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.

Business Resources:

 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 or leave a message on 03 687 2733 in order to have your call forwarded. We will reply as soon as we can.

Business Assistance:

Wendy Smith  |  027 229 2949  |

Fiona Stevens  |  027 434 9322  |

Raewyn Bell  |  027 500 4222  |

Finance and Training: Janet Hogan  |  027 634 6780  |

Certificates of Origins processing: Fiona Stevens  |  027 434 9322  |

Membership and Events: Timea Mester  |  028 409 6389  |

South Canterbury website: Raewyn Bell  |  027 500 4222  |

YES: Stacey Darrell  |  027 223 7170  |

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:

Talk to us or fill out the form below and we will offer advice as to who may be best to support you. 






Online Workshops

Critical HR During COVID-19 - This workshop offers advice and support to employers on the HR impacts of COVID-19. Video now available.


Latest Updates

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:

  • HR
  • Health and Wellness
  • Business Continuity Planning
  • Finance and Cashflow Management

Register you business for support here or for more details contact the South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce by phone on 03 687 2733 (please leave a message) or by email at

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.