Advocacy Update July August 2018 WORKING FOR BUSINESS IN NZ Employment relations featured heavily in our advocacy work for July and August, which was also a particularly busy period for the export and trade area Advocacy Snapshot July August 2018 Activity This Report 383 Media Mentions 01 Member Surveys and Research programmes 10 Government Advisory Group Meetings 5 Policy Submissions 02 Events Expand All & Print AdvocacyJuly August 2018 Economy Issue For Business Tax Working Group - Interim Report Advocacy Activity After receiving 6700 submissions, the Tax Working Group (TWG) has released its interim report, with the final report to be released early 2019. Although submissions have not been called for on the report, BusinessNZ will still take the opportunity to submit on it so that our views on the various recommendations are clearly understood by the TWG. (Steve Summers firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome BusinessNZ will respond to the interim report of the TWG. Issue For Business R&D Tax Credit Scheme - Introduction of Bill Advocacy Activity After taking into account the views of submitters, the Government will be releasing a standalone Bill on the R&D Tax Credit Scheme around October, which BusinessNZ will submit on. (Steve Summers email@example.com) Action & Outcome BusinessNZ will submit on the Bill. Issue For Business Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill Advocacy Activity This Bill essentially does two things. First, it reinstates the promotion of social, economic, environmental and cultural wellbeing into the statutory purpose of Local Government. Second, it expands the ability of local councils to collect development contributions. Both of these proposals could have significant implications for costs on the business community, particularly given the widespread but inappropriate use of business rating differentials. (John Pask firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome A submission was drafted, sent out for member feedback and the final submission lodged on 24th May. We have been heard by Select Committee. Awaiting report back of Bill. Issue For Business Reserve Bank of New Zealand (Monetary Policy) Amendment Bill Advocacy Activity This Bill has two main objectives: (a) Amend current monetary policy objectives to require consideration of maximum sustainable employment alongside price stability in monetary policy decisionmaking; and (b) Institute a monetary policy committee (MPC) to make decisions on monetary policy. BusinessNZ has been a strong advocate of the Reserve Bank’s overriding objective of price stability and independent decisionmaking, with responsibility for monetary policy decisions resting with the Governor of the Reserve Bank. (John Pask email@example.com) Action & Outcome Submission drafted, sent out for member feedback and submitted to the Finance and Expenditure Committee on 7th September. Awaiting Select Committee hearing. Resources and Environment Issue For Business Transitioning to a Low-Emissions Economy Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ is advocating for a system that allows new low-emissions businesses to flourish, while also allowing high-emissions businesses that are economic and emissions efficient (e.g. dairy products, aluminium) to continue. (John Carnegie firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome Met with Minister for Climate Change twice to discuss his economic transition plans, with a third meeting arranged. Submissions made on the Productivity Commission’s Low Emissions Economy report, and the Zero Carbon Bill. Issue For Business Electricity Pricing Review Advocacy Activity The Electricity Price Review report has been released. Submissions are due on 23 October. The Chair of the Review, Miriam Dean, is briefing members of the BusinessNZ Energy Council in September. (John Carnegie email@example.com) Action & Outcome The BusinessNZ Energy Council submitted on the draft terms of reference for an Electricity Price Review. We are now in the process of commissioning a report from Sapere Research Group to inform our submission. We have also met with the Minister of Energy and Resources. Issue For Business The Future of NZs Energy Sector Advocacy Activity The BusinessNZ Energy Council has commenced its investor-led BEC2060 Energy Scenarios refresh. This work will be underpinned by the development of the TIMES model currently being built by the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland. (John Carnegie firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome This work will help inform the future of NZs energy sector and has strong engagement across both the private and public sectors as co-funders of the TIMES model build. Issue For Business Lifting the capability of the Ministry for the Environment Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ is working with the Ministry for the Environment on the design and implementation of the Zero Carbon Bill and the ETS review. (John Pask email@example.com) Action & Outcome Ongoing advice as required to MFE. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity Asia Pacific Carbon Forum 2018, Singapore. Employer Issues Issue For Business Employment Relations Amendment Bill Advocacy Activity The amending bill largely removes the previous Government’s ERA changes so when passed, the Act will be much as it was prior to those changes but with certain additions: Collective agreements must be concluded unless there is a genuine reason not to. Collective agreements must include rates of wages or salary. New employees are covered by any applicable collective agreement for the first 30 days of employment. Unions have the first right to initiate bargaining. Unions need not request access to an employer’s premises. Union delegates must be given reasonable paid time to represent employees. Unions can give employers information about their role and function to pass on to their employees. Employers must share new employee information with a union unless the employee objects. Union members enjoy greater protection from discrimination on the basis of their union membership. Employers with fewer than 20 employees are not exempt from contracting out/sale of business requirements. The period in which to make a decision to transfer to a new employer is extended. Statutory rest and meal break provisions apply but with a limited exception for an essential service ‘critical to the public interest’. Reinstatement is the primary remedy for unjustified dismissal. 90-day trial periods may be used only by employers with fewer than 20 employees. (Paul Mackay firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome The Bill has now been reported back from the Select Committee. It contains no substantive changes, and it may be considered that the Government has chosen to ignore employer concerns. Our efforts are now concentrated on lobbying Government, including coalition partners, over our most important concerns, including the requirement to settle a collective agreement, the repeal of the ability to opt out of a MECA, 90-day trial periods, and free access to workplaces for union officials. Issue For Business The Employment Relations (Triangular Employment) Amendment Bill has been drawn from the private members ballot. The Bill seeks to allow contract workers to join a collective agreement and to allow them to take personal grievance action against their employer/contractor Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ's advocacy will highlight the fact that this Bill would blur the line between a contractor and an employee, requiring expensive litigation in court to sort out the difference; and that it would impose restrictions on contracting, making it less economic. (Paul Mackay email@example.com) Action & Outcome Submissions are now being heard by the Select Committee which is due to report back to Parliament by the end of November 2018. Issue For Business Legislation is expected to introduce Fair Pay Agreements setting out minimum conditions across an entire industry. Minimum industry-wide conditions would include for example wages, allowances, weekend rates, night rates, hours of work etc Advocacy Activity Our advocacy is focused on the impact on businesses of such industry-wide regulations eg small business may find it costly to comply. (Paul Mackay firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome BusinessNZ is represented on the Government’s Fair Pay Working Group. It is due to make an interim report to Government in November, at which time it will be more obvious what changes and their attendant impacts may occur. The Prime Minister has indicated that, should FPAs in fact be introduced, there will be only one or 2 FPAs negotiated during this term of government. Issue For Business Establishment of a Film Industry Working Group re 'Hobbit' contracting issues. BusinessNZ is represented on this working group, which has been asked to find a way to give collective bargaining rights to film production contractors Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ was a member of this group and advocated a solution that will not harm the competitiveness of the NZ film industry. (Paul Mackay email@example.com) Action & Outcome The Film Industry Working Group has completed its work and has reached a consensus on the recommendations to be made to the Government. These should be presented to the Minister of Workplace Relations and Safety by the end of October. It is unclear when the Government expects to make its decision on the recommendations. Issue For Business Reinstatement of Pay Equity Working Group Advocacy Activity The reconvened group, originally set up by the previous Government, has completed its work and made unanimous recommendations to the Government. (Paul Mackay firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome The Working Group’s recommendations have been accepted and legislation amending the Equal Pay Act is imminent. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment BusinessNZ monthly meeting - focuses on employment relations, skills, and immigration. Action & Outcome Paul Mackay and Carrie Murdoch attended. This allows discussion of current issues and updates on new developments. Important for ongoing relationship with MBIE and BusNZ’s ability to contribute to policy development. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity Aging Workforce Working Group - focuses on the issues and opportunities for businesses in adapting to an aging workforce. Action & Outcome Carrie Murdoch and Paul Mackay attended. This is ongoing and is contributing to the policy discussion on dealing with an aging workforce. Its work has been commended by Government. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity Seminar of “Access to Justice” run by AUT and attended by Employment Court judges, Employment Relations Authority members, senior academics, and unions. Action & Outcome Paul Mackay attended this invitation-only event. Exporting & Trade Issue For Business Zero Carbon Bill Advocacy Activity While NZ needs to do our part, we also need to ensure we remain internationally competitive. Moving in step with other countries rather than ahead of them will be important given there is considerable economic cost to getting to carbon neutrality. The bill will hit the export sector particularly hard given it will aim to reduce the carbon footprint of agriculture and transport. A lot of our exports sit in the food and beverage sector – by adding costs to the supply chain, these measures will affect their ability to compete globally if they can’t keep their costs reasonable. (Catherine Beard email@example.com) Action & Outcome ExportNZ submitted on the discussion document for the Zero Carbon Bill and will be meeting with David Prentice, Chairman of the Interim Committee for Climate Change. Issue For Business FTA negotiations between NZ and the EU have been launched Advocacy Activity ExportNZ regions are hosting MFAT meetings on the EU FTA in order to receive exporter feedback and inform trade negotiators of any issues that could be resolved through a good-quality FTA. (Catherine Beard firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome ExportNZ will submit when the time comes, and will support this FTA publicly. Issue For Business R&D Tax Credits Advocacy Activity ExportNZ/ManufacturingNZ are holding another meeting on the tax credits in Auckland with the MCG Chief Technology Officers Group. The thinking on scheme design has changed since the discussion paper, and this will be an opportunity to gain better clarification of how the scheme will work. (Catherine Beard email@example.com) Action & Outcome A submission was circulated for input and the final version submitted to Officials. Anecdotal feedback indicates that Officials have listened to views from industry and that changes to the scheme design have been made. We will know the detail soon. Issue For Business Issues around procurement Advocacy Activity Further to our letter to Minister David Parker on procurement issues and the suggestion of setting up a system that lets suppliers rate agencies on how they perform when it comes to procurement, MBIE has agreed to undertake a more detailed survey of suppliers of 50 of the largest agencies and tenders they have let. We have also fed this back to the Auditor-General’s office as part of its request for feedback on its draft annual plan. (Catherine Beard firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome MBIE is currently testing the confidential supplier feedback tool and it will be launched very soon. We will publicise this widely when it does go live, as it will be a great way to improved the way that Government works with suppliers when it comes to procurement. Issue For Business Watching brief on US trade tariffs Advocacy Activity We are currently watching developments in the trade space from the US, particularly around increased tariffs. We have been briefed by relevant parties and will keep everyone apprised. We have a trade panel of experts speaking on this at our annual Conference Go Global on 27 September in Auckland. (Catherine Beard email@example.com) Action & Outcome For more detail on Go Global: www.goglobal.nz A good result with the USA was the passage of the KIWI Act - which gives business visas (E1 and E2) to NZ businesspeople, making business travel to the USA easier. This has been many years in the making, so a big thanks to go to MFAT for good work in this space. Issue For Business Progressive and Inclusive Trade Agenda Advocacy Activity ExportNZ is helping to promote MFAT workshops on the progressive and inclusive trade agenda. There is a desire by this Government to be as transparent as possible on the free trade agenda and to answer any questions of the general public as well as business about the benefits of trade. It is also seeking feedback on what people would like to see in these agreements. There will also be a Trade for All Advisory Board that will represent a spectrum of views on trade, and we expect ExportNZ/BusinessNZ will be represented. (Catherine Beard firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome The outcome hoped for is that more New Zealanders will appreciate the need for free trade deals and will feel that they benefit from them. Already having most political parties support CPTPP (the Greens are the exception) has been reassuring for the general public. Issue For Business Australia-NZ Standards are being disjointed due to lack of funding, because Standards Australia has introduced a participation fee. NZ businesses now have to pay in order to keep Australia-NZ standards joined and the fees can be substantial. Advocacy Activity ManufacturingNZ and BusinessNZ wrote to Hon David Parker, Minister of Economic Development, Trade and Export Growth and Hon Kris Faafoi, suggesting exploring government funding options for continuing to support joint standards and standards development. The letter was undersigned by the NZ Building Industry Federation, Metals New Zealand, Water New Zealand, the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association, the Manufacturers Network, Plastics NZ, Concrete NZ, Electricity Engineers’ Association, EMA, Business Central and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, and Otago-Southland Employers’ Association. (Catherine Beard email@example.com) Action & Outcome BusinessNZ is expecting a report from MBIE shortly with a recommendation as to how this problem can be solved. We have not seen the report, but understand it will be recommending an approach that will be an improvement on the situation we have at present. The report will be seeking industry feedback prior to recommendations going to the Minister. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity NZ Customs Stakeholder Reference Group meetings Action & Outcome Cost recovery stakeholder reference group. This is early days of the consultation, but we are talking about cost recovery methodology. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity NZ US Council Advisory Board meeting Action & Outcome The focus is on keeping a good relationship between NZ business and government and the USA, given the importance of the trade relationship. A new ED appointed to run the NZ US Council, Jordan Small, is based at BusinessNZ. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity CAPES Advisory Board meeting (Centre for Asia Pacific Excellence). There are 3 CAPEs focused on North Asia, South East Asia and Latin America. The goal is to increase the pipeline of talent coming out of the education system with better language and cultural skills in these regions, and to educate NZ business on cultural and language tips for these markets. Action & Outcome ExportNZ is partnering with CAPES to ensure the outputs are relevant and helpful to business, and to help promote the workshops. Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity Procurement - Business Reference Group Action & Outcome We are on this reference group to give feedback to MBIE Officials on improvements that can be made to Government procurement. We have made some good inroads in getting the supplier voice heard and changes made for the benefit of NZ businesses. Skills & Migration Issue For Business New BusinessNZ Manager for Education, Skills and Immigration Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ has appointed Rachel Simpson to the role of Manager - Education, Skills and Immigration following Carrie Murdoch’s departure. Rachel can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 222 7234. Issue For Business ImmigrationNZ visa processing Advocacy Activity Issues around visa processing processes have been identified by a number of employers especially around timeliness, quality and consistency of decision making. The first co-hosted meeting between BusinessNZ and Immigration NZ to take a customer-centred approach to processing from start to end of the service design and implementation is taking place in mid-September. (Rachel Simpson email@example.com) Action & Outcome Issued raised and have agreement to make improvements in this area. First meeting with employers taking place in mid-September. Issue For Business Future of Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ is working with the Tertiary Education Commission and others on the future of Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology. (Rachel Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome Ongoing input and advice as required. Issue For Business Improving access to upskilling and reskilling for the existing workforce so that they are able to develop and move to new and productive positions in the labour market, and contribute to NZ’s economic growth Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ is working with the Tertiary Education Commission on the design of future-focused workforce upskilling and reskilling. (Rachel Simpson email@example.com) Action & Outcome Ongoing input and advice as required. Issue For Business Ensure new workers entering the workforce have the skills, capabilities and behaviours they need to be fully equipped for the changing labour market and contribute to NZ’s economic growth Advocacy Activity BusinessNZ is working with government agencies on the reviews of the NCEA, Tomorrow Schools, and Vocational Education and Training. (Rachel Simpson firstname.lastname@example.org) Action & Outcome Ongoing input and advice as required. Legal Issue For Business Stumpmaster v WorkSafe New Zealand  NZHC 2020 Advocacy Activity Three companies appealed against fines imposed by the District Court for serious health and safety breaches under the Health and Safety at Work Act, claiming the Court had erred in the way it had given effect to the Act’s considerable increase in the maximum available fine (formerly $250,000). The first appeal succeeded, the other two did not but the case confirms how the courts now intend to approach health and safety sentencing. The Sentencing Act’s sentencing criteria are first applied and then a four-step process followed: the amount of reparation is assessed the amount of the fine is fixed first by reference to guideline bands (see below) and then with regard to aggravating and mitigating factors the court decides whether further HSAW orders are needed (e.g. an order for payment of the regulator’s costs in bringing a prosecution, an order for restoration etc.) there is an overall assessment of the proportionality and appropriateness of the above sanctions, combined, including an assessment of ability to pay and whether an increase is needed to reflect the employer’s financial capacity. The guideline bands are: low culpability: up to $250,000 medium culpability: $250,000 