look at next, but I’m sure it will involve taxing someone else.

  • Duchess of Pork

    Please give Rach some credit for her past achievements before looking to the future. Our Halal tax increases year on year, as do refugee costs with attendant mental health and counter-terrorism budgets.

  • MarcWills

    So she is saying none of the 3 – 4 million visitors a year pay GST during their 10 -12 days visiting? That means we should tax them to make up for their lack of contribution, because you know, they are obviously just free loaders. And Dunne is relevant because… ?

  • Graham Pilgrim

    Why does this woman believe that her opinion matters to ordinary New Zealanders, any more than yours or mine? She has absolutely no qualifications whatsoever in botany, nor in dietetics.

    • Crowgirl

      But she has a degree in socialist ideology with a major in forcible tax extraction. That’s the only reason I can see for her wanting a tax “sooner rather than later” with no research or concern for the efficacy of such a thing. She knows best.

      • ex-JAFA

        And don’t forget that no discussion should be entered into.

    • Hard1

      Most days are quiet days, with little noteworthy to comment on. These folks have to spout something on cue or else, job gone. So mostly they spout gibberish.

  • oldmanNZ

    Little or no money to manage the disease?

    Does she know?
    Maybe if we spent more money on diesease research than soft drink plain lable survey.

    Will a tax solve it?
    Like a true greenie, tax solve everything.

    Even if she was a comedian… She not funny

  • Second time around

    Let’s slug grandma in her wheelchair when she comes from the UK to visit the grandchildren. She can well afford to pay on her UK pension, and should also be taxed to pay for the Tongariro Crossing while we are at it. Memo to Air New Zealand, don’t forget to check which passengers will be tax residents of NZ at the projected time of arrival and thus exempt from this new tax.

  • Kevin

    “I wonder what she’ll look at next?”

    A junk food tax is my bet.

    • After the lardo lapse I’m surprised she isn’t supporting Cameron with the fat bastard tax.

  • twittertit

    I think I missed the boat. Where did the ‘Kevlar Party’ and ‘Kevlar Smalley’ come from?

  • kloyd0306

    Rach might be on to something with this tax.
    Perhaps we could do a tax experiment – levy $25 on all her listeners.

    • Yellow Admiral

      But that wouldn’t raise enough to do anything!

      • kloyd0306

        That’s the point……….but it would give us an indication of just how popular Rachel’s ideas really are while at the same time she gets her tax. Liberals, like her, love taxes – first, last and always. They’re the answer to everything (not!).

    • Bartman

      If they can’t afford $3 for their political party they won’t afford $25 for a poor imitation!

  • Karma

    Is it too much to hope she’ll look in the mirror next and declare we need a tax on stupid?

    • Superman

      It is unfortunately too much to hope for. Most of these people are too stupid to know that they are stupid. The only solution is to remove all warning signs and let nature take its course.

  • Superman

    The Greenies will always shoot themselves in the foot and unfortunately take the rest of us down with them if they get their way. It seems to be a congenital disorder. In Australia they have a meeting and ask themselves “What brings the most money into the country?”. That would be the mining industry, so the plan is put an extra tax on them. In NZ the answer to the same question is tourism and agriculture, so the greenies want to put an extra tax on them. Talk about killing the goose that laid the golden egg! They will never learn.

  • waldopepper

    “a taonga levy”. another “pork barrel” tax for maori to clip the ticket on.

  • Hard1

    “I wonder what she’ll look at next?” A mirror, then a tax on makeup.