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A last-minute venue change to accommodate demand did not stop local business owners from engaging with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon Bill English, in robust discussions during the Minister’s visit to Waimakariri last week, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

Bill English addressed local business people in the Rangiora Town Hall on Tuesday 26 July to discuss a range of issues, including new changes delivered in Budget 16 that makes paying tax easier for small to medium-sized businesses.

The meeting, originally scheduled for the upstairs function room, had to be moved to the 150-seat auditorium in the Rangiora Town Hall due to the uptake by local business people.

“Our businesses are behind the success of our vibrant town centres and Waimakariri’s growth, and I am always looking at ways to support them,” Doocey said. “It was great to be able to bring the Minister down to Waimakariri to speak to our local business people about what’s happening in our area.”

A business visit to Daiken, a large employer in North Canterbury, followed the meeting in the Rangiora Town Hall.

Doocey said the latest Waimakariri District quarterly economic report revealed a 4.1 per cent increase in retail sales over the year, which, combined with an annual unemployment rate of 2.8 percent, was positive news for the region.



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