Government needs to do small business with us, not for us.

August 31, 2018 11:36 pm

Rural Women New Zealand has released a media release following the Government’s announcement of the Small Business Council. 

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The new Small Business Council announced by the Government does not fully represent small business says Rural Women New Zealand (RWNZ).

“While the Minister of Small Business, Hon Stuart Nash, has good intentions with the recent announcement of the Small Business Council, he misses the mark with its membership,” says National Finance Chair and Business Portfolio Convenor Rachael Dean.

“The Government has missed a huge opportunity to work with the rural small business community, instead, opting to work for us, which leaves it open to missing out on real, lived experiences and therefore solid advice and recommendations that will make a difference to the backbone of the New Zealand economy.

“The rural sector is made up of small businesses, many of them owned or partly owned by rural women, yet hands-on rural women in small business are missing from the Small Business Council.

“A quick read through the Terms of Reference shows no reference to the rural sector at all and a word search reveals that rural is not mentioned at all.

“The Small Business Council should include at least one person who is a hands-on small business owner with experience in the rural sector to ensure that for once, their voice is actually heard.

“Experience shows that merely being involved in a consultative process is a waste of time — in order of voices truly to be heard, they need to be at the table.

“RWNZ hopes that the Small Business Council at the very least carries out both a gender impact analysis and a rural impact analysis when developing the Small Business Strategy as per the Terms of Reference.

“The Government needs to work with the small business community, especially with the rural small business community and the women that work within it, to really make a difference,” says Ms Dean.



For further information, please contact:
Rural Women New Zealand
National Office
04 473 5524
[email protected]


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