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EMA Echoes Calls For More Input Into Future Management Of COVID-19

Tuesday, 2 March 2021, 1:29 pm | EMA

Calls by senior business leaders for more openness and cooperation around the Government’s plan for the ongoing management of COVID-19 are strongly supported by the EMA. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says business owners are being crippled by increasing pressure ... More >>

Holidays Act Overhaul Short-term Pain For Long-term Gain

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 2:13 pm | EMA

The EMA says its business members will welcome the overhaul of the Holidays Act, although it will potentially be challenging for them to implement. "We’re looking forward to working further with the Government on the new Act, which is expected ... More >>

Resurgence Support Payment Welcome For Struggling Businesses

Wednesday, 17 February 2021, 6:31 pm | EMA

The quick shift out of COVID-19 Alert Level 3 and the availability of the Resurgence Support Payment will be helpful for Auckland region businesses hit hard by Sunday’s rapid move to regional border restrictions, says the EMA. "Level 2 restrictions ... More >>

Speed And Scale Key To Auckland Moving From Alert Level 3

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 1:20 pm | EMA

The EMA says the ability to move quickly up and down the alert level scale will be the cornerstone of successfully dealing with COVID-19 flare-ups in future. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley welcomes the Government’s effective actions to address ... More >>

Border Crossings Easier For Business At Alert Level 3

Monday, 15 February 2021, 7:52 am | EMA

A better system for getting people classed as essential through the borders that have been set up around the Auckland region is welcome to its members, says the EMA. EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says Business Connect is ready for registration ... More >>

More Money To Hire People Gives Business A Boost

Thursday, 11 February 2021, 7:34 pm | EMA

More money to hire people will help its SME business members get back on track after COVID-19, says the EMA. "The expansion of the Government’s Flexi-wage initiative is great news and will give businesses a confidence boost and those out of work more ... More >>

SMEs Welcome Additional Government Support For Employers

Monday, 8 February 2021, 4:34 pm | EMA

The Government’s announcement today of the new Short Term Absences Payment (STAP) will be welcomed by both employers, employees and those self-employed, says the EMA. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the payment of $350, which employers and those ... More >>

NZPPA And EMA Partner To Support Payrollers NZPPA And EMA Partner To Support Payrollers

Thursday, 3 December 2020, 9:41 am | EMA

The EMA have partnered with the New Zealand Payroll Practitioners Association (NZPPA) to help upskill payrollers and give them a career pathway. EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says payroll is a core business function which currently often sits with ... More >>

Congestion Charging Could Work If Offset By Productivity Gains

Monday, 30 November 2020, 4:50 pm | EMA

Introducing congestion charging to Auckland and other congested cities around New Zealand is a matter of when not if but the conversation with the road using public needs to start now, says the EMA. The Ministry of Transport today released The Congestion ... More >>

More Than 1700 Attend EMA Spring Briefings

Friday, 27 November 2020, 11:31 am | EMA

New Zealand border issues, skills and staff shortages and new rules around compulsory Christmas shut-downs dominated discussions during the EMA’s recently completed Spring Briefing round. More than 1700 EMA members joined the briefings with record ... More >>

Life Memberships Honour Long-Term Contribution

Tuesday, 24 November 2020, 6:35 pm | EMA

Two former board members were presented with life memberships at the EMA Annual General Meeting (AGM) this afternoon to honour their contribution to guiding the member business organisation. Presented by current EMA Board Chairman Andrew Hunt, ... More >>

Northland Poised For Massive Growth If Infrastructure Comes To Fruition

Tuesday, 10 November 2020, 12:56 pm | EMA

Northland is poised for a massive growth surge if the current infrastructure project pipeline comes to fruition. This is according to EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley, who has just been involved with the EMA’s Spring Briefing series for member businesses ... More >>

Young People Key To Future Of Manufacturing

Wednesday, 21 October 2020, 12:44 pm | EMA

The EMA says it is no secret that manufacturing remains one of the key sectors to bring about the transformation of the economy needed in the wake of COVID-19. The challenge is how to tempt the young people desperately needed across all industries ... More >>

Best Policies For Business Post-election

Thursday, 24 September 2020, 11:04 am | EMA

The EMA has today released its 2020 Election Manifesto detailing what it believes the next Government needs to do to create the economic and social conditions for the country’s post-COVID transformation. EMA’s Head of Advocacy and Strategy ... More >>

Extra Public Holiday Worth The Cost?

Monday, 7 September 2020, 2:20 pm | EMA

The EMA says the Government’s announcement today of an extra public holiday for Matariki from 2022 is unlikely to find favour with its business members. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says it will be seen as another cost to business and is unlikely ... More >>

Alert Level Change On Sunday Welcomed But Border Issue Remains

Monday, 24 August 2020, 4:19 pm | EMA

The EMA welcomes the Government’s announcement of Auckland returning to Alert Level 2 at midnight this Sunday, August 30, but says border control issues will still be a major hurdle for businesses in the next six days. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley ... More >>

Alert Level Changes Should Be Confirmed If Conditions Allow

Sunday, 23 August 2020, 2:12 pm | EMA

The EMA is urging the Government to announce tomorrow that Auckland will be moving to Alert Level 2 at midnight next Wednesday, August 26, so that businesses can be prepared. "The impact on businesses continues to escalate and they need some ... More >>

Regional Border Process Must Be Better

Tuesday, 18 August 2020, 8:43 am | EMA

The EMA says a main concern of many of its member businesses from Taupo to Northland is getting through regional borders, with or without the right paperwork. "The system is just not working properly and there is no consistency of information to ... More >>

Further Extended Wage Subsidy Scheme Good News For Business

Monday, 17 August 2020, 4:17 pm | EMA

The EMA says the Government’s further extension to the Wage Subsidy Scheme is good news for Auckland businesses who are unable to operate at all or are operating at reduced capacity at Alert Level 3. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the scheme, ... More >>

Businesses Urged To Adapt To Keep Trading

Friday, 14 August 2020, 10:53 am | EMA

The Employers and Manufacturers Association is urging businesses to adapt to the restrictions of Alert Level 3 so they can stay open and keep trading. "With Health Minister Chris Hipkins more or less ruling out Alert Level 4 restrictions ... More >>