CEO comment 22 September 2020

22 September 2020

Virginia webWe have released our Otago and Southland General Election Manifesto on what we would like to see from the new Government and you can read more here.  This also provides insights from the June 2020 Deloitte – Chapman Tripp – BusinessNZ Election Survey.  Thankyou to everyone who filled in this survey.  You can read more in the ODT on 15 September here.

We hosted the Prime Minister the Hon Jacinda Ardern in Dunedin on 14 September, and you can watch the presentation on our Youtube page here.

The Labour Party has just released their workplace relations policy.  They want to increase sick leave for workers, increase wages; legislate and implement fair pay agreements; and change employment legislation.

Overall we would urge the Labour Party to consider delaying imposing extra costs of employers, focusing instead in helping them remain viable and capable of retaining their employees.  You can read more from Andrew Little here.  You can also read my comments in the ODT on 21 September here.

The Labour Party announced that it would make Matariki a public holiday.  Covid-19 has had a significant impact on business and adding an extra public holiday from 2022, still creates more costs that businesses will struggle to support.  A Matariki public holiday has important cultural significance and businesses would support exchanging this with one of our existing public holidays.

Cabinet has decided to change to alert level 1 in our region from midnight on 21 September.  Auckland will move to alert level 2 from midnight on Wednesday, 23 September.  Government has reinforced that we still need to be ready in case the virus reappears in our community.  You can read more about alert level 1 here.

Grant Walker from BusinessNZ talks to Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce CEO Leeann Watson about how businesses in the South are holding up, new policies from National and Labour, and the latest on the border.  The recording is available here.

We have just held our first Special General Meeting (SGM), on merging with the Otago Chamber of Commerce, and at this meeting members have unanimously voted to merge.  We now need to hold a second SGM, and we are going to do this on Wednesday, 21 October along with our AGM in Dunedin.  You can find out more here and click here to register now.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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