• Dividend Integrity and Personal Services Income Attribution | April 29, 2022
    Economy

    Dividend Integrity and Personal Services Income Attribution

    April 29, 2022

    Mid way through process
    Priority: High
    Submitting To: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-04-29

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Mid way through process

    Priority: High

    Issue for Business: Unlike our standard submission process, BusinessNZ and the Corporate Taxpayers Group (which share a very similar membership base) prepared a joint letter on this discussion document that was sent to the Ministers of Finance, Revenue and Small Business on 28 April. The letter is included in our submission and outlines our main concerns with Inland Revenue’s proposals. Overall, we do not support the key proposals outlined, and believe they represent a significant overreach and will apply far wider than transactions which have been deliberately entered into in order to avoid the 39% tax rate.

    Action: Submission sent 29 May.

    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.

    Action: Submission sent 29 May.
    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.
  • Driving Change: Reviewing the Road User Charges System | April 20, 2022
    Economy

    Driving Change: Reviewing the Road User Charges System

    April 20, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-04-20

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: NZ Transport Agency wants to recover costs of damage to roads while also addressing other issues with little relation to distance travelled or vehicle weight within RUC.

    Action: BusinessNZ is seriously concerned about the use of RUCs as a de facto mechanism for achieving other government objectives, such as promoting greater use of EVs to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The net impact is likely to be less money available for spending on roads as different transport modes are cross-subsidised by petrol-and diesel-powered vehicles. Second, many so-called externalities associated with on road transport - greenhouse gas emissions and accidents for example - are respectively already covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and by accident compensation (funded by the Motor Vehicle Account via petrol levies, Motor Vehicle Registration levies and vehicle insurance levies). One of BusinessNZ’s key points in our submission is that if after a thorough review of the RUC system, in government’s opinion there is a sound public policy reason for the continued cross-subsidisation of any new or existing road users e.g., EV owners, the nature of the subsidisation should be made transparent, and funding provided from general taxation. The funding will then show clearly in the government accounts, allowing the quality of the expenditure to be judged alongside all other areas of government expenditure.

    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ is seriously concerned about the use of RUCs as a de facto mechanism for achieving other government objectives, such as promoting greater use of EVs to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The net impact is likely to be less money available for spending on roads as different transport modes are cross-subsidised by petrol-and diesel-powered vehicles. Second, many so-called externalities associated with on road transport - greenhouse gas emissions and accidents for example - are respectively already covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and by accident compensation (funded by the Motor Vehicle Account via petrol levies, Motor Vehicle Registration levies and vehicle insurance levies). One of BusinessNZ’s key points in our submission is that if after a thorough review of the RUC system, in government’s opinion there is a sound public policy reason for the continued cross-subsidisation of any new or existing road users e.g., EV owners, the nature of the subsidisation should be made transparent, and funding provided from general taxation. The funding will then show clearly in the government accounts, allowing the quality of the expenditure to be judged alongside all other areas of government expenditure.
    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions
  • Tax, Foreign Investment and Productivity draft long-term insights briefing | April 14, 2022
    Economy

    Tax, Foreign Investment and Productivity draft long-term insights briefing

    April 14, 2022

    Early in process
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-04-14

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Early in process

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: BusinessNZ took the opportunity to submit in September 2021 on IRD’s previous Document that consulted on its proposal to focus its 2022 Long Term Insights Briefing (LTIB) on tax and its impact on investment and productivity. We agreed on this focus given investment and productivity are important factors affecting long-term living standards in New Zealand. Therefore, we are pleased to see the release of the current Document, and broadly support the LTIB process whereby key future issues are examined by Government Departments every three years. The Document examines a number of potential measures to initiate a process of discussion around how to improve New Zealand’s inbound investment. Therefore, BusinessNZ outlines its priorities for future work. Overall, we believe a reduction in the company tax rate is the best initial step forward, although as mentioned in the Document there is no one silver bullet, so any option(s) chosen will also require broader remedial changes to the tax system.

    Action: Submission sent on 14 April 2022

    Outcome: Awaiting review of submissions

    Action: Submission sent on 14 April 2022
    Outcome: Awaiting review of submissions
  • Tax Administration in a Digital World: An officials’ issues paper to support future tax administration | March 31, 2022
    Economy

    Tax Administration in a Digital World: An officials’ issues paper to support future tax administration

    March 31, 2022

    Early in process
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-03-31

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Early in process

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: IRD are currently looking at possible policy changes required to support a more digital tax system. This covers frameworks for considering policy changes, and what the shift to digital could mean for a more digital tax system, taxpayers, Inland Revenue, and digital inclusion. It also covers specific areas for feedback, including: • The regulatory framework applying to external parties, including intermediaries and other entities which interact with the tax and payments system; • The rules, frameworks and scope of data sharing; and • How tax legislation could support a more digital future. To assist IRD in terms of their early thinking around a more digital tax administration system, members may recall BusinessNZ (with the assistance of the BusinessNZ Tax Group) released a white paper in November last year entitled The Future of Tax Administration in New Zealand. The Paper looked at how New Zealand’s tax administration could be improved with better technology and more partnerships with the private sector. The BusinessNZ Tax Group white paper can be viewed here: https://www.businessnz.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/229896/BusinessNZ-Future-of-Tax-Administration-Paper.pdf We note there is much cross-over between the BusinessNZ Paper and the IRD one. Overall, we support the work IRD are doing in this space, and believe the IRD Paper is a good first step to ensuring a collaborative effort between Government and the private sector takes place.

    Action: Submission sent on 31 March.

    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.

    Action: Submission sent on 31 March.
    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.
  • Submission on Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Research, Science, and Innovation Green Paper | March 16, 2022
    Economy

    Submission on Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Research, Science, and Innovation Green Paper

    March 16, 2022

    Early in process
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-03-16

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Early in process

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: ExportNZ/BusinessNZ welcomes the opportunity to contribute at this early stage on the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment’s (MBIE) Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Green Paper for the Research, Science, and Innovation (RSI) sector. A thriving research and innovation sector is vital to keeping New Zealand businesses and exporters competitive on the international market, improving the sustainability of our business sectors, and ensuring that our future economy is productive, resilient, diverse, and able to leverage new opportunities.

    Action: ExportNZ/BusinessNZ welcomes MBIE’s review of the Research, Science, and Innovation sector. ExportNZ/BusinessNZ are committed to playing an active role throughout this new process, including participation in the upcoming reference group. Our comments in this submission will be more general and will form the basis of our position on the sector going forward.

    Outcome: Ongoing

    Action: ExportNZ/BusinessNZ welcomes MBIE’s review of the Research, Science, and Innovation sector. ExportNZ/BusinessNZ are committed to playing an active role throughout this new process, including participation in the upcoming reference group. Our comments in this submission will be more general and will form the basis of our position on the sector going forward.
    Outcome: Ongoing
  • Pay equity | April 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    Pay equity

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: The Equal Pay Amendment Act was passed on November 6, 2020. Prior to its passage a range of claims had been made in the state sector, these have been dealt with using the set of principles developed by the Pay Equity Joint Working Group chaired by Dame Patsy Reddy, and since enshrined in the law. Since the Act was passed a further claim has been made for Early Childhood workers. This is the first real challenge for the Act given the large number of employers working in a sector characterised by a lack of coordination between the various employers’ groups.

    Action: The government has set up a Data Repository to capture claims data as claims are settled, providing a research base for future claims.

    Outcome: BusinessNZ is a member of the governance group of the Repository, to ensure that data relating to claims in the private sector are managed with appropriate recognition of privacy and commercial confidentiality.

