’We want to work with business’ - Grant Robertson

Finance Minister, Grant Robertson. - Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

The Finance Minister is reassuring the business community the government is listening to them.

Recent surveys show a fall in activity and pessimism about the outlook for the economy.

Speaking on Newshub Nation, Grant Robertson said the books were in surplus and debt was relatively low.

"We've got business at the table with us working on the issues that are in this government's programme and the issues that business want us to work on.

"We've got the programme - we want to work with business and by and large the business community has come on board on issues such as climate change and even some of those industrial relations issues as well," he said.

Mr Robertson said economic growth was expected to hover about 3 percent over the next couple of years.

He expected the economy would be growing strongly enough to allow the government to go ahead with its planned "well-being" Budget next year.

The government wants to target long-term social issues in the Budget, which will be the second of the Labour-led government's term.

Mr Robertson said there was no reason to change the plans for next year.