What We Do
We represent retailers
An important part of what we do at Retail NZ is representing the retail sector. We regularly meet government ministers, opposition spokespeople and senior officials from government agencies to ensure the voice of retail is heard at the highest levels. We also speak up in the media so that the public is aware of how the issues facing the retail sector will affect it.
Retail is a key contributor to New Zealand's economy, it employs 350,000 people and generates sales of nearly $80 billion a year. We're champions for our sector and believe that thriving retail businesses are essential to the vibrancy of our towns and cities - boosting tourism, employment and quality of life.
What we stand for:
- Ensuring the retail sector is recognised as a key contributor to New Zealand's economic prosperity.
- Providing maximum opportunities for retailers to deliver great shopping experiences for New Zealanders.
- A level playing field for all New Zealand retailers.
- Reducing the cost of doing business.
- Minimising red tape and compliance requirements that get in the way of retailing.
- Allowing consumers to make their own informed decisions about shopping.
- Keeping retailers informed about legal, social, environmental and financial developments.
Key issues we are currently working on:
- Advocating the benefits of shopping locally - #ShopLocal
- GST - closing the de minimis loophole (#eFairnessNZ)
- Payments - fair fees for merchants and consumers
- Retail crime - increasing awareness and reducing costs to consumers
- Alcohol regulation - sensible local policies that reduce harm without impacting customers
- Working with Local Government - local representation on local issues
- Sustainability - reducing our environmental impact
- Shop Trading Hours - choice for businesses, employees and shoppers
- Employment issues - balancing the needs of employers and employees
- Health and Safety - ensuring the new regime works for retail
- Food Safety and Product Standards - changes affecting the sector
For the latest information on all of our advocacy work, members can check out this month's edition of Talking Shop (subscribe by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you have enquiries about these or any other issues affecting your retail business contact:
Greg Harford, General Manager Public Affairs
Ph: 027 243 2842