    Action: The government has set up a Data Repository to capture claims data as claims are settled, providing a research base for future claims.
    Outcome: BusinessNZ is a member of the governance group of the Repository, to ensure that data relating to claims in the private sector are managed with appropriate recognition of privacy and commercial confidentiality.
  • Fair Pay Agreements | April 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    Fair Pay Agreements

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: High
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: High

    Issue for Business: The current government was elected in 2017 with a commitment to introduce Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs). Fair pay agreements are a set of terms and conditions of employment for an occupational group or sector. They will be agreed through bargaining between affected workers and employers, and will then become legal requirements in that sector. The Fair Pay Agreements Working Group (FPAWG) delivered its report to the Government in December 2018. This was followed in 2019 by a national consultation document that sought views on the Work Group’s recommendations. After discussions with Business NZ Zealand First indicated that the issues for business were significant, they did not support the development of FPAs and the process was stalled. Subsequent to the 2020 Election the majority Labour Government indicated that it would move ahead with implementing FPAs and is now working through the complex policy issues related to establishing what is in essence an old award system.

    Action: In addition to discussions with New Zealand First, in July 2019, BusinessNZ expressed concerns to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) about the compulsory nature of the proposed FPAs, arguing that they breach the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 – conventions which the New Zealand Government has ratified. Therefore if the Government passed legislation compelling organisations to participate in FPAs it would be a breach of its international commitments. This would have signifcnat reputational implications for the Government, and subject it to deeper international scrutiny.

    Outcome: The ILO has approached the government several times for comment. The Government has yet to respond.

    Action: In addition to discussions with New Zealand First, in July 2019, BusinessNZ expressed concerns to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) about the compulsory nature of the proposed FPAs, arguing that they breach the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 – conventions which the New Zealand Government has ratified. Therefore if the Government passed legislation compelling organisations to participate in FPAs it would be a breach of its international commitments. This would have signifcnat reputational implications for the Government, and subject it to deeper international scrutiny.
    Outcome: The ILO has approached the government several times for comment. The Government has yet to respond.
  • The Holidays Act | January 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    The Holidays Act

    January 27, 2021

    Almost completed
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-01-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    Stage: Almost completed

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: From around 2014 it became apparent that many employers were not applying the Holidays Act correctly when calculating Holiday Pay. Arrears in many cases totaled tens of millions of dollars. Previous reviews aimed at clarifying the current Act pointed to systemic problems. In late 2018, following a joint approach from BusinessNZ and the NZ Council of Trade Unions, the Government commissioned a full review of the Holidays Act. Whilst the Government received the recommendations of the Holidays Act review Working Group, it took no action until 2021. The Government has agreed to amend the Act in line with the recommendations of the Working Group Separately from the review, the Government has chosen to make two additional changes not supported by BusinessNZ, and outside the terms of reference of the review of the Act. These are; • increasing the minimum sick leave entitlements • introduction of a new Matariki public holiday Still further changes are imminent via a private members bill that that introduces an additional category of bereavement leave for instances where an employee has suffered a miscarriage. While these are all valid reasons for people to take leave, the creation of additional entitlements creates additional costs for employers at a time when even small increases are significant. BusinessNZ estimates that the introduction of additional sick leave and Matariki will remove approximately 8 million person days per year from national productivity.

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on the Amendment Bill

    Outcome: The report of the Holidays Act Task force was released on 23 February 2021, having been accepted by Cabinet in its entirety. The Holidays (Sick Leave) Amendment Bill is currently in the Select Committee stages in Parliament, while a Bill to enact Matariki is expected later this year.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on the Amendment Bill
    Outcome: The report of the Holidays Act Task force was released on 23 February 2021, having been accepted by Cabinet in its entirety. The Holidays (Sick Leave) Amendment Bill is currently in the Select Committee stages in Parliament, while a Bill to enact Matariki is expected later this year.
  • Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply | March 16, 2022
    Energy

    Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply

    March 16, 2022

    Done
    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2022-03-16

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The paper describes how our electricity supply system is likely to change physically with 100% renewable electricity supply and the likely impact on prices. The paper identifies seven key issues to be addressed: Real-time co-ordination, Ancillary services, Accurate price signals, Demand-side flexibility, contracts, orderly transition, and competition. In general, we agree with MDAG’s views on how electricity supply is likely to change and with the issues identified. This submission provides our view of the future according to our modelling, some general comments on the issues identifies, as well as some other wider risks to consider.

  • Onshore fuel stockholding | February 28, 2022
    Energy

    Onshore fuel stockholding

    February 28, 2022

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2022-02-28

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Oil and Gas |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The consultation paper discusses various levels of stocks to be held physically onshore by fuel wholesale suppliers as a means to increase our fuel security in the event of a fuel disruption, how to implement this requirement and various proposed structures to manage this requirement. We note changes to the refinery are unlikely to impact on fuel security in the case of domestic supply interruptions but may increase the risk of disruption in an extended closed border event. We acknowledge increased fuel stocks held within New Zealand would provide security against this particular scenario, however we caution that any moves to increase security must be balanced against the increased costs faced by consumers.

    Document Link

  • Inefficient Price Discrimination in the Wholesale Electricity Market – Issues and Options | December 22, 2021
    Energy

    Inefficient Price Discrimination in the Wholesale Electricity Market – Issues and Options

    December 22, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-12-22

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Addresses inefficient price discrimination in the wholesale market as there appears to be evidence to indicate that inefficiencies are potentially significant, with material implications for consumers and generators. We agree the Tiwai contract is unique in that it relates to an unusually large amount of electricity, which accordingly might reasonably be expected to receive a cost-based discount. We also agree that demand response provisions are highly valuable and can reasonably contribute to differences in price. We are somewhat surprised that the Issues Paper has focussed on this one-off contract. We do not believe the potential for, or even existence of, price discrimination is a pressing issue. We acknowledge the Tiwai contracts may have discouraged investment in new generation and agree that any such issues are best addressed through a review of barriers to new investment more generally, as the Authority has proposed to undertake in 2022.

    Document Link

  • Market Monitoring Review of Structure, Conduct and Performance in the Wholesale Electricity Market | December 22, 2021
    Energy

    Market Monitoring Review of Structure, Conduct and Performance in the Wholesale Electricity Market

    December 22, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-12-22

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Reviews electricity spot prices (from January 2019 up to and including the first two quarters of 2021) to assess whether electricity spot prices were determined in a competitive environment. Undertaken in response to sustained high spot prices since the Pohokura outage, asking if spot prices reflect underlying supply and demand fundamentals. We note the data do not provide any conclusive evidence to suggest there are competitive issues to be addressed. We urge the Authority to be cautious about the conclusions it draws from this analysis and proposing any changes where there is a lack of evidence.

    Document Link

  • Electricity Industry Amendment Bill | November 17, 2021
    Energy

    Electricity Industry Amendment Bill

    November 17, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: The Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: The Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-11-17

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: The Bill implements changes recommended by the Electricity Price Review, seeking to strengthen consumers' voice and provide an effective regulatory framework for the electricity industry in view of rapidly evolving technologies and business models. Our draft submission is generally supportive of the changes, although we recommend some changes: • Refer to the newly established entity as the Small Consumer Advocacy Council (rather than Agency) • Remove Clause 6 under Schedule 1, Part 1, which would impose costs retrospectively • Request future changes to the Act or Code are well-signalled and thoroughly consulted on • Consider compensation arrangements for organisations required to provide information for ministerial investigations or reviews • Provide further detail of the purpose and nature of information to be shared between agencies. • Consider arrangements to notify participants of what information is being shared and when.

    Document Link

  • Transforming Recycling Consultation Document | May 17, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Transforming Recycling Consultation Document

    May 17, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-05-17

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: The Government wants to improve recycling rates in NZ given that they are generally low per capita compared to many other countries. MfE has issued a Consultation Document which covers 3 broad proposals. 1. Container Return Scheme (CRS) 2. improvements to household kerbside recycling, and 3. Separation of business food waste.

    Action: BusinessNZ has put in a submission generally supporting the sentiment outlined in the Consultation Document towards improving the rate of recycling but outlining a broad range of issues which need to be addressed before any of the proposals are finalised and/or implemented.

