Former finance minister joins Taxpayers’ Union board of directors
the New Zealand Taxpayers Union welcomes the Honorable Ruth Richardson to its Board of Directors.
“The quantity and quality of public spending are recovering – it is time to re-enforce the discipline of fiscal responsibility.” -Mrs. Ruth Richardson
taxpayers union Co-founder Jordan Williams says: “Few New Zealand politicians can claim to have tackled a bloated government like Ruth Richardson. His experience and advice will be invaluable to the Taxpayers’ Union as a spendthrift government challenges our mission of lower taxes, less waste and more transparency.
Ruth describes herself as a reformer, lifelong market liberal, activist and feminist. She served as Minister of Finance in the Fourth National Government, served as Chair and Director of several private and public corporations as well as the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, and accompanies sovereign states seeking to transform their outlook.
Ruth says, “Governments make spending and regulatory choices, but not in a vacuum of accountability. The Taxpayers’ Union provides a well-researched and often vocal voice on behalf of those who pay and suffer the consequences of ill-conceived public policy. As a lifelong activist in these causes, being a director of the Taxpayers’ Union fits well in my DNA.
Three other new board members will be announced in the coming days. The new council members replace former Wellington councilor Rex Nichols and former journalist and lobbyist Barrie Saunders who recently retired from council.
Jordan says, “Rex and Barrie have made an invaluable contribution to the taxpayers union, championing our efforts and generously sharing their wisdom and institutional knowledge with the younger members of our team. As President, Barrie oversaw a four-year period in which our number of subscribed supporters grew from 28,000 to over 160,000. He has prepared us very well for the challenges of 2022, 2023 and beyond. .
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taxpayers union is an incorporated company. In addition to the general manager, its board of directors is made up of volunteers.
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