CEO comment 7 May 2020

08 May 2020

Virginia webThe Prime Minister has announced the way that we will operate when we move back to Alert Level 2.  A further announcement will be made by the PM on Monday, 11 May about whether we will move to Alert Level 2.

Businesses have shown that they can use some entrepreneurial, safe ways of working, which has put us in a good position to meet the requirements of Alert Level 2.

We have more information on our website on what this means for you here, along with the Government Alert Levels and Level 2 summaries.

To help with the transition to the different alert levels, we have a free member Business Support Resource Pack which has a number of resources and templates to cover everything you need to support your business through the transitions in Alert Levels.  You will find these on the member only part of the website.

The WorkSafe website has general and sector specific guidance that will help businesses determine how they can operate safely.  As a part of this, businesses are required to complete a COVID-19 Work Safe Plan which has had staff input and is shared with staff.

We are now registered as a Regional Business Partner service provider which means that you may be entitled for 100% free HR/ER and legal support from us, up to $5,000.  You can register on the RBP website.  If you need any assistance please contact us on

Recently we included in our e-newsletter some of the advocacy that we have been involved with for businesses during the covid crisis.  We are continuing to do this across the BusinessNZ network, and here is some of our recent advocacy:

  • The extension of the wage subsidy scheme for the hardest hit sectors
  • Interest Free Loan Scheme – similar to the Canadian Model, and or business grants for SMEs
  • More budget for Advisory Services for SMEs
  • Amendments to the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme to make it more applicant friendly for SMEs – including removing minimum turnover threshold and GSA requirements
  • Advocating for a Code of Practice similar to the Australian Code for landlords and tenants of commercial property
  • Worked with MBIE and Worksafe on Alert Level 3 guidelines to help business get back to work at Alert Level 3.
  • Continue to work with Worksafe and MBIE on Alert Level 2 guidelines
  • Advocated for active labour market policies around training and skilling
  • Continued advocacy on immigration related workforce issues
  • To increase airfreight capacity
  • Boost of the Buy NZ Made/Shop Kiwi campaign to support NZ manufacturers and retailers.

The Finance Minister, Hon Grant Robertson gave a pre-budget webinar at Business Central yesterday.  You can find a copy of his speech here.

The Government has announced that they are fast-tracking resource consents under the Resource Management Act for critical infrastructure and development projects.  The Minister for the Environment David Parker has announced this to better enable economic recovery from covid-19.  The temporary amendments to the Act will be made in June.  You can read more here.

A Bill to temporarily amend immigration legislation to support the quick and efficient management of visa changes during COVID-19 is being introduced to Parliament on 5 May.  The Bill proposes to introduce eight key legislative changes that will enable visa conditions and settings to be made by the Immigration Minister.  As the Bill is going through an accelerated process, we will be providing feedback through the BusinessNZ network.  You can find out more here.

As always feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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