Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Businesses speak out

Media release 25 March 2004

Businesses speak out

It's good to see individual businesses stand up and be counted over important issues revealed in the NZ Herald-Business NZ Mood of the Boardroom survey, says Business NZ's Simon Carlaw.

The survey of the country's 120 largest companies and nearly 200 small and medium sized businesses, released today, shows the depth of feeling by CEOs about key business issues including tax, the RMA, compliance costs and the Kyoto Protocol.

90% considered the Government's employment relations legislation bad for business; 74% said the same about the new holidays legislation, while 72% held the same opinion about the Resource Management Act. Key issues like roading and energy supply were viewed as being hobbled by Kyoto and RMA policies. 94% considered that New Zealand does not have a growth strategy to sustain business success.

"The strong message coming through from the research is that business leaders continue to find it unacceptable for the Government to rule that areas like tax, employment law or Kyoto policy are 'off limits' for debate," Mr Carlaw said.

"The Mood of the Boardroom survey is consistent with other recent research including a Grant Thornton survey showing New Zealand businesses have more concerns than businesses elsewhere in the world about Government regulation and red tape.

"Because there are large areas of business concern that are not being addressed, there is little credibility for New Zealand's growth objectives," Mr Carlaw said.

Detailed results of the survey of small and medium sized businesses and not-for-profit organisations will be released at a NZ Herald-Business NZ function in Wellington tomorrow.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Land Report: Issues With Soil Degradation

An environmental report released today has found we are damaging and losing our soils and our native plants and animals. More>>

ALSO:

Water Quality Report: Cause For Optimism

National River Water Quality Trends released by Land, Air, Water Aotearoa (LAWA) this week, reveal that for all river water quality parameters monitored over a 10 year period, more sites were improving than deteriorating. More>>

ALSO:

IMF Report On NZ: Positive Economic Outlook

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson has welcomed the IMF’s Concluding Statement, released following its annual visit, which provides an independent assessment of the strength of the New Zealand economy. More>>

ALSO:

Retail Power Price: Review Panel Named

The Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has released the details of who will sit on an expert advisory panel which is tasked with leading a review into the price of electricity in New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:


Increasingly Disruptive Threats: Govt Cyber Security Refresh

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Clare Curran today announced a comprehensive refresh of New Zealand’s approach to cyber security. More>>

ALSO:


Regional Growth: Action Plan To Modernise Taranaki’s Economy

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will invest up to $20 million to help future-proof the Taranaki region by diversifying its economy, creating additional jobs and leveraging off the strong base the region has established through its oil, gas and agricultural ... More>>

ALSO:

Winding Down Irrigation: Funding Ends For Crown Irrigation Investment

The Government has begun winding down public funding for large-scale irrigation through Crown Irrigation Investments Limited (CIIL), in line with the Coalition Agreement and the Confidence & Supply Agreement. More>>

ALSO: