Motel Association of New ZealandSubmissions: Local Bodies AmendmentActPage 2
Weappreciate the Government’s commitment to address the issues that surround what isone of the most powerful and costly organisations that members of the Motel Associationdeal with.It is important to remember that Local Authorities wield significant power in their communitiesand can create great inequities and cost burdens on small and medium enterprises. This isdone through unintended outcomes and in many cases commercial naiveté.By Local Body design and by market imperative,Motels are located in areas that are easyfor travellers to identify and access.This means that they are located on main roads and or arterial roads. These are normally areas of high traffic volume; this is recognised andcatered for. Motels offer a 24 hour service and are run by small business owners who liveon-site. Typically the owner’squarters areat the front of the property to ensure that allguests are met and processed quickly and efficiently without disturbing any other guests.Our issuesarethat Local Authorities be compelled to address commercial inequities wherethey are created by the Local Authorities actions and or policies,and that the costs that theyimpose on small and medium businesses are right and proper.It is our belief that good legislation complies with four standards1.The lawmust be accessible i.e. people need to be aware of it and be able to readilyobtain it.2.The law must be understandable i.e. it is clear and precise so that anyone that reads itunderstands itsmeaning.3.The lawmust be fair; it must reflect the requirements of the community as a whole andensure that their needs are met.4.Finally the lawmust be enforceable. Acts that cannotbe,or are not,enforcedare notworth the paper they are printed on!The MotelAssociation represents 1003 members in all areas of New Zealand. The MotelIndustry sells approximately 35% of the bed nights sold in New Zealand annually,making itthe largest provider of commercial accommodation in New Zealand. Ourmembers are allSMEs making the Association one of the largest groups representing small businesses. Wehost 11,000,000 bed-nights a year with 8,000,000 being to New Zealanders and 3,000,000being international visitors. Approximately 30% of the industry’scustomers are people doingbusiness in the community where they stay,making Motels a very important part of theinfrastructure supporting the New Zealand regional economies.