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Justice & ACC – Delivering for Businesses - 21 June 2013

Justice, ACC and Ethnic Affairs Minister, Judith Collins, spoke at the June Admirals’ Breakfast Club about how New Zealand consistently ranks as one of the world’s least corrupt countries.  Last year we ranked first equal (with Finland and Denmark) in Transparency International’s corruption perception index for having one of the least corrupt, most transparent governments in the world.


New Zealand’s judicial system, with minimal corruption and a strong judiciary, gives businesses confidence.  The justice sector is also working hard to reduce crime and re-offending.  Crime is down 8 per cent, youth crime is down 14 per cent, reoffending is down 7 per cent and, overall, crime is down by 9 per cent.  As a result, businesses have greater incentive to invest here.


In the ACC space, Ms Collins says that the corporation is constantly improving services for clients – helping them to rehabilitate faster which also improves productivity for their employer.  The government is looking to cut ACC levies in the next financial year by around $300 million, increasing to $1 billion the following year.  This is great news for businesses and households.


Ms Collins is also committed supporting dynamic business connections.  Initiatives such as Ethnic People in Commerce (EPIC) NZ, aim to increase networking between ethnic and mainstream business.  Ms Collins says that businesses have a lot to gain from tapping into the diverse wealth of skills, networks and foreign market knowledge of New Zealand’s ethnic business communities.

 

Karen Meldrum, COO'EE

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