• Review into the Future for Local Government | February 24, 2023
    Economy

    Review into the Future for Local Government

    February 24, 2023

    Submitting To: Local Government Review
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Local Government Review

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2023-02-24

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: The Review is looking at the future for local government, including roles and responsibilites, and future funding arrangements.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission saying that many improvements are needed to the way local government operates, including more cost-benefit transparency in decision-making, better analysis of the impact on businesses of local government regulation, and more focus on the 'beneficiary pays' approach to determining payment for local government services. Amore realistic approach to local government revenue streams is needed.

    Outcome: The Review Team is currently analysing submissions and will be reporting back to the Minister for local government later this year. Given time constraints, it will be most unlikely that any changes as a result of the review will be made this side of the general election.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission saying that many improvements are needed to the way local government operates, including more cost-benefit transparency in decision-making, better analysis of the impact on businesses of local government regulation, and more focus on the 'beneficiary pays' approach to determining payment for local government services. Amore realistic approach to local government revenue streams is needed.
    Outcome: The Review Team is currently analysing submissions and will be reporting back to the Minister for local government later this year. Given time constraints, it will be most unlikely that any changes as a result of the review will be made this side of the general election.
  • Second Public Consultation on the five-year review of the Remit that guides monetary policy decisions | January 27, 2023
    Economy

    Second Public Consultation on the five-year review of the Remit that guides monetary policy decisions

    January 27, 2023

    Submitting To: Reserve Bank of New Zealand
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Reserve Bank of New Zealand

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2023-01-27

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: The purpose is to get feedback on the Remit that guides decision-making by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on monetary policy and Official Cash Rate (OCR) Adjustments.

    Action: BusinessNZ's submission broadly supports the policy discussions on issues outlined within the Consultation Paper, including the Reserve Bank's recognition of the need to avoid having too many objectives for monetary policy and hence the decision to deem distributional and climate change issues as being 'out of scope'.

    Outcome: The Reserve Bank will use feedback to inform their advice to the Minister of Finance on whether the Remit should be replaced or amended.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ's submission broadly supports the policy discussions on issues outlined within the Consultation Paper, including the Reserve Bank's recognition of the need to avoid having too many objectives for monetary policy and hence the decision to deem distributional and climate change issues as being 'out of scope'.
    Outcome: The Reserve Bank will use feedback to inform their advice to the Minister of Finance on whether the Remit should be replaced or amended.
  • Taxation (Annual Rates for 2022-23, Platform Economy and Remedial Matters) Bill | October 31, 2022
    Economy

    Taxation (Annual Rates for 2022-23, Platform Economy and Remedial Matters) Bill

    October 31, 2022

    Submitting To: Finance and Expenditure Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Finance and Expenditure Select Committee

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-10-31

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: While the Bill covers various tax issues, BusinessNZ has concentrated its discussion in relation to both information reporting and GST for the platform economy, as well as Fringe Benefit Tax changes for certain public transport fares subsidised by an employer.

    Action: Submission sent to Select Committee.

    Outcome: Awaiting Select Committee report.

    Action: Submission sent to Select Committee.
    Outcome: Awaiting Select Committee report.
  • Targeted Consultation for FENZ Levy Exemptions | September 1, 2022
    Economy

    Targeted Consultation for FENZ Levy Exemptions

    September 1, 2022

    Submitting To: Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-09-01

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: DIA are currently undertaking targeted consultation on types of property that should/could be exempt from paying Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) levies under contracts for fire insurance.

    Action: BusinessNZ has submitted to DIA stating that while attempts to exempt some property types from paying a levy to fund FENZ is probably justified, continuing to charge levies based on fire insurance contracts is fundamentally flawed. There are many property owners and others who use the services of the FENZ but pay nothing towards FENZ costs, including Government who often self-insure against fire damage to property. BusinessNZ also considers that the Government should also contribute far more for public good activities, such as flood clean-ups.

    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions after submissions have been analysed by DIA and recommendations made.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has submitted to DIA stating that while attempts to exempt some property types from paying a levy to fund FENZ is probably justified, continuing to charge levies based on fire insurance contracts is fundamentally flawed. There are many property owners and others who use the services of the FENZ but pay nothing towards FENZ costs, including Government who often self-insure against fire damage to property. BusinessNZ also considers that the Government should also contribute far more for public good activities, such as flood clean-ups.
    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions after submissions have been analysed by DIA and recommendations made.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan | July 22, 2022
    Economy

    Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan

    July 22, 2022

    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: 2022-07-22

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: MBIE has consulted with the public on a plan of suggested work to accelerate the growth and transformation of the advanced manufacturing sector in New Zealand.

    Action: BusinessNZ wrote in support of the goals outlined in the ITP and commented specifically on the chapters on; making the RSI system work for advanced manufacturing, attracting and developing a skilled workforce, and enhancing global connectivity and opportunities.

