Confident Waikato Chamber Members

The results of our recent survey are in. They revealed over 50% were confident in their own businesses being able to grow over the next 12 months and, interestingly, a solid 80% had increased their prices in the past 12 months.

There was general dissatisfaction amongst members on the current state of the New Zealand economy, its direction and economic performance, with over 40% expecting the economy to decline over the next 12 months.

There was wide support for more doctors and nurses, more expressways, tackling crime, improving education, reducing central government bureaucracy and reducing interest rates, so we should expect our election candidates to focus on these areas.

The issue of tax cuts saw 40% less interested, 40% keen and 20% on the fence. A similar split on commuter rail found a small 14% very keen for better or more extensive commuter train connections.

A large 66% were uninterested in electric vehicles, with a solid 60% in favour of the University of Waikato’s proposed medical school, 15% on the fence and 25% not keen.

Thank you to all members who took part, and we will be back in the first week of October for a quarterly follow up.


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