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The Mapp Report: Policies For Growth

The Mapp Report
25 July 2008


Over the last few weeks National has been announcing a range of policy initiatives. These range from family issues (Early Childhood policy) to business compliance costs (ACC competition, Employment and Workplace Relations), through to Arts and Broadcasting. These policies can be found on National’s revamped website –

As the Associate Spokesperson on Labour and Industrial Relations, I have taken a very active interest in the development of our employment policy. National is determined that New Zealand has a more competitive economy. That means we must improve our employment law. We understand that this does not require wholesale change, rather it requires refinement and rebalancing the law to the centre. Some of the highlights include:
The introduction of a 90 day trial period for smaller employers, to give more people the opportunity to get that first job, especially if they lack skills and experience. New Zealand is the only OECD country that does not have trial periods. Introducing a relatively short trial period will give more small employers the confidence to employ more people.
National recognises the role and value of collective contracts, especially at large workplaces. However, we don’t think this should be a union monopoly. There needs to be wider choice in how to organise such contracts.
On holidays we believe in a bit more flexibility. Employees ought to be able to choose to work the fourth week, and get the money. It effectively means double pay for that week, and this will suit many employees. This will be entirely at the option of the employee, and the choice cannot be put into the employment contract negotiations.

National’s approach is to get a fairer balance. It is about designing sustainable employment law for the 21st century.


Bill English breakfast
This morning, Bill English spoke at a breakfast function at the Spencer on Byron Hotel in Takapuna. There were 220 in attendance, and this was one of the best functions put together by the North Shore National Party.

The key themes of Bill’s speech were lower taxes, reduced government bureaucracy, less regulation, public/private partnerships for infrastructure development, and better governance structure for local government in Auckland.

Getting the New Zealand economy moving positively will be the key challenge of the next decade.

25 July 2008

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