Kiwis Want Sugar Tax

January 20, 2015 New Zealand Taxation

New Zealanders are drinking 115 litres of sugar sweetened drinks per year, while more than a third of New Zealanders believe that such drinks should face higher taxes.

According to the results of a recent survey, a large portion of New Zealanders support the imposition of taxes on the sale of products high in sugar, and now new research has come out detailing the significant amount of sugar consumed in the country.

It is now estimated that the average New Zealander drinks 115 liters of “soft drinks” per year, with 73 liters being made up by carbonated fizzy sodas, with the reaming amount being made up by energy drinks, sweetened juices, and sports drinks.

According to the results of a recent survey conducted by Southern Cross, 73 percent of New Zealanders believe that the consumption of sugary products and drinks in the country is excessive, and 63 percent believed that they personally need to cut down their consumption, with 39 percent of all respondents claiming that they would support the imposition of extra taxes on sugary drinks.

The idea of imposing a tax on the sale of sugary drinks has faced significant controversy, with some individuals claiming that it is unneeded, while others claim that a tax reduction of fresh foods would be more beneficial for the country.

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