to $600,000 high culpability: $600,000 to $1,000,000 very high culpability: $1,000,000 plus Fines must not generally be reduced by the amount of a reparation order. Large discounts can undermine the statutory purpose and it is contrary to sentencing principles for those with previous convictions to receive the same global discount as those without when a component of the discount is a previous good record. A further discount of a size such as 30% is to be expected only where a case exhibits all mitigating factors to a moderate degree or one or more such factors to a high degree. An offender’s overall financial resources is one mitigating factor to be considered. (Barbara Burton email@example.com) Issue For Business Pan Pac Forest Products Ltd v First Union Inc and E Tū Union Inc  NZ EmpC 91 Advocacy Activity Following the unions’ failure to agree to vary the collective agreement (CEA) allowing two positions to be removed from its manning table, the company looked to use the CEA’s redundancy clause. It sought orders from the court that the restructure was lawful and the clause could be used for that purpose. This involved determining whether the manning table could be modified only by means of an agreed variation which meant interpreting the relevant clauses. To that end, the court set out the legal principles for interpretation as determined by the Supreme Court. Intention is to be determined objectively by deciding what the document would have conveyed to a reasonable person with all the background knowledge reasonably available to the parties at the time of the contract. The text is centrally important but the focus is on the context, not the particular words. It will be a powerful, though not conclusive, indicator of intention if, in the context of the contract as a whole, the language used has an ordinary and natural meaning, although the wider context may point to an interpretation other than the most obvious and also assist in determining what was meant in cases of ambiguity or uncertainty. After examining the relevant clauses, the court found agreed alterations to the manning table were not part of the CEA’s work schedules and so the unions’ agreement to vary was not required. And it agreed the CEA’s redundancy provisions could apply to the sawmill workers. But as the company had indicated it did not intend to make anyone redundant, achieving a reduction in staff levels by attrition and redeployment, the redundancy clause could not be used. Currently, the company’s proposal fell under the CEA’s generic variation clause. The orders sought were declined. (Barbara Burton firstname.lastname@example.org) Issue For Business Privacy Bill Advocacy Activity The bill, now before the Justice Select Committee, is intended to replace the 1993 Privacy Act. Much of it is in the same terms (though in rather more simple English) with the main changes being: a breach of someone’s privacy rights resulting in serious harm or the possibility of serious harm, will require the agency holding the personal information to notify both the Privacy Commissioner and the person or persons concerned as soon as practicable. Failure to notify could lead to a maximum $10,000 fine. the Privacy Commissioner will have greater ability to enforce privacy standards by issuing both compliance notices and, where there has been a request for access to personal information, a binding decision. agencies (that includes any employer) will have to ensure personal information sent overseas is protected, sending it only to countries with privacy laws comparable to New Zealand’s or if authorised to disclose by the individual concerned. individuals can be fined for falsely representing they have authority under the Act or if they knowingly destroy documents relating to a personal information request (again, a $10,000 maximum is proposed). Most, if not all, businesses hold personal information about their staff, clients or customers and should therefore consider how the proposed changes will affect them. For example, determining if a privacy breach has raised the possibility of serious harm requiring anyone affected to be notified. Submissions close on 24 May. (Barbara Burton email@example.com) Action & Outcome BusinessNZ submitted on the Bill and was later asked to talk to the Ministry of Justice about its submission. The Bill’s report back date is 22 November 2018. Issue For Business Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill Advocacy Activity This is a private member’s bill aimed, as its name indicates, at reforming the law of contempt and incorporating all relevant statutory provisions and the effect of some court decisions in a single statute. BusinessNZ’s submission concentrated on one aspect of the bill, namely, the need for a definitive decision on the (currently somewhat unclear) status of the Employment Court. BusinessNZ recommended that ‘in the interests of avoiding the need to treat the Employment Court ‘as if the Court were the District Court’ (as the bill does in its second Schedule, ‘Consequential amendments to other enactments’, which is essentially a legal fiction), the Employment Court should be given statutory recognition as a division of the District Court. (Barbara Burton firstname.lastname@example.org) Issue For Business Administration of Justice (Reform of Contempt of Court) Bill Advocacy Activity This is a private member’s bill aimed, as its name indicates, at reforming the law of contempt and incorporating all relevant statutory provisions and the effect of some court decisions in a single statute. BusinessNZ’s submission concentrated on one aspect of the bill, namely, the need for a definitive decision on the (currently somewhat unclear) status of the Employment Court. BusinessNZ recommended that ‘in the interests of avoiding the need to treat the Employment Court ‘as if the Court were the District Court’ (as the bill does in its second Schedule, ‘Consequential amendments to other enactments’, which is essentially a legal fiction), the Employment Court should be given statutory recognition as a division of the District Court. (Barbara Burton email@example.com) Action & Outcome The bill is due to be reported back to the House on 2 November 2018 Issue For Business Domestic Violence - Victims’ Protection Act 2018 Advocacy Activity The Act, which began life as a private member’s bill, has been assented to but does not come into force until 1 April 2019. Most significantly, it provides for any employee affected by domestic violence to take up to 10 days’ domestic violence leave yearly (under the Holidays Act) and for such employees to request a short-term (two months or shorter) variation of their current working arrangements (under the Employment Relations Act). The violence does not have to be current and requests could relate to violence experienced at some time in the past. (Barbara Burton firstname.lastname@example.org) Issue For Business Forum attended Advocacy Activity Workbridge Council meeting Updates on Workbridge activity associated with finding employment for people with with disabilities. Proposed review of Workbridge governance structure. (Barbara Burton email@example.com) BuyNZ Issue For Business Brand recognition for New Zealand Made Advocacy Activity Media coverage: Q&A Feature with Corin Dann “NZ Made Market Origin Advantage and book launch”. NBR with Hamish Coleman-Ross “On Business Fear of Failure”. Farmer’s Weekly with Tim Fulton “Kiwi Made set for tech polish”. Scoop “New Book An Insight Into Business” Action & Outcome 58 new licence applications over the last quarter, trending at 24% CAGR on forecast target of 300 new licence holders for 18/19. Action to run fee-based NZ Made branding workshops in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Issue For Business Lack of public awareness of New Zealand’s manufacturing capability Advocacy Activity Create broad portfolio of business interviews under ‘Making It New Zealand’ banner featuring New Zealand Made licence holders. Action & Outcome 20 of 30 episodes (2-4 minutes each) complete. 25,200 minutes collectively watched by audience. Follow up to investigate appetite for production of episodes as paid for service at $1,900-$2,800+GST per episode. Issue For Business Upskilling New Zealand businesses to work on their business. Advocacy Activity Publication of ‘100% Kiwi Business’ book. 100% Kiwi Business book launch with group of 60 business owners. Action & Outcome Action to use Crush-worthy branding chapter as basis for NZ Made branding workshops at $160+GST per head. Issue For Business Kiwi Trademark Compliance Advocacy Activity Tightened up on non compliance with Commerce Commission engagement and agreed 2% audit rate of base. Action & Outcome Non compliance resulting in $5,000+GST collection for trademark. Issue For Business Improving NZ Made Exporter Capability Advocacy Activity Invitation to Go Global event. One table reserved for NZ Made licence holders Action & Outcome Over-subscribed, two tables booked netting ExportNZ $3,600+GST. Major Companies Group and Gold Issue For Business Corporate Affairs and AIG meetings Advocacy Activity Upcoming Corporate Affairs Meeting Wednesday 26 September with Climate Change Commission Chair David Prentice on the progress of the committee and its priorities. Deputy Leader of NZ First Fletcher Tabuteau will also speak on his Regional Economic Development portfolio and as Under Secretary for Foreign Affairs. AIG Meeting Thursday 27 September - Presentation by John Morris, Eleisha Hawkins and Denise Brown from StatsNZ. StatsNZ is developing a set of indicators to show how NZ is tracking within a broad view of wellbeing and sustainable development that goes well beyond the fundamental economic issues. The aim is to use a comprehensive set of environmental, social, cultural and economic indicators on an ongoing basis. More information about Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa and Stats in consultation is available here. The consultation ends on 30 September 2018. Issue For Business Forums held Advocacy Activity Meet and Greet with National Party Caucus and staffers in Wellington on 6 August. We had an overwhelming response from companies, with about 130 attendees including a strong National Party contingent. Issue For Business Upcoming forums Advocacy Activity Employment Relations discussion Friday 13 September held in Auckland at Fonterra with Clayton Mitchell, NZ Spokesperson for employment and Deputy Leader Fletcher Tabuteau. Business Leaders’ dinner with the Prime Minister sponsored by Christchurch International Airport and Johnson and Johnson. Senior Ministers Hon David Parker, Hon Phil Twyford, and Hon Grant Robertson will be in attendance along with government officials too. A number of private dinners with Ministers Robertson and Twyford plus MBIE CE Carolyn Tremain have been held around the country.