News

It’s often said that knowledge is the key to success, and as part of our mission to help Canterbury enterprises achieve success we’re committed to keeping you informed and up to speed with the latest news, ideas, trends and innovations from around the world.

Keep calm and carry on - Nov PSI

19 December 2016

New Zealand’s services sector experienced a further pick-up in expansion during November, according to the BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI).

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Easing into Xmas - Nov PMI

15 December 2016

New Zealand's manufacturing sector experienced a slight softening of expansion during November, according to the BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) for November.

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An Accessible City Plan - Key Issues

7 December 2016

The Chamber held a special event with the business community in November 2016 to discuss key issues around the Christchurch City Council's 'An Accessible City Plan'. The event, which featured speakers from the Council, drew a crowd of over 80 members from the business community. Below is an outline of the issues raised at this event. The Chamber is committed to holding a follow up event in May 2017.

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Kiwi exporters signal a good year and confidence reigns for 2017

20 November 2016

The 2016 ExportNZ DHL Export Barometer released today shows Kiwi exporters are feeling confident and expecting orders to increase in the next twelve months, despite the uncertainties in the UK and US.

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Support package for quake-affected Kaikoura businesses

17 November 2016

The Government has announced a wage subsidy package as an initial step to help small businesses in and around Kaikoura. The package will assist those companies most seriously disrupted by this week's earthquakes to retain their staff while the district recovers.

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Onward and upwards - October PSI

14 November 2016

New Zealand’s services sector experienced a pick-up in expansion during October, according to the BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI).

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In the zone - October PMI

13 November 2016

New Zealand's manufacturing sector experienced almost identical levels of expansion as August, according to the BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI) for October.

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What Trump winning means for New Zealand exporters

9 November 2016

ExportNZ says Trump winning the US Presidential election signals a bumpy ride for currency markets and a lost opportunity to reduce trade barriers for New Zealand products if the TPPA gets knocked back.

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Electronic filing for compliance reduction

3 November 2016

BusinessNZ welcomes the work being done to enable businesses to move from paper to electronic filing of PAYE.

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Infrastructure pipeline needs to work for NZ

30 October 2016

BusinessNZ has welcomed the trans-Tasman infrastructure pipeline launched in Sydney last week, saying it will assist with attracting investors, suppliers and developers of infrastructure to Australia and New Zealand.

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Aust-NZ leadership advances vision for enhanced collaboration

30 October 2016

Collaboration on infrastructure, tourism, health technologies and innovation, along with addressing non tariff barriers for agri-business in third markets will be among the key drivers of the CER vision in coming years, say business leaders from Australia and New Zealand.

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Improved ACC governance - but risks remain

18 October 2016

The latest consultation on the level of ACC levies demonstrates the improved governance of the ACC scheme, says BusinessNZ.

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Softening in September - PSI

16 October 2016

New Zealand’s services sector experienced a softening in expansion across all main indicators, according to the BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI).

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Blooming good - Sep PMI

16 October 2016

Activity in New Zealand's manufacturing sector picked up in September, according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

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Early ratification helpful for NZ business

10 October 2016

The Government’s early ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change places New Zealand in a good negotiating position for future UN decision making, says BusinessNZ.

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Migration rules a sign of progress

10 October 2016

Changes to Immigration NZ’s the permanent residence rules will help prioritise more highly skilled immigrants, says BusinessNZ.

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Energy targets signal a fundamental shift

19 September 2016

New Zealand is on the brink of a fundamental shift in how we produce and use energy as the Government looks to set energy targets to shift the economy, says the BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC).

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Steady state - August PMI

14 September 2016

The seasonally adjusted PMI for August was 55.1 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).

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Now Hiring - July PMI

23 August 2016

The seasonally adjusted PMI for July was 55.8 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining).

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Unworkable, Onerous and Misplaced law change could affect you!

17 August 2016

Your ability to negotiate and determine your own contract rates could be compromised by the  Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill as early as next week if passed by Parliament.

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Stop the Contractor Bill

16 August 2016

The Contractor Bill - the Minimum Wage (Contractor Remuneration) Amendment Bill - could be passed in Parliament shortly. It is trying to ensure that all contractors receive an equivalent of the Minimum Wage and it’s based on a confusion about how contracts work.

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Consistent Service - June PSI

26 July 2016

New Zealand’s services sector showed consistent levels of expansion during June, according to the BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI).

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Stretching out - June PMI

26 July 2016

New Zealand's manufacturing sector stretched further upwards in terms of activity levels, according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

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The economy - confronting risks

23 June 2016

New Zealand’s growth outlook is positive but there are risks, according to the BusinessNZ Planning Forecast.

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New Zealand's energy system ranked third most secure in the world

19 June 2016

New Zealand has been ranked third for energy security amongst the top 25 energy users in the world.

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National Survey of Employers 2014/15

15 June 2016

MBIE recently released their findings from their National Survey of Employers 2014/15 which we recommend reading (even just the executive summary if you’re short on time).

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Budget 2016

26 May 2016

The 2016 budget reinforces business as usual and offers no surprises. It is about building on a strong economy, giving the Government the opportunity to generate surplus's and the wriggle room to reduce debt.
 
There are no significant steps to accelerate or support business growth, most likely because the Government sees business doing OK in the context of the current settings.
 
It is encouraging to see an emphasis on Innovation, Science and Technology - all of which is fundamental to our future prosperity.
 
The simplification of tax treatment for SME's (announced before the budget) is welcomed, as is the ongoing support for roading and rail infrastructure. From a Christchurch rebuild perspective, it is about getting on with it.

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On the Up - PMI April

12 May 2016

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On the Up

New Zealand's manufacturing sector experienced a lift in expansion for April, according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

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RMA changes may not fix deeper problems

6 May 2016

Changes proposed for the Resource Management Act are positive but may not address the RMA’s deeper problems, says BusinessNZ in its submission on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

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The economy – mostly sunny despite cloudy periods

31 March 2016

The economic outlook for New Zealand is stronger than for many other countries, according to the BusinessNZ Planning Forecast.

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Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce welcomes review of Holidays Act

9 March 2016

The present issues being experienced by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and other government agencies comes as little surprise to the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce, who welcome a review of the Holidays Act.

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New crown company incorporated

18 February 2016

Hon Gerry Brownlee
Minister for Canterbury Earthquake Recovery
17 February 2016

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Business supports TPP

2 February 2016

Business and export groups have written to the Prime Minister in support of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

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Canterbury Regional Business Partners has secured funding to provide support for small businesses in the region

15 December 2015

It was announced yesterday that the Government and Canterbury Regional Business Partnershave committed to a further five and a half years of support for small businesses, through the Regional Business Partner Programme.

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