    Outcome: Awaiting the final draft of the ITP.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ wrote in support of the goals outlined in the ITP and commented specifically on the chapters on; making the RSI system work for advanced manufacturing, attracting and developing a skilled workforce, and enhancing global connectivity and opportunities.
    Outcome: Awaiting the final draft of the ITP.
  • Consultation on ACC’s Accredited Employers’ Programme | November 6, 2022
    Employment Relations

    Consultation on ACC’s Accredited Employers’ Programme

    November 6, 2022

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

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

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2022-11-06

    Category: Employment Relations

    Issue for Business: ACC is recommending changes to the Accredited Employers Programme which allows large employers to cover their employees’ claims for work injuries in return for a reduction in their ACC employer levies. BusinessNZ's submission to MBIE responds to the proposed changes.

    Document Link

  • Pay equity | April 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    Pay equity

    April 27, 2021

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    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

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    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

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-01-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    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.
  • Fuel Industry Amendment Bill | January 23, 2023
    Energy

    Fuel Industry Amendment Bill

    January 23, 2023

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

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

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2023-01-23

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: The Bill is amended in two consequential ways. First, it gives the Commerce Commission the power to investigate competition within New Zealand's fuel industry, and subsequently recommend introducing price regulations. Second, it gives the Minister the ability to impose price regulations, that could be the same as, or different to, the Commission's recommendations. BEC is strongly opposed to the amendment to Bill. To start with, BEC believes that there is inadequate evidence to demonstrate uncompetitive behavior on behalf of fuel suppliers. The amendment gives the power of price controls. BEC is opposed to implementing price controls. BEC's submission outlines the vast negative and unintended consequences that often arise from price controls. The Bill lacks any cost and benefit analysis, including no terms of reference. BEC is concerned that the price of fuel risks being set by political pressures, rather than more efficient market forces. The Bill will likely worsen competition, as artificially lower prices do not send a signal to potential competitors to enter the market. Price ceilings increase demand, and in this case is contradictory to New Zealand's aspirations of reducing fuel consumption, and meeting the climate target of net-zero by 2050.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill still sits in the Select Committee.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill still sits in the Select Committee.
  • Sustainable Biofuel Obligation Bill | January 11, 2023
    Energy

    Sustainable Biofuel Obligation Bill

    January 11, 2023

    Submitting To: Environment Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Environment Select Committee

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2023-01-11

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: The Sustainable Biofuel Obligation proposed that fuel suppliers had to reduce their emissions by at least 1.2% in 2023, and increase their reductions out to 2030, by using blended biofuels. In BEC's original submission in July 2022, BEC outlined that the obligation's start date April 1 2023, provided insufficient time for suppliers to build the necessary infrastructure and inform consumers on the safety of biofuels. We recommended at least a two year delay, or a reduced target in the initial years.

    Outcome: Following BEC's July 2022 submission, the Government extended the timeline for the biofuels implementation by one year. The new starting date will be April 1 2024. However, the reductions target for year one would increase from 1.2% to 2.4%. This places significant strain on the industry to source limited global supply. The proposal has been introduced in parliament. BEC's submission reiterates the tradeoff between implementing this obligation and price. Among many other factors mentioned in this submission, BEC states the lack of clarity given about the exact sustainable nature of international supply. Land use change and feedstock uncertainty must be addressed.

    Outcome: Following BEC's July 2022 submission, the Government extended the timeline for the biofuels implementation by one year. The new starting date will be April 1 2024. However, the reductions target for year one would increase from 1.2% to 2.4%. This places significant strain on the industry to source limited global supply. The proposal has been introduced in parliament. BEC's submission reiterates the tradeoff between implementing this obligation and price. Among many other factors mentioned in this submission, BEC states the lack of clarity given about the exact sustainable nature of international supply. Land use change and feedstock uncertainty must be addressed.
  • Promoting competition in the wholesale electricity market in the transition toward 100% renewable electricity | December 14, 2022
    Energy

    Promoting competition in the wholesale electricity market in the transition toward 100% renewable electricity

    December 14, 2022

    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2022-12-14

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: The Electricity Authority (EA) decided to investigate competition in New Zealand's wholesale electricity market after sustained high prices since 2018. The EA launched this investigation in 2020. The Authority wanted to know if there was a problem with competition in the wholesale market, and if there was a problem, they wanted to know what extent does anti-competitive behavior led to insufficient generation and high prices.

    Action: BEC has written a submission generally supporting the Authority's findings -- that higher prices were caused by underlying supply and demand conditions, not competition. We supported the vast majority of the Authority's recommendations which included actions to invite other Ministries to act on policy uncertainty, capital investment

    Outcome: The Authority concluded that sustained higher prices over the observation period, between 2018 to 2021, was likely explained by underlying supply and demand conditions. The Authority concluded that there was insufficient evidence to justify significant intervention and structural change. The Authority believed substantial changes would create uncertainty , and most likely lead to lower levels of generation and thus higher prices. BEC supported the EA's conclusions. However, BEC acknowledges the significant higher prices paid by users in the last three years. This is a large risk for New Zealand's competitiveness. We are also open to investigating additional market structures, such as capacity mechanisms, as sufficient capacity is increasingly becoming a problem, as the price of carbon and thermal increases into the future.

    Action: BEC has written a submission generally supporting the Authority's findings -- that higher prices were caused by underlying supply and demand conditions, not competition. We supported the vast majority of the Authority's recommendations which included actions to invite other Ministries to act on policy uncertainty, capital investment
    Outcome: The Authority concluded that sustained higher prices over the observation period, between 2018 to 2021, was likely explained by underlying supply and demand conditions. The Authority concluded that there was insufficient evidence to justify significant intervention and structural change. The Authority believed substantial changes would create uncertainty , and most likely lead to lower levels of generation and thus higher prices. BEC supported the EA's conclusions. However, BEC acknowledges the significant higher prices paid by users in the last three years. This is a large risk for New Zealand's competitiveness. We are also open to investigating additional market structures, such as capacity mechanisms, as sufficient capacity is increasingly becoming a problem, as the price of carbon and thermal increases into the future.
  • Inefficient Price Discrimination in very large contracts | October 31, 2022
    Energy

    Inefficient Price Discrimination in very large contracts

    October 31, 2022

    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2022-10-31

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: In August 2021, the Electricity Authority (EA), in conjunction with their review into the wholesale market, released a paper on the possibility of Inefficient Price Discrimination within very large contracts of electricity, in particular, contracts with 150MW>. The EA believed contracts like Tiwai resulted in higher bills for consumers. BEC submitted that there remains insufficient evidence to prove this claim. The EA announced intervention in August this year, with a proposal to amend the code.

    Action: BEC responded to this proposed code amendment in opposition for four reasons. Firstly, it would likely create uncertainty and regulatory risk, hurting investor sentiment in New Zealand (an extra barrier to investment in matters like hydrogen) . Secondly, the proposal was overly and unnecessarily intrusive, especially clause 13.271, which allows the EA to request ANY information. Thirdly, the proposal limits contractural freedom. Lastly, there remains insufficient evidence to prove generators sell below cost.

    Outcome: Awaiting the Authority's decision

    Document Link

    Action: BEC responded to this proposed code amendment in opposition for four reasons. Firstly, it would likely create uncertainty and regulatory risk, hurting investor sentiment in New Zealand (an extra barrier to investment in matters like hydrogen) . Secondly, the proposal was overly and unnecessarily intrusive, especially clause 13.271, which allows the EA to request ANY information. Thirdly, the proposal limits contractural freedom. Lastly, there remains insufficient evidence to prove generators sell below cost.
    Outcome: Awaiting the Authority's decision
  • Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply | March 16, 2022
    Energy

    Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply

    March 16, 2022

    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2022-03-16

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity

    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.

  • Crown Minerals Amendment Bill | January 23, 2023
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Crown Minerals Amendment Bill

    January 23, 2023

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

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

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2023-01-23

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Issue for Business: The amendment to the Bill introduces and amends several changes. Firstly, the Bill introduces statutory requirements for the mineral extracting sector to engage with iwi and hapu. BEC supports the underlying premise and intent of the amendment. However, BEC questions the policy problem, considering the industry largely has a good working relationship with iwi and hapu already. The statutory requirement runs the risk of creating a tick-box exercise, with the industry complying with the minimum. Secondly, the Bill amends the wording 'promote' the prospecting and extraction of crown owned minerals with ''manage.'' The amendment also changes ''promote permitting'' with 'offer permits from time to time.' BEC notes that these last two amendments seem minor and relatively insignificant. However, they both send a clear anti-mining signal, and is likely to deteriorate investor sentiment towards New Zealand's minerals sector. Throughout the submission, BEC reiterates the ongoing importance of adequate critical minerals supply throughout the energy transition. BEC believes the changed wording should not proceed.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill remains in select committee.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill remains in select committee.
  • Proposed Changes to the Wetland Regulations | July 8, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Proposed Changes to the Wetland Regulations

    July 8, 2022

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

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-07-08

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Issue for Business: Government is revising the wetland regulations given the potential unintended consequences of the initial regulations

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission generally supporting the proposed changes but suggesting further changes to ensure the regulations do not hinder economic development.

    Outcome: Awaiting introduction of final regulations

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission generally supporting the proposed changes but suggesting further changes to ensure the regulations do not hinder economic development.
    Outcome: Awaiting introduction of final regulations
  • Transforming Recycling Consultation Document | May 17, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Transforming Recycling Consultation Document

    May 17, 2022

    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

    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

    Document Link

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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  • Three Year Review of the CPTPP – Inclusive Trade Action Group | September 30, 2022
    Export & Trade

    Three Year Review of the CPTPP – Inclusive Trade Action Group

    September 30, 2022

    Submitting To: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-09-30

    Category: Export & Trade

    Issue for Business: At the time of signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), New Zealand, together with Canada and Chile, signed the Joint Declaration on Fostering Progressive and Inclusive Trade (attached). The Joint Declaration founded the Inclusive Trade Action Group and, amongst other provisions, committed New Zealand to reviewing the effectiveness of the CPTPP three years after entry into force. MFAT asked for input into this review process.

    Action: ExportNZ wrote a letter to MFAT with our feedback on the impact of the CPTPP on inclusive trade.

