South Canterbury COVID-19 Support Team Business Assistance
The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce is the official South Canterbury Covid-19 Response Team.
This page brings together information relating to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), how it may affect your business and how you can stay up to date as new information becomes available.
These resources will assist in accessing information and support you while navigating this challenge.
COVID-19: Information for businesses - This is the New Zealand government’s central resource for COVID-19 business information.
Official COVD-19 website - covid19.govt.nz - This website has everything you need to know about Covid-19 in one place. Learn the simple steps you can take to unite against the virus and slow its spread. Find out what help is available and get the latest updates.
Covid-19 Employer Support - Find out more on Wage Subsidy available to support employers affected by COVID-19.
Essential Businesses - What are essential businesses? Essential businesses, and those who support them, will continue to provide the necessities of life for everyone in New Zealand. See the latest detailed overview of essential businesses.
Common questions on support for employers during COVID-19 - Answers to some common questions about how the wage subsidy works with tax and for charities.
Register for safe practice for essential COVID-19 businesses - The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has set up a register for safe practice in the sector as New Zealand moves to National Alert Level 4 in response to COVID-19.
Ministry of Health - This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19, as well as information in other languages and formats.
Immigration New Zealand COVID-19 guidance - Information about Alert Level, visas, isolation and temporary border measures for all travellers, student visa holders, migrant workers and employers.
NZTE: Advice for exporters - This site is a resource for New Zealand exporters to help them mitigate the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
TIA (Tourism Industry Association): Advice and Support for the Tourism Sector - Supporting the New Zealand tourism industry through COVID-19.
New Zealand Customs: Border controls for goods and travellers - The New Zealand Government has placed temporary entry restrictions into New Zealand to assist with the containment of the COVID-19. Find the latest information here.
Ministry of Education - Information and advice for students, whānau, and the education sector.
IRD Tax relief for businesses - Tax relief and income assistance is available to people affected by the downturn in business due to the COVID-19. We have a range of ways to help depending on your circumstances.
Redundancy information for employers - We can provide support and advice for your staff when you need to consider redundancies.
Our offices will be closed from Tuesday, March 24th until such time as we are able to return when Level 4 is removed. Our team is setup to work from home.
We appreciate that you may all have questions regarding Government subsidies etc. Please let us know via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message on 03 687 2733 in order to have your call forwarded. We will reply as soon as we can.
Wendy Smith | 027 229 2949 | email@example.com
Fiona Stevens | 027 434 9322 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Raewyn Bell | 027 500 4222 | email@example.com
Finance and Training: Janet Hogan | 027 634 6780 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Certificates of Origins processing: Fiona Stevens | 027 434 9322 | email@example.com
Membership and Events: Timea Mester | 028 409 6389 | firstname.lastname@example.org
South Canterbury website: Raewyn Bell | 027 500 4222 | email@example.com
YES: Stacey Darrell | 027 223 7170 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The recent outbreak of COVID-19, or more commonly referred to as coronavirus, has hit some businesses hard and could have a long-term negative impact on their wellbeing.
The Government has a number of their agencies who may be able to assist business and we appreciate that if you are having difficulty you may not know which Government department you should contact for support.
CALL THE SOUTH CANTERBURY CHAMBER: +64 3 687 2733 or email your contact detail to: email@example.com
Talk to us or fill out the form below and we will offer advice as to who may be best to support you.
Critical HR During COVID-19 - This workshop offers advice and support to employers on the HR impacts of COVID-19. Video now available.
1 April 2020 - NewsBites: ASB Economic Update and COVID-19 Update
27 March 2020 - COVID-19 Update
25 March 2020 - Coronavirus COVID-19 Update
24 March 2020 - COVID-19 Critical Update Event (video now available after event)
23 March 2020 - Special NewsBites: COVID-19 Update
20 March 2020 - Special NewsBites: COVID-19 Update
19 March 2020 - NewsBites: ASB Economic Update
17 March 2020 - NewsBites Special Edition Update: Coronavirus Pulse Check
12 March 2020 - NewsBites Special Edition Update: Coronavirus - COVID-19
Covid-19 Advisory Funding support is available
The Regional Business Partner Programme has specific COVID-19 funding available to support South Canterbury businesses through this stressful period. As the official South Canterbury COVID-19 Response Team for businesses, the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce is the approved pathway to this funding. Our focus will be to assist with funding for eligible small to medium sized qualifying businesses to access 1-1 support with professionals in the following areas:
- Health and Wellness
- Business Continuity Planning
- Finance and Cashflow Management
Throughout this time the usual Capability Development Vouchers are still available to businesses to use as partial payment (up to 50% co-funding) towards the cost of development and training in the following areas: Business Planning, Business Systems, Business Sustainability, Capital Raising, Export, Finance, Governance, Lean Manufacturing, Business Operations, Managing Resources, and Marketing. Once again contact us above.