Media Releases

Media Releases

The Auckland Business Chamber engages, and highlights issues that matter most to business.  Our engagement with the media provides a platform to advocate, influence and deliver outcomes for business, and to drive economic growth and create opportunities for business in Auckland, and New Zealand.

Orange is the new green and let’s business get on with it

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Remaining in the orange traffic light setting is not a constraint or handbrake to accelerating business recovery, rebuilding, and planning…

Budget 2022

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It took guts to pull out a silver lining to mitigate the pressure on the family purse from spiralling inflation…

Inflation figure – a warning for business

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The latest inflation figures are another wake up call for businesses and a reminder to review their cost structures in…

Orange at long last to signal we are good to go

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Auckland Business Chamber Chief Executive Michael Barnett said the long awaited and longed for orange setting will provide the confidence…

Supreme Night for VisionWest

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Last night 500 people, across 5 locations were brought together for an evening designed to celebrate the best businesses in…

Tell us Monday to Make Friday Good – a message to Government from Auckland businesses

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If Government announced after Cabinet on Monday a change to the orange traffic light instead of waiting till Thursday the…

Red Does Not Mean Stop

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So, we’re stalled on red for at least another 10 days but there are mitigations that business – and the…

ETCO big winners at business awards!

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Last night 500 people, across 5 locations were brought together for an evening designed to celebrate the best businesses in…

INTERNATIONAL FASHION DESIGNER ADDS A SUPREME AWARD TO CLOSET.

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To succeed in 2021 the Auckland Business Chamber encouraged business to change, innovate and reimagine the way they work.  In…

Business will defend workplace and worker health and safety under “Red Lite”

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It will be up to individual businesses to continue to manage risks and implement workplace safeguards to protect staff and…

Hey Aussies – “come on over”

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It’s now up to all of us to help fire up tourism and encourage fully vaccinated family, friends and visitors…

Government Shows Leadership

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Government has responded swiftly and decisively to ease the pain of volatile energy prices on consumers’ pockets cutting fuel excise…

Not enough

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The reduction to seven-day isolation is a start but it fails to take all the steps Government could take to…

Isolation Now History

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Government has demonstrated flexibility and pragmatism in eliminating self-isolation for fully vaccinated, Covid- free travellers returning to New Zealand from…

Most businesses still miss out

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The good news is that we are moving to Phase 3 of our Omicron response limiting isolation to only really…

Government throws lifeline to struggling businesses

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Business will welcome the lifeline of a new six-week package of transition payments, leniency from IRD and an extension of…

Give us RATs for the good of families, business, and the economy

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Stay at home isolation rules are breaking the backbone of our economy as SMEs are crippled by worker absenteeism because…
Auckland city

Survey shows isolation process putting firms at risk of closure

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Businesses are reeling, closures are looming, with staff forced to isolate and no easy access to Rapid Antigen Tests, a…

Every business is critical, every worker is essential

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Chambers across New Zealand have stated clearly that every business is essential, and every worker is critical to their family…

Good intentions but bad timing

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It’s hard to argue with the good intentions and Government’s pledge to put more money in our lowest wage earners’…

Every worker is critical, and every worker should have access to RATS

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Auckland Business Chamber CEO is challenging as “discriminatory and divisive” the Ministry of Health’s approved list of critical workers who…

Phased opening of borders opportunity to get back to normal

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It’s not going to happen overnight, but it will happen, much to the relief of thousands of families and businesses…

Dark Side to Low Unemployment

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New Zealand has record low unemployment at just 3.2 per cent, record wage inflation and with the phased opening of…

Business Survey confirms dissatisfaction with RATS and Red-light rules

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In just a couple of days over 1,500 Auckland business owners gave voice to their growing economic pessimism and their…

Every worker is critical

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Every worker is critical, every worker is essential, and every employer should have access to the tools and tests to enable…

Unworkable environment imposed on business and society through lack of partnership

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Government’s 3-stage Omicron plan is light on strategy, short on consultation, and fails to understand what “critical worker” means in…

It’s OK for Aucklanders to visit orange regions but they cannot be orange at home

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We are one of, if not, the most vaccinated city in the world, hospitalisation and case numbers are dropping, the…

Re-Activate Auckland

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It’s a great initiative by Government and Auckland Council to offer a voucher and discount scheme, and contestable event fund…

Auckland Business Chamber welcomes transition payment

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It will be all go for Auckland business under the red setting of the Covid Protection Framework with government recognising…

Border Certainty

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Kiwi entrepreneurs and exporters should welcome the take-off path to quarantine free travel if fully vaccinated, first to Australia from…

The rationale escapes me

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Frustrated and fed-up Aucklanders from locked out business owners to individuals stuck at home will be disappointed that government has…

Three Waters – ratepayers neglected

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Government has failed taxpayers and ratepayers with a lack of democratic accountability and community consultation to ram through unpopular plans…

