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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 impacted by the lockdown and aftermath tourism was coming off its historical high growth period as we entered the 2019-20 peak summer season International markets are now unstable with demand uncertain, though fortunately China is holding up to date quarantine capacity limitations

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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 but the almost real-time feedback we were able to provide government, from the calls, emails and conversations with members, helped shape and change the government’s response during the fast-moving crisis period in the first few weeks of lockdown.  That feedback enabled the advocacy team to help cut through the usual mountain of red tape and get a faster response to help under pressure members. For example, when there was a 12-week delay on sourcing hand

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Lockdown highlights the power of virtual training

The EMA faced many challenges during the COVID-19 lockdown, including how to offer courses to members when our training rooms were suddenly out of bounds? There were also questions around if there would still be an appetite for training when everyone was focused on keeping their businesses afloat. Demand for some of our courses did drop, but we also saw an increase in members looking to make productive use of time in a ‘bubble’. This desire for professional development prompted the EMA to pivot and deliver courses via ‘virtual training rooms’, putting Microsoft Teams to good use. What we learnt

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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 of us haven’t experienced anything quite like a global pandemic before. It’s been a strange year, not least from a business perspective. What is now clear is that New Zealand has emerged from the worst risks of COVID-19 much faster than other developed countries. That means we can get on with economic recovery and while some industries like tourism and education will be heavily affected for months or even years to come, some industries can

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ChargeSmart adjusts to COVID-19

ChargeSmart chief executive Nigel Broomhall was on his third trip to the US in 2020 when countries started going into COVID-19 lockdown. “I was in New York of all places,” said Nigel. Up to that point, things were running very smoothly for this entrepreneur, but when the pandemic arrived his reaction involved ‘a couple of expletives’. ChargeSmart sources electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure from Europe and installs and sells it in New Zealand. New Zealand’s EV fleet now sits around 20,000, up from 13,000 this time last year, making it an exciting sector to be in.  But COVID-19 put things

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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, adaptive and fleet-footed in a joined-up NZ Inc. approach. Dr Wilson’s advice is particularly relevant for the export realm. As one of only a small number of countries that responded quickly and successfully to the pandemic, financial services company Standard & Poors Global predicts New Zealand will  suffer the least recessionary effects in the Asia Pacific region with a 2.7 per cent cost to its real GDP over the next two years, slightly less than

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