Friday, June 01, 2007

KiwiBank - the real one

Hattip: Stuff

TSB Bank has yet again shown what an incredible waste of taxpayers money the white elephant of KiwiBank truely is.
It "has posted a $34.8 million after-tax profit for the year to March, 11.3 per cent ahead of last year and its 20th successive record profit."
While still retaining "the lowest two-year fixed interest rate on the market for the past seven months."
In terms of risk and return:
TSB's capital adequacy ratio of 16.08 per cent was the highest of any bank in the country and more than double the international standard of 8 per cent.
Return on average assets of 1.28 per cent compared with the benchmark of 1 per cent.

And that is right, while returning a return to the community - not continuing to bleed the poor NZ public for more and more capital injections. Go to Taranaki at some point and see the levels of public infrastructure funded by the TSB and you'll get the idea. The TSB does more for Taranaki than the local body council (although that's hardly surprising - they are too busy building themselves new offices and water features).

But of course without KiwiBank we wouldn't have a(nother) monument to the stupidity of Jim Anderton and the failure of left wing dogma.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Regional Road Taxes

Hattip: NZ Herald

Oddly enough I'm actually not against the new regional road taxes -
they do introduce some oddities into the market equilibrium due to the arbitrary boundaries involved but overall they do help to move more towards a user pays environment.

Which is where my real objections lie - the remaining general fuel taxes. Because if each region actually was retaining the fuel tax paid within its boundaries Auckland would now be able to introduce a subsidy - not the 10c tax hike.
The inefficiency is shown through the need to place a regional fuel tax on the motorists of the region which already subside most of the reat of New Zealand.

Which is endemic to the issue of the Labour party and its governing style; the inefficiencies created through the income allocation and redistribution performed keep needing more and more to occur to iron out the imbalances created.
There is a shortfall in spending on Auckland roading infrastructure because the Labour party has decreed that there should be, not because the consumers in that area aren't already paying for it.
I think the regional tax is a great idea - but the existing slush fund of fuel taxes should be scrapped first...