Local and Global Economic Insights

Investment experts Andrew Kelleher and Josh Wilson are coming to The Orchard to speak on the 15th of June. The event is “Local and Global Economic Insights”, is free and will give an overview of the current economic climate along with some investment insights. Andrew speaks on Newstalk ZB most days – It’s going to be a great talk. Register here


Dealing with false or misleading vaccine information in your workplace

Getting vaccinated is a personal choice, but if you want to support your employees to make informed decisions, make sure they know where to find the facts. Read more


Investment property: Law changes and tips

Recent tax changes will impact residential property investors. We talk to some experts for tips on how to make the most of your investment properties. Read more


Landlords: Healthy home checklist

From 1 July 2021, some rental properties will need to meet the healthy homes standards. Use this checklist as a simple guide to see if you need to do some work on your property. Read more


Getting paid: Invoicing tips for better cash flow

Getting paid on time can be a real challenge for small businesses. Check out these tips for getting paid sooner. Read more


COVID-19 vaccinations: Q+A for employers

Our last article about COVID-19 vaccinations and employees generated a lot of questions from you, so we called in the experts to answer some of them: Jo Gibbs, National Director, COVID-19 Vaccination and Immunisation Programme at the Ministry of Health and Katherine MacNeill, General Manager of Employment Services at the Ministry of Innovation and Employment. Read more

Immigration New Zealand – Changes to temporary work visas – confirmed details and timings

The Government is introducing a new temporary work visa called the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV). The Accredited Employer Work Visa will be introduced on 1 November 2021 and will replace 6 of the existing temporary work visa categories. Read more

Take climate action with free toolbox

Reducing your emissions can save your business money, improve your brand as well as help avoid global climate catastrophe – this easy-to-use new toolbox shows you how. Read more

Flexi-wage support to hire and re-skill employees

The Flexi-wage employment programme can help businesses pay and support employees while they gain skills for a job. Read more


Lets get digital!

Digital Boost is your doorway into the new age of business: one driven by digital technology. Our 3-5 minute video tutorials give you the full rundown on how to operate a business in today’s world. Right here, fast and for free. Read more


COVID-19 Q+A with Chief Economist Donna Purdue

A year on from COVID-19 hitting New Zealand’s shores, we talk to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Chief Economist, Donna Purdue, about the small business opportunities and challenges the pandemic has presented. Read more

Taxation (Income Tax Rate and Other Amendments) Act 2020

New legislation Click here for details


Minimum wage rises by $1.10 on 1 April 2021

The minimum wage is going up from $18.90 to $20.00 an hour on 1 April 2021. Here’s what you need to do. Read more


Workplace Development Council – Expression of Interest sought

We are pleased to advise that Expressions of Interest are invited from industry leaders with significant governance experience who want to play a part in leading the industry led Workforce Development Councils and creating new futures for all learners. We are seeking Council members for the following Workforce Development Councils: Read more


Landlords: More tenancy law changes (business.govt.nz)

Recent changes to tenancy laws affect many aspects of residential tenancies, including:
– how you can end a tenancy
– rent bidding when you seek new tenants
– responses to tenants’ requests to make changes to your property.
These are the latest in a series of tenancy law changes. Read more



Discounted tax for your first year in business

If you’re new to business, you may be eligible for a discount for paying your income tax early. This applies to sole traders, contractors and partnerships.
Read more


Digital Boost: Free digital skills training

Get free digital training for small businesses, and learn how to:

  • reach more customers
  • make business processes more efficient
  • get better insights from data
    Find out more


Advice for sole traders struggling with debt (Business NZ)

Being in debt can be a normal part of being in business. But it’s important to know how much debt is too much for you. Read more



Mental health and wellbeing support (Business NZ)

Resources to help you and your business keep healthy and well. Click here


COVID-19: Financial support for business (Business NZ)

There are a few COVID-19 financial support schemes available to businesses, depending on your situation. Learn more about each type of support and where you can find more information. Read more

COVID-19: Contact tracing with NZ COVID Tracer app

All businesses will be required to display government generated QR code posters at all premises from 12pm on Wednesday 19 August. Find out how to get your QR code poster and what to do if you have multiple sites. Read more


Connected.co.nz – is a one-stop, all-of-government website that allows New Zealanders to find out more about what’s available to support their education, employment and training needs.

Employers, jobseekers and people interested in training or retraining can now start accessing a new service to connect to the wide range of supports and advice available through government agencies to help deal with the impact of COVID-19. Government agencies are working together to make sure the website has up-to-date links and information.The Connected website is supported by a Connected phone line (0800 264 737) and physical Connected locations operating in 35 of MSD’s employment-focused sites around the country and the three Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Jobs and Skills Hubs.

Support for apprenticeships (Work & Income)

Employers and businesses will be able to access support from either Apprenticeship Boost, Mana in Mahi, or the Regional Apprenticeships Initiative. Read more


Five tactics for selling B2B services in tough times (nzentrepreneur.co.nz)

For those selling services and solutions to other businesses, the impact is just as severe if not more so than for businesses selling direct to consumers.. Read more

Guidance for commercial leases and mortgages during COVID-19 (justice.govt.nz)

Many commercial lease arrangements in New Zealand will have been affected by the response to COVID-19. The Government has taken steps to support those businesses.Read more  


Employee Allowances & reimbursements for home office costs (BDO NZ)

The IRD has recently issued guidance on when such payments can be made to employees tax-free, when PAYE obligations arise, and when the employer can claim income tax or GST deductions. Read more 


COVID-19: Common questions in relation to the Wage Subsidy Scheme, the Extended Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme – (Deloitte)

Budget 2020 saw the announcement that the Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS) would be extended, with a few twists. In this article, we set out some common questions in relation to both the current WSS and the new Extended Wage Subsidy Scheme (EWSS). Read more


Cash Flow Forecaster tool (Business NZ)

Cash flow is critical to every business, showing what’s coming in and going out. Forecasting your cash flow helps you understand your business health. Describe your financial position and the changes you expect. We’ll help you forecast your cash flow. Read more


Business Finance support and Mortgage Holidays

Information on the Business finance guarantee scheme and payment holidays for businesses and homeowners affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19.Read more 


Is contracting right for you? (IRD)

There are many benefits to working as a contractor — it can pay better than doing a similar salaried job and be more flexible. But there are hidden costs to think about, too. Here’s where you’ll find tips, information and common mistakes to help you decide if going contracting is for you. Read more

Employment: Getting holiday pay right (Employment New Zealand)

Figuring out the right amount of holiday for your employees and paying them for it correctly can be tricky. We worked with Employment New Zealand to pull together some useful tips to ensure you’ve got it right. Read more


Want to Sell your Business (IR)

If you’d like to sell now or in the future, here’s what you need to do to get the best price you can for your business. Find out more


Accommodation for workers: what you need to know (Employment NZ)

By law, anyone working for you in return for food or accommodation is most likely an employee. You may also be their landlord. Read on


Connect and transform your business with the NZBN

Are you ready to connect and transform your business? The NZBN makes doing business faster and easier because it’s a globally unique identifier. There’s an NZBN for every Kiwi business and it’s a digital link to core business information (for example, trading name, location and contact details). Read more


Free health and safety check

The SafePlus online tool is a quick and easy way to assess health and safety with your workers, find areas to improve and start taking action. Read more