Critical workers needed for economic recovery

Immigration NZ needed to urgently provide clarity to companies on bringing in critical workers.

Critical workers needed for economic recovery

BusinessNZ has welcomed changes to immigration settings announced today. More occupations have been added to the skill level exception test and criteria for Essential Skills work visas have been changed. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope (pictured) welcomed the plan for phasing in remuneration tests as criteria for entry, reducing reliance on ANZSCO, an outdated occupational […]

40 million to support NZ businesses a welcome relief

This is a welcome relief for businesses trying to plot a path back to a thriving business after the COVID-19 pandemic says the EMA Chief Executive Brett O’Riley.

40 million to support NZ businesses a welcome relief

Minister for Economic Development Phil Twyford and Minister for Small Business Stuart announced a further $40 million will be invested in the Regional Business Partner programme (RBP) today. This is a welcome relief for businesses trying to plot a path back to a thriving business after the Covid-19 pandemic says the EMA Chief Executive Brett […]

Where are we going, how are we getting there?

Maybe what we need is a Business Council - bringing together representatives from key business sectors like EMA, the chambers of commerce, BusinessNZ to make the financial decisions to move the economy forward.

Where are we going, how are we getting there?

-Doug Green, Publisher, NZ Manufacturer Business people have been thinking it, they have done it. The statement released today by Sir Peter Gluckman, former Prime Minister Helen Clark and former Air New Zealand chief Rob Fyfe is long overdue. Not necessarily by just them, but by New Zealanders concerned about the economy…and our going forward. […]

Revolution Fibres skincare product sells out in South Korea

Iain Hosie, Revolution Fibres founder and Technical Director, says a key appeal for the South Korean market is the application method of placing the product onto wet skin like a mask.

Revolution Fibres skincare product sells out in South Korea

A natural New Zealand skincare product has sold out in online sales after just two hours on South Korea’s most influential home shopping network. The manufacturer of the skincare product, Auckland-based nanofibre producer Revolution Fibres, has now switched its production capacity to face masks to meet COVID-19 demand and to increase the local supply of […]

Soul Machines and Florence to assist tobacco users quit during Covid-19

Florence represents a reimagining of how technology and AI can serve as a robust and efficient health communications and engagement platform.

Soul Machines and Florence to assist tobacco users quit during Covid-19

Soul Machines has joined the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Access Initiative (AI) for Quitting Tobacco to help share WHO’s life-saving information during the Covid-19 pandemic, combat misinformation, reduce the risk of Covid-19 and help over one billion tobacco users quit. Florence, the WHO’s first digital health worker, was created using Soul Machines technology and WHO […]

NZAS terminates electricity contract, to wind-down operations following strategic review

Extensive discussions with a wide range of interested parties have failed to secure a power contract that will enable the operation to become both competitive and profitable.

NZAS terminates electricity contract, to wind-down   operations following strategic review

Melbourne: Rio Tinto will start planning for the wind-down of operations and the eventual closure of New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS) following the conclusion of its strategic review which has shown the business is no longer viable given high energy costs and a challenging outlook for the Aluminum industry. As a result, NZAS has given […]

BusinessNZ welcomes investment in apprenticeships and trades training

A skilled and adaptive workforce will be an important part of the economic recovery.

BusinessNZ welcomes investment in apprenticeships and trades training

Apprenticeship and trades training support will help firms get the skills they need and position New Zealand well for the future, says BusinessNZ Chief Executive Kirk Hope. “The suite of trades training initiatives supports a range of different models to help people get the skills they need. The Budget package provides a real opportunity for […]

Robotics tutor creates real time map of PPE demand

“What he did in regard to visualising a rapidly growing data set has allowed us to see where resources were needed and demand was growing.”

Robotics tutor creates real time map of PPE demand

As part of his volunteer work for ShieldsUp, an organisation established at the start of lockdown which called on volunteers to 3D print personal protective equipment (PPE) to fill the shortage gap, WelTec tutor Frank Beinersdorf has developed a real time map of how many, and where, protective shields are needed across New Zealand. Frank’s […]

Closed borders demand more investment in local workforce

“Forward-thinking leaders should be planning now to invest in those young people and bring them into their organisations to create the workforce they need for future success.”

Closed borders demand more investment in local workforce

With the number of migrants to New Zealand likely to significantly reduce in the next few years, employers will have to look to other diverse groups in our workforce to ensure their business thrives. Massey University’s Distinguished Professor Paul Spoonley says the Covid-19 crisis means the supply of temporary and permanent migrant workers to New […]

ACC levy freeze relief for businesses

"We want to see more of these kinds of decisions from the Government that will make a real difference to all businesses post-COVID-19, and to the overall economy’s regeneration."

ACC levy freeze relief for businesses

The EMA is pleased with the Government’s announcement today that it is freezing ACC levies, paid by businesses, the self-employed and motorists to cover the costs of accidents, for two years. Manager Employments Relations and Safety, Paul Jarvie, says it will provide certainty for businesses that will help them with their budgeting. “We want to […]