In August issue of NZ Manufacturer we have included comments and wish lists from business leaders as to what they would like to see from the next elected government.
NZMEA wants all parties to put forward their vision for creating a more prosperous and high-value economy, with manufacturing playing a key role.
BusinessNZ wants a government that will reduce taxes, fix problem legislation and boost growth in the regions.
Lewis Woodward, managing director, Connection Technologies, Wellington wants overseas companies to pay and contribute more to the New Zealand economy. And he would like local businesses to be supported more.
NZMEA has a whole plethora of concerns and want to see greater emphasis on the education sector to address current and future skills shortages; a minister for manufacturing appointed; and amongst others, providing the right incentives for shifting more investment into the productive sectors of our economy.
We have a choice, continue with the tried and known or change government to bring in a fresh way of doing things.
Systems and processes we have in place are not working for all people. Wages are not competitive enough, housing is a stressful issue, the health service struggles to keep up with a growing and aging population.
And the future is changing. Disruptive technologies and Industry 4.0 are changing the face of manufacturing. Where there is change there is opportunity. When you initiate change it means you (ought to be) ahead of the game.
As a small economy we are subject to world economic conditions. We cannot be isolated in our approach to export markets and need to keep up, to be competitive.
The next government needs to be fiscally strong (and smart) and meet the challenges we need as a nation to bring about a sense of fair play in these extremely challenging business times.