Advocacy Updates

The voice of Hospitality in New Zealand

Hospitality New Zealand is all about helping your voice to be heard at both Central and Local Government levels.
Our experienced government-level advocacy programme has enabled us to campaign on a range of issues to protect the future and growth of our industry and to make it easier for members to focus on what they do best and spend more time operating their businesses.

2017 Election Manifesto

Hospitality New Zealand has developed its 2017 Election Manifesto aimed at providing an overview of these challenges, where we will need the incoming government’s help and where we can help find a solution.

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Auckland Targeted Rate

The Auckland Accommodation Sector Group have been involved in meetings raising inequality concerns on the Council's proposal to targeted rate on commercial accommodation providers.

How will this impact your business?

Food Control Plans - new format

The Ministry for Primary Industries have developed a new format for their Food Control Plan which aims to be more user-friendly. Hospitality New Zealand provided feedback on the format and content of this plan in a written submission.

Are you prepared for the new Food Act?

GST for Online Travel Agents (OTAs)

Members have received communications from about the changes in GST registration requirements. This was based on the changes to the online service providers requirements to be GST registered in October 2016.

What's happening now?

Proposed changes to immigration policy settings: Suite of proposed changes to the Essential Skills Visa

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) is consulting on proposed changes to temporary work visa settings, through the Essential Skills visa policy.

How will this impact your business?

Retail Payment Systems in New Zealand

There are some issues on the retail payments systems that impact businesses, specifically around the lack of transparency on the make-up of the cost charged to businesses for merchant services.

What impact does this have on your business?

Smoking area compliance

There has been increasing pressure from Public Health authorities on smoking area compliance with what the industry sees as poor guidelines and definitions.

What's happening now?

Tax on accommodation for employees

Based on MBIE's guidance on contracting requirements for employees working for accommodation Hospitality New Zealand also sought feedback from IRD on the tax implications with this type of arrangement.

What you need to know

Tobacco Excise for Off Licences

Increase in excise has changed the total revenue for off licences. The un-intended consequence for some off licence premises is the removal of tobacco from their stores due to larger proportion of sales than allowed by the Sale and Supply of Alcohol Act.

What's happening now?

Health and Safety working group

Hospitality New Zealand is developing a Hospitality specific working group.

What's happening now?

Kaikoura Earthquake

Hospitality New Zealand is part of the Kaikoura Earthquake Tourism Action Group to focus on tourism issues and ensuring the rebuild of roads and other infrastructure in collaboration with the Industry.

What you need to know
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