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Corporate welfare takes flight in Kapiti

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Responding to Kpiti Coast District Councils decision to subsidise a private airline , Taxpayers Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says:MEDIA RELEASE

Corporate welfare takes flight in Kapiti
14 JUNE 2018

Responding to Kāpiti Coast District Council’s decision to subsidise a private airline, Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says:

“This is a classic case of corporate welfare. The Council has turned Air Chathams, a private, profitable business, into a charity case.”

“Regular flyers like Councillors and Chamber of Commerce members will benefit, but it will be at the expense of the general Kāpiti ratepayer, who is far less likely to get their money’s worth from these flights.”

“Air New Zealand clearly decided the airline was too expensive to maintain, but apparently good business sense goes out the window when it’s the council spending ratepayer money.”


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