PAYE for business, an idea worth exploring

Todd McClay has announced he is looking at the possibility of PAYE for business.

Long awaited tax modernisation proposals were unveiled today by Revenue Minister Todd McClay.

A form of business PAYE, along with greater use of withholding taxes to deal with fringe benefits, interest and other investment income has been flagged.

The government is also looking at reversing the move, made in 1998, to allow most New Zealanders to no longer file tax returns.

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Another registered teacher before the courts

If you listen to Chris Hipkins having teachers registered is to protect the kids. They oppose charter schools because there is no requirement to have every teacher registered.

Yet almost daily we hear of registered teachers before the courts…they have replaced the Catholic Church as the haven for kiddy fiddlers and sex pests.

A male teacher has denied sending photos of his penis to a 16-year-old student, but admitted sending inappropriate messages, including: “U shw me first”.

The Lower Hutt teacher – who has interim name suppression – was accused of sending the girl photographs of himself and explicit images of his genitals during an inappropriate Facebook exchange.

The teacher was asked to tutor the teenage girl in 2013, an arrangement that continued until the end of school year.    Read more »

Is Winston Peters the only opposition leader with moral authority?

Winston Peters win in Northland means that he is the only opposition party leader who actually has won a seat.

He put his name on the ballot and got elected, rather than getting the arse from the electorate like Andrew Little, Metiria Turei and whichever of the four leadership aspirants of the Greens win a seat.

So now Winston joins ACTs Seymour and United’s Dunne and the Maori Party’s Flavell as well as National’s John Key as having a mandate from an electorate.

Winston should challenge the other wanna-be opposition leaders to win a seat like him, prove they can do the hard yards in an electorate and prove that they can actually get people to vote for them.   Read more »

Prime Minister Key v King Winston

This happens for Question 11 at question time yesterday.

And there he goes… raising the problem of sexual violence in Northland.

Will Angry Andy give Carmel Sepuloni’s welfare spokesperson job back?

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The fact that Carmel’s mum’s been convicted of benefit fraud is not relevant to Carmel.  Well, it shouldn’t be, if it wasn’t for the fact Angry Andy took some of her responsibilities away because it would be a conflict of interest. Read more »

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Today in History

Brielle

On this day, in 1572, the fortified city of Brielle was captured from the Spanish by Protestant rebels known as Watergeuzen.

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Faces of the day

Cousins Kelly McKay, 15, left, and Payge Olds, 16, right, helped to rescue a man who almost drowned in Wellington Harbour last night. Photo / Supplied to NZ Herald

Cousins Kelly McKay, 15, left, and Payge Olds, 16, right, helped to rescue a man who almost drowned in Wellington Harbour last night. Photo / Supplied

Forget the stereotypes about beautiful girls, today’s faces of the day are brave and beautiful. They are so young yet they stepped up because if they didn’t the man was going to die. They are real Kiwi heroes and role models.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

bork (verb) – To attack (a candidate or public figure) systematically, especially in the media.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1980s: from the name of Robert Bork (1927–2012), an American judge whose nomination to the Supreme Court (1987) was rejected following unfavourable publicity for his allegedly extreme views.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 31

15She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.