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Business: Tell us PM when E-Day will be

Business says tell us PM approximately when E-Day will be

The head of a key Auckland business district and lobby group is calling on the Prime Minister to give the New Zealand business community an indication as to what month the general election will be.

"It's really tough out there and if the Prime Minister was really more interested in the country's economy she would give the business community a ballpark timeframe to work around,” says Cameron Brewer, general manager of the Newmarket Business Association.

“In these times of economic uncertainty businesses need to plan more than ever. At the moment no business can fully plan because there is this big unknown called Election Day hanging over our heads.

"Pending elections do strange things to consumer behaviour. Fundamentally, government department activity slows right down, businesses defer their decision making, and consumers keep their hands in their pockets. Many businesses also don't want to run advertising campaigns during an election campaign because of all the clutter and distractions.”

"If the Prime Minister wants to show true leadership, decisiveness, and economic responsibility, she should announce the likely month at the very least. That would be helpful for the country and allow many businesses to plan and positively move forward. Otherwise we're just drifting into the unknown which is eroding confidence and slowing economic growth further," says Cameron Brewer.


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