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Statements by BusinessNZ on issues relevant to enterprise in New Zealand.

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Fair pay agreements & unfair pay

  • 28 Nov 2019
  • Commentary
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employment relations

Business concerned by blurring of Government and Reserve Bank policy

  • 16 Aug 2019

In past opinion pieces I've raised some of the additional regulatory burdens that businesses are facing as a result of Government policy and some of the risks and consequences of...

Taxing Google is a bad idea for New Zealand

  • 5 Jul 2019

Taxing the internet giants would be an own goal for New Zealand. It's been suggested that New Zealand should join other countries in imposing a tax on internet companies like...

Selling NZ products in uncertain times

  • 22 Feb 2019
  • Media Release

Negotiations on the other side of the world are having a ripple effect in New Zealand. The controversial Brexit talks could affect us greatly.

Capital gains tax not supported by business

  • 22 Feb 2019
  • Media Release

I was a member of the Tax Working Group as a representative of business. I appreciated being able to contribute to informed and frank debate with a thoughtful intelligent group...

Business verdict on fair pay agreements

  • 22 Feb 2019
  • Media Release

Business has now seen the detail around proposed changes to our wage bargaining system. The proposals are for collective agreements - ‘fair pay agreements’ - that would set minimum pay...

If workplace bullying has been alleged, it has to be investigated and dealt with

  • 7 Dec 2018

We're seeing media reports and allegations about bullying in a number of workplaces - a matter of some concern. Bullying in any workplace is hurtful and harmful. It causes stress,...

A year of uncertainty and soothed fears for business

  • 7 Dec 2018

The political economy - the environment for doing business - changed somewhat in 2018 following the election of a coalition that many said would be bad for business. In fact,...

Protecting customer data is the price of digital business

  • 23 Nov 2018

Concerns about privacy are growing as fast as new technology develops. Whether it's smart watches recording vital signs or smart TVs recording private conversations, the outcome always seems to be...

Trade picture remains cloudy after US midterm elections

  • 9 Nov 2018

The United States midterm elections were significant for New Zealand's trade prospects but the picture has just become more clouded. New Zealand, a trade-dependent nation, needs fewer tariffs and freer...