About the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association

The NZMEA supports and represents New Zealand’s vibrant manufacturing and exporting sectors.  The NZMEA is a non-for-profit business Association made up of manufacturing and exporting member companies.  

We believe a thriving manufacturing sector is vital to New Zealand’s economy. It needs successful manufacturing businesses, like yours, to generate export income, growth and employment.

We are here to help your business grow, and through that, help New Zealand’s economy grow in a sustainable way.

We Support Your Business

We Connect You

We Speak Up On Your Behalf

Formation and History

The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) was formed through the merger of the Canterbury Manufacturers’ Association and the New Zealand Engineers Federation in 2007.

The NZMEA Council and CEO Forum is elected from the Chief Executive, General Manager or equivalent level of manufacturing and exporting enterprises. The Council and CEO Forum authorises policy, approves all major decisions of the Association and elects a Board from their number to deal with the day to day governance of the organisation. Officers are appointed from the Board.

Each President serves a two year term having served two years each as Vice President and Junior Vice President. The President also serves two years as Immediate Past President: a process that creates stable senior governance.