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2018 government roadshow: Connect with experts

Talk directly with the government agencies you deal with most at one of 12 small business roadshow events around the country. Here’s what you need to know.

As a small business owner or operator, you probably spend a lot of time working with government agencies – whether it’s on compliance, tax, or trade and innovation. The government is working to make things easier for you, so you can spend less time on compliance and more time on your business.

As part of their drive to help small businesses be more efficient, the government is putting on a series of roadshow events throughout the country.

At these events you will:

  • hear about the Government’s vision for small business in New Zealand
  • learn about the experiences of local business owners using the Regional Business Partner Network and the impact it has had on their business
  • get information from government agencies like Inland Revenue, ACC, and Employment New Zealand about government support available for businesses.

The government agency representatives will also be available to answer questions.

New Zealand's Support for Small Businesses [PDF, 5.1 MB] — Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

Roadshow sessions: when and where

There will be 12 roadshow sessions throughout the country between May and August this year, starting in Wellington.

The roadshow sessions are approximately two hours long and are comprised of two parts. The first part, where you hear from the agencies, lasts for up to an hour and a half. Following that, if you wish to stay on, there will be an opportunity to speak one-on-one with the government agencies you have just heard from, and to network with other attendees. This lasts as long as needed but is usually up to an hour. You can leave at any time. Light refreshments will be served during the networking.

Tuesday, 29 May: Shed 6, Queens Wharf, Wellington. 5pm
Wednesday, 30 May: Horowhenua Culture and Community Centre, 10 Bath St, Horowhenua, Levin. 12pm
Tuesday, 5 June: Novotel Rotorua Lakeside, Tutanekai Street, Rotorua. 4.30pm
Wednesday, 6 June: Great Lake Centre, 5 Story Place, Taupo. 4.30pm
Thursday, 7 June: Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, Napier. 12pm
Tuesday, 21 August: Matamata Club, 9 Waharoa Road East, Matamata. 4.30pm
Wednesday, 22 August: Vodafone Event Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland. 4pm
Thursday, 23 August: Pasifika event. Vodafone Event Centre, 770 Great South Road, Manukau, Auckland. 4pm
Monday, 27 August: Copthorne Hotel and Resort Lakefront, 27 Frankton Road, Queenstown. 4.30pm
Wednesday, 29 August: The Dunedin Centre, 1 Harrop St, Dunedin. 3.30pm
Thursday, 30 August: Tait Technology Centre, 245 Wooldridge Road, Harewood, Christchurch. 8.30am
Friday, 31 August: Pulse Energy Centre, Westport. 12pm
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Attending agencies

There will be up to 17 government agencies attending each event. Here are the agencies and what they will be discussing at the roadshows this year.

ACC logo

ACC will present their online platform, MyACC for Business. They’ll also be encouraging businesses to partner with them to update levy rates and explain Cover Plus Extra (CPX), a product that lets you negotiate your ACC cover.

ACC CoverPlus Extra [PDF, 80 KB]

Product Comparison: ACC CoverPlus and ACC CoverPlus Extra [PDF, 57 KB]

Levy Consultation 2018 [PDF, 415 KB]

Inland Revenue

IRD logo

Inland Revenue will talk about a new option to take the pain out of provisional tax. You’ll also be able to ask about other changes to simplify tax for small business.

AIM: a new way to manage provisional tax (external link)

Is your business right for AIM? (external link)

Employment New Zealand

employment New Zealand logo

Create a fair workplace by upskilling with free online training from Employment New Zealand. It will help you understand and comply with employment law, have more productive staff and avoid consequences for non-compliance.

Employment Learning Modules [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Worksafe logo

Get your workplace health and safety risks sorted with WorkSafe’s online Around the Block tool. The tool was co-created with businesses and helps you train your staff to identify and manage health and safety risks.

Regional Business Partners

regional business partner logo

Regional Business Partners’ Growth Advisors take a birds-eye look at your whole business, then help you connect with the right resources and experts so you can build capability and grow.

New Zealand Business Number (NZBN)

new zealand business number logo

Sick of repeating the same information over and over? The New Zealand Business Number is a unique identifier that links to key information about your business – like your trading name and phone number.

What you need to know about the NZBN [PDF, 3.7 MB] 

Ministry for Primary Industries

Ministry of Primary Industries

Food safety is good for business. As a small food business owner, you know your customers expect the food you make to be safe. Knowing what the rules are and choosing where to export to can be confusing. Talk with the Ministry for Primary Industries team – they will help you navigate what to do, find a way that will suit your business, and access tools, templates and guidance material.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

foreign affairs and trade logo

MFAT helps exporters by promoting increased market access and better commercial conditions for New Zealand businesses offshore. They can work with you to give you a better understanding and connections in-market.

Immigration New Zealand

New Zealand Immigration logo

Immigration New Zealand helps you understand how to find, bring and keep the best skilled migrants when your business can’t recruit staff within New Zealand.

Digital Journey

digital journey logo

Create a digital plan with a free Digital Journey assessment.  It covers cloud-based tools, websites, cyber security and social media, then gives you a plan with the top 5 ways you can improve your digital services.

Creating a digital plan for your business [PDF, 131 KB] 

Roadshow logo - Stats NZLearn about the wide range of free data you can access through the Stats NZ Info Centre, from customer demographics to imports and exports, wage movements to industry trends, and more.

Work and Income

ministry of social development

Learn about Work and Income’s no-fee recruitment service that can be tailored to your business. They’ll have details about subsidies for people who may need extra support or training, and post-employment support services.

Services for employers [PDF, 318 KB]

Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand

iponz logo

Do you know which intellectual property, or IP assets, you might own?  IP is about protecting your original ideas. IPONZ will explain different types of IP and give you some simple tips.

Pacific Business Trust

Pacific business trust logo

Pacific Business Trust is passionate about growing innovation and creating the right environment for high-growth Pacific businesses to thrive.

The Trust partners with premium local and global organisations that align with our brand and values and share our drive to cultivate commercial opportunities and collaborate for impact.

It achieves impact through a suite of relevant and impactful programmes developed in-house, that are bespoke, responsive and flexible.

Transforming innovation into commercial excellence [PDF, 3.5 MB]

Pasifika Strategic Programmes

Pasifika Strategic Programmes want to see more Pacific businesses starting up and succeeding. Hear from Pasifika fanau who are in business, and learn about the support services available for Pacific businesses.

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