What We Do

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Your Major Companies Group membership includes (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 and Queenstown 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. Policy and Advocacy We advocate on behalf of the collective membership and influence policy outcomes which cover most of the economy including; infrastructure, tax, energy, climate change, technology, Commerce Commission and competition law, skills, training and education, employment relations, health and safety, innovation and entrepreneurship, export and manufacturing, water, etc.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Briefings with Treasury, MBIE and other agencies based on member demand. We do this at least twice a year with the key agencies.
  10. Invitation for the CEO to attend a CEO dinner with the Prime Minister and his caucus in Auckland or Wellington. BusinessNZ will host a pre-dinner drinks function before the dinner.
  11. Pre Election Conference invitation to attend the day long conference in Wellington where all political party leaders pitch their policies to business.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Our 4 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 Employments 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.

Major Companies Group Gold

Includes everything (detailed above) with the exception of the three CEO forums.


About a dozen members have partnerships with us on top of their membership. Some of these companies include Fonterra, Westpac, Chapman Tripp, Southern CrossHealthcare, Fujitsu, Dimension Data, Callaghan Innovation, Datacom and Deloitte. This might be in the form of a survey or research paper, a themed lunch, cocktail party or a series of workshops. We are constantly developing new ways of engaging and creating partnerships. These partnerships enable businesses to showcase their brand in front of key stakeholders including their customers, suppliers, media and officials.

Examples of partnerships include;

  1. Southern Cross Wellness in the Workforce Survey in which the public and private sector participate.
  2. BNZ Economic Monitors on manufacturing and exporting (PMI and PSI) which are placed on our website and updated monthly. Both are market sensitive.
  3. Prime Ministers Business Update with Dimension Data, held in December. The Prime Minister talks about the year in review and the priorities for the next 12 months.
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