COVID-19 | LATEST ANNOUNCEMENTS

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15 july 

Next steps in COVID response - RT Hon Jacinda Ardern today set out their plan in the event we have a new case of community transmission of COVID-19 in New Zealand.

New guidance for doing business online - Successfully doing business online can build sales, save time and reach new customers. Use this free new tool to learn how your business can do better business online.

Immigration NZ - Changes the Government announced last year to improve the employer-assisted temporary work visa system are coming into effect on 27 July 2020. They are also adding some occupations to the skill level exception list (Appendix 7) for residence under the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC). 

14 JULY 

More support rolls out for SMEs

26 JUNE 

Is your business undertaking R&D and finding it challenging to fund your activities due to COVID-19? Stage 1 of applications for the R&D Loan Scheme is now open, encouraging businesses to continue their R&D programmes in the face of COVID-19 impacts. 

 

18 JUNE

$40m for regional apprenticeships

17 june

Backing businesses to upskill New Zealand

16 JUNE

Amendments to the Overseas Investment Act have come into force in regards to the impact on overseas investors looking to invest in or purchase New Zealand businesses - Click here for further information. 

15 JUNE

$60m for nationwide job creation

9 JUNE

Information on life and business at Alert Level 1

Wage Subsidy Extension threshold changed
On Friday, the Government announced a change to the eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Extension.  Employers, including sole traders, will now have to demonstrate a 40+% drop in revenue for a continuous 30 day period by comparison to the closest period last year.  The previous threshold was a 50+% drop.  The Wage Subsidy Extension will be available from 10 June to 1 September 2020.  For more information, please see the Work and Income website.

Government loan applications extended
Government has announced a six-week extension for the Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme (SBC). Applications opened on 12 May 2020 and can now be submitted up to and including 24 July 2020. Click here to check your eligibility.

8 JUNE

5 june

Govt extends support schemes for businesses

4 JUNE

Supporting Kiwi businesses to resolve commercial rent disputes

3 JUNE

Alert Level 1 measures - Today, Government agreed to what life at Alert Level 1 will look like for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

26 MAY

The Government has announced an increase to the number of people who can gather together at Alert Level 2. From 12 noon Friday 29 May, gatherings can be held with up to 100 people.

The new limit applies to gatherings at your home, events outside of home and public venues – including church services, weddings and, funerals and tangihanga. When holding a gathering, play it safe — maintain hygiene standards and meet existing record-keeping requirements for contact tracing. Community sports will also be able to operate easier, and sporting codes will be working on further guidance with Sport NZ.

Cabinet will again review the settings of Alert Level 2 on 8 June and have agreed that no later than 22 June, 4 weeks from today, they will consider a move to Alert Level 1.

New COVID-19 Income Relief Payment available from 8 June

20 may

NZ COVID Tracer helps you protect yourself, your friends, your whānau and your community by enabling faster contact tracing.

NZ COVID Tracer is available now from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store for download.

14 May

Budget 2020 via the Budget website

Download the Budget 2020 Document 

Full Budget Speech 

Targeted extension to the Wage Subsidy Scheme

The Prime Ministers Budget Speech 

Grant Robertson's Budget Speech

2020 Budget Announced 

2020 Budget at a glance 

13 may

Marlborough District Council services at Alert Level 2 

12 MAY

Click here for our latest email newsletter 

11 may

Level 2 Announcement from the Prime Minister 

7 MAY 

ALERT LEVEL 2 INFORMATION HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED

NEW - Alert Level 2 restrictions announced

NEW - Alert Level 2 information via covid19.govt.nz

NEW - Safe domestic travel able to resume at Alert Level 2

NEW - Updated Detailed Alert Level Table 

NEW - Updated Summary Alert Level Table 

NEW - Professional sports to resume at Alert Level 2

NEW - Exercise, sport and recreation info under each Alert Level on Sport New Zealand

NEW - Workplace operations at COVID-19 alert levels on business.govt.nz

6 MAY 

Employment growth shows strong economy heading into COVID-19

APEC economies agree to keep markets open and trade flowing in response to COVID-19

$25 million for innovative solutions in response to COVID-19

5 May 

Insolvency relief in sight for businesses affected by COVID-19

Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison announce plans for trans-Tasman COVID-safe Travel Zone

2 MAY

International cargo flights ramp up

1 may

Government boosts cashflow support for small businesses - for more information to the Inland Revenue website. 

30 APRIL

Tax changes throw cash lifeline to SMEs

29 APRIL

Government considering commercial rent relief options

28 APRIL

Immigration NZ  relaxing Visa conditions for essential workers
Employers in essential services can apply for certain variations of visa conditions on behalf of a visa holders. Information is available here.

Sport New Zealand
Have released information on play, active recreation and sport at Alert Levels 4 & 3. Click here to have a read. 

COVID-19 leave support for workers extended 

PGF projects resume at Alert Level 3

Govt in strong position to invest, support economy

26 APRIL

Guidance around what Alert Level 3 means for people over 70 and other higher-risk groups is now available on the COVID-19 website

24 APRIL

COVID-19 leave support for workers extended 

23 april 

Media support package delivers industry request for assistance

Level 3 rules for hunting confirmed

21 april 

State of National Emergency extended

Minister gives Moving Day the green light

20 APRIL 

The Government has announced that New Zealand can safely move out of Alert Level 4 lockdown at 11.59pm on Monday 27 April.

Prime Minister’s remarks on COVID-19 alert level decision

17 APRIL 

business.govt.nz Workplace operations at COVID-19 alert levels

16 APRIL 

Alert Level 3 information 

Updated Detailed Alert Level Table 

Overview of Alert Levels 

Updated Summary Alert Level Table 

Prime Ministers announcement in regards to Alert Levels 

Click here to head to the IRD website for further information on the tax changes announced yesterday. In the upcoming weeks, Inland Revenue will be drafting legislation to bring all the proposed changes into effect. 

15 April 

CLICK HERE to see what the Government has announced in regards to a suite of new measures to provide relief for small and medium-sized businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. (15 April)

14 April 

CLICK HERE for the Governments latest release on COVID-19 Economic Scenarios released today and CLICK HERE to download them 

CLICK HERE for the Governments latest release on the further support available for Kiwis wanting to look after their mental wellbeing as a result of change and uncertainty from COVID-19. 

3 APRIL 

CLICK HERE for information on the changes the Government has advised to the Companies Act 

3 APRIL 

CLICK HERE for information on the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme for small and medium-sized businesses 

1 APRIL 

CLICK HERE for information on the COVID-19 and the minimum wage - this provides some guidance for employees and employers in regards to the minimum wage increase during Alert Level 4 commencing on the 1 April 2020.

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