To host the Minister of Immigration, Revenue, and Workplace Relations and Safety in Wanaka

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was looking forward to hosting Cabinet Minister Michael Woodhouse, the Minister of Immigration, Revenue, and Workplace Relations and Safety at a business group meeting in Wanaka later in the month.

Mr Woodhouse will be the Wanaka Hotel on Friday 22 April, from 1.45pm to 2.45pm, and will be speaking about his portfolios as they relate to businesses in Wanaka.

“In particular, as Workplace Relations and Safety Minister, he will discuss the journey towards better health and safety practices in the workplace, now that the new Health and Safety at Work Act has come into force.

“As the first major reform of workplace health and safety in more than 20 years, it will be a great opportunity for local business owners to hear about the new legislation and what it will mean for the people of Wanaka.

“The new law aims to strike a balance between ensuring workplaces are safe without imposing unnecessary red tape on business.

“I have also worked closely with Mr Woodhouse in regard to the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, which will enable local communities to decide whether retailers in their districts can open on Easter Sunday.

“This is an issue which again has significance for Wanaka businesses and I’m sure Mr Woodhouse will be happy to update locals on where they stand in regard to opening next Easter.

“Increases to the minimum wage, effective as of this month, as the Government moves to ensure the right balance between protecting our lowest paid workers, and ensuring jobs are not lost, is another topic which businesses may which to discuss, along with the new extension to paid parental leave.

“While as Revenue Minister he will no doubt discuss the latest changes to taxation, with more practical measures for businesses being outlined in the new Taxation (Annual Rates for 2015–16, Research and Development, and Remedial Matters) Bill.

Mr Woodhouse, as Immigration Minister, has also been heavily involved in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme, which has had huge spin-offs for employers and businesses in the Central Otago area, Mrs Dean said.


Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru