Time to Transform

Our team of five million has been congratulated many times for our success in dealing with the COVID-19 public health crisis. We now need the same effort in dealing with the COVID-19 business crisis. Several factors make this a crisis: some of our sectors like shopfront retail were already under pressure from on-line competitors and have been further

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NIB Go! Magazine

This month we’re excited to share another great publication from our partners nib Health Insurance.

The latest version of their workplace wellness magazine has just been released and it’s well worth a read. Articles include how to build a healthier body, tips for working parents, how to stay mentally healthy and more…

Alan McDonald

Advocacy in real time

Member feedback was a critical component of the EMA’s advocacy programme during the peak of the COVID-19. Advocacy can often be a slow moving process

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Thomas Manning

Into the Breach

According to Economic Development NZ’s Dr David Wilson, New Zealand can emerge relatively unscathed from the COVID-19 pandemic if businesses focus on being connected, responsive,

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Frank Olsson

Welcome to Sweden

Geographically Sweden is one of the biggest countries in Europe with almost 100,000 lakes and over 200,000 islands, although less than 1000 of these are

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COVID-19 Web Series

The EMA, ATEED and the Regional Business Partner Network have partnered to bring you a free webinar series to help combat the ongoing issues businesses are facing during COVID-19. The webinars cover health and safety, workplace culture cashflow and redeployment and other key areas all designed to help you get through. The series is full of practical tips to help your business rebuild and regenerate.




MEMBER PROFILE | Technology | Training

Rohan MacMahon

Time for a tech-led recovery

“Technology was critical during the pandemic lockdown; now it can play an equally important part in NZ’s economic recovery”.  It’s fair to say that most

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COVID-19 Business Helpline and additional support for small and medium-sized businesses.

There is now a free helpline to provide all New Zealand businesses with advice and to connect them with additional support around COVID-19.

The helpline numbers are 0800 500 362 for the North Island and 0800 505 096 for the South Island.

The helplines offer businesses:

  • specific advice and access to Government-funded business support
  • advice on what Alert Level 1 means for business
  • general business advice and access to online resources and webinars
  • connections to business advisory services
  • HR, employee relations, and health and safety advice.

If the issue is more complex, the helplines can provide a referral to an expert advisor either through advisory services via the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) or within the EMA/CECC.

The RBP have received additional funding on top of an initial $4 million to deliver support in areas of need for businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic such as: marketing support, business strategy and digital enablement services.

Changes have also been made to the eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Business Support Fund, lifting the number of full-time employees cap from 50 to 100 as well as removing the co-funding requirement.