Business & Society

Overseas investment changes a good start

Overseas investment changes a good start

The Government’s steps to make it easier for overseas investment are a good start but more, fundamental change is required, says BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope. “New Zealand currently has one of the most restrictive regimes in the OECD when it comes to overseas...

Overseas investment changes a good start

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope resignation

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope today announced he has resigned from his role and will finish with BusinessNZ on 6 September 2024. “I have led BusinessNZ for nine years through a period of growth, consolidation and unprecedented change and believe the time is...

Overseas investment changes a good start

A responsible Budget for the times

BusinessNZ says Budget 2024 shows a responsible approach to spending in areas that have the potential to significantly improve New Zealand’s economic growth. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says given the fiscal situation New Zealand finds itself in, the Government will...

Overseas investment changes a good start

Consensus welcomed

BusinessNZ is congratulating the Minister of Climate Change for his work in achieving cross-party consensus for a way forward on climate adaptation. The political parties have agreed to a select committee inquiry into climate adaptation to develop guiding objectives...

Overseas investment changes a good start

BusinessNZ supports fast-track Bill

BusinessNZ welcomes the introduction of the Fast-Track Approvals Bill and its referral to the Environment Select Committee for public submissions, but says resourcing of the expert panel is critical to achieving its objective. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope says...

Overseas investment changes a good start

Transport for the long-term

The Government’s policy statement on transport indicates a long-term vision, BusinessNZ says. BusinessNZ Advocacy Director Catherine Beard said the Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Land Transport showed a sound approach to funding and appropriate long-term...

After injury: Teamwork makes recovery work

After injury: Teamwork makes recovery work

Most workplace injuries, with collaborative effort and temporary adjustments, don't have to result in prolonged absences. There's growing evidence and consensus that maintaining a connection to work, even in a modified capacity, significantly benefits recovery. A...

Overseas investment changes a good start

Better approach to business payments needed

BusinessNZ supports the repealing of the Business Payment Practices Act. “BusinessNZ is instead working with its large business group to develop a voluntary code to ensure small businesses are paid on a timely basis,” BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope said. Mr Hope...

Overseas investment changes a good start

NZ Economy: Turning the page

The latest BusinessNZ Planning Forecast shows business confidence is increasing, but New Zealand’s economic growth is still expected to be relatively low over the forecast period out to December 2025.