Small Business

  • Campaigns

    Simplify Easter Trading rules

    Whether it’s going shopping or having a pint at your local, Kiwis have been frustrated every Easter Friday and Sunday with maddening red tape that dictates how you spend your long weekend.

    MPs will soon have the chance to vote on Cameron Luxton's member's bill to reform Easter Trading rules, allowing Kiwis who want to trade over Easter to do so. Existing protections for workers to refuse to work on Easter Sunday will be expanded to Good Friday.

    3,794 signatures

    "I call on Members of Parliament to support the Repeal of Good Friday and Easter Sunday as Restricted Trading Days (Shop Trading and Sale of Alcohol) Amendment Bill."

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  • People

    Laura Trask

    Laura Trask MP was born and raised in Christchurch and has held roles on boards, owned a small business, and been a coach and a manager. Laura began her career in pharmacy before building a market-leading evacuation consultancy business with her factory. Laura was elected to Parliament as an ACT Party MP in 2023 but, in her spare time, you’ll find her on the side-line cheering for her two kids or exploring New Zealand’s backyard.

  • Economy

    Helping Small Businesses Get Ahead

    Small businesses are the backbone of New Zealand’s economy. If New Zealand is to have a thriving and productive economy, we need to make it a better place for small business to operate in. ACT is committed to doing that.

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  • Press Releases

    ACT to streamline AML Compliance as part of small business package

    “Small businesses are the backbone of New Zealand’s economy. If New Zealand is to have a thriving and productive economy, we need to make it a better place for small business to operate in. ACT is committed to doing that,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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  • Press Releases

    90-day trial periods Member's Bill drawn

    “My Member’s Bill drawn today to reinstate 90-day trials will reduce the risk for employers and allow them to take a chance on hiring someone,” says ACT MP James McDowall.

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  • Law & Order

    Tougher Sentences for Attacks on Vulnerable Workers

    Workers on the frontline are facing an increasingly violent New Zealand. It’s time to take an approach that puts victims first, so New Zealand’s shopkeepers, taxi and bus drivers, security guards, small retailers and other frontline workers can operate without fear.

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  • Press Releases

    FPAs will only drive further employment woes

    “Michael Wood’s assertions that ‘Fair Pay Agreements’ are the solution to the dire driver shortages across New Zealand are out of touch with reality,” says ACT’s Small Business spokesperson Chris Baillie.

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  • Press Releases

    Day of recognition without the costs is the answer

    “Creating a new public holiday on a whim is causing chaos amongst businesses, our health system and schools. We need a way to recognise the Queen’s passing without making life harder for Kiwis,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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  • Press Releases

    Businesses can’t access ramraid fund

    “The Police Minister needs to explain to business owners who are terrified that they are next in line to be ramraided why they can’t access the fund designed to protect businesses,” says ACT Leader and Epsom MP David Seymour.

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  • Press Releases

    Don’t make small business pay for pageantry

    “In a cost of living crisis, the ACT Party cannot support yet another public holiday. It would amount to the Government making small business pay for pageantry,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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