Lizzi Whaley has been in business since 2006 and in that time she has faced operating under both National and Labour-led Governments.
The commercial interior design company boss, who runs Karangahape Rd-based Spaceworks Design Group, says the past three years running her business has meant longer hours, more compliance costs and higher wage bills.
Whaley, who employs 28 staff, says changes to employment law and other regulations that came into affect last year has cost her business up to $1000 more each month.
It has meant the business has had to hire experts and consultants to ensure all requirements are being met, when it shouldn’t need to for a relatively small-scale business.
She says the current Government hasn’t done her business any favours.
“I’m a big fan of the way John Key ran the country because I believe he ran it like a business, and I believe that is the best way to run the country to make sure that all people are catered, and that you can’t cherry-pick and try to do the best for everyone.”
Whaley says the existing Government had “done very well on the international stage” and been “very diplomatic” but had taken the wrong approach towards the Covid-19 response and its worker-first policies.
“They have cherry-picked some industries that they think they want to support more than others. Whilst we have fared pretty well through Covid, we haven’t had to make any redundancies or anything like that, what we are finding it has affected the markets that we are service which is retail and hospitality, they feel like they are really forgotten.”
Current policies such as mandatory rises to the minimum wage affected industries and businesses that could not afford them. It had meant that businesses were now less likely to hire additional staff, says