    Outcome: Awaiting Government Decisions

    Action: BusinessNZ has put in a submission generally supporting the sentiment outlined in the Consultation Document towards improving the rate of recycling but outlining a broad range of issues which need to be addressed before any of the proposals are finalised and/or implemented.
    Outcome: Awaiting Government Decisions
  • Our Future Resource Management System | February 28, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Our Future Resource Management System

    February 28, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-02-28

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: Policy proposals where Ministers have made initial decisions on matters beyond the scope of the Natural and Built Environments Exposure Draft.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE pointing out that while BusinessNZ was supportive of the intent of many of the changes outlined in the Draft Natural and Built Environment Bill (2021), we were concerned as to how these would be implemented in practice. The Discussion Document has continued to effectively kick for touch in respect to Freshwater Allocation. It just says that “The Government has committed to working to achieve efficient and fair allocation of freshwater resources having regard to all interests, including Māori and existing and potential new users” (page 16). This is a cop-out: resource allocation issues, including dealing with over-allocation etc, need to be addressed. The distinct danger is that if account is not taken of such factors, government will be able to ride rough-shod over existing rights. If it does so, the effect on investment will be chilling.

    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE pointing out that while BusinessNZ was supportive of the intent of many of the changes outlined in the Draft Natural and Built Environment Bill (2021), we were concerned as to how these would be implemented in practice. The Discussion Document has continued to effectively kick for touch in respect to Freshwater Allocation. It just says that “The Government has committed to working to achieve efficient and fair allocation of freshwater resources having regard to all interests, including Māori and existing and potential new users” (page 16). This is a cop-out: resource allocation issues, including dealing with over-allocation etc, need to be addressed. The distinct danger is that if account is not taken of such factors, government will be able to ride rough-shod over existing rights. If it does so, the effect on investment will be chilling.
    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions
  • Proposals for a New Waste Strategy – Issues and Options for New Waste Legislation | December 15, 2021
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Proposals for a New Waste Strategy – Issues and Options for New Waste Legislation

    December 15, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2021-12-15

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: MfE has issued a Consultation Document on a broad range of issues surrounding waste policy in NZ, including proposals for new waste legislation to replace the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. The underlying theme from the Consultation Document is that NZ needs to change the way we think and live when it comes to the way we use materials. This means shifting from our current 'take-make-dispose' system and moving towards a low-waste, more circular economy.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE and has raised a number of issues in respect to waste policy in NZ, including the fundamental point that there is an optimal amount of waste, and that waste cannot be eliminated completely, at least without great cost.

    Outcome: MfE is currently reviewing submissions before proposals are firmed up.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE and has raised a number of issues in respect to waste policy in NZ, including the fundamental point that there is an optimal amount of waste, and that waste cannot be eliminated completely, at least without great cost.
    Outcome: MfE is currently reviewing submissions before proposals are firmed up.
  • Managing our Wetlands – A Discussion Document on proposed changes to the wetland regulations | October 27, 2021
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Managing our Wetlands – A Discussion Document on proposed changes to the wetland regulations

    October 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2021-10-27

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: In 2020 Regulations on National Environmental Standards for Freshwater essentially prohibited earthworks on all 'natural wetlands' - the definition of which is extremely broad. This has resulted in the ability to undertake certain activities such as quarry and building being seriously jeopardised. After significant lobbying from BusinessNZ and other organisations, the Ministry for the Environment has released a Discussion Document which proposes a narrower definition of 'natural wetland' and has proposed that activities like quarrying and housing subdivisions near wetlands should have a consenting pathway as discretionary rather than prohibited activities.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE broadly supporting the proposed changes by MfE. However, BusinessNZ has outlined our view that the new regulations for wetlands should provide businesses with opportunity to seek consents without distinction between types of mineral mined, or types of mines or quarries being operated. In this respect, regulations should be about addressing activities' effects, not the activities themselves.

    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE broadly supporting the proposed changes by MfE. However, BusinessNZ has outlined our view that the new regulations for wetlands should provide businesses with opportunity to seek consents without distinction between types of mineral mined, or types of mines or quarries being operated. In this respect, regulations should be about addressing activities' effects, not the activities themselves.
    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions
  • Designing a governance framework for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme | September 17, 2021
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Designing a governance framework for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

    September 17, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: Tina Schirr

    Date: 2021-09-17

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Tags: Emissions | Emissions Trading Scheme |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Submission from BusinessNZ, BEC The Government seeks to improve the current market governance framework to manage the risk of misconduct in relation to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and protect users from financial harm.

    Action: Submissions close 17 September 2021. Feedback required by close of business Monday 13 September 2021.

    Document Link

    Action: Submissions close 17 September 2021. Feedback required by close of business Monday 13 September 2021.

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  • ExportNZ Submission on the International Treaty Examination of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement | March 13, 2022
    Export & Trade

    ExportNZ Submission on the International Treaty Examination of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement

    March 13, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Select Committee

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-03-13

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: Export New Zealand (ExportNZ) welcomes the opportunity to submit on the international treaty examination of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement (UK-NZ FTA).

    Action: ExportNZ believes the UK-NZ FTA achieves these aims and we support the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.

    Outcome: Ongoing

    Document Link

    Action: ExportNZ believes the UK-NZ FTA achieves these aims and we support the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.
    Outcome: Ongoing
  • Immigration – Fit For The Future Preliminary Findings and Recommendations | December 22, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Immigration – Fit For The Future Preliminary Findings and Recommendations

    December 22, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Low
    Submitting To: Productivity Commission
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Productivity Commission

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2021-12-22

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Done

    Priority: Low

    Issue for Business: The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into what immigration policy settings would best facilitate New Zealand’s long-term economic growth and promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

    Action: ExportNZ has made a submission in support of BusinessNZ's submission and has also raised a number of issues relating to immigration from the perspective of New Zealand's export businesses.

    Outcome: ProdCom has released their preliminary findings and will present their final report to the Government in April 2022.

    Document Link

    Action: ExportNZ has made a submission in support of BusinessNZ's submission and has also raised a number of issues relating to immigration from the perspective of New Zealand's export businesses.
    Outcome: ProdCom has released their preliminary findings and will present their final report to the Government in April 2022.
  • Non-tariff barriers for processed food exporters | April 27, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Non-tariff barriers for processed food exporters

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Catherine Beard

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: Setting up a food and beverage business for domestic supply under the Food Act is relatively straightforward, when these businesses decide to try exporting, they will experience a world of regulatory pain. This is due in large part (ExportNZ members believe) to the regulations for food exporting, which have been written to suit exports of primary sector commodity food. While it works for primary, meat, dairy, and seafood, for any business that tries to create a food export that uses any of those ingredients and add value to them, will find themselves burdened by regulations and costs. If smaller companies are required to co-invest for things like market access or to get regulatory attention they are never prioritised in a model that makes decisions based on the value of the sector. Meat, dairy or horticulture, which are doing large volume and value as sectors, will always trump the diversity of SME added value exporters. ExportNZ believes the cost recovery model used by MPI does not work for SME added value exporters.

    Action: ExportNZ has had various meetings with MPI senior officials regarding this issue and how MPI can better support value add food and beverage exporters. ExportNZ met with Minister O’Connor to discuss this issue.

    Outcome: MPI has appointed a processed food ‘champion’ and has drafted a food safety letter that exporters can use with overseas customers to provide added value.

    Action: ExportNZ has had various meetings with MPI senior officials regarding this issue and how MPI can better support value add food and beverage exporters. ExportNZ met with Minister O’Connor to discuss this issue.
    Outcome: MPI has appointed a processed food ‘champion’ and has drafted a food safety letter that exporters can use with overseas customers to provide added value.
  • Research and Development Tax Incentives | April 27, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Research and Development Tax Incentives

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Catherine Beard

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: ExportNZ has heard from many businesses about the challenges they are facing when applying for the new Research and Development Tax Incentives. Businesses that have previously been granted Callaghan Growth Grants are finding they are being turned down for the R&DTI. The tax incentives were supposed to remove costs and encourage more R&D, but businesses are finding that are needing to use ‘the big four’ consultants to apply. The main issue is not with the legislation, but with how the legislation is being interpreted with not enough emphasis being placed on the development, and too much emphasis on the research being ‘new to the world’ (which is difficult and costly to prove).

