About Us

Learn about who the EMA are and how we service the New Zealand business community.

The EMA has been helping Kiwi businesses succeed for more than 130 years. We are part of a nationwide network that includes BusinessNZ, Business Central, Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers’ Association. Together we focus on supporting businesses through advice, learning and advocacy to create a business environment where our members across all sectors and industries can recover, transform and grow.


The EMA was established in 1886 to help provincial employers navigate employee relations during the rise of unionism in New Zealand. 134 years later the EMA is part of a national business network together with Business Central, Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce (CECC), Otago Southland Employers' Association (OSEA) and BusinessNZ. BusinessNZ has grown to become New Zealand’s largest business advocacy body, championing a production, export-oriented, competitive business environment in which enterprise can thrive. Our wider business network represents over 14,500 member companies.

Find out more about how the EMA can help your business succeed at www.ema.co.nz