Month: August 2021

Advocacy Update

The nationwide lockdown forced an abrupt switch of focus in our Advocacy programme but there are still some business-as-usual (BAU) issues that remain a key focus for the EMA’s advocacy team. It’s good to see the government quickly switching various assistance programmes such as the Wage Subsidy and Resurgence Payment schemes back on. But it …

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Ag-Tech uses agility and innovation to navigate COVID-19

In this article we interview Janine Peters, General Manager of AG Technology. AG-Tech provides services and solutions to leading European machinery manufacturers to enable them to fast-track their time to market. While testing in NZ is their primary focus, they also provide support for R&D projects in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. Based in …

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UCG keeping Kiwis connected, supporting communities and staying true to their values

In this article we talk to Roger Crellin, Executive General Manager New Zealand to find out more about UCG’s journey, how they managed COVID-19 and their plans moving forward. Can you tell us how and when you got involved with UCG? I started with UCG just over two years ago after some 20 years working …

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Hamilton-based Company X wins international award using AI to diagnose pneumonia

A prototype app using artificial intelligence to diagnose pneumonia has won the developer an international award. Company-X senior software developer Jiadong Chen built the prototype for an international competition run by Microsoft. Chen built an image classifier for detecting bacterial and viral pneumonia using Microsoft Azure Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Unity, winning the Microsoft’s Most …

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Understanding transferable skills

Skills shortages continue to be the number one issue for businesses across all industries and skill levels. The importance of transferable skills, also known as portable skills, has never been higher, and while they are generally discussed by jobseekers and recruiters, employers seem more focused on tenure, industry experience and job titles. While recruiters encourage …

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Health and Safety trends

The EMA AdviceLine offers an advisory service to employers across all areas of employment. They respond to those with an immediate need for advice and the depth and breadth of knowledge in the team is extensive. More often than not the caller’s question is just the beginning of a much more complex problem, and they …

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