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Peace on earth and good will to all men
We hope Santa has a well-deserved rest in store for our trade customers, where they can down tools, roll out the barbeque and relax.
We hear Santa’s elves are an innovative bunch, so if they can also help our industry improve some pressure points, we’ll be in for a good year.
Our store owners are asking Santa to keep DIY items atop his gift list for good Kiwi homeowners.
We’re also wishing for a long, fine, safe Kiwi summer. We love it when our customers can take advantage of warm weather to improve their homes and gardens, make the most of their outdoor spaces and of course fire up the grill.
Continued strong support for locally owned and operated stores would be another great gift.
We love opportunities to delight customers and get involved with community projects, so, if Santa has a few of those, we’ll be set.
Neil Cowie (CEO, Mitre 10 NZ)
A safe and happy Christmas
We are looking forward to seeing you again this year. We don’t like to ask but if you would think about granting the following three wishes for Bunnings in 2018!
Happy Christmas to you too Santa!
Jacqui Coombes (GM, Bunnings NZ)
What I would like for 2018
In these ever changing fast paced times, with the pressure to always…
… it’s at this time of year more than any other that we should all remember that our industry, our customers and our businesses are all built around people.
So Santa I wish that in 2018 we can create the opportunities to leverage that human capital, to give our people the chance to innovate, to evolve and bring new ideas and solutions to our industry.
I hope that our industry attracts people with the talent and vibrancy to make a difference.
But first and most important of all, I hope that everyone has a safe and festive Xmas season with the people that are special to them.
Bruce McEwen (GM, PlaceMakers)
All I want for Christmas…
All I want for Christmas is ...
Warwick Quinn (CEO, BCITO)
Looking for partnership
Putting Rob Muldoon’s tooth fairy to one side, I’d ask Santa to deliver for 2018 a Government and public sector that works in genuine partnership with industry to achieve improved systems for product assurance, public sector procurement and occupational licensing.
Bruce Kohn (CEO, Building Industry federation)
What are builders wishing for?
Grant Florence (CEO, CBNZ)
Damp squib or raging inferno?
All I want for Christmas this year is a set of rules that are simple to understand, follow and police.
Oh and please give us some notice before they come into force? Love your work!
On behalf of any fire engineer, anywhere in New Zealand
I note with regret that you didn’t manage to fulfil the requests I submitted last year:
To find a way for us to deliver all those extra houses we need.
To find a way for us to regulate the building industry without coming on all heavy handed.
On behalf of the former Minister for Building & Housing
Please find a way for us to deliver all those extra houses we’ve promised.
And above all please find a way for us to regulate the building industry without coming on all heavy handed.
On behalf of the current Minister for Building & Housing
Takeaways at Xmas
Forgive me for asking you to take something away instead of giving…
For Christmas this year, I really would like you remove the loophole that allows Kiwis not to have to pay tax on stuff they buy from overseas e-tailers.
I’m not asking for myself you understand but I think I “jumped the gun” earlier this year and really need to make good on my promises.
Thanks for your understanding.
On behalf of the current Minister for Revenue