CEO comment 25 May 2020

25 May 2020

Virginia webWe are now in our second week of alert level 2 and it is good to be back operating in our offices.  We are supportive of the covid-19 wage subsidy being extended, but we are advocating to have a similar threshold that we had with the first wage subsidy.  Applications for the extended wage subsidy are open on 10 June, and you can find out more information here.  

If you want to find out more about the extended wage subsidy, as well as what it will look like at alert level 1, please join Business Central from the BusinessNZ Network in this free covid-19 recovery webinar.  They will be exploring these questions and more.  You can register here.

We are calling for more clarity around moving to alert level 1 restrictions.  We are advising many businesses who are considering restructure and redundancies and some are seeking clarity before making the final decision about the conditions under alert level 1.

Moves to get tourism going again between NZ and Australia are promising.  Officials in both countries are currently working on new border processing rules.  An Anzac bubble would be a shot in the arm for tourism and business recovery in both NZ and Australia.

Research shows that more people want to buy local following the covid-19 crisis, which is great news for our region.  BuyNZ Made is also reporting a surge in applications to use the NZ Made trademark.

If we can help you in any way, please call on 0508 656-757, or find out more on our covid-19 resource page.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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