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Nordmeyer’s sin taxes

Nordmeyer’s sin taxes

Minister of Finance Arnold Nordmeyer is pictured here as a gremlin irking the beer drinker, smoker, married man with children and the motorist. His 1958 budget doubled taxes on beer and cigarettes, and there were increases in sales taxes on cars and petrol. It cancelled a much-vaunted £100 ($4,242 in 2008) tax rebate for that year. Labour was thrown out at the 1960 election.

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Paul Goldsmith, 'Taxes - Post-war taxation – 1950 to 1959', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 March 2021)

Story by Paul Goldsmith, published 11 Mar 2010, updated 2 Sep 2016