CEO comment 7 September 2020

07 September 2020

Virginia webThere have been a number of high-profile cyber security breaches in the past couple of weeks.  The Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) issued an advisory for all Kiwi businesses, warning of a campaign targeting global entities, mainly in the financial sector.  It advised small businesses without an IT team to contact CertNZ.  We have joined with Willis White to offer a free member briefing for SMEs to uncover security threats, and you can find out more here.

Last Friday the Prime Minister announced that we are remaining at alert level 2, which will be reviewed on Monday 14 September for a possible change on Wednesday evening 16 September.  Paul MacKay the employment relations manager from BusinessNZ was interviewed by Grant Walker about operations under Alert Level 2 and 2.5, and the recording is here.

The BusinessNZ Network was concerned with the way that the Auckland regional border operated when they were in alert level 3 recently.  If this occurs again, we would like to see a better operational model, and to be better prepared.  Part of this will be to have guidelines and timelines prepared in advance.  We also think it is important to allow businesses to open as long as they meet these restrictions rather than a system of exemptions.

We know that there is uncertainty with the end of the wage subsidy, a continuation of the alert levels and how this will affect you financially and on your mental wellbeing.  We are here to assist, please call us on 0508 656 757.

We are looking forward to welcoming the Prime Minister to Dunedin on Monday 14 September.  You can find out more about this event here.  We hope to see you there.

As always any feedback is welcome.

Ngā mihi nui \ with kind regards,


Virginia Nicholls | CEO |

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