Tag: Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce

Political activism with no mandate at Upper Hutt Council

Press Release – Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Media Statement Thursday 25 February 2016 Political activism with no mandate at Upper Hutt City Council Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Media Statement Thursday 25 February 2016 Political activism with no mandate at Upper Hutt City Council On Wednesday 24 February 2016 at meeting of full council, a majority of Upper Hutt City Councillors voted to declare Upper Hutt City a “TPP Free Zone”. This was in point 7 of an 8 point resolution adopted by council. “No one spoke against the Council adopting what we see as essentially an anti-TPP resolution said Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industry Chief Executive Mark Futter”. The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industry is a strong supporter of democracy and the rights of citizens to express their views, and we respect the right of the TPP opponents to protest against the TPP, however from a business stand point do not agree with the Councils views in this case. We are stunned that one of our city councils has adopted a purely political stance against a central government trade agreement that the Chamber sees as being a crucially important deal for a small, remotely located country that is dependent upon trade and a City that is home to numerous exporters. The Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industry...

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TTP deal keeps New Zealand in the game

Press Release – Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Welcoming news that a Trans-Tasman Partnership (TTP) deal has been done, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO Mark Futter said it will set a playing field for New Zealand business to succeed internationally for years to come.Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Tuesday 6 October 2015 TTP deal keeps New Zealand in the game Welcoming news that a Trans-Tasman Partnership (TTP) deal has been done, Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce & Industry CEO Mark Futter said it will set a playing field for New Zealand business to succeed internationally for years to come. Judging from the final few days of negotiation, there will be winners and concessions, but we wouldn’t have signed into this unless as a nation we were going to be ahead of where we were at the start. The Government has done the right thing to sign up. It converts a considerable investment by successive governments over many years. “As a trade dependent nation we needed to be in the room, and in the game from the start,” said Mr. Futter. There may be concessions, but just as happened with other FTA’s we can keep the work going to improve the arrangements as we move forward. We need to look at the facts not at the myths. We need to look at the long-game not be scared...

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