Auckland Business Chamber - Latest News [Page 2]

The Wage Subsidy Bar Is Set Too High

Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 5:02 am | Auckland Business Chamber

Businesses will be grateful for the two week extension to the wage subsidy as a band aid to get them through, but the bar is set too high for the battered sector only just inching to recovery before this lockdown knocked their confidence and balance ... More >>

Unnecessary Delays At Port And Border Checkpoints Are Causing Disruption

Monday, 17 August 2020, 11:49 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

Unnecessary and unacceptable delays are happening at port and road border checkpoints, disrupting freight, access to workplaces, and essential supplies to and from Auckland, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett. “Checkpoints at the Bombay ... More >>

Stop Picking Winners And Losers

Sunday, 16 August 2020, 2:33 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

Government must resolve urgently the discriminatory list of businesses and services that can open in Level 3 while prohibiting trade by so many others regardless of their ability to comply with every safety, health and hygiene requirement. “It ... More >>

Michael Barnett: Business Resilience – Government Support

Friday, 14 August 2020, 7:12 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

Government’s swift response to extend the wage subsidy nationwide will ease some of the anxiety and uncertainty faced by businesses disrupted by the extension of the Level 3 lockdown in Auckland, but more can be done, says Auckland Business Chamber ... More >>

Government's Open And Shut Rules For Business Unfair

Friday, 14 August 2020, 1:33 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

Government should focus on crushing the cluster, not businesses who are being denied the opportunity to trade when they can comply with lockdown and alert level hygiene, safety and security rules, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett. “The ... More >>

The Cost To Business For Lockdown Is Too High

Thursday, 13 August 2020, 4:45 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

Government says they learned things from the last lockdown so if they did can we do things differently and let all businesses that can comply with Covid-19 safety measures stay open, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett. “The cost ... More >>

Change The Things We Can

Wednesday, 12 August 2020, 9:37 am | Auckland Business Chamber

We knew it would return at some point, and it has, but we’ve worked hard to be prepared, and are in better shape second time round to take the test that will determine how resilient and adaptable our businesses and people are, says Auckland Business ... More >>

And Then There Were Four

Tuesday, 11 August 2020, 1:41 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

No one ever accused Auckland Council of being lean, but there is a flicker of hope that it's leaning in to slim down costs and duplications with the proposed merger of two of its five council-controlled business units that fall over each other when ... More >>

Westpac Auckland Business Awards - Best Of The Best | Unleashed Software Perseverance Wins Top Award

Friday, 7 August 2020, 5:34 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

Unleashed Software’s 10-year journey with the Westpac Auckland Business Awards was rewarded with the ultimate recognition last night when they won the Supreme Business Excellence Award at the Best of the Best Gala Dinner. BotB Supreme Winner: Unleashed ... More >>

Political Parties Urged To Work With Industry To Reduce Our Waste Mountain

Tuesday, 21 July 2020, 4:20 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

The Waste Management Industry Forum believes that if New Zealand is to achieve a significant reduction in waste a more considered strategy than progressively increasing the levy will be required. “An early step should be development of an overall aligned ... More >>

It’s About NZ’s Port Of The Future

Thursday, 9 July 2020, 8:43 am | Auckland Business Chamber

Auckland Business Chamber says it is encouraged by a new, independent and comprehensive report that identifies two fresh and unconventional options to build the port of the future, a national asset, made in the best interests of New Zealand. “Rather ... More >>

It’s About The Location Of NZ’s Port Of The Future

Tuesday, 7 July 2020, 12:46 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

A new government commissioned report leaves Northland plans to shift Auckland’s container port to Whangarei dead in the water, opting instead for Manukau Harbour as the optimum location for the port of the future while still not addressing what ... More >>

We Need A Plan To Open Our Borders

Friday, 3 July 2020, 2:01 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

While we’re growing in confidence that we are in the enviable position of basically eliminating Covid-19, our trading nation at the bottom of the world is also in the unenviable position of locking off our economy to the world. “No is not an answer ... More >>

Auckland Light Rail Process “ended – But Not Ended”

Wednesday, 24 June 2020, 3:28 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

Government’s announcement ending the Auckland light rail process but referring it to the Ministry of Transport until after the election sends a frustrating “mixed message” to Aucklanders. “Two credible and deliverable proposals were received, ... More >>

Consumers Will End Up Paying The Price Of Next Month’s Road User Charge Increase

Friday, 12 June 2020, 2:13 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

The Government should abandon or at the very least postpone the 5.3 percent Road User Charge (RUC) due on July 1st. “With every business fighting for survival from the Covit-19 lockdown, this is not the time to be increasing the cost of fuel,” ... More >>

A Third Of Business To Still Deal With Redundancies

Friday, 12 June 2020, 6:56 am | Auckland Business Chamber

Right size, right structures, right skills and sheer grit are the fight for life tactics small and medium enterprises are employing to stay open for business and retain jobs in what many see as a deteriorating economic outlook, says Auckland Business ... More >>

Fair Go For SMEs Trying To Resolve Rent Disputes

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 2:02 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

New government legislation requiring a “fair reduction” in commercial rents for businesses with 20 employees or less is a “constructive” response to resolving disputes between landlords and stricken tenants unable to pay rent because of the ... More >>

Transtasman Bubble Test Flight Readying For Take Off

Thursday, 4 June 2020, 10:23 am | Auckland Business Chamber

Start early, test carefully, and progressively open the Australia-New Zealand market to air travel starting with regular flights between Canberra and Wellington as the first step to prove systems and processes are in place for safe and effective movement ... More >>

Move To Level 1 – With Confidence And Certainty

Tuesday, 2 June 2020, 4:15 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

A move to Level 1 is important for businesses currently either still closed or running at less than optimum levels because of space restrictions. “With no new cases it is understandable that a sense of fear prevails that the businesses may end up going ... More >>

Businesses Struggling To Find Momentum

Thursday, 28 May 2020, 4:34 pm | Auckland Business Chamber

The latest survey of small and medium businesses reveals that business is open but it is tough going to regain momentum after the lockdown – and lock out - and are warning that further layoffs are inevitable, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO, ... More >>