The last couple of weeks have heralded a number of Government announcements that for us have been a mixed bag. Great news on the additional financial support being offered, the devils are working through the detail at the moment.
I know immigration is a topic close to many people's hearts, but even more broadly than that the challenges of employing people are very very real. Appreciating it is cold comfort that the squeeze is being felt in all parts of New Zealand, it is acute for our hospitality, accommodation and activity sectors. We are working hard through the Chamber network and directly with Minister Nash on some simple visa changes we believe can make a relatively big impact. We are also working directly with senior Immigration NZ officials and we thank a number of our members who have supported us in providing us practical advice on the positions to take and I thank those who have also shared their stories with us. Hopefully we will have more [positive] things to say in this space soon.
A quick shout out for a couple of other Chamber initiatives and events that we would love your support for.
First, you may have seen our newsflash on Train, Retain and Regain. This just gets better for businesses, with MSD now offering the wage subsidy for two staff members for every one staff member you commit to one of the study programmes. See more details below. This is a fantastic initiative that we really need your support for so we can continue to access such opportunities in future. If you haven't already signed up, time is of the essence. Just click here.
Second, after a rush of enthusiasm for our first business confidence survey, and we know people are busy, but its really important for us to be able to capture as much information about what you are experiencing. The real value in these surveys will be in telling the story over time. If you haven't yet completed it, you have until 5pm Friday.
We have a few other new and exciting opportunities for you below so please read on.