    Action: ExportNZ has tabled the issues with the productivity commission, which is exploring this issue as part of their ‘frontier firms’ paper. Export NZ has collected feedback from businesses on this issue via a survey, and collated feedback. It has also discussed this issue with Minister Nash, and Minister O’Connor in a meeting, and have sent a file note with feedback to them. ExportNZ’s Catherine Beard is meeting with Minister Woods to discuss this issue further. BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope is set to meet with the CEO of IRD to discuss the issues with implementation.

    Outcome: Minister’s office has acknowledged the issue and has made some changes, so we expect conditions to improve. The resolution of the issue is ongoing.

    Action: ExportNZ has tabled the issues with the productivity commission, which is exploring this issue as part of their ‘frontier firms’ paper. Export NZ has collected feedback from businesses on this issue via a survey, and collated feedback. It has also discussed this issue with Minister Nash, and Minister O’Connor in a meeting, and have sent a file note with feedback to them. ExportNZ’s Catherine Beard is meeting with Minister Woods to discuss this issue further. BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope is set to meet with the CEO of IRD to discuss the issues with implementation.
    Outcome: Minister’s office has acknowledged the issue and has made some changes, so we expect conditions to improve. The resolution of the issue is ongoing.
  • Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to government | January 16, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to government

    January 16, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Catherine Beard

    Date: 2021-01-16

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Done

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: ExportNZ has submitted the Climate Change Commissions' draft advice to Government. The key message from ExportNZ’s submission is that the Climate Change Commission’s draft consultation does not give us the level of detail needed to get this issue in front of small to medium-sized exporters and manufacturers in New Zealand. We need to know what the various options mean in terms of costs for business. The costs are likely to flow through to business through various channels, such as the cost of electricity, fuel, and the cost of raw materials and goods particularly for companies who use energy-intensive input products such as steel, aluminum, cement etc. The Commission’s draft advice does not provide that level of detail. Until we get that detail it is hard for us to properly engage small to medium size businesses and get their feedback. The feedback we have heard already is that electricity prices are going up around 300-400%.

    Action: ExportNZ met with Minister Woods to highlight its main concerns with the proposals, as well as some anecdotal feedback from businesses on issues such as the already increasing cost of electricity.

    Outcome: Submission delivered

    Document Link

    Action: ExportNZ met with Minister Woods to highlight its main concerns with the proposals, as well as some anecdotal feedback from businesses on issues such as the already increasing cost of electricity.
    Outcome: Submission delivered
  • Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey | October 14, 2021
    Health, Safety & Wellbeing

    Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey

    October 14, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:
    Author: Stephen Summers Date: 2021-04-27 Stage: Done Priority: Medium Issue for Business: The survey is used to consider the scale of absenteeism in New Zealand, how much employers are doing to assist employees with health and wellness, and where, if any, there are gaps. This year, the survey will look at how COVID-19 has impacted New Zealand workplaces. Specifically, it will investigate how the pandemic has impacted workplace absence, policies regarding sick leave and whether employees continue to work while unwell, and the extent to which businesses have changed their working from home practices. Action: The questionnaire is currently in the field till early May. Outcome: Once the results are analysed, a report is expected to be released around July/August.
    Action: The questionnaire is currently in the field till early May.
    Outcome: Once the results are analysed, a report is expected to be released around July/August.
  • Reform of Vocational education. | April 27, 2021
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    Reform of Vocational education.

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: BusinessNZ is supportive of the ambition of RoVE to create a more effective and efficient system to deliver the skills industry needs. We remain mindful of the challenge of large-scale change and the risk of disruption to the skills pipeline, particularly given the challenging immigration settings. The positive response to Apprenticeship boost from business is heartening, and we are working to make sure that businesses continue to have access to support to ensure we can continue building the skills pipeline in years to come.

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on Workforce Development Council OIC, and is working with officials on governance for Worforce Development Councils and Regional Skills Leadership Groups.

    Outcome: BusinessNZ immigration and skills manager Rachel Simpson is working to accelerate workforce planning to meet skill challenges.

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on Workforce Development Council OIC, and is working with officials on governance for Worforce Development Councils and Regional Skills Leadership Groups.
    Outcome: BusinessNZ immigration and skills manager Rachel Simpson is working to accelerate workforce planning to meet skill challenges.
  • Border and immigration settings | April 27, 2021
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    Border and immigration settings

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: BusinessNZ is focused on the retention of skills (extensions, family reunification, removal of three-year stand down). We are also engaging with Government on plans for border opening and resuming visa processing (exemption settings, bubbles, vaccine passports, MIQ plans), future immigration settings, employer assisted visa settings and investor category visa settings

    Action: We have submitted advice on this and continue to work with officials and Ministers on the issues.

    Action: We have submitted advice on this and continue to work with officials and Ministers on the issues.
  • Proposed Regulations to support the Crown Minerals (Decommissioning and Other Matters) Amendment Bill | September 7, 2021
    Resource

    Proposed Regulations to support the Crown Minerals (Decommissioning and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

    September 7, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-09-07

    Category: Resource

    Tags: Oil and Gas |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Submission from BusinessNZ and BEC The focus is on the multiple layers of requirements introduced, sovereign risk issues, the effect on investment and likely impacts to energy security and affordability. Also restate our opposition to the perpetual liability issues created by the draft Bill, which holds permit and licence holders liable for decommissioning costs, even if they transfer out of a permit

    Action: Submission close 7 September 2021. Comments due by close of business Monday 1 September 2021.

    Document Link

    Action: Submission close 7 September 2021. Comments due by close of business Monday 1 September 2021.
  • Responsibly Delivering Value: A Minerals and Petroleum Resource Strategy | September 20, 2019
    Resource

    Responsibly Delivering Value: A Minerals and Petroleum Resource Strategy

    September 20, 2019

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Tina Schirr

    Date: 2019-09-20

    Category: Resource

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The purpose of a strategy is to help shape an eventual set of actions. Its purpose is to act as a touch-stone against which subsequent actions can be prioritised. It acts as a tool to guide the allocation of resources to highest value use. This then gives meaning to one of its other key roles – that is, to act as an accountability mechanism to ensure that the highest value outputs (as inferred by the strategy) are being delivered. As a broad, generally accepted characterisation of the purpose and role of a strategy, we are left somewhat confused by ‘Responsibly Delivering Value: A Minerals and Petroleum Resources Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand: 2019 -2029’. We are quite simply unsure what to make of this ‘strategy’ – both in terms of how to understand its meaning and therefore impact, and what action to recommend to our members to take as a result of it

    Document Link

  • Electricity Pricing Review | March 22, 2019
    Resource

    Electricity Pricing Review

    March 22, 2019

    Done
    Issue for Business:

    Author: John Carnegie

    Date: 2019-03-22

    Category: Resource

    Tags: resources |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The BEC supports the Panel putting consumers at the heart of the electricity price review. The options paper outlines the importance for electricity prices to be fair and affordable for consumers, as well as efficient or competitive. We recognise that even with cost-reflective, efficient prices, outcomes can emerge that are undesirable for some consumer groups. However, a competitive electricity market is a desirable objective in itself, and a strategy of mostly using competitive tools to deliver on it an appropriate one. It is important to review the market multidimensionally including affordability as one of the dimensions. Understanding the conceptual gap between what the market can reasonably be expected to deliver, and the other outcomes the Panel wishes to achieve speaks to the identification of problems and the allocation of appropriate, matching solutions.

    Document Link

  • Dividend Integrity and Personal Services Income Attribution | April 29, 2022
    Economy

    Dividend Integrity and Personal Services Income Attribution

    April 29, 2022

    Mid way through process
    Priority: High
    Submitting To: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-04-29

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Mid way through process

    Priority: High

    Issue for Business: Unlike our standard submission process, BusinessNZ and the Corporate Taxpayers Group (which share a very similar membership base) prepared a joint letter on this discussion document that was sent to the Ministers of Finance, Revenue and Small Business on 28 April. The letter is included in our submission and outlines our main concerns with Inland Revenue’s proposals. Overall, we do not support the key proposals outlined, and believe they represent a significant overreach and will apply far wider than transactions which have been deliberately entered into in order to avoid the 39% tax rate.

