This page will be updated regularly with information, advice and support resources to get your business through COVID-19. 


The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented, hitting regional, national and global communities and economies in ways that we have never seen before. 

The rapidly evolving pandemic requires us to weather the storm as best we can in the short term and position ourselves in a way that will allow us to bounce back strongly in the medium to long term. We have faith that the agility, resilience and clever-thinking of the Nelson Tasman business community, combined with the range of government and business support available will enable us to pave the way for a proactive and successful recovery.

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Government Support Package

Air freight option for immediate export

Temporary accommodation

Outbound flights

Redeployment of tourism workers

Updating your Google My Business profile

Byata guidelines for hostels

Useful links

Business Support

How we can help

You’re not in this alone.

If you need business advice, guidance or support as you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our Regional Business Partner Team are here to help. Use the button below to contact us and we will respond to your enquiry within 48 hours.

Our Regional Business Partner team supports around 500 local businesses per year so understand the challenges that businesses face and have a great range of knowledge, experience and expertise to help guide you through this period of uncertainty.

The services we can offer include:

  • Support and guidance to understand the government business support package and alert level guidelines. 
  • One-on-one advisory support covering topics such as business continuity and resilience, finance and cashflow management, HR advice, supply chain management, and wellbeing/stress.
  • Access to fully funded 1-on-1 professional advisory support in the areas of HR, Health and Wellness, Business Strategy & Continuity Planning, Finance & Cashflow Management, Marketing Strategy and Digital Ennoblement Strategy support.
  • Access to free 1-on-1 business mentoring support
  • Access to NZTE workshops to help New Zealand export businesses manage the impact of COVID-19. Note, only current NZTE customers are eligible.

This service is being delivered as part of the Regional Business Partner Programme which the government has increased its support of to assist businesses at this time. We deliver this service in partnership with the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough.

CONTACT OUR REGIONAL BUSINESS PARTNER TEAM

Regional Business Partner COVID-19 Workshop Series

As part of our Business Continuity Support Service we offered a range of free webinars, which are now available to re-watch following the links below: 

 

Latest Updates

Government Support Package

The government has announced a $12.1 billion package to support New Zealanders, their jobs and businesses from the impact of COVID-19. This is phase 1 of their support package and phase 2 will announced with the Budget due in May.

Alongside funding support for hospitals, income support and the aviation sector, the package includes the following support for businesses:

  • $5.1 billion in wage subsidies for affected businesses, available now
  • $126 million in COVID-19 self-isolation support
  • $2.8 billion in business tax changes to free up cash-flow

If you are an employer, contractor, sole trader or self-employed you may qualify for support. Below is a summary of the key components for businesses, but for more detailed information, visit the Government COVID-19 website.

Wage Subsidies

The wage subsidies are available for businesses in all sectors and regions that can show a 30% decline in revenue for any month between January and June 2020 compared to the year before (including projected revenue). If eligible, employers would be paid $585.80 per week for full-time staff, and $350 for part time, all in a lump sum. The support will remain available for twelve weeks.

Hopefully by now many of you have already applied for the wage subsidy and if not, we encourage you to make this a priority. It is a quick and easy process, and most businesses are receiving the money within the week of applying. The latest updates to the subsidy are:

  • All businesses are now eligible including businesses less than a year old, self-employed, sole traders, contractors and other organisations such as registered charities, non-governmental organisations, incorporated societies and post-settlement governance entities.
  • The $150,000 cap has been removed so larger businesses can access the scheme.
  • Businesses accessing the scheme must still undertake best endeavours to pay employees 80% of their pre-COVID income. Where that is not possible – in particular where a business has no activity whatsoever due to the shutdown and workers are not working any hours – they must pass on at least the whole value of the wage subsidy to each affected worker.
  • Businesses must undertake to keep employees in employment for the period of the subsidy.
  • The leave payment scheme has been rolled into the wage subsidy since everyone is essentially in self-isolation now, so it was no longer relevant. Applications already submitted before 3pm 27 March 2020 will continue to be processed and paid.

 apply for the wage subsidy

 

Other Government Financial Support

In addition to the wage subsidy there are a range of other measures which the government has announced and continues to refine. You can read about these all here or talk with our Business Support Team to understand how these apply to your business.

These measures include:

  • Business Finance Guarantee Scheme
  • Business Cashflow and Tax Measures
  • Support for Māori communities and businesses
  • Mortgage freezes
  • Protection for renters and tenants
  • Further income support for workers

 

Tourism Sector

Temporary accommodation

As the dust settles on a tumultuous week, we hope that all visitors have now found a suitable place to stay for the duration of the lockdown period. We know there are many local accommodation providers who have opened their doors to isolating guests, and the Government have released some Level 4 guidelines outlining how you can keep your staff and guests safe. If you haven’t yet seen these guidelines, you can access them here.

It is possible that temporary accommodation may still be required, for people who unexpectedly need to move or for visiting medical staff. If you have rooms available and are willing to host guests during the lockdown period, please email fraser.pearce@mbie.govt.nz and panayiotis.matsis@mbie.govt.nz

If you have further questions relating to the provision of temporary accommodation during Level 4, you can find additional resources on the MBIE Temporary Accommodation Service website, or through The Bed and Breakfast Association (even if you aren’t a member). Alternatively, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to find you an answer.

Outbound flights

Globally, airlines are suspending and reducing routes and borders are closing rapidly in response to COVID-19. Whilst the British government is considering using military aircraft to fly citizens back to the UK, the German government have reduced the number of repatriation flights that they were organising. It is likely that some of these tourists will be experiencing some pretty overwhelming emotions at the moment and may require some advice from their accommodation providers. If you still have guests who are wanting to get home, it is important that they contact their embassy ASAP – a list of embassies and consulates in New Zealand can be found here

Redeployment of tourism workers

Go With Tourism have launched a free service designed to support tourism industry workers and businesses who are unable to operate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to redeployment advice and guidance, they are also offering educational pathways to keep people in work. If you know of any employment opportunities, please get in contact with the Go With Tourism team so that staff can be matched with appropriate roles. 

Updating your Google My Business profile

In collaboration with Miles Partnership, we have put together some essential tips for managing your Google My Business profile during New Zealand’s COVID-19 Level 4 restriction and beyond. Here is a document summarising the best practices for using Google My Business at this time

BYATA guidelines for hostels

The Backpacker Youth Adventure Tourism Association (BYATA) have been working closely with Tourism Industry Aotearoa and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to provide guidelines for backpacker hostels as they navigate their way through Alert Level 4. Backpacker hostels in particular face some unique challenges in ensuring social distancing when it comes to the presence of common areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. The handy fact-sheets below include a range of helpful rules and recommendations to assist accommodation providers in these scenarios.

 

Other Useful Links

We will continue to keep you updated as best we can but for further information, please refer to the official government websites. These will provide you with the most up to date information as the situation evolves:

 

 

 

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