Covid-19 Business Support

Covid-19 Business Support Information

The Northland Inc team and our Business Growth Advisors are available to continue providing guidance and support when it's needed.

Tai Tokerau will be in the RED setting from 11.59pm, 2nd December, 2021. We have a variety of ways and locations that you can meet with our team should you need to.

Northland Covid-19 Business Support Hub

The Economic Recovery Working Group (ERWG), are committed to backing our local economy and building resources to support Northland business continuity. We know you have been working hard in challenging circumstances and we want to make sure you get the advice and support that you need to help preserve jobs and keep your employees safe.

Through the ERWG we have brought together government agencies, iwi Maori, community, and business partners to continue to keep Northland safe and working. We have worked closely with our partners to understand the suite of supports available to Taitokerau in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. These supports have been grouped into four key areas and collated into an easy to grab page with links. The four key areas: health, wellbeing, economy, and Iwi and communities.

We encourage you to utilise all the supports that are available to you. These all come at no cost to you and have been designed to help ease the strain of Covid-19 restrictions.

Download the one page flyer with all the business support links

Contact us

If you need to contact one of our Growth Advisors, please contact us via email in the first instance.

Christmas/New Year Holiday Dates

Please note that our offices will be closed from midday on Thurs 23rd December. We will re-open on Monday 10th January, 2022.

Email the Business, Innovation & Growth team 

Working with us under the Covid-19 Protection Framework

The Northland Inc team in our Whangārei office are based at The Orchard Business & Event Hub. If you are planning to visit one of the team here, there are currently safety measures in place to ensure we comply with Government requirements and offer a safe space for staff, co-workers and visitors.

Find out the requirements for visiting us under the new Covid Protection Framework (Traffic Lights System)

Covid Protection Framework

Covid-19 Protection Framework

Find key dates for the new "Traffic Lights" system (Covid19 Protection Framework) on the official Covid-19 website.
Website: COVID-19 Protection Framework

Resources for businesses

The Business New Zealand website provides additional guidance on the new system for businesses. 
Website: COVID-19 Protection Framework —

Covid-19 Posters for download: 
Website: Posters | Unite against COVID-19 (

Additional financial support for business

The Government will boost payments to businesses affected by higher alert levels as the country transitions to the new COVID-19 Protection Framework.

Vaccine Passports

Below are key links for downloading vaccine passports:

Business Support Website Links

There are several organisations available to provide support for your business during this time. 

We have published the list of useful website links you can use as a starting point if you want to do some online research for yourself.

Support available from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD):
  • The Wage Subsidy August 2021 payments support employers to continue to pay employees and protect jobs for businesses affected by a change in COVID-19 alert levels.
    Visit the MSD website for more information

  • The COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme is available for employers to help pay their employees who need to self-isolate and cannot work from home. It is paid as a two-week lump sum per eligible employee. The payment is also available to those who are self-employed. Detail about eligibility, health criteria and COVID-19 Leave Support scheme rates is available at Leave Support Scheme.

  • The COVID-19 Short-term Absence Payment is available for employers to help pay their employees who need to stay at home while awaiting a negative COVID-19 test result and cannot work from home. You can apply for STAP once, for each eligible worker in any 30-day period (unless a health official or doctor tells the worker to get another test). The payment is also available to those who are self-employed. Apply online at Short-term-absence-payment

You cannot get more than one MSD COVID-19 payment for the same employee at the same time. This applies to the Wage Subsidy, Short-term Absence Payment and Leave Support Scheme.

Support available from Inland Revenue:
  • Resurgence Support Payment. Businesses and self-employed people will also be able to get support with business costs like rent or fixed costs through the Resurgence Support Payment, administered by Inland Revenue, which opens on 24 August and can be accessed through the Inland Revenue website. Businesses can apply for the Resurgence Support Payment at the same time as the Wage Subsidy Scheme.
    Go to Inland Revenue resurgence-support-payment

Other business support:
Northland Inc

A range of expert advisory services are available through us here at Northland Inc.
Contact us via

Expert business assistance and advocacy is available through NorthChamber

Business information:

A central resource for business information and government supports is available at COVID-19 —

Details about business support is also available on the Unite Against COVID-19 website

Business.Govt.NZ have a useful and up to date eNewsletter which you can sign up for on their website:

Covid-19 Media releases

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