    Action: Submission sent 29 May.

    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.

    Action: Submission sent 29 May.
    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.
  • Driving Change: Reviewing the Road User Charges System | April 20, 2022
    Economy

    Driving Change: Reviewing the Road User Charges System

    April 20, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-04-20

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: NZ Transport Agency wants to recover costs of damage to roads while also addressing other issues with little relation to distance travelled or vehicle weight within RUC.

    Action: BusinessNZ is seriously concerned about the use of RUCs as a de facto mechanism for achieving other government objectives, such as promoting greater use of EVs to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The net impact is likely to be less money available for spending on roads as different transport modes are cross-subsidised by petrol-and diesel-powered vehicles. Second, many so-called externalities associated with on road transport - greenhouse gas emissions and accidents for example - are respectively already covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and by accident compensation (funded by the Motor Vehicle Account via petrol levies, Motor Vehicle Registration levies and vehicle insurance levies). One of BusinessNZ’s key points in our submission is that if after a thorough review of the RUC system, in government’s opinion there is a sound public policy reason for the continued cross-subsidisation of any new or existing road users e.g., EV owners, the nature of the subsidisation should be made transparent, and funding provided from general taxation. The funding will then show clearly in the government accounts, allowing the quality of the expenditure to be judged alongside all other areas of government expenditure.

    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ is seriously concerned about the use of RUCs as a de facto mechanism for achieving other government objectives, such as promoting greater use of EVs to lower greenhouse gas emissions. The net impact is likely to be less money available for spending on roads as different transport modes are cross-subsidised by petrol-and diesel-powered vehicles. Second, many so-called externalities associated with on road transport - greenhouse gas emissions and accidents for example - are respectively already covered by the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) and by accident compensation (funded by the Motor Vehicle Account via petrol levies, Motor Vehicle Registration levies and vehicle insurance levies). One of BusinessNZ’s key points in our submission is that if after a thorough review of the RUC system, in government’s opinion there is a sound public policy reason for the continued cross-subsidisation of any new or existing road users e.g., EV owners, the nature of the subsidisation should be made transparent, and funding provided from general taxation. The funding will then show clearly in the government accounts, allowing the quality of the expenditure to be judged alongside all other areas of government expenditure.
    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions
  • Tax, Foreign Investment and Productivity draft long-term insights briefing | April 14, 2022
    Economy

    Tax, Foreign Investment and Productivity draft long-term insights briefing

    April 14, 2022

    Early in process
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-04-14

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Early in process

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: BusinessNZ took the opportunity to submit in September 2021 on IRD’s previous Document that consulted on its proposal to focus its 2022 Long Term Insights Briefing (LTIB) on tax and its impact on investment and productivity. We agreed on this focus given investment and productivity are important factors affecting long-term living standards in New Zealand. Therefore, we are pleased to see the release of the current Document, and broadly support the LTIB process whereby key future issues are examined by Government Departments every three years. The Document examines a number of potential measures to initiate a process of discussion around how to improve New Zealand’s inbound investment. Therefore, BusinessNZ outlines its priorities for future work. Overall, we believe a reduction in the company tax rate is the best initial step forward, although as mentioned in the Document there is no one silver bullet, so any option(s) chosen will also require broader remedial changes to the tax system.

    Action: Submission sent on 14 April 2022

    Outcome: Awaiting review of submissions

    Action: Submission sent on 14 April 2022
    Outcome: Awaiting review of submissions
  • Tax Administration in a Digital World: An officials’ issues paper to support future tax administration | March 31, 2022
    Economy

    Tax Administration in a Digital World: An officials’ issues paper to support future tax administration

    March 31, 2022

    Early in process
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Inland Revenue Department (IRD)

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-03-31

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Early in process

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: IRD are currently looking at possible policy changes required to support a more digital tax system. This covers frameworks for considering policy changes, and what the shift to digital could mean for a more digital tax system, taxpayers, Inland Revenue, and digital inclusion. It also covers specific areas for feedback, including: • The regulatory framework applying to external parties, including intermediaries and other entities which interact with the tax and payments system; • The rules, frameworks and scope of data sharing; and • How tax legislation could support a more digital future. To assist IRD in terms of their early thinking around a more digital tax administration system, members may recall BusinessNZ (with the assistance of the BusinessNZ Tax Group) released a white paper in November last year entitled The Future of Tax Administration in New Zealand. The Paper looked at how New Zealand’s tax administration could be improved with better technology and more partnerships with the private sector. The BusinessNZ Tax Group white paper can be viewed here: https://www.businessnz.org.nz/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/229896/BusinessNZ-Future-of-Tax-Administration-Paper.pdf We note there is much cross-over between the BusinessNZ Paper and the IRD one. Overall, we support the work IRD are doing in this space, and believe the IRD Paper is a good first step to ensuring a collaborative effort between Government and the private sector takes place.

    Action: Submission sent on 31 March.

    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.

    Action: Submission sent on 31 March.
    Outcome: Awaiting submission review.
  • Submission on Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Research, Science, and Innovation Green Paper | March 16, 2022
    Economy

    Submission on Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Research, Science, and Innovation Green Paper

    March 16, 2022

    Early in process
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-03-16

    Category: Economy

    Stage: Early in process

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: ExportNZ/BusinessNZ welcomes the opportunity to contribute at this early stage on the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment’s (MBIE) Te Ara Paerangi – Future Pathways Green Paper for the Research, Science, and Innovation (RSI) sector. A thriving research and innovation sector is vital to keeping New Zealand businesses and exporters competitive on the international market, improving the sustainability of our business sectors, and ensuring that our future economy is productive, resilient, diverse, and able to leverage new opportunities.

    Action: ExportNZ/BusinessNZ welcomes MBIE’s review of the Research, Science, and Innovation sector. ExportNZ/BusinessNZ are committed to playing an active role throughout this new process, including participation in the upcoming reference group. Our comments in this submission will be more general and will form the basis of our position on the sector going forward.

    Outcome: Ongoing

    Action: ExportNZ/BusinessNZ welcomes MBIE’s review of the Research, Science, and Innovation sector. ExportNZ/BusinessNZ are committed to playing an active role throughout this new process, including participation in the upcoming reference group. Our comments in this submission will be more general and will form the basis of our position on the sector going forward.
    Outcome: Ongoing
  • Pay equity | April 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    Pay equity

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: The Equal Pay Amendment Act was passed on November 6, 2020. Prior to its passage a range of claims had been made in the state sector, these have been dealt with using the set of principles developed by the Pay Equity Joint Working Group chaired by Dame Patsy Reddy, and since enshrined in the law. Since the Act was passed a further claim has been made for Early Childhood workers. This is the first real challenge for the Act given the large number of employers working in a sector characterised by a lack of coordination between the various employers’ groups.

    Action: The government has set up a Data Repository to capture claims data as claims are settled, providing a research base for future claims.

    Outcome: BusinessNZ is a member of the governance group of the Repository, to ensure that data relating to claims in the private sector are managed with appropriate recognition of privacy and commercial confidentiality.

    Action: The government has set up a Data Repository to capture claims data as claims are settled, providing a research base for future claims.
    Outcome: BusinessNZ is a member of the governance group of the Repository, to ensure that data relating to claims in the private sector are managed with appropriate recognition of privacy and commercial confidentiality.
  • Fair Pay Agreements | April 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    Fair Pay Agreements

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: High
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: High

    Issue for Business: The current government was elected in 2017 with a commitment to introduce Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs). Fair pay agreements are a set of terms and conditions of employment for an occupational group or sector. They will be agreed through bargaining between affected workers and employers, and will then become legal requirements in that sector. The Fair Pay Agreements Working Group (FPAWG) delivered its report to the Government in December 2018. This was followed in 2019 by a national consultation document that sought views on the Work Group’s recommendations. After discussions with Business NZ Zealand First indicated that the issues for business were significant, they did not support the development of FPAs and the process was stalled. Subsequent to the 2020 Election the majority Labour Government indicated that it would move ahead with implementing FPAs and is now working through the complex policy issues related to establishing what is in essence an old award system.

