Published: Monday 24 February 2020

Kia ora

It’s so ironic! The very government that legislated to ban future oil and gas exploration permits (except onshore Taranaki) less than two years ago, now feels the need to bring in new legislation to prepare for a possible acute shortage of gas. It again makes one question the timing and the logic of the 2018 decision. And also ask why MBIE’s advice was disregarded in introducing the ban.

Pragmatism and proper consultation were overshadowed in a hasty bid to display leadership and chase an ideology. Consequently, business confidence was shaken, many investors left our shores and the industry started to take a massive hit.

Fast forward to February 2020 and now the fear is that gas supplies that are still needed for essential services are dwindling. Instead of reviewing the 2018 decision and working with the industry, there is a proposal for escalation of commitment, essentially following up one bad decision with another.

Granted, the idea is to keep electricity prices affordable. And that’s something we all want. It’s a great goal and benefits all Kiwis.

Here, in fact, lies a golden opportunity for the government to solicit the support of the petroleum sector, rather than looking at it as the villain, in working towards a lower carbon emissions future.

February Highlights
  • Our first Business Connections for 2020 was hosted by BDO at their newly renovated offices in Young Street.
  • Tandem Group’s Network of Trades was held in Hawera and was co-hosted by Graphix and La Nuova.
  • Last Wednesday 140 students attended the Young Enterprise Scheme Kickstart/Timata Forty speed coaches from the business community gave advice and feedback to the teams on their proposed businesses for 2020.
Upcoming Events
  • Business Connections is on Tuesday 03 March and will be hosted by Access Radio Taranaki in their studios at the Event Cinema Complex. There is limited space available so RSVP’s are essential.
  • Tandem Group’s Network of Trades is on Tuesday 17 March at WITT’s Trades Department in New Plymouth.
  • A business lunch with Rt. Hon. Winston Peters is on Friday 6 March at the Plymouth International.
  • Doing Business in Fiji is a Trade and Investment Roadshow being held on Wednesday 25 March from 3.00pm-6.00pm at the TSB Showplace
  • Implement Brown Bag Lunchtime Series – this Wednesday 26 February and Wednesday 11 March
  • GirlBoss NZ – Create your Personal Brand and Network Like a Pro – this Friday - 28 February
  • Microsoft Excel – Macros & Introduction to VBA – Tuesday 3 March
  • Microsoft Excel – Spreadsheet Basics – Wednesday 18 March

To RSVP for any of our events, register for training, or for more information click here

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Ngā mihi

Arun Chaudhari