South Canterbury COVID-19 Support Team Business Assistance

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce is the official South Canterbury Covid-19 Response Team for business advice and funding support. 

This page brings together information relating to COVID-19, how it may affect your business and how you can stay up to date as new information becomes available.

CONTACT THE SOUTH CANTERBURY CHAMBER: +64 3 687 2733 or email your contact details to: 

COVID-19 Update
  • Official COVD-19 website - - This website has everything you need to know about Covid-19 in one place. Find out what help is available and get the latest updates. 

  • Ministry of Health - This section provides the latest updates, information and advice on COVID-19, as well as information in other languages and formats.

Please contact us at the SC Chamber of Commerce for any further advice.

Regional Business Partner Programme

The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce is the pathway to, and administrator of the government funded Regional Business Partner Network (RBP) for South Canterbury businesses.  We're here to support your business recovery and growth.

The Regional Business Partner Network is a gateway that connects you to the right advice, people and resources. The Covid-19 Advisory Fund and Tourism Transitions Programme Fund are currently fully allocated in the South Canterbury Region. The Capability Development Fund is active, although there may be a Wait-list.

For more information please contact Fiona Stevens on 03 687 2733 or email

Venture Timaru Professional Services Grants (PSG)

Business assessment, service matching and administration by the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce.

To support the Timaru District’s small-medium enterprises (SMEs) affected by the impacts of COVID-19, a $400 grant plus $400 of support from Advisors contribution has been made available by Venture Timaru to enable SMEs to access professional advice and support. Find out more here

COVID-19 Resources

Business Support:

Contact Tracing:

  • Contact tracing for COVID-19 - Contact tracing for COVID-19 Information about how the Ministry of Health and district health boards trace contacts of identified cases.

Export Advice:

  • 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.

Immigration Advice:

  • Immigration New Zealand COVID-19 Guidance – information and Key Updates about support for all travellers, Visa holders, migrant workers and employers.

  • Visitor & Employer-assisted Work Visas extended - Employed holders of certain Visas expiring from 1stJanuary 2021 to 30 June 2021 will be able to stay and work longer.

  • Emergency benefit for Temporary Visa holders – (extended from 28 February to 31st August 2021) if you can’t work, support yourself or return home due to COVID-19 an Emergency Benefit may be available through Work & Income from 1 December 2020 to 31 August 2021.

  • Changes to Temporary Work Visas - After mid-2021, INZ is introducing a new 3-check visa application system and replacing six temporary work visas with one. The new Employer-assisted Work Visa application process will involve 3 checks before an employer can hire a migrant worker.

View Webinars - The South Canterbury COVID-19 Response Team is bringing all businesses FREE Online Workshops that you can either join remotely or watch on-demand.

Promote your business on the South Canterbury Market Place regional website.