Monday, 23rd May, 2022

Dear Member

As I write this our first direct flight from Australia in quite a while is winging it's way here.  It's behind schedule but at this stage it's better late than never I would say.

It's going to be a very interesting time to hear how confident you are feeling about your business, our district and our country. Over the weekend our friends across the ditch gave their government a very clear message that they wanted a change. Last week's budget felt a lot like our government is beginning to hear the same messages. The $100m small business growth funding and funding towards ITPs will be welcomed. As no doubt will be the Tourism Innovation Fund and other tourism initiatives announced subsequently. But are you feeling like there is a coherent plan to take us forward?  You can find a summary of the 2022 Budget and it's major components here.

This morning several members joined us for breakfast with our local MP Joseph Mooney. Joseph is a good man who is well connected to the challenges of our district, but the test for his party from here is how good is the alternate picture they can paint.  At the very least, funding for life saving drugs so that all New Zealanders can access what our Aussie friends can has to be part of the future picture.  Irrespective of who is in government.

If you'd like to hear directly from our Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson, please join us on Tuesday, 5 July for Lunches of Influence

The Minister will provide an overview of the New Zealand Government's 2022 Budget including providing insights into the current state of the New Zealand economy and what he sees as the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Our business confidence surveys over the past year and a half have been critical information that we use to make the case with Government for investment in our part of Aotearoa. This will continue to be the case and I encourage you to make the time to fill it in.

Along with QLDC, Ignite Wanaka, The Lakes Weekly and, we are encouraging local businesses to participate in the May quarterly Business Confidence Survey for 2022. 

The more data collected enables trends to be tracked and eventually we will be able to make decisions on what is to come based on the data collected over time. Please take the survey today as your input is vital and the more companies that take the survey the more robust the data will be.

We encourage one response per business and suggest business owners or senior managers complete the survey on behalf of the business.

We know your time is valuable and in recognition of this, on completing this survey you can enter the draw to win a $500 Mediaworks voucher and a bottle of Peregrine wine. 

The survey is open from Monday, 23 May for all businesses in the Southern Lakes region and closes at 5pm on Wednesday, 1 June.

Complete the Business Confidence Survey Q2.

I also can't stress enough if you are not yet familiar with what Fair Pay Agreements (FPAs) would mean for you and your business, please become informed.  One way you can do that is to attend our free Anderson Lloyd Business Intelligence Series seminar, this Wednesday.  Submissions on this draft legislation closed last week, with Business New Zealand and a number of our companies submitting against the proposal.  However, as a core party promise, we would not be surprised to see a significant shift in this direction from the Labour Party.  

All the best to those navigating the opening of the Accredited Employers Visa Scheme today.  Please make sure you share your views on your challenges as part of the Business Confidence Survey.

Take care
Ruth Stokes
Chief Executive