Green light for employers to make workplaces safe from Covid

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Businesses seeking a mandate to safeguard their workplaces, employees, and customers from Covid will be pleased and relieved at swift…

Support package shows Government listened

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Government has recognised that businesses feed and employ people, backing employers by doubling the resurgence support payment which will be…

NZ – UK Free Trade Agreement

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“Well done to the NZ Team on achieving a Free Trade Agreement with the United Kingdom. The UK have enjoyed…

Business owners face significant loss in value

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Auckland’s tens of thousands of small and medium businesses are in pain, frustrated at the lack of a clear plan…

Santa stuck in MIQ till Christmas Eve

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Santa Claus will be stuck in MIQ until December 24 and with great disappointment has told his elves and fairies…

No jab no job for health and education, why not others

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Mandatory vaccination for education, health workers, and associated services is an important principle that should hold for all workplaces striving…

Small and medium businesses excluded from trial to protect workforces

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“What an insult to SMEs, those tens of thousands of enterprises contributing 30 per cent of GDP, to be excluded…

Work with Business

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Congratulations to the consortium of big businesses trying to import rapid surveillance antigen tests to manage workplace health and safety,…

Business Confidence fails as level 2 hopes fade

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Business confidence has taken a knock with over 60 per cent of Auckland businesses, looking at a more gloomy six…

Pathway leaves business in the cold

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Government’s phased, 3-stage transition plan to slowly lift restrictions, leaves business desperate for revenue, burdened with debt, shortchanged in the…
Auckland Business

Business should be a Partner to change not a Victim

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As Cabinet decides today on a pathway to progressively release Auckland and the rest of the country from crippling restrictions,…

Business seeks “no jab, no job mandate”

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Auckland business locked down and locked out with their health, financial, and mental wellbeing held hostage by a minority of…
Auckland Business

Self-Isolation Trial Positive

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Businesses locked in New Zealand or marooned overseas and locked out of MIQ, will leap at the opportunity to be…
Auckland city

Auckland needs a Flexible 3

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It will be a long and hard road back to economic health but at last thousands of Auckland businesses locked…

It is critical to get back to work and rebuild the nations supply chain

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New Zealand needs Auckland businesses associated with the manufacturing and home building sectors with vaccinated workforces to return to the…

Financial Support needs to be fit for business

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“It’s not helpful dangling financial carrots in the form of low or no-interest loans to Covid wounded small and medium…

Get Auckland out of Sick Bay

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Aucklanders will be disappointed, and businesses devastated by the Government’s decision to keep us locked down under the restrictions of…

New Zealand Business Should Celebrate

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Government has given desperate businesses a lifeline by extending the resurgence payment support scheme to help them cover some recurring…

Auckland Carries the Cost

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We always expected Auckland to remain at level 4 and Auckland should be delighted for the rest of New Zealand.…

Weekly Business Subsidy called for level 4

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Business is doing it tough, and they’re telling the Government loud and clear there is a need for employers to…

Businesses across the northern region struggling to operate

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Businesses across the northern region of New Zealand believe they will survive lockdown but are struggling with 60 per cent…

Business supports short sharp lockdown for certainty

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Business will support the swift move for a “short, sharp” country-wide lockdown and be relieved that the wage subsidy will…

Business will do its bit to protect people and economic health

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Business will be encouraged that Government is working on safe solutions to enable quarantine-free travel for all vaccinated travellers based…
Speaker Series

Recipients of the Michael Barnett Scholarship Announced

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The Auckland Business Chamber is pleased to announce the two recipients of the 2021 Michael Barnett Scholarship. This scholarship was…

Talent Crisis – over 6,000 roles needed

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An Auckland Business Chamber survey of over 1000 companies reveals a desperate need for skills at all levels and a…

Business needs priority access to MIQ

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No one is arguing with Government’s decision to keep us safe and keep Delta out but shutting down the trans-Tasman…

Exporters can check out but no guarantee of return

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Exporters’ trying to sustain essential trade and supply chains are in no man’s land, able to travel offshore but not…

Wake up Sleepyheads

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It beggars belief that the Ministry of Transport and Waikato Regional Council are putting up new obstacles to stall Sleepyhead’s…

A Leap of Faith – Education to Employment

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Tomorrow will see over 1000 students from West Auckland fronting up to industry training organisations and local businesses who may…

A job is more than an hourly rate

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Immigration policymakers and officials need to urgently rethink the way they value a job beyond the hourly rate so businesses…

Survey Reveals Ongoing Skills Shortages

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The latest Business Survey from the Auckland Business Chamber reveals over 40% of Auckland businesses intend to hire staff over…

Ready, Willing and now able to Work

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Government’s decision to relax, renew and extend working holiday, essential and seasonal worker visas is a victory for common sense,…

Road Rage

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Government’s decision to spend a billion dollars on a new bike and pedestrian bridge across the harbour ahead of critical…

Life in the fast lane – not for Auckland

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Auckland ratepayers will be hit by an average 43 percent rates rise and 111 percent rise in water costs over…

They are here so let them stay and work

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Hospitality, accommodation, retail and tourism operators’ battle for survival and recovery is being shot down because they cannot access the…

Budget 2021

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The budget aimed to balance ideology and compassion with practicality to carve a pathway to recovery through investing in infrastructure…

Ports of Auckland – Tony Gibson

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The Port has unnecessarily lost an internationally experienced and senior leader and I am ashamed to see that we still…

Business Confidence Survey Results

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Auckland small and medium businesses have indicated a gloomy outlook for the next six months, suggesting in the latest Auckland…

Quarantine-Free Travel

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Opening the Trans Tasman to quarantine-free flights is a big moment and a positive for families, tourism and business, says…

No room for bullies

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Embattled Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson, is the target of relentless bullying with Independent Māori Statutory Board deputy chair…

Auckland Transport Alignment Project (ATAP) – “will make congestion worse”

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What is the transport network Auckland trying to build, if the plan for the next 10 years says motorway congestion…

We could have had more winners

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Businesses across Auckland are racing to get over the start line with barely a moment’s notice to be ready for…

East-West Link a high priority for ‘fast track’ action

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Friday, 12th March, 2021 Auckland Business Forum Outcome: Integrated Transport Network Media Release: 12 March 2021 The High Court dismissal of…

We deserve a “one” – tell us today

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If Government is to decide this afternoon that it is safe to shift Auckland down to Level One, tell us…

We all have a role

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It’s pleasing to have other leaders of business put their hands up to say they want to play their role…

Aucklanders’ and environment health and safety at risk from Watercare budget cuts

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Watercare has a $2.5 billion dollar fiscal hole that puts us all at risk from asset failure, sewage overflows and…

Follow the rules so we can get back our livelihoods

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Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett expressed disappointment for those sectors that will be adversely impacted but has called on business leaders,…

A blow to recovery but businesses will have a lifeline at the ready

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Business and the community will be bitterly disappointed that Auckland has been plunged back into a Level 3 lockdown for…

Stop the talk and commit to finding a solution

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Stop the talk and commit to finding a solution to ensure the Auckland Harbour Bridge is fit and safe to…

Auckland Business Chamber calls for support for Exporters

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Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett appealed for support for exporters at the annual Finance Lunch this afternoon. In the…

Fast In, Fast Out

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Auckland is back in business with the shift at midnight tonight to Level Two and can re-open with greater confidence…

Business Support Call

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The cost of the three-day snap lockdown has a longer and brutal sting in its tail for already hard hit…

For Business It’s About Being Safe

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Businesses should be confident that the Government has moved quickly and will do the same to support business over the…

Rosy retail data ignores the little guy

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We’re spending as if we have bottomless pockets with retail sales figures surging for the eighth consecutive month, but the…
Auckland Business

Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry AGM Notice 2021

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The 165th Annual General Meeting of the Auckland Regional Chamber of Commerce & Industry (Incorporated) will be held at The…

Step up or lose

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Every New Zealander has to become a Climate Change advocate suggests Michael Barnett, CEO of the Auckland Business Chamber. We…

A Game of Two Halves

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New Zealand’s economic and business outlook, is a game of two halves, says Auckland Business Chamber CEO Michael Barnett. The…

Eden Park – victory for the majority

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A big shout out to Auckland Council for consenting to six concerts a year at Eden Park which will deliver…

SLIC NZ wins Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme National Competition

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East Auckland team, SLIC NZ from Pakuranga College was awarded Company of the Year at the YES National Awards evening…

Extraordinary times do not call for extraordinary bad decisions

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Ports of Auckland is caught in a perfect storm, the cumulation of extraordinary global and local circumstances but the difficulties…

It’s Been A Bad Year So Let’s Put Up Our Prices

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Auckland Council’s new 10-year Recovery Budget proposes to do what no business would or could do, if it wants to…

First time entrant Waste Management NZ claim Supreme Award

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Waste Management NZ Limited, New Zealand’s leading resource recovery, recycling and waste management provider, have won Supreme Business Excellence Award at the…

Auckland – Ready to Celebrate

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Tens of thousands of Aucklanders showed they are ready to enjoy life again, lining the central city streets, the rain…

Santa Parade 2020

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I Chair the Santa Parade organisation and wanted to let you know that our big surprise this parade will be…

Cream of the Crop will Get to Market

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Government has put business, the health and safety of people and the economy at the front of the queue and…

Woop! claim Supreme Award

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Woop!, leaders in the competitive dinner kit delivery market, have been rewarded for their agile response this year by winning…

Be responsible and protect yourself and everyone else

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Covid is back in the community, back in Auckland city, threatening to cut short our window of recovery and jolting…

Filling the fiscal hole

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Auckland Council needs to do what any pragmatic business fighting for its livelihood would do and reassess and rethink how…

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