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