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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 >>

Randerson Report Welcome Alternative For Resource Management Future

Wednesday, 29 July 2020, 11:07 am | EMA

The new Government in September must act quickly on the Randerson Review Panel’s recommendations on New Zealand’s resource management future if the country is to transform quickly after the impacts of COVID-19, says the EMA. The Randerson Report ... More >>

Transport Boost Impactful For Auckland And Upper North Island

Friday, 17 July 2020, 11:24 am | EMA

The four-lane highway from Whangarei to Tauranga may be the eye-catching part of National’s new infrastructure plan but it is arguably the significant rail upgrades and busway projects that could have the biggest impact on Aucklanders says the Employers ... More >>

$40 Million To Support NZ Businesses A Welcome Relief

Tuesday, 14 July 2020, 1:24 pm | EMA

Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Small Business Stuart announced a further $40 million will be invested in the Regional Business Partner programme (RBP) today. This is a welcome relief for businesses trying to plot a path ... More >>

Infrastructure Spend Good Start For Regions

Wednesday, 1 July 2020, 10:14 am | EMA

The shovel ready projects infrastructure programme will inject almost $1 billion dollars into the EMA’s region in the Upper North Island, and generate important employment opportunities. Funds allocated for as yet un-named projects will see $970 ... More >>

Last Chance For Fully Funded Fast-track To Global Growth

Friday, 26 June 2020, 11:36 am | EMA

Exporters throughout New Zealand will have to get in quickly if they want to be one of 120 businesses to fast-track their global expansion plans through the Export Excelerator Programme. The EMA’s ExportNZ arm is fully funding 30 businesses, and ... More >>

Fully Funded Fast-track To Global Growth

Monday, 15 June 2020, 10:26 am | EMA

The EMA’s ExportNZ arm is giving 120 businesses in the export community from Taupo North the chance to fast-track their global expansion plans - just when they need it most. The EMA’s Chief Executive, Brett O’Riley, says COVID-19 has hit many ... More >>

Authority Must Be Reined In Before It Increases Power Prices For Vulnerable Consumers

Wednesday, 10 June 2020, 11:57 am | EMA

Today’s decision by the Electricity Authority (the Authority) to push through fundamental changes to the way Kiwis pay for power will hurt vulnerable households and businesses and must not proceed, the Transmission Pricing (TPM) Group[i] says. ... More >>

Level 2 Needed For Business Continuity

Friday, 8 May 2020, 2:29 pm | EMA

The survival of businesses and people’s livelihoods needs to now be the focus for New Zealand, says the EMA. "Only moving into Alert Level 2 as soon as possible will provide the injection that is needed to truly start the recovery and get as ... More >>

Fast-track Consents Necessary For Covid 19 Recovery

Monday, 4 May 2020, 9:38 am | EMA

Fast-tracking resource consents for critical infrastructure and development projects is a pragmatic and welcome government response to assisting the Covid 19 recovery process says Resource Reform NZ- (RRNZ), a coalition of business and environmental ... More >>

Cashflow Help Welcomed By SMEs

Friday, 1 May 2020, 2:52 pm | EMA

The EMA says its members will welcome the Government’s announcement of the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme, which will definitely help some survive. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says businesses certainly need the $10,000 for every company and ... More >>

Time For Economy To Move To Alert Level 2

Friday, 1 May 2020, 8:42 am | EMA

The EMA says the economy needs a return to Alert Level 2 on May 12 to get business back to work and kick-start the country’s economic engine. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says what this week at Alert Level 3 has shown is that the vast majority ... More >>

Relief At Alert Level 3 But It’s A Long Way From Business As Usual

Monday, 20 April 2020, 4:43 pm | EMA

The EMA says many Kiwi businesses will be relieved that the country is going back to Alert Level 3 next week, but there are others who will be disappointed their sector will continue to be locked down. Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says the Government’s ... More >>

New Approach Needed For Economic Recovery To Begin

Monday, 13 April 2020, 10:55 am | EMA

New Zealand business needs a new approach from Government to regulation, projects and procurement if the economy is going to start to recover. EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley has called for a new recovery playbook by Government to give businesses ... More >>

Thousands Seek Expert Business Advice

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 4:06 pm | EMA

EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says an early decision to open the organisation’s AdviceLine to all has meant thousands of businesses have been able to access expert advice and guidance as the Covid-19 lockdown hit the economy. "Normally only ... More >>