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Wellington Business Starts Election Debate!

Seven Parties - Seven Leaders Wellington Business Starts Election Debate!

Wellington businesspeople will kick off this year’s general election with a seven party Leaders’ Debate later this month.

Five leaders and two deputies from seven parliamentary parties are to face hundreds of capital city businesspeople over dinner at the Plaza International Hotel on 29 July in the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce annual debate.

The dinner-debate is designed to fill two functions: keep the Chamber active in its policy development and provide a forum where members are able to question politicians directly about portfolio activities that effect them.

“I urge all businesspeople to take the opportunity of attending this event,” said Claire Johnstone, chief executive of the Wellington Chamber. “Politicians are not always accessible, but approaching an election they are more open to approaches and keener to answer your questions.

“As well as taking questions, the leaders will debate the topic: ‘New Zealand’s social and economic future - secure or at risk?

“With so many top-line MPs giving their time for the debate, I hope that businesspeople, their colleagues and guests, and partners, do take this chance of attending,” Claire Johnstone said.

The Chamber takes a leading role in policy development and debate and is currently working closely on policy developments in areas such as taxation, trade, resource management and roading.

Those taking part in the debate are: Hon Wyatt Creech, National; Hon Dr Michael Cullen, Labour; Hon Richard Prebble, ACT; Rt Hon Winston Peters, New Zealand First; Hon Tau Henare, Mauri Pacific; Mr Jim Anderton, Alliance and Hon Peter Dunne, United.


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