COVID 19 Business Support and advice

Government agencies and the business community are working closely to ensure businesses get the advice and support they need to help preserve jobs and ensure the safety of customers, workplaces, and employees.

The following packages of support for business are available now.

COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021

The wage subsidy rates have been increased to reflect the increase in wage costs since the scheme was first used in March 2020. If eligible, businesses will be able to apply for $600 per week per full-time equivalent employee, and $359 per week per part-time employee. It’ll be paid as a two-week lump sum.

A reminder that current August Wage Subsidy applications close at 11.59pm Thursday 2 September 2021. And that the next round of applications ‘Wage Subsidy August 2021 #2’ open at 9.00am Friday 3 September 2021. Read more


Covid-19 Leave Support Scheme.

For employers and self-employed people to help pay employees who need to self-isolate and can’t work from home. The Leave Support Scheme is paid as a two-week lump sum per eligible employee.
Information on pay rates and how to apply online is available on the work and income website here.

Short-term Absence Payment

Available to help businesses including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who can’t work from home and need to stay at home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result. There is a one-off amount of $350 for each eligible worker regardless of whether they’re working full or part-time. You can only apply once, for each eligible worker in any 30-day period (unless a health official or doctor tells the worker to get another test). Apply online here


Covid-19 Financial Support for Business (

A summary of the financial support available to help you, your business and employees through the response to COVID-19. Read more


Covid-19 Record keeping to support contact tracing (

A summary of the financial support available to help you, your business and employees through the response to COVID-19. Read more


ASB Regional Economic Scoreboard – latest report (Q1 of 2021, released July 21)

The NZ Regional Economic Scoreboard takes the latest quarterly regional statistics and ranks the economic performance of New
Zealand’s 16 Regional Council areas. The fastest-growing regions gain the highest ratings, and a good performance by the national
economy raises the ratings of all regions. Read full report here


Important changes to your Zoom subscription

Beginning November 1, 2021, customers will be required to update their Zoom software to ensure it is no more than nine months behind the current version, at any given time. Read more


Managing Stress as a Business Leader (Auckland Chamber)

Excellent tools and tips in this series with Dr Hinemoa Elder and Auckland Chamber CEO Michael Barnett. Read more


IRD – Important Business Updates

Support for businesses following alert level change
Significant support is available for businesses following the rise in alert levels announced by the Prime Minister on 17 August 2021.

These measures include: click here for further details

  • The Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)
  • The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP)
  • The Leave Support Scheme (LSS)
  • The Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP)
  • The Small Business Cashflow Scheme (SBCS)


Immigration NZ – information on the Migrant Exploitation Work Visa

  • A six-month visa specifically for workers experiencing exploitation click here for details and other topics


e2e Te Tai Tokerau  – Speed Meet invitation

Do you have job vacancies coming up in the next six months? Would employing a local young person be the perfect fit for you?e2e Te Tai Tokerau in partnership with Got a Trade? Got it Made! will be running speed meets where young people who are looking to leave school within the next six months have the opportunity to participate in job interviews with employers who are looking to employ. There are 3 events regionally, read more and register here


2021 Law changes round-up

From sick leave updates to new investment property rules, we’ve gathered this year’s law changes into one place. Check out this summary to see what applies to your business. Read more


COVID-19 Workplace Vaccinations

Some businesses or organizations may be able to offer workplace COVID-19 vaccinations. The focus will be on large businesses, but there are some circumstances where small businesses might be eligible. Read more


Vodafone Secure Endpoint – Powered by CrowdStrike

Vodafone Secure Endpoint helps organisations to prevent and detect cyber-attacks including Malware, Ransomware and other sophisticated attacks. Built on cloud-native architecture and delivered via a single lightweight agent the CrowdStrike platform delivers next-generation endpoint protection with unrivalled speed, scalability and visibility defending against today’s stealthy attacks. CrowdStrike is globally recognised and considered the leader in next-generation endpoint protection, threat intelligence and incident response services. Read more here or contact


How to reduce your tax bill

To help reduce your tax bill, you can offset many of your business expenses against your business income. You’ll need to keep good records and hold on to your receipts. Read more


BCITO Regional Workshop Invitation – Construction & Infrastructure Te Tai Tokerau

We want more work opportunities in Te Tai Tokerau. Help identify and prioritise the issues facing the construction and infrastructure workforce in Te Tai Tokerau region. For regional dates and registration click here


Update from ACC on invoicing

ACC levy invoices will be sent from July so now is the time to make sure that all the details for your business are correct so that we can get your invoice right, the first time. The best way to check and update your details with ACC is to login to MyACC for Business – if you haven’t already, you’ll also be able to update your preferences and get your invoice sent to you via email. Visit for more information. 


How to protect your business from being held to ransom

Ransomware attacks can cause huge disruptions to your business, including loss of income, customer trust and resources. See the simple steps you can take to protect your business from a ransomware attack and how to react if you’re targeted. Read more


Be in to win a $10,000 Digital Boost Transformation package

Over 25,000 Kiwi businesses are on their free Digital Boost skills training journey. Join them today and go into the draw to win one of two $10,000 packages to digitally transform your business. Enter to win


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

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


Taxation (Income Tax Rate and Other Amendments) Act 2020

New legislation Click here for details


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 (

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


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 – 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 (

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 (

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


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