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


COVID-19: Leases and tenancies

Government support is underway to help small businesses resolve disputes over their commercial rent agreements during COVID-19. More details are coming from Ministry of Justice. Read more


MSD – Enquiries about Covid-19 wage subsidy applications – March 2021

Complete this form and we’ll let you know when applications for the Covid-19 Wage Subsidy open. Read more


IRD – Changes to paid parental leave

From 1 March 2021  paid parental leave has been moved into our new system. This resulted in a number of benefits for paid parental leave customers including:
• Customers being able to apply for paid parental leave using the new registration web request in their myIR account
• Customers being able to manage their paid parental leave details in myIR
• Payments being be paid earlier in the week. 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


Vodafone NZ first to go big with 5G wireless broadband

In exciting Alliance partner news Vodafone has become the first telco in New Zealand to stage a widespread 5G fixed-wireless access 5G launch from $69 a month, with an unlimited data option for $79 per month. Read more


IRD – New Covid 19 Support Payment (RSP)

The Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) is a payment to help support viable and ongoing business or organizations due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher. If your business or organisation is facing a reduction in income due to an alert level increase, you may be eligible for the RSP. Read more


Covid-19 Vaccine – Draft guideline for employment from Auckland Business Chamber.

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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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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


Law change: Privacy Act overhaul to protect personal information in the digital age (Business NZ)

If you collect, store or use personal information about employees and/or customers, it’s important to check your business meets existing privacy requirements
get ready for the law change. 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


Business Plans up in the air? Tips to pivot (Business NZ)

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended plans for 2020 and beyond. Changing the way you do business can help you survive the crisis and build long-term resilience. Here are tips and tools to help you identify and maximise opportunities to help your business survive and revive. Click here


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 – 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

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