An election year presents voters with an occasion to take stock of how the country is doing in a broader sense. It is also a time for politicians, whether in power or in opposition, to listen closely to the views of their constituents.
The business constituency, in all its different forms, is an integral part of our social fabric and underpins our standard of living. Its views on what is required to make New Zealand a better place to live, work and invest are therefore important.
The Deloitte-BusinessNZ Election Conference is the premier election year forum for business and party
political leadership to engage on the things that matter to business. And the associated election survey provides an excellent insight into business sentiment on a broad range of issues as well as where the political parties stand in relation to them.
The 2014 Deloitte-BusinessNZ Election Survey is useful for highlighting the likely approaches the different parties would take on a case by case basis, whether populous or principled, the extent to which they would intervene or moderate natural market forces, and the levers that they would pull. More>
The overall theme seems clear – there is a greater acceptance of tax reform that supports the integrity of the tax system, rather than simply raising revenue to support increased government expenditure. More>
In New Zealand, where companies trade not only on their own good name but also on our national clean green image, everyone needs to do their fair share to protect this legacy for future generations. More>
Major infrastructure projects are not easy to deliver. They are expensive and have a high public and political profile. And perhaps, most crucially, they take time to plan, evaluate and execute – usually more than one election cycle and sometimes several. More>