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Rapid Antigen Tests Essential To Coping With Omicron

Thursday, 13 January 2022, 4:22 pm | EMA

The EMA says it has looked at what is happening in Australia and other countries and concluded that Rapid Antigen Testing (RATs) is what is going to keep New Zealand open for business and avoiding the "big sick" for our workforce. Chief ... More >>

Tradition Of Honouring Service With Life Memberships Continues

Thursday, 16 December 2021, 4:45 pm | EMA

At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) this week the EMA honoured the contributions of one former and one current board member with life memberships. Presented by current EMA Board Chairman Andrew Hunt, the first membership was awarded to David Jack. David ... More >>

Clarity Around Border Welcomed But Still Uncertainty Around Business Reopening

Wednesday, 17 November 2021, 1:29 pm | EMA

The EMA says while it is good to have clarity about the Auckland border reopening on December 15, it remains concerned about a firm reopening date for business. Chief Executive, Brett O’Riley, says that while the EMA’s 7,600 business members understand ... More >>

Clear Plan Welcome, Implementation Critical

Friday, 22 October 2021, 11:51 am | EMA

The EMA welcomes the Government’s announcement of support for Auckland business in particular, and the new COVID-19 protection framework which aims to move away from lockdowns and enable businesses and events to full re-open to vaccinated New ... More >>

UK FTA ‘Back To The Future’

Thursday, 21 October 2021, 1:43 pm | EMA

Today’s announcement of a comprehensive new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom will offer some welcome variation in market access to New Zealand exporters, say the EMA. "It’s great news for many of our export members, particularly ... More >>

Call For Precise Plan For Getting People Back Into Workplaces

Friday, 8 October 2021, 3:39 pm | EMA

The EMA is asking for a precise plan for getting businesses and their people back to work that goes well beyond the confusing and vague Auckland Alert Level 3 stepped process that offers virtually nothing for business. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley ... More >>

Make Vaccine Passports Mandatory In The Workplace

Wednesday, 6 October 2021, 7:41 am | EMA

The EMA is asking for the mandatory carrying of digital vaccine passports to enter the workplace, with digital exemptions and extra precautions applying to those who can’t or choose not to be vaccinated. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says carrying ... More >>

Reconnecting Plan Positive But Parts Need To Be Turbo-charged

Thursday, 12 August 2021, 12:31 pm | EMA

The EMA says the plan for reconnecting New Zealand to the world will be a relief to those in the business community needing to travel but pressing issues remain with the current system. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says increasing access to vaccinations ... More >>

More Pathways Into Mahi Welcome

Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 12:23 pm | EMA

EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the announcement today of funding to support more than 500 Māori job seekers into employment and training opportunities is welcome. "We know these sorts of initiatives deliver benefits, especially when they are ... More >>

Survey Reveals How Employees Are Really Feeling About Their Work

Wednesday, 11 August 2021, 8:48 am | EMA

It really is the small things that count - that is one of the key findings revealed as part of the inaugural EMA Workplace Wellbeing Survey in partnership with nib. The online survey of nearly 600 people - spanning all business sizes, sectors and ... More >>

Pacific Island Workers Welcome, But What About Those Already Here?

Wednesday, 4 August 2021, 10:17 am | EMA

EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley is calling for the Government to declare an overstayer amnesty alongside allowing more RSE workers from the Pacific Islands to come here quarantine-free from next month. "We know a large proportion of those ... More >>

Simplifying And Streamlining Some Visas A Good Start

Friday, 16 July 2021, 6:32 am | EMA

The EMA is pleased to see the Government is increasing the duration of the Essential Skills visas and streamlining the application process to smooth the way for employers and their people. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says it is a step in the right ... More >>

Fair Pay Agreements Not The Future Of The Workplace

Friday, 9 July 2021, 8:43 am | EMA

Inflexible, compulsory national awards are not the future of the workplace for employers or for employees says the Employers and Manufacturers Association. "The fact the Government is pursuing these agreements in the face of contrary advice from officials ... More >>

Replacement RMA On Right Track But Much Work Still To Be Done

Tuesday, 29 June 2021, 1:08 pm | EMA

The EMA says the proposed Natural and Built Environments Act is tracking in the right direction but there is still much work to be done in replacing the outdated Resource Management Act (RMA). EMA Head of Advocacy and Strategy, Alan McDonald, ... More >>

Business Needs Climate Change Action To Be Equitable And Achievable

Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 3:22 pm | EMA

The EMA says the Climate Change Commission’s final recommendations on the pathway to a net carbon zero economy by 2050 still leave questions unanswered. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says some of the EMA’s concerns about the initial report, which ... More >>

Tough Calls On Transport To Balance Budget And Get Economy Moving

Friday, 4 June 2021, 12:14 pm | EMA

The EMA says the downgrade of the New Zealand Upgrade programme will make moving freight and people around Auckland and Northland more difficult. EMA Head of Advocacy and Strategy, Alan McDonald, says downgrades to major projects at Marsden Point and ... More >>

More Funding For Economic Recovery In The Regions Welcomed

Thursday, 27 May 2021, 2:29 pm | EMA

The EMA says the government’s announcement of a new fund to replace the Provincial Growth Fund is good news for the economic recovery of the regions. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the $200 million Regional Strategic Partnership Fund will be ... More >>

No Great Benefits For Business From The Balanced Budget 2021

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 4:03 pm | EMA

The EMA says there is not much in Budget 2021 for business, but that is as expected. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says not surprisingly the major focus was on securing the country’s recovery through supporting people socially and the environment, ... More >>

More Spaces For Skilled And Critical Workers’ Welcome

Tuesday, 11 May 2021, 5:59 am | EMA

May 10, 2021 The EMA says its members will be pleased with today’s announcement that more spaces have been allocated in managed isolation facilities for skilled and critical workers. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the message from its 7,400 ... More >>

No Positive Outcomes From FPA Proposal

Friday, 7 May 2021, 1:17 pm | EMA

The EMA says there will be no positive outcomes from the Fair Pay Agreement (FPA) proposal for businesses. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the effects of the proposal to Cabinet today on FPAs to standardise conditions across industries or ... More >>