A reader writes in:
Yesterday on Morning Report ( go to http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/201859010/ardern-responds-after-farmers-protest-in-home-town ) when being interviewed by Guyon Espiner, Jacinda Ardern stated (just after 2 minutes 30 seconds and again at 9 minutes 20 second) that the tax would be ten times that proposed for water abstracted for irrigation. That irrigation rate is between 1 and 2 cents per tonne.
So now we know what the bottled water tax will be – between 10 and 20 cents per tonne.
This will raise negligible quantities of tax; so little in fact that it wouldn’t be worth collecting.
Here are the sums:
According to a Coriolis report for MBIE go to http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/food-beverage/documents-image-library/folder-2017-investors-guides/investors-guide-to-the-new-zealand-beverages-industry-2017.pdf the exports of bottled water in 2015 were valued at $7 million and the average price per litre was $0.61, giving a sales volume of 11.47 million litres.
Supermarket sales of bottled water sales over the past year were 37 million litres. I do not have the figures for bottled water sales from other outlets such as dairies, self service dispensers and petrol stations etc, but assuming that these were half of total domestic sales, that would add another 37 million litres of bottled water sales.
Adding domestic and exported bottled water sales together gives us total sales of 85.47 million litres.
That is 85,470 tonnes of water. At between 10 and 20 cents per tonne total revenue collected would be between $8547 and $17094 per annum.
That would not even cover the cost of superannuation for one retired couple for one year. Even if my assumptions on volumes sold domestically through outlets other than supermarkets were only half actual annual sales, the revenue collected would still be negligible.
So Labour’s tax on bottled water will bring in enough revenue to pay for one extra couple on superannuation!! In fact it won’t even do that as the extra public servants needed to administer the bottled water tax will cost more than the tax brings in.
Note this is about the bottled water tax only, which is seperate to the irrigation tax.
Just shows Labour is about symbolism only. Pathethic.