Monday, 13 January 2014
Auckland's road cycle deaths – reinforce the need for faster action on Auckland's critical transport projects
The Auckland Transport survey showing many cyclists run red lights doesn't excuse the lack of action to accelerate projects that would help protect cyclists and other road users, especially large trucks, from each other.
Thursday, 12 December 2013
New Zealand Infant Formula Exporters Association : "How we manage incidents still needs fixing!"
While it is good news that the inquiry into the whey protein incident concludes there was no failure with New Zealand’s dairy regulatory system it simply confirms what we already knew, said Michael Barnett, chairman of the NZ Infant Formula Exporters Association.
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Business confidence maintains rise and rise...
Business confidence is continuing to rise despite expectations interest rates will increase early next year and a looming skills shortage.
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
International Convention Centre – "Let's pick up the pace!"
The passage through Parliament of legislation confirming an International Convention Centre can be built in central Auckland is an important milestone and positive boost Auckland and New Zealand needs, says Michael Barnett, head of the Auckland Chamber of Commerce.
Friday, 8 November 2013
Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards 2013 winners ready to take on the challenge
Congratulations to the Westpac Auckland Central Business Award winners – a group of innovative and adaptable small and medium businesses who are challenging the big players for a place in the market through technology, innovation and partnerships.
Thursday, 17 October 2013
New Zealand education offers resource for future China business
Today's China business summit at the Langham Auckland brought together key business leaders from New Zealand and China to review opportunities for doing business in China moving forward.
The bigger the opportunity the bigger the risk in China
The China Business Summit at The Langham Auckland on 16 October addressed the issue of Fonterra's botulism scare and the ramifications of it on the market for New Zealand's brand and exporters to China.
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Open Letter to Minister of Health calling for a total sales ban of untested synthetic drugs
The purpose of this letter is to strongly urge you to urgently investigate the appropriateness of the Ministry of Health's actions to grant official licences to retailers allowing them to sell more than 20 untested brands of synthetic cannabis.
Monday, 23 September 2013
Untested legal highs back on sale - "a disgrace ... unacceptable"
“Granting official licences to retailers to sell more than 20 untested brands of synthetic cannabis is a disgrace,” says Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett.
Friday, 6 September 2013
Small Exporters Are Collaterall Damage in China
A delegation to China, of New Zealand Infant Formula exporters led by Michael Barnett, chair of the Infant Formula Exporters Association, is planned for 23-24th September this year.
Thursday, 5 September 2013
Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards 2013 Reveal Innovative Challengers
Tomorrow looks promising for Auckland business as an increasing number of David’s are getting ready to take on the Goliath’s.
Friday, 5 July 2013
"Women-only plan ignores diversity"
We have moved beyond gender balance as the sole differentiating criteria for selecting people of merit to top jobs, says Auckland Chamber of Commerce head Michael Barnett.
Friday, 17 May 2013
"Business optimism remains high"
Thursday, 2 May 2013
Yet another Report, but where's the real action?
The latest regional economic update report provides a useful summary of how well the regions are performing, but once again it shows how poorly we are at taking ‘game changing’ decisions to get action on the big issues.
Tuesday, 23 April 2013
Turkey wanting to do business with New Zealand
The time to do business with Brazil is now
The corporate launch in Auckland of the 2013 Brazilian Film Festival Reel Brazil brought many business and community leaders together to celebrate Brazilian flare, music, culture and film.
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
Businesses must innovate to live
As the CEO of an organisation with global reach whose network of relationships embraces all levels and types of business - from multi-nationals to small-medium and sole traders (SMEs) and everything in between - I am struck by how difficult it has been for New Zealand businesses to successfully innovate to meet the opportunities of the ever-changing international market place.
Friday, 15 February 2013
Attitude changes as business confidence lifts
An Auckland Chamber of Commerce confidence survey - the first for 2013 covering responses from over 1100 firms in the region - shows a dramatic lift in confidence reports Chamber CEO Michael Barnett.
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Adelaide beats Auckland to a decision
While Auckland continues to delay its decision to build a world-class national convention centre, Adelaide has made a decision and is getting on with it.
Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Auckland Waterfront dispute – taking too long to resolve!
The timing of suggestions today that the facilitation process for settling the long-running Auckland waterfront dispute is unwinding invites a cynical response.
Friday, 9 November 2012
Come on Tariana – be positive on behalf of your people or show us the evidence.....
The claim on Radio New Zealand today by Māori Party Co-leader Tariana Turia that there is evidence that employers are failing to give Maori and Pacific job seekers opportunities “is irresponsible,” says Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett.
Courage to make decisions will create thousands of new jobs.....
One employment survey result doesn’t make a crises, says Auckland Chamber of Commerce CEO Michael Barnett.
Thursday, 8 November 2012
Auckland Chamber of Commerce Chief wins AUT Excellence in Business Support Supreme Award
Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett has won the Supreme Award at the prestigious AUT Excellence in Business Support Awards.
Wednesday, 7 November 2012
3000th new migrant completes the New Kiwi Career Success programme
This week marked an important milestone for the New Kiwi Career Success programme run by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce and funded by the Ministry of Social Development, with Mariel Angulo becoming the 3000th participant to complete the New Zealand job search strategy programme.
Saturday, 3 November 2012
Exporting Fitness Takes Supreme Award in Auckland Central Business Awards
Friday, 2 November 2012
Exporting Fitness Takes Supreme Award in Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards
Tuesday, 30 October 2012
Creating Myths for Parental Leave
The Equal Employment Opportunities Trust has expressed disappointment at the attempt to create barriers for women taking parental leave as submissions begin for the extension of parental leave bill.
Migrant Workers manipulated
The Equal Employment Opportunities Trust is urging migrant workers to seek advice if they feel exploited in a workplace by employers who may be breaching employment laws.
Thursday, 11 October 2012
Tapping into China's growing wealth
The China Business Summit, held at the Langham Hotel, aimed to help New Zealand businesses better take advantage of China’s growing wealth.
Friday, 5 October 2012
Summit Inspires New Zealand Businesses To Take Up Further Opportunities in China
China offers huge opportunities for New Zealand businesses, but too few are taking the plunge and entering the market, says Auckland Chamber of Commerce chief executive Michael Barnett.