Networking Hub Introduction

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Whether you’re starting out or well established, our government agencies offer a wide range of services and support to help our ethnically diverse business community thrive.

There will be four hubs at the conference for you to Talk Business; Talk Money; Talk People and Talk Trade. This is an opportunity for you to connect with other attendees, and a range of government agencies who support business growth and best practice.

Talk Business

New Zealand is the easiest place in the world to start a business, requiring just one online procedure, completed in less than a day, at a low cost. Our systems and procedures are open and straightforward. Talk Business tells you everything you need to know about doing business in New Zealand and showcases the range of tools and services provided across our Government agencies to help our business community to thrive.

Participating agencies:

  • Business.govt.nz (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment)

The business.govt.nz website brings information from across government into one place to make it easy for small businesses to understand what their government requirements are and what support government can offer them.

  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Digital Economy

Enabling New Zealand to become a leading digital nation – where our businesses, people and government are using digital technology to drive innovation, improve productivity, and enhance the quality of life for all New Zealanders

  • Stats NZ

Providing trusted and reliable data to allow your business to make smart and informed decisions, including demographic data from across New Zealand.

Talk Money

New Zealand has a simple, fair and efficient tax system, ensuring paying tax is easy. Making sure you’re paying the right amount of tax is important so that you don’t end up with a large bill. Talk Money tells you everything you need to know about our tax system and how it relates to your business. You can discuss how to get your business tax issues sorted, and how improvements to the tax system are making it easier for business.

Participating agencies:

  • Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA)

Government grants for insulation for rental properties occupied by low-income tenants

  • Financial Integrity Team (Internal Affairs)

Focusing on those working in or contributing to New Zealand’s financial sector, and providing advice on how you can protect your business

  • Inland Revenue

Providing information on tax obligations, as well as other social policy products like student loans, child support, paid parental leave, KiwiSaver and Working for Families Tax Credits.

Inland Revenue is working towards a more cost-effective tax system to make paying taxes and receiving entitlements simpler, and reducing compliance costs for New Zealand businesses.

Talk People

New Zealanders have a reputation for being good people to do business with. We pride ourselves on being open, honest and fair. We welcome diversity and the opportunities it brings by encouraging innovation and deepening our links across the globe. Talk People provides information on how you can get the most out of Government services regarding your workforce, from understanding employer and employee rights and immigration, through to bespoke services available such as translation services.

Participating agencies:

  • Immigration NZ (Ministry Business, Innovation & Employment)

Providing up-to-date information, resources and assistance for attracting and retaining skilled migrants to your business

  • Labour Inspectorate (Ministry Business, Innovation & Employment)

Providing information on how to build positive employment relationships promoting safe, fair and harmonious workplaces

  • Language Line (Office of Ethnic Communities)

An accurate, neutral and confidential telephone interpreting service provided free of charge to anyone needing access to essential services from 110 participating agencies in 44 languages.

  • The Translation Service (Internal Affairs)

Providing professional translation services, including immigration or citizenship applications, translations for legal, employment or travel purposes, and communicating with non-English speaking communities.

Talk Trade

Today there are many more opportunities than ever before for businesses to reach new markets, both in New Zealand and abroad. We welcome innovative businesses who provide exciting products and services which are safe and reliable. Talk Trade provides information on New Zealand import and export requirements, as well as how to get the best out of our consumer and competition laws.

Participating agencies:

  • Commerce Commission

Helping you to navigate New Zealand consumer protection and competition laws, to ensure we maintain a thriving business community which provides safe and reliable goods and services

  • Intellectual Property Office New Zealand

Helping businesses to protect their innovations so that they get the full benefits of their intellectual property

  • New Zealand Customs Service

Providing you with a better understanding of the requirements and regulation surrounding import and exports.