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

 


Good move by local government

Media release
25 February 2014


Good move by local government

A local government initiative to foster business friendly councils has been welcomed by BusinessNZ.

Local Government NZ has produced guidelines for councils to help them work better with local businesses.

The guidelines cover issues such as ensuring council plans and regulations are coherent, ensuring staff understand the importance of economic growth to the local community, and the impact on businesses of the costs of council processes.

BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says councils gaining better understanding of business needs will be a major step forward, and Local Government NZ is to be congratulated for its work.

“The guidelines are very expansive and include many examples of how councils have aided large infrastructure, sustainability and tertiary education development and have reduced the time of consent processes.

“Hopefully as a result of the guidelines we will also see smaller local businesses feeling the effect of more business friendly councils.

“We would also hope to see a good understanding emerging of the opportunity costs of local government – for example if councils engage too much in business development in their own right, this not only raises costs for ratepayers but also squeezes out private sector businesses that otherwise may have been able to operate profitably in this area.

“Business would like to see a good balance where councils perform their consenting and regulatory work in a way that does not put unnecessary barriers in the way of business development, while refraining from creating new barriers through direct commercial competition with small businesses in their communities.

“Local Government NZ is to be thanked for advancing understanding in this important area,” Mr O’Reilly said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Balance Of Trade: NZ Posts Trade Deficit In October On Falling Dairy Exports

New Zealand’s posted its largest monthly trade deficit for October in six years, while narrowing the shortfall from September, led by a fall in dairy exports to China while all main imports into the country rose. More>>

ALSO:

Gigatown Winner: Plenty Of Positives For Dunedin

Although the city has taken the Gigatown title, along with new ultrafast 1Gbps broadband and funding for $700,000 worth of UFB-related initiatives across the community, Mr Cull says Dunedin has gained so much more through its involvement. More>>

ALSO:

R18: The Warehouse Group Praised For Removing Games

The decision by New Zealand’s largest retailer The Warehouse Group (TW Group), to withdraw stocks of the latest version of Grand Theft Auto V (GTA V) and other R18 games, has been praised by advocacy group Stop Demand Foundation. More>>

ALSO:

Air NZ Wine Awards: Victory For Villa Maria As Pinot Noir Thrills

It was a night to remember as Villa Maria Estate picked up one of the highest accolades of the evening, the O-I New Zealand Reserve Wine of the Show Trophy, at the 28th Air New Zealand Wine Awards. The Villa Maria Single Vineyard Southern Clays Marlborough ... More>>

ALSO:

Future Brighter Money: RBNZ Releases New Bank Note Designs

New Zealand’s banknotes are getting brighter and better, with the Reserve Bank today unveiling more vibrant and secure banknote designs which will progressively enter circulation later next year. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Standards New Zealand

Standards New Zealand
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news