There are several organisations available to provide support for your business during this time. The Ministry of Social Development put out a media release on Monday 23 August summarising the options. Read a copy of the press release
We have published the list of website links from that press release below:
Support available from the Ministry of Social Development (MSD):
- The Wage Subsidy August 2021 Scheme. The Wage Subsidy is a payment which covers a 14-day period to contribute to the cost of employee wages only, and the payment rate is $600 a week (full time) and $359.00 a week (part-time). Businesses need to have had (or predict to have) a minimum 40% decline in revenue in the 14-days since the Alert Level escalation (between 17 – 30 August 2021), when compared with their revenue during a typical 14-day period in the six weeks immediately before the Alert Level escalation (or the same 14-day period in 2019 or 2020 if the business has highly seasonal revenue).
Applications opened at 9 am on Friday 20 August 2021. Note that the information given by applicants needs to match the information held by Inland Revenue (e.g. IR number, company name, bank account, employee details including name and IR number). Further information is available at COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021 announced - Work and Income
- 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:
Rules for businesses at each Alert Level
The Unite Covid 19 website has the most up to date detail on the rules that apply to your business at each alert level.
Rules for business at each Alert Level
For more general rules, we found this resource from the Unite Covid-19 website to be very helpful:
Download the summary of general Covid-19 rules for each alert level