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Small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our communities with 97 per cent of all New Zealand enterprises employing 20 or fewer people. This is certainly true here in Mt Roskill, and it’s one of the reasons I’ve made backing our hardworking local businesses a priority of my campaign.

While my opponent has been desperate to be a Labour MP, running for office all over Auckland, my husband and I have been running a successful confectionery manufacturing company. I know first-hand the challenges our local Mt Roskill businesses face.

In National, we understand it’s businesses driving economic growth and building a more successful economy with more jobs and higher wages for Kiwis.

That’s why, since becoming the Government, we’ve been focused on supporting a competitive and productive economy. It’s also why we’re continuously searching for new ways to reduce the financial and time burdens facing small businesses.

We have, for example:

  • Cut ACC levies
  • Introduced 90-day trials and a starting-out wage
  • Funded the roll-out of faster broadband
  • Set up free online tools and advice from across government to save you time and help make your business a success
  • Introduced an SME friendly tax package as part of Budget 2016. 

These aren’t small changes – they’re real measures that put more money in the pockets of Mt Roskill families and cut down unnecessary admin time.

We’re responsibly managing the Government’s books and have posted the second surplus in a row.  New Zealand is now just one of a very small group of countries with books in surplus and a growing economy.

A survey of 1000 small and medium-sized enterprises reveals 57 per cent regard National as the best party for their business to succeed. The Labour Party was back on 10 per cent. MYOB, the business software firm which conducted the survey, says it shows real confidence in Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English and the economic environment they are creating.

The positive sentiment is borne out in other recent data. New Zealand now tops the World Bank rankings for ease of doing business. The No. 1 ranking highlights the good work this Government is doing to reduce the cost of doing business. The World Bank report also notes New Zealand’s strength in procurement through our online procurement process, and that we have made paying taxes easier and cheaper.

Statistics New Zealand reports most industries and regions have more businesses and staff than last year. And the ANZ survey of job advertisements shows the numbers keep going up with a strong lift in employment intentions in many regions.

The services sector, which makes up 70 per cent of the economy, and manufacturing are both expanding and have the highest growth against the likes of Australia, Japan, China, the UK, Europe and the United States.

Thanks to the entrepreneurship and hard work of our businesspeople in Mt Roskill, supported by the Government’s economic plan and responsible financial management, our economy is growing with more jobs and rising wages.

I’m proud to represent National in the Mt Roskill By-election. I’m running a strong campaign focused on local issues that matter to Mt Roskill residents. 

This by-election, I’m the only candidate with the track record of experience and success in getting things done on your behalf.

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