The Government has taken a number of steps to help New Zealand businesses become more competitive. These include reducing company tax, cutting taxes on work and savings, reducing costs to businesses, and passing on the benefits of public sector reform, such as a significant reduction in ACC levies. Last week the Government set out the next steps in its business growth agenda by issuing the first of six progress reports called Building Export Markets.

The key to more jobs and higher incomes is strong export businesses, and a large part of Southland’s economy is based on exports.

The Government is doing what it can to create a favourable environment for our businesses so we can grow the economy and make the country stronger.