Sixty-nine chief executives responded to an open-ended question as to what they would like to see on the Labour Shadow Finance Minister's policy agenda. "Continue to constrain public expenditure to core and effective services," advised Unitec CRO Rick Ede. "Reset taxation and investment incentives to favour productive investment instead of property investment. "Continue the investment approach to welfare services begun by Bill English." Many, but not all, of the themes on Robertson's own priority list resonate with the boardroom. With 67 per cent per cent of CEOs predicting technological advances will be the single factor with the biggest impact on business in the next five years and a further 7 per cent singling out job losses through technology, it is clear Robertson's Future of Work initiative falls on fertile ground. The Future of Work project has moved the party away from its historic focus on large-scale, traditional industries and unions towards engaging with small business and entrepreneurs. The goal is to lift skill levels, move New Zealand towards a knowledge economy and a more adaptable workforce to cope with rapid technological change. An energy industry chair says furthering the Future of Work discussion inside the Labour caucus is important; "even if it isn't strictly part of the finance portfolio." Hawkins Group CEO Geoff Hunt says a priority should be "getting the right skills delivered by the education system" while KiwiRail's Peter Reidy wants Labour to develop policies "to attract trade and technical skills into the market place". Lifting education levels and focusing on social issues including poverty is a common theme. But a property boss says the finance spokesperson should prioritise "economic prosperity for all New Zealanders". EMA boss Kim Campbell says Robertson "should identify the weaknesses in fiscal policy which is leaving National open to criticism". Opinions were mixed on Labour's redistributive philosophy. A transport industry boss says Labour should "adopt a more centrist set of economic policies that steer away from a basic redistribution of wealth to supporting all New Zealanders and business to get ahead". The head of a legal firm says Robertson needs to "demonstrate he really does understand economics and what makes a vibrant economy". A media chief executive says Robertson should "stop promising what is fiscally unsound, free university education and so on". Elsewhere a power industry chair says Labour needs to "work with Treasury on the Living Standards framework without dialling in significantly increased government expenditure". Not surprisingly, some 20 per cent of CEO respondents say Robertson should prioritise housing policies -- an area where the boardroom is frustrated by National's policy vacuum. Kiwi Property CEO Chris Gudgeon wants Labour to "get active on tax policy" to deal with housing affordability. A media boss recommended a proactive stance on unpopular but needed actions: capital gains on housing, increased aged of Super eligibility, and redistribution of wealth via a review of personal tax structure. An investment banker advises Robertson to provide; "incentives on productive investment rather than investment for capital gain in part financed by high leverage at the tax payers' cost with no or little return to the taxpayer". Another leading banker also wants measures to improve housing affordability. He'd like to see an increase per capita incomes by cutting the corporate tax rate, fixing the Resource Management Act and removing obstacles to foreign investment, except where large or sensitive parcels of land are involved. Not all Robertson's own themes resonate. He attracts a fair share of criticism from a power industry boss who suggests the finance spokesperson needs to provide the Labour Party with lessons on how business works in the "real world". A banker suggests the Labour Party should replace Robertson with "someone who understands the portfolio, like David Parker". Meanwhile, a forestry boss says he need not worry about priorities as the Labour Party isn't going to win the election. Among other suggestions: focus on digitalisation of the Government sector (KPMG's Ross Buckley); target financial illiteracy.