Update from Immigration NZ – accredited employers can now apply for a job check

On 4 July 2022, the Accredited Employer Work Visa (AEWV) will be introduced. The AEWV is a new temporary work visa that will replace the Essential Skills Work Visa and Talent (Accredited Employer) Work Visa when it launches on 4 July 2022.   As previously announced, employers can get accreditation to use the AEWV to hire migrants on visas for up to 3 years. Read more

New Carbon Emissions calculator for business (business.govt.nz)

Learn how to measure and reduce your carbon emissions. In this free webinar, we’ll introduce the new carbon emissions calculator which will be available on the Climate Action Toolbox from 29 June. The calculator is a new feature which, together with the existing features of the Toolbox, makes it easy for smaller businesses to measure and reduce their emissions. Register here

Have you filed your tax return (IRD)

Do you file your own tax return? Income tax returns are due 7 July. You need to complete an income tax return if you’ve received any untaxed income. For example, income from self-employment, rental property or cash jobs. Don’t put it off. Find out how to file correctly and get yours done today. Read more

Whāriki Māori Business Support

Whāriki, alongside Spark are excited to share a series of in-person hui across the motu, talking tech & digital with thought leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs to build aspirations for Māori in business. Read more and register here


Update from Inland Revenue – Cost of Living Payment

As part of Budget 2022, the Government announced the introduction of a Cost of Living Payment to help with the rising costs of inflation for eligible individuals.
Inland Revenue will pay the Cost of Living Payment automatically once eligibility has been established. There is no application process. The payment will be paid in three monthly instalments beginning 1 August. Eligibility will be assessed over the three-month term of the payment. Read more


Two steps to make your business more cyber secure

Keeping your business secure online can feel overwhelming – especially if your expertise isn’t in tech. The good news is that implementing just two easy steps can go a long way towards protecting your business accounts from cyber security risks. Read more


Changes to the Healthy Homes standards

Changes to the healthy homes standards came into force on 12 May 2022. This includes changes to the heating, ventilation, and moisture ingress and drainage standards. These changes apply to properties with a healthy homes compliance deadline on or after 12 May 2022. If your rental property already meets the existing standards, you will not need to do any extra work to comply with the changes. Read more


Join us for our quarterly Business Update with Bernard Hickey

Chamber CEO, Michael Barnett will be presenting, followed up by guest speaker, leading financial journalist, Bernard Hickey. Stay informed with an expert presentation and get your questions on the latest business impacts answered with a live Q&A session. Register here

Have your say: speed review consultation open until 14 June

Click here for the latest project update for the Northland and north Auckland speed reviews, with details of the public consultation taking place between now and 14 June. If you would like to subscribe to the mailing list to receive these updates directly, please click here.


ACC News – How ACC supports businesses

ACC provides comprehensive, no-fault personal cover for everyone in New Zealand, including visitors, if they’re injured in an accident.

Workplaces that are healthy and safe are more productive, save money, and improve the quality of life of our communities. ACC is committed to helping businesses improve their health and safety performance and prevent injuries in the workplace, as well as providing support employees if they are injured, including help with their recovery and getting back to work and everyday life. Read more


Funding initiative for Pasifika Small Businesses

A new funding initiative launched by the Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio. The initiative is directed toward Pasifika small business owners outside of Auckland with grants of up to $100,000. This funding will provide employment opportunities, stimulate growth, increase productivity, and a safety net for Pacific businesses impacted by COVID-19. Read more


Checkable is here and you’ll love what it will do for your business

Digital Boost’s newest tool, Checkable, is like a Warrant of Fitness for your online presence. It checks your website, social media, marketing, security and e-commerce, and lets you know what’s working and what needs a bit of a tune up. Read more

Financial support for workers in self-isolation:

There are two different payments available when workers need to self-isolate because of COVID-19 or are waiting on a test result and can’t work from home:
• COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme
• COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment.
Employers or the self-employed can apply for these payments to help pay wages. There are no revenue tests. Read more


Mental health and wellbeing support

See resources and information to help you and your team look after your mental health and wellbeing. See resources.


Shut happens – Disruption and adversity are just harsh facts of life for business (resorgs.co.nz)

This short guide will take you through steps that help you with both. Each area will have a what, a how, and a why, as well as links to further resources or help at the end of the guide. It’s not hard. There are simple, practical easy things that will get you well on the way to surviving in a crisis and potentially thriving in the aftermath. Read full guide here



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


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


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



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


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



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


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.
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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


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