CEO comment March 2019

20 March 2019

Virginia webThe tragic events in Christchurch a few days ago have shown us all that we are not immune to such unforeseen events. Our condolences go out to those who are affected by these abhorrent acts, and in particular our Muslim community.

We want to pass onto you a range of community support services and resources that are available to you and your business at any time in the event of unforeseen tragedy.  If you have further information that other members would find useful, we would be keen to hear from you.  And if you need more advice and support, please call us on 0508 656 757.

We have our health and safety forum in Dunedin and Invercargill on 9 and 10 May 2019, and you can find out more about that here.

Kirk Hope from BusinessNZ talks about the MBIE employer survey on hiring practices and workplace management in businesses across NZ.

Recently Rachel Simpson, the Manager – Education, Skills and Immigration at BusinessNZ, came and talked to our members in Dunedin, Invercargill and Queenstown about the proposed changes to employer-assisted work visas and regional workforce planning.  We also completed a submission on this to represent the voice of southern businesses around the table.

We are also preparing a submission on the Government’s vocational education review.  This intends to create a centralised NZ Institute of Skills and Technology by merging all Institutions of Technology and Polytechnics – including the Otago Polytechnic and SIT – into a single organisation.  Plans also include replacing Industry Training Organisations.  You can read our opinion piece about this here.

Take care,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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