Ardern announces Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council

Adding to the many reviews, inquiries and whatever else government assistance groups have been called, Jacinda Ardern has announced a new business advisory council.

Stuff:  Air NZ boss to lead newly launched Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council

A new Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council is to be formed as Jacinda Ardern battles to get business on side.

The council, chaired by Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon, aims to build closer relationships between government and business.

Luxon said he was looking forward to the challenge.

“I’m excited to chair this important initiative because I think building a better, more sustainable New Zealand is a cause well worth putting all our collective efforts and energy behind – business leaders working together with government.

“I believe all New Zealanders, regardless of our backgrounds, are united in wanting to see a more prosperous economy, a more cohesive society, and an enhanced environment. At the end of the day we will all get the country we deserve.”

That sounds very jargony.

Ardern said it would provide her “high-level free and frank advice” on key economic issues and harness expertise from the private sector to develop the Government’s economic policies.

“The council will provide a forum for business leaders to advise me and the Government and to join us in taking the lead on some of the important areas of reform the Government is undertaking,” Ardern said.

“The council will report to me on opportunities it sees and identify emerging challenges. It will bring new ideas to the table on how we can scale up New Zealand businesses and grow our export led wealth.”

“I want to work closely with, and be advised by, senior business leaders who take a helicopter view of our economy, who are long-term strategic thinkers who have the time and energy to lead key aspects of our economic agenda.

“The council will complement the work the Government is already doing with the Small Business Council and business and union representative groups through the Tripartite Forum. Their work will focus on macro level economic strategy and active leadership on our economic agenda to build a more productive, inclusive and sustainable economy.”

Is this an admission that direct Government relations with the business community haven’t been adequate?

Has Grant Robertson failed to adequately connected with people in business, or has he failed to liaise with advise Ardern adequately?

Or does Ardern just recognise a need to work more closely with business leaders.


  1. There are already quite a few real life, privately funded organisations who represent the views of businesses locally and nationally across NZ. Why doesn’t the government just start talking and listening to them?
    A fair question.

    • PartisanZ

       /  August 28, 2018

      Perhaps because they’re almost inevitably True Blue … fiercely conservative National Party supporters and often made up of individual National stalwarts?

      Maybe because they don’t want to consider “fair and equitable”? Or “prosperous regions”? Or “clean, green and carbon neutral”?

    • PDB

       /  August 28, 2018

      All these working/advisory groups are simply all set up to produce a predetermined result whilst pretending to be considering other options and taking into account other views at a huge cost to taxpayers.

      This advisory council will only be listened to if they jump onboard what Ardern describes in her speech as “our economic agenda”.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  August 28, 2018

        Probably, in fact, certainly. sighhhhhh……

  2. PDB

     /  August 28, 2018

    Well that’s a big surprise! Who would have thought the big business announcement this morning was yet another govt-funded advisory group?

    • Blazer

       /  August 28, 2018

      have to assuage business who are disappointed that this monkey does not dance on demand as did the prior…monkey.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 28, 2018

      Taxpayer funded; we are the mugs paying for it.

  3. artcroft

     /  August 28, 2018

    Breaking News: Labour to commission a board of inquiry to establish exactly what day of the week it is.

    • Blazer

       /  August 28, 2018

      God knows what Nationals 75 working/advisory groups achieved then!

      • Gezza

         /  August 28, 2018

        Eh? Only 57 over the same period when John Key stormed into power in 2008, according to the best information available (Mr Bridges) !


        The National Party is continuing to call out the Labour government saying the number of reviews and working groups it’s established are “out of control.” The opposition estimates the cost at more than $170 million dollars, but the Labour [government] staunchly rejects that.

        “There are inquiries in literally every area of the economy and government you can think of,” says National Party leader Simon Bridges.

        The opposition claims the figures they’ve obtained show numbers blowing out of proportion – 152 working groups costing around $170 million dollars. The government strongly rejects this however, arguing there are just 38 working groups totalling around $35 million.

        However, Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr believes there can be some negative impacts, “what could be holding businesses up? Without a doubt there’s a lot of reviews going on around the government.”

        Simon Bridges says by contrast, National set up 57 working groups or inquiries over the same period when it first entered government in 2008. “They are doing so many inquiries and working groups, the numbers are out of control, the money being spent is out of control,” he said.

        The Labour government says National’s figures are misleading but the Prime Minister’s office declined an interview with 1 NEWS saying they’ve spoken on the matter previously and want to leave it there.”

        So this Business Advisory Council must be #153?

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  August 28, 2018

    Very appropriate an airline and industry that spends its life in the pocket of Govt should be the figurehead.

    • Blazer

       /  August 28, 2018

      didn’t go un noticed.

      The efficiency of Govt ownership rescued Air NZ ,and restored it to profitability.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 28, 2018

        … after the Aussie Lefty Keating govt killed it. Airlines are captive pets of Govt. No-one sensible would ever invest in them.

  5. PDB

     /  August 28, 2018

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