2009 Tax Working Group conference: A tax system for New Zealand's future

Access the programme and slides from the 2009 Tax Working Group conference.

Against the backdrop of a challenging economic and fiscal environment and tax reviews overseas, the Tax Working Group (TWG) considered the medium-term direction of the current tax system and worked through the pros and cons of a variety of policy options. The TWG public conference was the culmination of this process.

The conference was opened by Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance and closed by Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue.


Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
Rutherford House, Lecture Theatre 2
23 Lambton Quay, Wellington

Conference convenor

Emeritus Professor
School of Accounting and Commercial Law

Programme and slides

Morning session 1

Chair: Bob Buckle

8.30–8.45 am


8.45–9 am

Opening speech

Hon Bill English, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister

9–9.45 am

Frameworks to guide tax reform and current challenges, introduction to scenarios


Morning tea

Morning session 2

Chair: Tony van Zijl

10–11.15 am

Tax and transfers

11:15 am–12 pm


12–12.45 pm


Afternoon session 1

Chair: Tony van Zijl

12.45–2.05 pm

Base broadening – taxation of capital income

2.05–3 pm

Base broadening – land taxes

3–3.30 pm

Afternoon tea

Afternoon session 2

Chair: Bob Buckle

3.30–4.50 pm

Company tax

Mark Weldon, Chief Executive, NZX Limited (discussant, 10 minutes) Discussion (30 minutes)

4.50–6 pm


Casey Plunket, Partner, Chapman Tripp (discussant, 10 minutes) Discussion (30 minutes)

6–6.15 pm

Closing speech

Hon Peter Dunne, Minister of Revenue and leader, United Future

6.15–6.30 pm


Bob Buckle