    Action: In addition to discussions with New Zealand First, in July 2019, BusinessNZ expressed concerns to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) about the compulsory nature of the proposed FPAs, arguing that they breach the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 – conventions which the New Zealand Government has ratified. Therefore if the Government passed legislation compelling organisations to participate in FPAs it would be a breach of its international commitments. This would have signifcnat reputational implications for the Government, and subject it to deeper international scrutiny.

    Outcome: The ILO has approached the government several times for comment. The Government has yet to respond.

    Action: In addition to discussions with New Zealand First, in July 2019, BusinessNZ expressed concerns to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) about the compulsory nature of the proposed FPAs, arguing that they breach the Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention 1949 – conventions which the New Zealand Government has ratified. Therefore if the Government passed legislation compelling organisations to participate in FPAs it would be a breach of its international commitments. This would have signifcnat reputational implications for the Government, and subject it to deeper international scrutiny.
    Outcome: The ILO has approached the government several times for comment. The Government has yet to respond.
  • The Holidays Act | January 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    The Holidays Act

    January 27, 2021

    Almost completed
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-01-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    Stage: Almost completed

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: From around 2014 it became apparent that many employers were not applying the Holidays Act correctly when calculating Holiday Pay. Arrears in many cases totaled tens of millions of dollars. Previous reviews aimed at clarifying the current Act pointed to systemic problems. In late 2018, following a joint approach from BusinessNZ and the NZ Council of Trade Unions, the Government commissioned a full review of the Holidays Act. Whilst the Government received the recommendations of the Holidays Act review Working Group, it took no action until 2021. The Government has agreed to amend the Act in line with the recommendations of the Working Group Separately from the review, the Government has chosen to make two additional changes not supported by BusinessNZ, and outside the terms of reference of the review of the Act. These are; • increasing the minimum sick leave entitlements • introduction of a new Matariki public holiday Still further changes are imminent via a private members bill that that introduces an additional category of bereavement leave for instances where an employee has suffered a miscarriage. While these are all valid reasons for people to take leave, the creation of additional entitlements creates additional costs for employers at a time when even small increases are significant. BusinessNZ estimates that the introduction of additional sick leave and Matariki will remove approximately 8 million person days per year from national productivity.

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on the Amendment Bill

    Outcome: The report of the Holidays Act Task force was released on 23 February 2021, having been accepted by Cabinet in its entirety. The Holidays (Sick Leave) Amendment Bill is currently in the Select Committee stages in Parliament, while a Bill to enact Matariki is expected later this year.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on the Amendment Bill
    Outcome: The report of the Holidays Act Task force was released on 23 February 2021, having been accepted by Cabinet in its entirety. The Holidays (Sick Leave) Amendment Bill is currently in the Select Committee stages in Parliament, while a Bill to enact Matariki is expected later this year.
  • Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply | March 16, 2022
    Energy

    Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply

    March 16, 2022

    Done
    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2022-03-16

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The paper describes how our electricity supply system is likely to change physically with 100% renewable electricity supply and the likely impact on prices. The paper identifies seven key issues to be addressed: Real-time co-ordination, Ancillary services, Accurate price signals, Demand-side flexibility, contracts, orderly transition, and competition. In general, we agree with MDAG’s views on how electricity supply is likely to change and with the issues identified. This submission provides our view of the future according to our modelling, some general comments on the issues identifies, as well as some other wider risks to consider.

  • Onshore fuel stockholding | February 28, 2022
    Energy

    Onshore fuel stockholding

    February 28, 2022

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2022-02-28

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Oil and Gas |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The consultation paper discusses various levels of stocks to be held physically onshore by fuel wholesale suppliers as a means to increase our fuel security in the event of a fuel disruption, how to implement this requirement and various proposed structures to manage this requirement. We note changes to the refinery are unlikely to impact on fuel security in the case of domestic supply interruptions but may increase the risk of disruption in an extended closed border event. We acknowledge increased fuel stocks held within New Zealand would provide security against this particular scenario, however we caution that any moves to increase security must be balanced against the increased costs faced by consumers.

    Document Link

  • Inefficient Price Discrimination in the Wholesale Electricity Market – Issues and Options | December 22, 2021
    Energy

    Inefficient Price Discrimination in the Wholesale Electricity Market – Issues and Options

    December 22, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-12-22

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Addresses inefficient price discrimination in the wholesale market as there appears to be evidence to indicate that inefficiencies are potentially significant, with material implications for consumers and generators. We agree the Tiwai contract is unique in that it relates to an unusually large amount of electricity, which accordingly might reasonably be expected to receive a cost-based discount. We also agree that demand response provisions are highly valuable and can reasonably contribute to differences in price. We are somewhat surprised that the Issues Paper has focussed on this one-off contract. We do not believe the potential for, or even existence of, price discrimination is a pressing issue. We acknowledge the Tiwai contracts may have discouraged investment in new generation and agree that any such issues are best addressed through a review of barriers to new investment more generally, as the Authority has proposed to undertake in 2022.

    Document Link

  • Market Monitoring Review of Structure, Conduct and Performance in the Wholesale Electricity Market | December 22, 2021
    Energy

    Market Monitoring Review of Structure, Conduct and Performance in the Wholesale Electricity Market

    December 22, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-12-22

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Reviews electricity spot prices (from January 2019 up to and including the first two quarters of 2021) to assess whether electricity spot prices were determined in a competitive environment. Undertaken in response to sustained high spot prices since the Pohokura outage, asking if spot prices reflect underlying supply and demand fundamentals. We note the data do not provide any conclusive evidence to suggest there are competitive issues to be addressed. We urge the Authority to be cautious about the conclusions it draws from this analysis and proposing any changes where there is a lack of evidence.

    Document Link

  • Electricity Industry Amendment Bill | November 17, 2021
    Energy

    Electricity Industry Amendment Bill

    November 17, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: The Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: The Economic Development, Science and Innovation Select Committee

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-11-17

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity |

    Stage: Done

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: The Bill implements changes recommended by the Electricity Price Review, seeking to strengthen consumers' voice and provide an effective regulatory framework for the electricity industry in view of rapidly evolving technologies and business models. Our draft submission is generally supportive of the changes, although we recommend some changes: • Refer to the newly established entity as the Small Consumer Advocacy Council (rather than Agency) • Remove Clause 6 under Schedule 1, Part 1, which would impose costs retrospectively • Request future changes to the Act or Code are well-signalled and thoroughly consulted on • Consider compensation arrangements for organisations required to provide information for ministerial investigations or reviews • Provide further detail of the purpose and nature of information to be shared between agencies. • Consider arrangements to notify participants of what information is being shared and when.

    Document Link

  • Transforming Recycling Consultation Document | May 17, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Transforming Recycling Consultation Document

    May 17, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-05-17

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: The Government wants to improve recycling rates in NZ given that they are generally low per capita compared to many other countries. MfE has issued a Consultation Document which covers 3 broad proposals. 1. Container Return Scheme (CRS) 2. improvements to household kerbside recycling, and 3. Separation of business food waste.

    Action: BusinessNZ has put in a submission generally supporting the sentiment outlined in the Consultation Document towards improving the rate of recycling but outlining a broad range of issues which need to be addressed before any of the proposals are finalised and/or implemented.

