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:
A range of expert advisory services are available through us here at Northland Inc.
Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org
Expert business assistance and advocacy is available through NorthChamber.
A central resource for business information and government supports is available at COVID-19 — business.govt.nz
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: