Election 2014 - Party Policies - Business

Election 2014 - Party Policies - Business

Business

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  • Support sustainability in business practice, including by redesigning the business support programmes provided through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and NZ Trade & Enterprise mandating sustainability as a key goal and auditing existing assistance and training programmes for effectiveness and relevance.
  • Support and improve ways of communicating to the public on the value and importance of buying New Zealand made products.
  • Investigate tax breaks for spending on research and development that meet sustainability criteria in key target sectors.
  • Develop a Code of Corporate Responsibility for all corporations (foreign and domestic) operating in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Ensure appropriate funding/training subsidies for staff training focused on low-income workers and small businesses. (more here)

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  • We will support ethical business by placing value on longer-term business thinking including shareholders.
  • Increase volume of ‘better by design’ programmes (NZTE) available for iwi and Māori to access. (more here)

  • Continue and update our Business Growth Agenda.
  • Support business investment and jobs through ongoing reductions in red tape and keep business taxes below those of many of our business partners.
  • Reduce costs on businesses, including further reducing ACC levies. (more here)

  

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  • Conduct regular reviews of the Resource Management Act to ensure that it is working as well as possible with regard to improving certainty, shortening timelines and reducing user costs.
  • Improve transport infrastructure, giving priority to areas where ports, roading and rail investment constraints are holding back economic growth and development.
  • Support the retention of the Reserve Bank Act, the Fiscal Responsibility Act, the Public Finance Act in their current form.
  • Retain the Ministry of Economic Development, but re-focus key elements of their work away from 'picking winners' and towards removing impediments to business especially exporting.
  • Upgrade the BIZ website and hotline, so that businesses can make enquiries relating to any government department using a single point of contact, and have their queries answered by staff from these departments (e.g. Department of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety, IRD, ACC). (more here)

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