Advocacy - What We Are Currently Working On
Hospitality New Zealand regularly consults members on a wide range of issues. We currently want your views on the following:
1) Online Gambling in New Zealand
An increase in online gambling challenges New Zealand’s traditional approach to gambling regulation. Unlike domestic gambling operators, offshore online gambling operators do not pay to mitigate the harm their industry causes, nor do they contribute to the community through funding grants.
This Discussion Document seeks feedback on a framework for online gambling in New Zealand. The government is interested in views on what it should take account of as it develops its official policy on online gambling.
2) New Zealand Food Safety Strategy 2019-2024
The draft strategy:
- outlines how they intend to maintain a food safety system that can be trusted by everyone, everywhere
- focuses on the future and how risks will be effectively managed while continuing to deliver for New Zealand consumers and food businesses.
3) Productivity Commission Local Government Funding and Financing
The draft report contains the recommendations of the Productivity Commission following consultation on the issues paper. Of particular note is their recommendation to increase User Pays and Targeted Rates funding tools, and to legislate for councils to be able to impose an Accommodation Levy.
4) The future of cash in New Zealand
The future of cash in New Zealand is uncertain. New Zealanders are using cash less and less for transactions.
The discussion paper outlines the preliminary analysis of the role of cash in society and the trends in cash use and supply. It sets out the key issues to consider – both positive and negative. The benefits of having cash become greater and greater as more and more people use it. This so-called ‘network effect’ of cash, also declines as fewer people use it. For example, if fewer consumers, businesses, and banks dealt with cash, the ability for people to use cash for transactions in stores and between individuals would decline. If this occurred, some of the unique roles of cash could be lost.
5) Options for taxing the Digital Economy
6) Enhanced Drug Impaired Driver Testing
Ministers Stuart Nash and Julie Anne Genter announced that they would be seeking public feedback on the issue of drug impaired driver testing. The discussion paper, Enhanced Drug Impaired Driver Testing, has now been released.
It is important for all of our members to have their say on this issue - we encourage you to read the discussion paper, and take the opportunity to have your say on drug driver testing.
7) Employer-assisted work visas and regional workforce planning
The proposals primarily impact all skilled and lower-skilled temporary migrant workers and employers of these workers across the six employer-assisted temporary work visa categories: Essential Skills including the Essential Skills in Demand Lists (ESID), Approval In-Principle, Talent (Accredited Employer), Work to Residence – Long-term Skill Shortage List Occupation, Silver Fern (Practical Experience) and Silver Fern (Job Search).
8) Inland Revenue tax proposal on short stay accommodation providers
Inland Revenue is asking for feedback on a tax proposal that will simplify tax obligations for short stay accommodation providers, hosting through websites such as Airbnb or Bookabach. The new proposal would allow hosts to claim up to $50 a night in costs, and would therefore require them to declare their income from this activity in order to do so. Please click on the links below for more information on the proposal, and to have your say - you will need to provide your feedback to IRD by 22 March 2019.
Hospitality New Zealand will be putting forward feedback to IRD, we need your input by Friday, 15 March 2019 to allow us to collate the feedback and to then submit to the IRD by 22 March 2019. Please email your feedback to Hospitality NZ’s Advocacy and Policy Manger at firstname.lastname@example.org
9) Reform of Vocational Education
The Government have released their Reform of Vocational Education discussion document, which proposes changes to our vocational education system. The document sets out an integrated package of reforms the Government is considering for New Zealand’s vocational education system. Vocational education can help to ensure that all New Zealanders have the skills, knowledge and capability to adapt and succeed in a world of rapid economic, social and technological change.
10) Aotearoa New Zealand Government Tourism Strategy
The Aotearoa New Zealand Government Tourism Strategy sets out the government’s aim for tourism, to enrich New Zealand through sustainable tourism growth, and looks at how it will work across government, as well as with the tourism sector, iwi, local government, communities and other stakeholders to achieve this. The government is also proposing a more deliberate and active role in tourism.
11) Local Government Funding and Financing Issues Paper
The Local Government Funding and Financing issues paper describes local government in New Zealand and how funding and financing currently work. It asks questions about current pressure points and ways that councils can manage cost pressures. It then seeks views on options for future funding and financing tools.
12) Protecting businesses and consumers against unfair commercial practices
The Government is considering whether the protections for businesses against unfair commercial practices should be strengthened. This can include (but is not limited to) businesses being offered contracts that they consider contain ‘unfair’ terms, or being treated unfairly (such as not complying with an existing contract, misleading or deceptive behaviour, and businesses making demands over and above what was agreed in a contract). We want to hear your thoughts on this.