    Outcome: Awaiting Government Decisions

    Action: BusinessNZ has put in a submission generally supporting the sentiment outlined in the Consultation Document towards improving the rate of recycling but outlining a broad range of issues which need to be addressed before any of the proposals are finalised and/or implemented.
    Outcome: Awaiting Government Decisions
  • Our Future Resource Management System | February 28, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Our Future Resource Management System

    February 28, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-02-28

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: Policy proposals where Ministers have made initial decisions on matters beyond the scope of the Natural and Built Environments Exposure Draft.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE pointing out that while BusinessNZ was supportive of the intent of many of the changes outlined in the Draft Natural and Built Environment Bill (2021), we were concerned as to how these would be implemented in practice. The Discussion Document has continued to effectively kick for touch in respect to Freshwater Allocation. It just says that “The Government has committed to working to achieve efficient and fair allocation of freshwater resources having regard to all interests, including Māori and existing and potential new users” (page 16). This is a cop-out: resource allocation issues, including dealing with over-allocation etc, need to be addressed. The distinct danger is that if account is not taken of such factors, government will be able to ride rough-shod over existing rights. If it does so, the effect on investment will be chilling.

    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE pointing out that while BusinessNZ was supportive of the intent of many of the changes outlined in the Draft Natural and Built Environment Bill (2021), we were concerned as to how these would be implemented in practice. The Discussion Document has continued to effectively kick for touch in respect to Freshwater Allocation. It just says that “The Government has committed to working to achieve efficient and fair allocation of freshwater resources having regard to all interests, including Māori and existing and potential new users” (page 16). This is a cop-out: resource allocation issues, including dealing with over-allocation etc, need to be addressed. The distinct danger is that if account is not taken of such factors, government will be able to ride rough-shod over existing rights. If it does so, the effect on investment will be chilling.
    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions
  • Proposals for a New Waste Strategy – Issues and Options for New Waste Legislation | December 15, 2021
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Proposals for a New Waste Strategy – Issues and Options for New Waste Legislation

    December 15, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2021-12-15

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: MfE has issued a Consultation Document on a broad range of issues surrounding waste policy in NZ, including proposals for new waste legislation to replace the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. The underlying theme from the Consultation Document is that NZ needs to change the way we think and live when it comes to the way we use materials. This means shifting from our current 'take-make-dispose' system and moving towards a low-waste, more circular economy.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE and has raised a number of issues in respect to waste policy in NZ, including the fundamental point that there is an optimal amount of waste, and that waste cannot be eliminated completely, at least without great cost.

    Outcome: MfE is currently reviewing submissions before proposals are firmed up.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE and has raised a number of issues in respect to waste policy in NZ, including the fundamental point that there is an optimal amount of waste, and that waste cannot be eliminated completely, at least without great cost.
    Outcome: MfE is currently reviewing submissions before proposals are firmed up.
  • Managing our Wetlands – A Discussion Document on proposed changes to the wetland regulations | October 27, 2021
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Managing our Wetlands – A Discussion Document on proposed changes to the wetland regulations

    October 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2021-10-27

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: In 2020 Regulations on National Environmental Standards for Freshwater essentially prohibited earthworks on all 'natural wetlands' - the definition of which is extremely broad. This has resulted in the ability to undertake certain activities such as quarry and building being seriously jeopardised. After significant lobbying from BusinessNZ and other organisations, the Ministry for the Environment has released a Discussion Document which proposes a narrower definition of 'natural wetland' and has proposed that activities like quarrying and housing subdivisions near wetlands should have a consenting pathway as discretionary rather than prohibited activities.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE broadly supporting the proposed changes by MfE. However, BusinessNZ has outlined our view that the new regulations for wetlands should provide businesses with opportunity to seek consents without distinction between types of mineral mined, or types of mines or quarries being operated. In this respect, regulations should be about addressing activities' effects, not the activities themselves.

    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE broadly supporting the proposed changes by MfE. However, BusinessNZ has outlined our view that the new regulations for wetlands should provide businesses with opportunity to seek consents without distinction between types of mineral mined, or types of mines or quarries being operated. In this respect, regulations should be about addressing activities' effects, not the activities themselves.
    Outcome: Awaiting Government decisions
  • Designing a governance framework for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme | September 17, 2021
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Designing a governance framework for the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme

    September 17, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: Tina Schirr

    Date: 2021-09-17

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Tags: Emissions | Emissions Trading Scheme |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Submission from BusinessNZ, BEC The Government seeks to improve the current market governance framework to manage the risk of misconduct in relation to the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme and protect users from financial harm.

    Action: Submissions close 17 September 2021. Feedback required by close of business Monday 13 September 2021.

    Document Link

    Action: Submissions close 17 September 2021. Feedback required by close of business Monday 13 September 2021.

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  • ExportNZ Submission on the International Treaty Examination of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement | March 13, 2022
    Export & Trade

    ExportNZ Submission on the International Treaty Examination of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement

    March 13, 2022

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Submitting To: Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Parliamentary Foreign Affairs, Defence, and Trade Select Committee

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-03-13

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: Export New Zealand (ExportNZ) welcomes the opportunity to submit on the international treaty examination of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement (UK-NZ FTA).

    Action: ExportNZ believes the UK-NZ FTA achieves these aims and we support the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.

    Outcome: Ongoing

    Document Link

    Action: ExportNZ believes the UK-NZ FTA achieves these aims and we support the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.
    Outcome: Ongoing
  • Immigration – Fit For The Future Preliminary Findings and Recommendations | December 22, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Immigration – Fit For The Future Preliminary Findings and Recommendations

    December 22, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Low
    Submitting To: Productivity Commission
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Productivity Commission

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2021-12-22

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Done

    Priority: Low

    Issue for Business: The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into what immigration policy settings would best facilitate New Zealand’s long-term economic growth and promote the wellbeing of New Zealanders.

    Action: ExportNZ has made a submission in support of BusinessNZ's submission and has also raised a number of issues relating to immigration from the perspective of New Zealand's export businesses.

    Outcome: ProdCom has released their preliminary findings and will present their final report to the Government in April 2022.

    Document Link

    Action: ExportNZ has made a submission in support of BusinessNZ's submission and has also raised a number of issues relating to immigration from the perspective of New Zealand's export businesses.
    Outcome: ProdCom has released their preliminary findings and will present their final report to the Government in April 2022.
  • Non-tariff barriers for processed food exporters | April 27, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Non-tariff barriers for processed food exporters

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Catherine Beard

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: Setting up a food and beverage business for domestic supply under the Food Act is relatively straightforward, when these businesses decide to try exporting, they will experience a world of regulatory pain. This is due in large part (ExportNZ members believe) to the regulations for food exporting, which have been written to suit exports of primary sector commodity food. While it works for primary, meat, dairy, and seafood, for any business that tries to create a food export that uses any of those ingredients and add value to them, will find themselves burdened by regulations and costs. If smaller companies are required to co-invest for things like market access or to get regulatory attention they are never prioritised in a model that makes decisions based on the value of the sector. Meat, dairy or horticulture, which are doing large volume and value as sectors, will always trump the diversity of SME added value exporters. ExportNZ believes the cost recovery model used by MPI does not work for SME added value exporters.

    Action: ExportNZ has had various meetings with MPI senior officials regarding this issue and how MPI can better support value add food and beverage exporters. ExportNZ met with Minister O’Connor to discuss this issue.

    Outcome: MPI has appointed a processed food ‘champion’ and has drafted a food safety letter that exporters can use with overseas customers to provide added value.

    Action: ExportNZ has had various meetings with MPI senior officials regarding this issue and how MPI can better support value add food and beverage exporters. ExportNZ met with Minister O’Connor to discuss this issue.
    Outcome: MPI has appointed a processed food ‘champion’ and has drafted a food safety letter that exporters can use with overseas customers to provide added value.
  • Research and Development Tax Incentives | April 27, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Research and Development Tax Incentives

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Catherine Beard

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: ExportNZ has heard from many businesses about the challenges they are facing when applying for the new Research and Development Tax Incentives. Businesses that have previously been granted Callaghan Growth Grants are finding they are being turned down for the R&DTI. The tax incentives were supposed to remove costs and encourage more R&D, but businesses are finding that are needing to use ‘the big four’ consultants to apply. The main issue is not with the legislation, but with how the legislation is being interpreted with not enough emphasis being placed on the development, and too much emphasis on the research being ‘new to the world’ (which is difficult and costly to prove).

