About Us

More than 100 of New Zealand's largest companies are active members of BusinessNZ's Major Companies Group.

Together they account for a large portion of New Zealand's GDP, bringing a collective weight of influence that enables MCG to provide strong counsel to government and other key decision makers.

MCG ensures our members have a strong advocacy voice in policy, business and economic debate. We provide a vehicle to voice and positively influence the challenges and opportunities facing businesses in New Zealand.

MCG engages with government officials, community groups, MPs and Ministers daily, ensuring business interests are represented throughout the policy making process.

Our specialist policy managers champion policies that help grow skills, investment, high- value goods, services, innovation and international competitiveness.

MCG members receive a suite of services including:

  • Specialist independent policy advice
  • Opportunities to contribute to research and policy development
  • Access to specialised policy forums, including Ministers and MPs
  • An opportunity to engage in influencing the political and regulatory business framework
  • Regulatory updates
  • National and regional representation.

The work of the MCG is carried out within the overarching governance of the BusinessNZ Council.

Phil has responsibility for commercial partnerships, member retention and development and policy forums including the Major Companies Group's CEO Forum.

He is BusinessNZ's representative on the Regional Entrepreneurial Advanced Programme with MIT Boston and the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum.

Previously Phil worked in shareholder and media relations at Telecom (now known as Spark) following positions as business editor and sports journalist in print media.



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Katharine McGhie is the Business Development and Events Manager for BusinessNZ Major Companies Group, Gold Group and Affiliated Industies Group.

Katharine works closely with the General Manager, Major Companies Group to focus on members policy needs and activity, forums and growth and retention. The Major Companies Group includes many of New Zealand's top 100 companies.

Previously Katharine has spent more than nine years in marketing and event management roles with New Zealand's leading law firms.


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Your Major Companies Group membership includes invites to forums, meetings and conferences throughout the country. (View full PDF):

  1. CEO Forum is the peak policy forum within the MCG and includes CEOs across all industry sectors that meet three times a year in Auckland. The CEO Forum conversations are demand driven and include topics like employment relations, infrastructure, diversity, regional development, skills, training, health and safety, regulatory issues, international trade, energy and electricity, environment, sustainability, corporate affairs and policy positions. It's also a free exchange of business insights with Government officials and MPs that helps policy development so that we can grow the New Zealand economy. Guest speakers include the head of Treasury and MBIE plus the Prime Minister, Senior Ministers and the Opposition leaders. We also host two breakfasts and two halfday sessions across the country.

  2. Corporate Affairs meetings are held in Wellington and Auckland five times a year. These meetings give opportunities for senior executives or CEOs from the Major Companies Group to have a two-way discussion. These meetings provide a platform for businesses to discuss policy and challenges facing them.

  3. Private Dinners are hosted in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, Hamilton, New Plymouth and Invercargill every seven weeks. These dinners are for up to 15 CEOs or senior executives and provide an opportunity to talk about their business and the regional and national economy with a senior Minister or Ministers, or senior opposition MPs.

  4. Access to all our policy advice through submissions, media releases, research papers and the regularly circulated policy updates to members. Access to our expert policy team in respect of ER, skills and training and education, sustainability, energy, health and safety, emissions.

  5. Cocktail Parties Invitations for executives or senior staff to meet the respective opposition parties and their caucuses. Once a year cocktail function is also held with Ministers, government ministerial advisers, press secretaries, political advisers, and some junior Ministers.

  6. Invitations to our annual cocktail party held in Wellington in February, Prime Minister's Post Budget Lunch in Wellington and the Prime Ministers End of Year Review and Look Ahead to Next Year, held annually in November in Auckland.

  7. Opportunities for senior executives to be invited to various visiting trade delegation functions. Most recently, the Asia Pacific Energy Leaders' Summit held in March and the recent visits by the Japanese, Chinese and French business delegations.

  8. Briefings with Treasury, MBIE and other agencies based on member demand. We do this at least twice a year with the key agencies.

  9. Invitation for the CEO to attend a CEO dinner with the Prime Minister and her caucus in Auckland or Wellington. BusinessNZ will host a pre-dinner drinks function before the dinner.

  10. Pre Election Conference invitation to attend the day long conference in Wellington where all political party leaders pitch their policies to business.

  11. ANZLF BusinessNZ is also the secretariat for the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum which involves dialogue and engagement with the top 60 companies on both sides of the Tasman. This promotes discussion for Trans Tasman businesses on the issues that matter for the two countries.

