Air New Zealand’s Michelle Redington has been named part of the government’s tax working group.
Redington is Air New Zealand’s head of group taxation and insurance and a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s tax advisory group.
Finance minister Grant Robertson and revenue minister Stuart Nash announced the group yesterday, which will be chaired by former Finance Minister Sir Michael Cullen.
Other members of the group include Professor Craig Elliffe from University of Auckland, Joanne Hodge, a former tax partner at Bell Gully, and Kirk Hope, chief executive of Business New Zealand.
The group has been tasked with producing an interim report by September 2018 and a final report by February 2019, which will be then used to inform the government’s policy direction at the next general election.
Finance minister Robertson said yesterday: “The Tax Working Group has been established to look at the structure, fairness and balance of New Zealand’s tax system.
“The wide range of expertise and experience among the membership means the working group is well placed to consider changes to make our tax system fairer.”
Other members of the group include: Nick Malarao, senior partner at Meredith Connell; PWC partner Geof Nightingale; Robin Oliver, former Deputy Commissioner at Inland Revenue; Hinerangi Raumati, chair of Parininihi ki Waitotara Inc; Bill Rosenberg, economist and director of policy at the CTU; and Marjan Van Den Belt, assistant vice chancellor (Sustainability) at Victoria University of Wellington.
Its first meeting will be held at the end of January. Updates on the Group’s work will be available through its website – taxworkinggroup.govt.nz.