    Action: ExportNZ has tabled the issues with the productivity commission, which is exploring this issue as part of their ‘frontier firms’ paper. Export NZ has collected feedback from businesses on this issue via a survey, and collated feedback. It has also discussed this issue with Minister Nash, and Minister O’Connor in a meeting, and have sent a file note with feedback to them. ExportNZ’s Catherine Beard is meeting with Minister Woods to discuss this issue further. BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope is set to meet with the CEO of IRD to discuss the issues with implementation.

    Outcome: Minister’s office has acknowledged the issue and has made some changes, so we expect conditions to improve. The resolution of the issue is ongoing.

    Action: ExportNZ has tabled the issues with the productivity commission, which is exploring this issue as part of their ‘frontier firms’ paper. Export NZ has collected feedback from businesses on this issue via a survey, and collated feedback. It has also discussed this issue with Minister Nash, and Minister O’Connor in a meeting, and have sent a file note with feedback to them. ExportNZ’s Catherine Beard is meeting with Minister Woods to discuss this issue further. BusinessNZ CEO Kirk Hope is set to meet with the CEO of IRD to discuss the issues with implementation.
    Outcome: Minister’s office has acknowledged the issue and has made some changes, so we expect conditions to improve. The resolution of the issue is ongoing.
  • Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to government | January 16, 2021
    Export & Trade

    Climate Change Commission’s draft advice to government

    January 16, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Catherine Beard

    Date: 2021-01-16

    Category: Export & Trade

    Stage: Done

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: ExportNZ has submitted the Climate Change Commissions' draft advice to Government. The key message from ExportNZ’s submission is that the Climate Change Commission’s draft consultation does not give us the level of detail needed to get this issue in front of small to medium-sized exporters and manufacturers in New Zealand. We need to know what the various options mean in terms of costs for business. The costs are likely to flow through to business through various channels, such as the cost of electricity, fuel, and the cost of raw materials and goods particularly for companies who use energy-intensive input products such as steel, aluminum, cement etc. The Commission’s draft advice does not provide that level of detail. Until we get that detail it is hard for us to properly engage small to medium size businesses and get their feedback. The feedback we have heard already is that electricity prices are going up around 300-400%.

    Action: ExportNZ met with Minister Woods to highlight its main concerns with the proposals, as well as some anecdotal feedback from businesses on issues such as the already increasing cost of electricity.

    Outcome: Submission delivered

    Document Link

    Action: ExportNZ met with Minister Woods to highlight its main concerns with the proposals, as well as some anecdotal feedback from businesses on issues such as the already increasing cost of electricity.
    Outcome: Submission delivered
  • Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey | October 14, 2021
    Health, Safety & Wellbeing

    Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey

    October 14, 2021

    Done
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:
    Author: Stephen Summers Date: 2021-04-27 Stage: Done Priority: Medium Issue for Business: The survey is used to consider the scale of absenteeism in New Zealand, how much employers are doing to assist employees with health and wellness, and where, if any, there are gaps. This year, the survey will look at how COVID-19 has impacted New Zealand workplaces. Specifically, it will investigate how the pandemic has impacted workplace absence, policies regarding sick leave and whether employees continue to work while unwell, and the extent to which businesses have changed their working from home practices. Action: The questionnaire is currently in the field till early May. Outcome: Once the results are analysed, a report is expected to be released around July/August.
    Action: The questionnaire is currently in the field till early May.
    Outcome: Once the results are analysed, a report is expected to be released around July/August.
  • Reform of Vocational education. | April 27, 2021
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    Reform of Vocational education.

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: BusinessNZ is supportive of the ambition of RoVE to create a more effective and efficient system to deliver the skills industry needs. We remain mindful of the challenge of large-scale change and the risk of disruption to the skills pipeline, particularly given the challenging immigration settings. The positive response to Apprenticeship boost from business is heartening, and we are working to make sure that businesses continue to have access to support to ensure we can continue building the skills pipeline in years to come.

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on Workforce Development Council OIC, and is working with officials on governance for Worforce Development Councils and Regional Skills Leadership Groups.

    Outcome: BusinessNZ immigration and skills manager Rachel Simpson is working to accelerate workforce planning to meet skill challenges.

    Action: BusinessNZ submitted on Workforce Development Council OIC, and is working with officials on governance for Worforce Development Councils and Regional Skills Leadership Groups.
    Outcome: BusinessNZ immigration and skills manager Rachel Simpson is working to accelerate workforce planning to meet skill challenges.
  • Border and immigration settings | April 27, 2021
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    Border and immigration settings

    April 27, 2021

    Ongoing
    Priority: Medium
    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    Stage: Ongoing

    Priority: Medium

    Issue for Business: BusinessNZ is focused on the retention of skills (extensions, family reunification, removal of three-year stand down). We are also engaging with Government on plans for border opening and resuming visa processing (exemption settings, bubbles, vaccine passports, MIQ plans), future immigration settings, employer assisted visa settings and investor category visa settings

    Action: We have submitted advice on this and continue to work with officials and Ministers on the issues.

    Action: We have submitted advice on this and continue to work with officials and Ministers on the issues.
  • Proposed Regulations to support the Crown Minerals (Decommissioning and Other Matters) Amendment Bill | September 7, 2021
    Resource

    Proposed Regulations to support the Crown Minerals (Decommissioning and Other Matters) Amendment Bill

    September 7, 2021

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2021-09-07

    Category: Resource

    Tags: Oil and Gas |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: Submission from BusinessNZ and BEC The focus is on the multiple layers of requirements introduced, sovereign risk issues, the effect on investment and likely impacts to energy security and affordability. Also restate our opposition to the perpetual liability issues created by the draft Bill, which holds permit and licence holders liable for decommissioning costs, even if they transfer out of a permit

    Action: Submission close 7 September 2021. Comments due by close of business Monday 1 September 2021.

    Document Link

    Action: Submission close 7 September 2021. Comments due by close of business Monday 1 September 2021.
  • Responsibly Delivering Value: A Minerals and Petroleum Resource Strategy | September 20, 2019
    Resource

    Responsibly Delivering Value: A Minerals and Petroleum Resource Strategy

    September 20, 2019

    Done
    Submitting To: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)

    Author: Tina Schirr

    Date: 2019-09-20

    Category: Resource

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The purpose of a strategy is to help shape an eventual set of actions. Its purpose is to act as a touch-stone against which subsequent actions can be prioritised. It acts as a tool to guide the allocation of resources to highest value use. This then gives meaning to one of its other key roles – that is, to act as an accountability mechanism to ensure that the highest value outputs (as inferred by the strategy) are being delivered. As a broad, generally accepted characterisation of the purpose and role of a strategy, we are left somewhat confused by ‘Responsibly Delivering Value: A Minerals and Petroleum Resources Strategy for Aotearoa New Zealand: 2019 -2029’. We are quite simply unsure what to make of this ‘strategy’ – both in terms of how to understand its meaning and therefore impact, and what action to recommend to our members to take as a result of it

    Document Link

  • Electricity Pricing Review | March 22, 2019
    Resource

    Electricity Pricing Review

    March 22, 2019

    Done
    Issue for Business:

    Author: John Carnegie

    Date: 2019-03-22

    Category: Resource

    Tags: resources |

    Stage: Done

    Issue for Business: The BEC supports the Panel putting consumers at the heart of the electricity price review. The options paper outlines the importance for electricity prices to be fair and affordable for consumers, as well as efficient or competitive. We recognise that even with cost-reflective, efficient prices, outcomes can emerge that are undesirable for some consumer groups. However, a competitive electricity market is a desirable objective in itself, and a strategy of mostly using competitive tools to deliver on it an appropriate one. It is important to review the market multidimensionally including affordability as one of the dimensions. Understanding the conceptual gap between what the market can reasonably be expected to deliver, and the other outcomes the Panel wishes to achieve speaks to the identification of problems and the allocation of appropriate, matching solutions.

    Document Link