Kia ora from the Chief Executive

The commencement of the Trans-Tasman bubble this week is exciting news. The Government has produced a guide outlining how the bubble will work, I encourage you to read it whether you are travelling for work or pleasure.

This does not address the skilled migrant worker issue and I know from talking to many of you that skills shortages remain a significant problem. That is why this week we hosted a Job Fair in partnership with MSD, to connect businesses looking for staff with people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.

We will provide an update on that in our next E-report.  There are also a number of virtual job fairs running through universities and polytechnics that may help if you have places to fill –  more details here.

Finally, with ANZAC day coming up it is time to reflect on the courage of those who risked their lives to protect us during World Wars and other conflicts. The EMA is an organisation that has been here throughout that history. That same courage and tenacity is helping us rebound from COVID-19 today and I am constantly impressed by the agility of both our members and the EMA team and its partners.

Kia kaha

Brett O’Riley – April 2021

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