  12. Wellington Seminar A comprehensive way of understanding Wellington and the regulatory landscape including meetings and discussions between business and Ministers, Opposition MPs and key officials.

  13. Our four regional shareholders (EMA Northern, Business Central, Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers Association) provide regional members with tailored professional advice, resources and training and networking events for organisations of all sectors. Their highly skilled teams can assist with Advocacy and Industry Relations, Human Resources and Employment Relations, Employment Law, Health & Safety, International Trade and Business Strategy and Professional Development solutions. The regions have access to regional and national initiatives, lobbying, representation and resources that help build enterprise capability for business. They are focused on building long term relationships with their members by helping grow businesses sustainably.


MCG members and BusinessNZ partner on a range of initiatives to drive positive change.

About a dozen companies have partnerships with us on top of their membership. Members can partner with BusinessNZ on a variety of initiatives like surveys, papers, workshops, themed luncheons or cocktail functions.

Partnerships enable businesses to showcase their brand in front of key stakeholders including their customers, suppliers, media and government officials.

Some of the companies we have partnered with include Fonterra, Westpac, Chapman Tripp, Southern Cross Healthcare, Fujitsu, Johnson & Johnson, IBM, Callaghan Innovation, Datacom and Deloitte.

Examples of partnerships include:

  • Deloitte-BusinessNZ Election Conference
  • BusinessNZ-Deloitte Major Companies Tax Survey
  • Southern Cross-BusinessNZ Wellness in the Workplace Survey
  • BusinessNZ-Suncorp Prime Minister’s Update
  • BNZ-BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index
  • BNZ-BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index
  • BusinessNZ Back to Business cocktails with Westpac
  • BusinessNZ Pre-Budget lunch with Fujitsu
  • Southern Cross Wellness in the Workforce Survey in which the public and private sector participate.
  • BNZ Economic Monitors on manufacturing and exporting (PMI and PSI) which are placed on our website and updated monthly. Both are market sensitive.
  • Prime Ministers Business Update held in December. The Prime Minister talks about the year in review and the priorities for the next 12 months.

MCG Events

Invitations to MCG Events are part of your membership, if you're interesting in becoming a member you can enquire here

2019 EVENT LOCATION Speakers/Detail
February State of the Nation Breakfast Auckland Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Back to Business Wellington Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern
Corporate Affairs Meeting Wellington NZ Productivity Commission and Geoff Simmons – Leader of TOP
AIG Meeting Wellington NZ Productivity Commission
March Skills for the Future Workforce Discussion - Review of Vocational Education Auckland
Global Competitiveness in NZ - Discussion with US Students Wellington Darden University
Skills for the Future Workforce Discussion - Review of Vocational Education Wellington
April National Party Meet & Greet Wellington
CEO Forum Auckland Rebecca Kitteridge NZSIS, Andrew Hampton GCSB, Hon David Parker, David Talbot UMR Market Research, Bryan Chapple Treasury, Education Minister Chris Hipkins
May Corporate Affairs Meeting Wellington David Talbot – UMR Research and Hon Chris Hipkins
AIG Meeting Wellington Clayton Mitchell - NZ First
Wellington Seminar for MBIE & Treasury Wellington
June Wellington Seminar for MBIE & Treasury Wellington
July Corporate Affairs Meeting Wellington Judith Collins
Private Dinner with MBIE CEO Carolyn Tremain Hamilton Host: Graeme Stephens SkyCity Entertainment Group
AIG Meeting Wellington Andrew Little
Lunch with Green Party Co-Leader James Shaw Auckland Discussion on carbon zero, trade and China
CEO Forum – Breakfast Meeting Auckland Hon James Shaw, Judith Collins, Scott Simpson MP, Ray Smith - MPI, Paul Goldsmith
Climate Change and the Environmental Cooperation with China Auckland Hon James Shaw
August Private Dinner with Dr Megan Woods Christchurch
Lunch with Hon David Parker Queenstown
Private dinner with Hon Kris Faafoi Palmerston North
September Corporate Affairs Meeting Wellington
AIG Meeting Wellington
Meet & Greet with Green Party and Staffers Wellington
October GoGlobal Auckland
November CEO Forum Auckland
December Corporate Affairs Meeting Wellington
AIG Meeting Wellington