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Flexi-wage Expansion Will Lift Business Confidence, Employment

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 1:08 pm | BusinessNZ

The government’s support package to assist businesses in hiring at least 40,000 people impacted by Covid-19 will boost business confidence and get unemployed Kiwis back into work, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says. Changes to the flexi-wage ... More >>

Steady Minimum Wage Rate A Reasonable Move

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 3:01 pm | BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ is expressing caution on plans to raise the minimum wage next year. The Government has confirmed it will increase the rate to $20 per hour from 1 April 2021. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says Covid-19 has reduced the earning ability ... More >>

NZ Economy Better Than Expected

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 12:06 pm | BusinessNZ

The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the December 2020 quarter shows the economy in better shape than expected following Covid-19’s massive hit mid-year. It shows a bounce-back after the 11 percent GDP drop over the June quarter, suggesting a V-shaped ... More >>

Covid Resurgence Support Will Boost Business Confidence

Wednesday, 16 December 2020, 1:03 pm | BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope has welcomed extensive All of Government planning in the event of a community case of Covid-19 during the holiday period. The Government has announced support for affected businesses if there is a resurgence of Covid-19, ... More >>

Automated Trademark Breach Tool Goes Live

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 12:20 pm | BusinessNZ

Buy NZ Made and Arcanum have partnered to launch Logo Hunter , an automated trademark identification tool. Arcanum’s AI-powered search tool allows companies to control who is using their logo without permission. An automated search allows users to receive ... More >>

Border Critical To Economic Recovery

Monday, 7 December 2020, 3:59 pm | BusinessNZ

Companies need a risk mitigation and management approach to the border to enable skilled workers, customers and investors to come to New Zealand, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says. BusinessNZ's Border Survey , released today, shows companies ... More >>

BEC Welcomes The Reappointment Of Minister Of Energy And Resources

Monday, 2 November 2020, 1:30 pm | BusinessNZ

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) has welcomed the reappointment of Dr Megan Woods to the role of Minister of Energy and Resources. BEC executive director Tina Schirr says she looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Minister. "BEC ... More >>

Safe, Open Border Crucial To NZ’s Export Success

Thursday, 1 October 2020, 10:01 am | BusinessNZ

A plan for opening our border safely to international students, business travellers and essential skilled workers should be the incoming government’s highest priority, according to ExportNZ’s Election Manifesto released today. "ExportNZ holds ... More >>

Business, Covid, And The 2020 Election

Friday, 11 September 2020, 11:29 am | BusinessNZ

Most businesspeople approve of the Government’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, but many are uncomfortable with New Zealand’s resultant debt. And business wants a plan for raising economic performance to deal with Covid fallout. The key findings ... More >>

Latest RMA Proposals Hold Promise

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 11:43 am | BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ says the latest proposals for fixing the Resource Management Act hold some promise of improvement. Today’s report by the Resource Management Review Panel (Randerson Report) contains a number of recommendations that could provide a more ... More >>

Infrastructure Spend To Boost Energy Sector Resilience

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 1:19 pm | BusinessNZ

A new package of infrastructure investments will help restart New Zealand’s economy and boost the energy sector, the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) says. Executive director Tina Schirr says more than $5 billion of projects across New Zealand are ... More >>

Future-focused Port Investment A Winner

Thursday, 18 June 2020, 3:54 pm | BusinessNZ

New Zealand is set to benefit from New Zealand Green Investment Finance’s (NZGIF) move to support projects that will cut emissions at Wellington’s CentrePort, the Sustainable Business Council (SBC) and BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) say. Today ... More >>

Fast-tracking Development Welcomed

Monday, 15 June 2020, 5:19 pm | BusinessNZ

The BusinessNZ network welcomes today’s announcement of fast-tracked infrastructure projects. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said it was good that large projects, capable of creating hundreds of new jobs, would soon be underway. "The important ... More >>

Livelihoods Saved Through Immigration Changes

Friday, 12 June 2020, 12:46 pm | BusinessNZ

Jobs and businesses will be saved as a direct result of changes made to immigration criteria, ExportNZ Executive Director Catherine Beard says. The Government has announced provisions for people to be able to enter New Zealand to support the economic recovery ... More >>

Transmission Pricing Spells The End Of A Decade Of Uncertainty

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 4:34 pm | BusinessNZ

The Electricity Authority’s new guidelines for transmission pricing spell the end of a decade of uncertainty, BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) Executive Director Tina Schirr says. "This has been a drawn-out process lasting more than 10-years ... More >>

Covid-19 A Game Changer For Energy?

Friday, 8 May 2020, 10:05 am | BusinessNZ

The World Energy Council (WEC) has today released the results of two surveys that investigate the impacts of Covid-19 on the world and its energy systems. WEC’s surveys, on Business Impact and Preparedness and Future Outlook , were aimed at addressing ... More >>

Expert Group Formed To Investigate Safely Opening Trans-Tasman Travel

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 5:46 pm | BusinessNZ

Plans for re-opening trans-Tasman travel are gathering momentum with the establishment of a new business-led expert group to investigate and develop recommended solutions for the safe reopening of borders between Australia and New Zealand. Today the Australia ... More >>

National’s Support Ideas Sensible

Tuesday, 5 May 2020, 4:02 pm | BusinessNZ

BusinessNZ says National’s proposals for business support would help build investment and confidence. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says National’s proposals for cash grants, low-interest loans and a higher cap on depreciation are sensible options. National ... More >>

New Future Energy Leader Made In New Zealand

Monday, 4 May 2020, 3:08 pm | BusinessNZ

The World Energy Council's Future Energy Leader - 100 Programme (FEL-100) has named Dr Steve Heinen as New Zealand’s new representative. The FEL Board Nominations Committee selected 41 representatives from around the world from more than 350 highly ... More >>

Interest-free Loans For A Year Helpful Support

Friday, 1 May 2020, 1:54 pm | BusinessNZ

Interest-free loans for a year are a helpful support for small businesses, says BusinessNZ. The Government’s Small Business Cashflow Scheme announced today will ensure loans of $10,000 and payments of $1,800 per full-time employee that will be ... More >>