    Outcome: MFAT will finalise their review in October 2022.

    Action: ExportNZ wrote a letter to MFAT with our feedback on the impact of the CPTPP on inclusive trade.
    Outcome: MFAT will finalise their review in October 2022.
  • Modernising Our Export Assurances Systems: Legislative Options | September 29, 2022
    Export & Trade

    Modernising Our Export Assurances Systems: Legislative Options

    September 29, 2022

    Submitting To: Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-09-29

    Category: Export & Trade

    Issue for Business: MPI requested feedback on legislative options for food and fibre exports to help them regulate in response to overseas market access requirements.

    Action: ExportNZ and the New Zealand International Business Forum wrote in support of Legislative Option One which would allow for for the legislation for new export requirements to be put in place for food and fibre exports that are outside the scope of the Animal Products Act and Wine Act.

    Outcome: Awaiting the next stage of the process, expect MPI to have selected an option and will consult again.

    Action: ExportNZ and the New Zealand International Business Forum wrote in support of Legislative Option One which would allow for for the legislation for new export requirements to be put in place for food and fibre exports that are outside the scope of the Animal Products Act and Wine Act.
    Outcome: Awaiting the next stage of the process, expect MPI to have selected an option and will consult again.
  • ExportNZ Letter of Support for the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill | August 21, 2022
    Export & Trade

    ExportNZ Letter of Support for the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill

    August 21, 2022

    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: 2022-08-21

    Category: Export & Trade

    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 wrote, for the second time, to the FADT Select Committee in support of the passing of the UK Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill and the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.

    Outcome: Awaiting next Reading in the House

    Action: ExportNZ wrote, for the second time, to the FADT Select Committee in support of the passing of the UK Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill and the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.
    Outcome: Awaiting next Reading in the House
  • New Zealand’s Participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity | June 20, 2022
    Export & Trade

    New Zealand’s Participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity

    June 20, 2022

    Submitting To: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-06-20

    Category: Export & Trade

    Issue for Business: MFAT have asked for submissions on New Zealand's participation in the US-initiative "Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity". The Framework is designed to re-engage the US in the Indo-Pacific through four pillars: Fair & Resilient Trade; Supply Chain Resilience; Infrastructure, Clean Energy, & Decarbonisation; and Tax & Anti-Corruption.

    Action: ExportNZ believes there are significant opportunities and positive outcomes for New Zealand should it be involved in the Framework and we, therefore, lend our initial support to New Zealand’s participation in IPEF. In particular, ExportNZ supports New Zealand’s participation in three of the four pillars: Fair & Resilient Trade; Supply Chain Resilience; and Infrastructure, Clean Energy, & Decarbonisation.

    Outcome: Awaiting Decision from MFAT on NZ Participation.

    Action: ExportNZ believes there are significant opportunities and positive outcomes for New Zealand should it be involved in the Framework and we, therefore, lend our initial support to New Zealand’s participation in IPEF. In particular, ExportNZ supports New Zealand’s participation in three of the four pillars: Fair & Resilient Trade; Supply Chain Resilience; and Infrastructure, Clean Energy, & Decarbonisation.
    Outcome: Awaiting Decision from MFAT on NZ Participation.
  • 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

    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

    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
  • Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey | April 27, 2021
    Health, Safety & Wellbeing

    Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey

    April 27, 2021

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Health, Safety & Wellbeing

    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.

    Document Link

    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.
  • The future of workforce supply | February 9, 2023
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    The future of workforce supply

    February 9, 2023

    Submitting To: BusinessNZ
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: BusinessNZ

    Author: BusinessNZ

    Date: 2023-02-09

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    Issue for Business: Business New Zealand asked Sense Partners to summarise the current state and outlook for New Zealand’s pipeline of talent, related issues, and opportunities. We found that labour shortages have intensified over time and will intensify further with an ageing population. The issue is global and hence the competition for talent will also be global. While we have used immigration as an important source of labour in the past, we will need to be more consistent and deliberate on our immigration policy in the face of global demand for talent.

    Document Link

  • Reform of Vocational education. | April 27, 2021
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    Reform of Vocational education.

    April 27, 2021

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    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

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Issue for Business:

    Author: John Carnegie

    Date: 2019-03-22

    Category: Resource

    Tags: resources

    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

  • Review into the Future for Local Government | February 24, 2023
    Economy

    Review into the Future for Local Government

    February 24, 2023

    Submitting To: Local Government Review
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Local Government Review

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2023-02-24

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: The Review is looking at the future for local government, including roles and responsibilites, and future funding arrangements.

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission saying that many improvements are needed to the way local government operates, including more cost-benefit transparency in decision-making, better analysis of the impact on businesses of local government regulation, and more focus on the 'beneficiary pays' approach to determining payment for local government services. Amore realistic approach to local government revenue streams is needed.

    Outcome: The Review Team is currently analysing submissions and will be reporting back to the Minister for local government later this year. Given time constraints, it will be most unlikely that any changes as a result of the review will be made this side of the general election.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission saying that many improvements are needed to the way local government operates, including more cost-benefit transparency in decision-making, better analysis of the impact on businesses of local government regulation, and more focus on the 'beneficiary pays' approach to determining payment for local government services. Amore realistic approach to local government revenue streams is needed.
    Outcome: The Review Team is currently analysing submissions and will be reporting back to the Minister for local government later this year. Given time constraints, it will be most unlikely that any changes as a result of the review will be made this side of the general election.
  • Second Public Consultation on the five-year review of the Remit that guides monetary policy decisions | January 27, 2023
    Economy

    Second Public Consultation on the five-year review of the Remit that guides monetary policy decisions

    January 27, 2023

    Submitting To: Reserve Bank of New Zealand
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Reserve Bank of New Zealand

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2023-01-27

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: The purpose is to get feedback on the Remit that guides decision-making by the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on monetary policy and Official Cash Rate (OCR) Adjustments.

    Action: BusinessNZ's submission broadly supports the policy discussions on issues outlined within the Consultation Paper, including the Reserve Bank's recognition of the need to avoid having too many objectives for monetary policy and hence the decision to deem distributional and climate change issues as being 'out of scope'.

    Outcome: The Reserve Bank will use feedback to inform their advice to the Minister of Finance on whether the Remit should be replaced or amended.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ's submission broadly supports the policy discussions on issues outlined within the Consultation Paper, including the Reserve Bank's recognition of the need to avoid having too many objectives for monetary policy and hence the decision to deem distributional and climate change issues as being 'out of scope'.
    Outcome: The Reserve Bank will use feedback to inform their advice to the Minister of Finance on whether the Remit should be replaced or amended.
  • Taxation (Annual Rates for 2022-23, Platform Economy and Remedial Matters) Bill | October 31, 2022
    Economy

    Taxation (Annual Rates for 2022-23, Platform Economy and Remedial Matters) Bill

    October 31, 2022

    Submitting To: Finance and Expenditure Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Finance and Expenditure Select Committee

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2022-10-31

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: While the Bill covers various tax issues, BusinessNZ has concentrated its discussion in relation to both information reporting and GST for the platform economy, as well as Fringe Benefit Tax changes for certain public transport fares subsidised by an employer.

    Action: Submission sent to Select Committee.

    Outcome: Awaiting Select Committee report.

    Action: Submission sent to Select Committee.
    Outcome: Awaiting Select Committee report.
  • Targeted Consultation for FENZ Levy Exemptions | September 1, 2022
    Economy

    Targeted Consultation for FENZ Levy Exemptions

    September 1, 2022

    Submitting To: Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Department of Internal Affairs (DIA)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-09-01

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: DIA are currently undertaking targeted consultation on types of property that should/could be exempt from paying Fire and Emergency NZ (FENZ) levies under contracts for fire insurance.

    Action: BusinessNZ has submitted to DIA stating that while attempts to exempt some property types from paying a levy to fund FENZ is probably justified, continuing to charge levies based on fire insurance contracts is fundamentally flawed. There are many property owners and others who use the services of the FENZ but pay nothing towards FENZ costs, including Government who often self-insure against fire damage to property. BusinessNZ also considers that the Government should also contribute far more for public good activities, such as flood clean-ups.

    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions after submissions have been analysed by DIA and recommendations made.

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    Action: BusinessNZ has submitted to DIA stating that while attempts to exempt some property types from paying a levy to fund FENZ is probably justified, continuing to charge levies based on fire insurance contracts is fundamentally flawed. There are many property owners and others who use the services of the FENZ but pay nothing towards FENZ costs, including Government who often self-insure against fire damage to property. BusinessNZ also considers that the Government should also contribute far more for public good activities, such as flood clean-ups.
    Outcome: Awaiting Govt decisions after submissions have been analysed by DIA and recommendations made.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan | July 22, 2022
    Economy

    Advanced Manufacturing Industry Transformation Plan

    July 22, 2022

    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: 2022-07-22

    Category: Economy

    Issue for Business: MBIE has consulted with the public on a plan of suggested work to accelerate the growth and transformation of the advanced manufacturing sector in New Zealand.

    Action: BusinessNZ wrote in support of the goals outlined in the ITP and commented specifically on the chapters on; making the RSI system work for advanced manufacturing, attracting and developing a skilled workforce, and enhancing global connectivity and opportunities.

    Outcome: Awaiting the final draft of the ITP.

    Document Link

    Action: BusinessNZ wrote in support of the goals outlined in the ITP and commented specifically on the chapters on; making the RSI system work for advanced manufacturing, attracting and developing a skilled workforce, and enhancing global connectivity and opportunities.
    Outcome: Awaiting the final draft of the ITP.
  • Consultation on ACC’s Accredited Employers’ Programme | November 6, 2022
    Employment Relations

    Consultation on ACC’s Accredited Employers’ Programme

    November 6, 2022

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

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

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2022-11-06

    Category: Employment Relations

    Issue for Business: ACC is recommending changes to the Accredited Employers Programme which allows large employers to cover their employees’ claims for work injuries in return for a reduction in their ACC employer levies. BusinessNZ's submission to MBIE responds to the proposed changes.

    Document Link

  • Pay equity | April 27, 2021
    Employment Relations

    Pay equity

    April 27, 2021

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    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

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    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

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Paul Mackay

    Date: 2021-01-27

    Category: Employment Relations

    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.
  • Fuel Industry Amendment Bill | January 23, 2023
    Energy

    Fuel Industry Amendment Bill

    January 23, 2023

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

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

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2023-01-23

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: The Bill is amended in two consequential ways. First, it gives the Commerce Commission the power to investigate competition within New Zealand's fuel industry, and subsequently recommend introducing price regulations. Second, it gives the Minister the ability to impose price regulations, that could be the same as, or different to, the Commission's recommendations. BEC is strongly opposed to the amendment to Bill. To start with, BEC believes that there is inadequate evidence to demonstrate uncompetitive behavior on behalf of fuel suppliers. The amendment gives the power of price controls. BEC is opposed to implementing price controls. BEC's submission outlines the vast negative and unintended consequences that often arise from price controls. The Bill lacks any cost and benefit analysis, including no terms of reference. BEC is concerned that the price of fuel risks being set by political pressures, rather than more efficient market forces. The Bill will likely worsen competition, as artificially lower prices do not send a signal to potential competitors to enter the market. Price ceilings increase demand, and in this case is contradictory to New Zealand's aspirations of reducing fuel consumption, and meeting the climate target of net-zero by 2050.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill still sits in the Select Committee.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill still sits in the Select Committee.
  • Sustainable Biofuel Obligation Bill | January 11, 2023
    Energy

    Sustainable Biofuel Obligation Bill

    January 11, 2023

    Submitting To: Environment Select Committee
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Environment Select Committee

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2023-01-11

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: The Sustainable Biofuel Obligation proposed that fuel suppliers had to reduce their emissions by at least 1.2% in 2023, and increase their reductions out to 2030, by using blended biofuels. In BEC's original submission in July 2022, BEC outlined that the obligation's start date April 1 2023, provided insufficient time for suppliers to build the necessary infrastructure and inform consumers on the safety of biofuels. We recommended at least a two year delay, or a reduced target in the initial years.

    Outcome: Following BEC's July 2022 submission, the Government extended the timeline for the biofuels implementation by one year. The new starting date will be April 1 2024. However, the reductions target for year one would increase from 1.2% to 2.4%. This places significant strain on the industry to source limited global supply. The proposal has been introduced in parliament. BEC's submission reiterates the tradeoff between implementing this obligation and price. Among many other factors mentioned in this submission, BEC states the lack of clarity given about the exact sustainable nature of international supply. Land use change and feedstock uncertainty must be addressed.

    Outcome: Following BEC's July 2022 submission, the Government extended the timeline for the biofuels implementation by one year. The new starting date will be April 1 2024. However, the reductions target for year one would increase from 1.2% to 2.4%. This places significant strain on the industry to source limited global supply. The proposal has been introduced in parliament. BEC's submission reiterates the tradeoff between implementing this obligation and price. Among many other factors mentioned in this submission, BEC states the lack of clarity given about the exact sustainable nature of international supply. Land use change and feedstock uncertainty must be addressed.
  • Promoting competition in the wholesale electricity market in the transition toward 100% renewable electricity | December 14, 2022
    Energy

    Promoting competition in the wholesale electricity market in the transition toward 100% renewable electricity

    December 14, 2022

    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2022-12-14

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: The Electricity Authority (EA) decided to investigate competition in New Zealand's wholesale electricity market after sustained high prices since 2018. The EA launched this investigation in 2020. The Authority wanted to know if there was a problem with competition in the wholesale market, and if there was a problem, they wanted to know what extent does anti-competitive behavior led to insufficient generation and high prices.

    Action: BEC has written a submission generally supporting the Authority's findings -- that higher prices were caused by underlying supply and demand conditions, not competition. We supported the vast majority of the Authority's recommendations which included actions to invite other Ministries to act on policy uncertainty, capital investment

    Outcome: The Authority concluded that sustained higher prices over the observation period, between 2018 to 2021, was likely explained by underlying supply and demand conditions. The Authority concluded that there was insufficient evidence to justify significant intervention and structural change. The Authority believed substantial changes would create uncertainty , and most likely lead to lower levels of generation and thus higher prices. BEC supported the EA's conclusions. However, BEC acknowledges the significant higher prices paid by users in the last three years. This is a large risk for New Zealand's competitiveness. We are also open to investigating additional market structures, such as capacity mechanisms, as sufficient capacity is increasingly becoming a problem, as the price of carbon and thermal increases into the future.

    Action: BEC has written a submission generally supporting the Authority's findings -- that higher prices were caused by underlying supply and demand conditions, not competition. We supported the vast majority of the Authority's recommendations which included actions to invite other Ministries to act on policy uncertainty, capital investment
    Outcome: The Authority concluded that sustained higher prices over the observation period, between 2018 to 2021, was likely explained by underlying supply and demand conditions. The Authority concluded that there was insufficient evidence to justify significant intervention and structural change. The Authority believed substantial changes would create uncertainty , and most likely lead to lower levels of generation and thus higher prices. BEC supported the EA's conclusions. However, BEC acknowledges the significant higher prices paid by users in the last three years. This is a large risk for New Zealand's competitiveness. We are also open to investigating additional market structures, such as capacity mechanisms, as sufficient capacity is increasingly becoming a problem, as the price of carbon and thermal increases into the future.
  • Inefficient Price Discrimination in very large contracts | October 31, 2022
    Energy

    Inefficient Price Discrimination in very large contracts

    October 31, 2022

    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2022-10-31

    Category: Energy

    Issue for Business: In August 2021, the Electricity Authority (EA), in conjunction with their review into the wholesale market, released a paper on the possibility of Inefficient Price Discrimination within very large contracts of electricity, in particular, contracts with 150MW>. The EA believed contracts like Tiwai resulted in higher bills for consumers. BEC submitted that there remains insufficient evidence to prove this claim. The EA announced intervention in August this year, with a proposal to amend the code.

    Action: BEC responded to this proposed code amendment in opposition for four reasons. Firstly, it would likely create uncertainty and regulatory risk, hurting investor sentiment in New Zealand (an extra barrier to investment in matters like hydrogen) . Secondly, the proposal was overly and unnecessarily intrusive, especially clause 13.271, which allows the EA to request ANY information. Thirdly, the proposal limits contractural freedom. Lastly, there remains insufficient evidence to prove generators sell below cost.

    Outcome: Awaiting the Authority's decision

    Document Link

    Action: BEC responded to this proposed code amendment in opposition for four reasons. Firstly, it would likely create uncertainty and regulatory risk, hurting investor sentiment in New Zealand (an extra barrier to investment in matters like hydrogen) . Secondly, the proposal was overly and unnecessarily intrusive, especially clause 13.271, which allows the EA to request ANY information. Thirdly, the proposal limits contractural freedom. Lastly, there remains insufficient evidence to prove generators sell below cost.
    Outcome: Awaiting the Authority's decision
  • Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply | March 16, 2022
    Energy

    Price discovery under 100% renewable electricity supply

    March 16, 2022

    Submitting To: Electricity Authority
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Electricity Authority

    Author: Emily Calvert

    Date: 2022-03-16

    Category: Energy

    Tags: Electricity

    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.

  • Crown Minerals Amendment Bill | January 23, 2023
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Crown Minerals Amendment Bill

    January 23, 2023

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

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

    Author: Levi Gibbs

    Date: 2023-01-23

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Issue for Business: The amendment to the Bill introduces and amends several changes. Firstly, the Bill introduces statutory requirements for the mineral extracting sector to engage with iwi and hapu. BEC supports the underlying premise and intent of the amendment. However, BEC questions the policy problem, considering the industry largely has a good working relationship with iwi and hapu already. The statutory requirement runs the risk of creating a tick-box exercise, with the industry complying with the minimum. Secondly, the Bill amends the wording 'promote' the prospecting and extraction of crown owned minerals with ''manage.'' The amendment also changes ''promote permitting'' with 'offer permits from time to time.' BEC notes that these last two amendments seem minor and relatively insignificant. However, they both send a clear anti-mining signal, and is likely to deteriorate investor sentiment towards New Zealand's minerals sector. Throughout the submission, BEC reiterates the ongoing importance of adequate critical minerals supply throughout the energy transition. BEC believes the changed wording should not proceed.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill remains in select committee.

    Outcome: Ongoing. The Bill remains in select committee.
  • Proposed Changes to the Wetland Regulations | July 8, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Proposed Changes to the Wetland Regulations

    July 8, 2022

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

    Submitting to: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

    Author: John Pask

    Date: 2022-07-08

    Category: Environment & Infrastructure

    Issue for Business: Government is revising the wetland regulations given the potential unintended consequences of the initial regulations

    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission generally supporting the proposed changes but suggesting further changes to ensure the regulations do not hinder economic development.

    Outcome: Awaiting introduction of final regulations

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    Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission generally supporting the proposed changes but suggesting further changes to ensure the regulations do not hinder economic development.
    Outcome: Awaiting introduction of final regulations
  • Transforming Recycling Consultation Document | May 17, 2022
    Environment & Infrastructure

    Transforming Recycling Consultation Document

    May 17, 2022

    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

    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

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    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

    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

    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

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    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

    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

    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.

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  • Three Year Review of the CPTPP – Inclusive Trade Action Group | September 30, 2022
    Export & Trade

    Three Year Review of the CPTPP – Inclusive Trade Action Group

    September 30, 2022

    Submitting To: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-09-30

    Category: Export & Trade

    Issue for Business: At the time of signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), New Zealand, together with Canada and Chile, signed the Joint Declaration on Fostering Progressive and Inclusive Trade (attached). The Joint Declaration founded the Inclusive Trade Action Group and, amongst other provisions, committed New Zealand to reviewing the effectiveness of the CPTPP three years after entry into force. MFAT asked for input into this review process.

    Action: ExportNZ wrote a letter to MFAT with our feedback on the impact of the CPTPP on inclusive trade.

    Outcome: MFAT will finalise their review in October 2022.

    Action: ExportNZ wrote a letter to MFAT with our feedback on the impact of the CPTPP on inclusive trade.
    Outcome: MFAT will finalise their review in October 2022.
  • Modernising Our Export Assurances Systems: Legislative Options | September 29, 2022
    Export & Trade

    Modernising Our Export Assurances Systems: Legislative Options

    September 29, 2022

    Submitting To: Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-09-29

    Category: Export & Trade

    Issue for Business: MPI requested feedback on legislative options for food and fibre exports to help them regulate in response to overseas market access requirements.

    Action: ExportNZ and the New Zealand International Business Forum wrote in support of Legislative Option One which would allow for for the legislation for new export requirements to be put in place for food and fibre exports that are outside the scope of the Animal Products Act and Wine Act.

    Outcome: Awaiting the next stage of the process, expect MPI to have selected an option and will consult again.

    Action: ExportNZ and the New Zealand International Business Forum wrote in support of Legislative Option One which would allow for for the legislation for new export requirements to be put in place for food and fibre exports that are outside the scope of the Animal Products Act and Wine Act.
    Outcome: Awaiting the next stage of the process, expect MPI to have selected an option and will consult again.
  • ExportNZ Letter of Support for the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill | August 21, 2022
    Export & Trade

    ExportNZ Letter of Support for the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill

    August 21, 2022

    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: 2022-08-21

    Category: Export & Trade

    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 wrote, for the second time, to the FADT Select Committee in support of the passing of the UK Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill and the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.

    Outcome: Awaiting next Reading in the House

    Action: ExportNZ wrote, for the second time, to the FADT Select Committee in support of the passing of the UK Free Trade Agreement Legislation Bill and the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.
    Outcome: Awaiting next Reading in the House
  • New Zealand’s Participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity | June 20, 2022
    Export & Trade

    New Zealand’s Participation in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity

    June 20, 2022

    Submitting To: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFaT)

    Author: Joshua Tan

    Date: 2022-06-20

    Category: Export & Trade

    Issue for Business: MFAT have asked for submissions on New Zealand's participation in the US-initiative "Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity". The Framework is designed to re-engage the US in the Indo-Pacific through four pillars: Fair & Resilient Trade; Supply Chain Resilience; Infrastructure, Clean Energy, & Decarbonisation; and Tax & Anti-Corruption.

    Action: ExportNZ believes there are significant opportunities and positive outcomes for New Zealand should it be involved in the Framework and we, therefore, lend our initial support to New Zealand’s participation in IPEF. In particular, ExportNZ supports New Zealand’s participation in three of the four pillars: Fair & Resilient Trade; Supply Chain Resilience; and Infrastructure, Clean Energy, & Decarbonisation.

    Outcome: Awaiting Decision from MFAT on NZ Participation.

    Action: ExportNZ believes there are significant opportunities and positive outcomes for New Zealand should it be involved in the Framework and we, therefore, lend our initial support to New Zealand’s participation in IPEF. In particular, ExportNZ supports New Zealand’s participation in three of the four pillars: Fair & Resilient Trade; Supply Chain Resilience; and Infrastructure, Clean Energy, & Decarbonisation.
    Outcome: Awaiting Decision from MFAT on NZ Participation.
  • 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

    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

    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

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    Action: ExportNZ believes the UK-NZ FTA achieves these aims and we support the ratification of the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement.
    Outcome: Ongoing
  • Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey | April 27, 2021
    Health, Safety & Wellbeing

    Southern Cross BusinessNZ 2021 Workplace Wellness Survey

    April 27, 2021

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Stephen Summers

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Health, Safety & Wellbeing

    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.

    Document Link

    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.
  • The future of workforce supply | February 9, 2023
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    The future of workforce supply

    February 9, 2023

    Submitting To: BusinessNZ
    Issue for Business:

    Submitting to: BusinessNZ

    Author: BusinessNZ

    Date: 2023-02-09

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    Issue for Business: Business New Zealand asked Sense Partners to summarise the current state and outlook for New Zealand’s pipeline of talent, related issues, and opportunities. We found that labour shortages have intensified over time and will intensify further with an ageing population. The issue is global and hence the competition for talent will also be global. While we have used immigration as an important source of labour in the past, we will need to be more consistent and deliberate on our immigration policy in the face of global demand for talent.

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  • Reform of Vocational education. | April 27, 2021
    Immigration, Education, Skills & Training

    Reform of Vocational education.

    April 27, 2021

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    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

    Issue for Business:

    Author: Rachel Simpson

    Date: 2021-04-27

    Category: Immigration, Education, Skills and Training

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

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  • Electricity Pricing Review | March 22, 2019
    Resource

    Electricity Pricing Review

    March 22, 2019

    Issue for Business:

    Author: John Carnegie

    Date: 2019-03-22

    Category: Resource

    Tags: resources

    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.

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