Employers and Manufacturers Association (EMA) Northern - Advocacy Forums: Policy, Employers, Manufacturers

Advocacy Forums: Policy, Employers, Manufacturers

EMA members can be actively involved in advocacy through our Policy, Employer and Manufacturing Forums.  These forums feature key speakers and topics relevant to current issues facing business.


​​​​​​​Examples of EMA forums held in 2016:


  • Policy Forum, Auckland's Transport Challenge, Peter Reidy, Chief Executive, KiwiRail and Ernst Zollner, Regional Director, NZTA (April)
  • Policy Forum, The future of Auckland's port, Tony Gibson, Chief Executive Officer, Ports of Auckland (May)
  • Policy Forum, How Council is dealing with Auckland’s Boom, Stephen Town, Chief Executive, Auckland Council (June)
  • Employers’ Forum, 2016 Employment Legislation,  Paul Mackay, Manager Employment Relations Policy, BusinessNZ and Brooke Campbell, Employee Relations Manager, SKYCITY Entertainment Group (April)
  • Employers' Forum Overcoming New Zealand's Skills Shortage, Josh Williams, CEO, Industry Training Federation and Chris Whelan, Executive Director, Universities New Zealand (June)
To make sure you will receive notifications of upcoming Forums contact EMAAdvocacy@ema.co.nz

Policy Forum​

These forums tend to focus on issues that affect the environment for business.  Provision of infrastructure (transport, water, electricity, ports) and the impacts of local and central government regulation and legislation are among the most common topics.  Reform of the resource managment system and housing are key topics high on the policy forum agenda.
Contact Alan McDonald, Policy Director,  alan.mcdonald@ema.co.nz 

Employers Forum 

These forums improve understanding and enable businesses to influence employment policy. 
EMA actively works to ensure that employment policy supports the changing needs of our members.  We work closely with Government, officials, Industry Training providers and Universities to influence and campaign on behalf of employers.
Key topics include:
  • Employment legislation
  • Workplace skills
  • Education
  • Immigration
EMA holds regular  forums, meetings and events focussed on these issues.  There is also a LinkedIn Employers Forum Group to keep our members informed.  
Contact Mike Burgess, Senior Policy Analyst, michael.burgess@ema.co.nz

Manufacturers Forum

EMA provides a voice for manufacturers in all industry sectors.
Forum objectives
  • Promote, aid, foster, encourage, develop and protect local and New Zealand manufacturing.
  • Assist in maintaining a New Zealand federation of manufacturers' organisations.
  • Develop policy, represent and initiate activities on all ssues of interest to the manufacturing sector.
Contact Mike Burgess, Senior Policy Analyst, michael.burgess@ema.co.nz​


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