Get ready for Omicron (

There are things you can do to prepare yourself and your whānau should Omicron arrive in the community. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to stay home and avoid contact with others, including whānau. Download your Readiness Checklist here.


Continuity and contingency planning (

Continuity and contingency planning is about being prepared for all types of disruptions, eg an earthquake, broken equipment or losing a supplier — and quickly getting back on your feet. Use this step-by-step guide to get your plan sorted. It’s vital to your business’s survival. Read more


Shut happens – Disruption and adversity are just harsh facts of life for business (

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


Covid 19 Safety Plan (

Use this form to document your thinking about how you and your workers will keep safe at work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Provide as much information in response to each question as possible. This information will help your workers and other people to know exactly what to do and what to expect. Read more


Get set for summer (

Make the most out of summer this year. Get prepared and find information and advice here to help you thrive, including:

  • COVID-19 guidelines
  • hiring seasonal workers
  • tips for landlords and contractors
  • holiday pay and public holidays.


LunchBox Session #16 With Shona Kelly from Reflect NZ – link to FB Live recording

Shona Kelly from Reflect NZ talking Health and Safety, Traffic Light framework and keeping your staff and customers safe. Click here for Lunchbox recording


How to use the vaccination assessment tool (

If your business isn’t covered by a government mandate for COVID-19 vaccinations, the new vaccination assessment tool can help you carry out a risk assessment to see if you can require work to be carried out by a vaccinated worker, on health and safety grounds. Read more


Air New Zealand update – Domestic passengers get travel ready

Here’s everything you need to know about travel requirements, vaccination and testing for domestic flights, read more


Rapid antigen testing available for business (

Rapid antigen tests are an option for businesses in their response to COVID-19. They’re not mandatory and won’t be suitable for everyone. It’s up to you to choose whether you want to use rapid antigen tests in your business. Read more


Immigration New Zealand

(MSD) is removing the job seeker undersupply list with effect from 22 November 2021. As previously announced, the oversupply list was removed effective from 1 October 2021.  This means that employers will need to engage with MSD to determine whether there are suitable or trainable New Zealand jobseekers available to fill vacancies for roles that pay below the median wage, where an LMT is required. Read more


WorkSafe New Zealand

Keep up to date with Covid-19 H&S requirements click here
NOTE: “If you have completed your risk assessment under the current criteria, it won’t need to be rewritten until Worksafe publishes its new Covid risk assessment guidelines”. Pete Corkill – Northland Health and Safety Solutions
Workplace Covid -19 Risk Assessment for worker click here for template


Digital Boost – Find the right tools you need to run your business

It’s hard work running a business, but having the right tools helps. Check out this free marketplace of business apps, tailored to help Kiwi businesses like yours.
Check it out


Free Digital Boost webinar with Frances Valintine

Digital Boost Q&A session, Frances will discuss the importance of digitising your business and how to get started. Click here for more


Covid-19 Financial support

There are various 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.


Te Pukenga : Vocational Education Reforms Underway, providing more support for employers

Te Pūkenga is becoming a new nationwide provider of vocational education and training. It brings together the 16 institutes of technology and polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training functions from many of the 11 Industry Training Organisations (ITOs). More article here and operating model info sheet here


Digital Boost: Free digital skills lessons in te reo

To make Digital Boost’s free digital learning resources as accessible and impactful as possible, we’ve translated them into te reo Māori. Brush up on your digital skills and te reo today. Read more


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


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


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


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


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


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