How is the business community feeling in 2019? Has that post-election gloom finally started to ease?

"No," says new Employers and Manufacturers Association boss Brett O'Riley. "I think it's probably gotten worse. I think people are incredibly nervous."

O'Riley, in the job for less than a month, has been on the road, canvassing some of the EMA's 8500 members.

And he's no stranger to the business world, especially around Auckland, where he led Auckland City's commercial development organisation Ateed until 2017.

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Brett O'Riley