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Business Could Do With A Breather

Monday, 29 March 2021, 3:03 pm | EMA

The call for a halt to new business-focused legislation for the next two years is an idea that has merit for a business community desperately in need of a breather, says the EMA. "Now would be a good time for business to able to take a break ... More >>

Whakatane Mill Closure Terrible News

Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 5:21 pm | EMA

The EMA says the announcement today that the Whakatane Mill is closing is terrible news for the management team, employees, and the wider community. "Our thoughts are with everyone in Whakatane today, as this is a decision that everyone was hoping ... More >>

Extra ATAP Spend Welcome But Is The Balance Of Transport Modes Right?

Friday, 12 March 2021, 12:01 pm | EMA

The additional $500 million spend announced today as part of the revised $31 billion Auckland Transport Alignment Programme (ATAP) is welcome at a time when Auckland Council’s budget is under extreme pressure, says the EMA. EMA Chief Executive Brett ... More >>

Get Auckland Back To Alert Level 1 To Take Advantage Of Weekend Trade

Thursday, 11 March 2021, 4:14 pm | EMA

EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley is urging the Government to immediately return Auckland to Alert Level 1 after its cabinet meeting tomorrow rather than wait until 6am Sunday. "It will be one of the biggest weekends of the year with the 36th ... More >>

Rolling Restrictions Highlight Precarious Business Positions

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 3:09 pm | EMA

The recent series of alert level restrictions have shown just how close to the edge many businesses are being forced to operate with increasing numbers facing ever harder decisions. EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley says yesterday’s highlighted increases ... More >>

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 >>