COVID-19: News & Resources

As the situation with the coronavirus develops, both nationally and internationally, we’re committed to helping keep our business community informed and providing support where possible.

GOVT. INFORMATION HUB

The Government has established a dedicated webpage with information and resources regarding COVID-19. This includes health advice, financial direction, travel restrictions, wage subsidies and leave payments, as well as latest news.

Click here to visit the webpage. 

FREE BUSINESS SUPPORT FOR THE BAY

Businesses can contact the Biz Hub helpline to arrange a meeting (one-to-one or digitally), free of charge, with one of the Business Advisors to discuss how they are affected by COVID-19 and what support they need.

The Business Advisors will then provide direction and advice on how to get this support, by connecting businesses with key providers and Government agencies, such as IRD and Work and Income, as well as helping them understand how to better utilise their current providers.

This support is administered through the Regional Business Partner Network (RBP), a service that the Tauranga Chamber of Commerce delivers in partnership with Rotorua Business Chamber and Eastern Bay Chamber of Commerce.

The RBP is available to all businesses, not just Chamber members.

This is free of charge and accessible to any business or organisation in the Bay of Plenty.

  • If you are based in the Western Bay of Plenty, and you want to gain free support from a Business Advisor, please contact 0800 BIZ HUB (0800 249 482) or info@tauranga.org.nz
  • If you are based in Central Bay of Plenty, please contact Linda on 021 837 8222 or covidsupport@rotoruachamber.co.nz
  • If you are based in Eastern Bay of Plenty, please contact 07 219 3827 or info@ebopchamber.co.nz

*Please note, the phone lines may be busy due to demand, however we encourage you to keep trying as there is a minimal wait time. 

LOCAL NEWS & UPDATES

  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT PACKAGE

Work and Income are facilitating applications for wage subsidy and leave payments, as part of the COVID-19 Financial Package.

Click here to visit their website for full details and application forms. 

  • BUSINESS ADVICE

If you need up-to-date information around the coronavirus and how it may impact on your business, Business.govt.nz is providing comprehensive updates as they become available on a number of issues, including employee best practice / health and safety, tax and the impact on exports and imports.

Click here to visit their website. 

Having a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) will help you prepare for disruptions to your business caused by the impact of COVID-19. Here’s a great step-by-step guide to help you put plans in place. Click here to visit the website. 

The Ministry of Health website also provides information on pandemic planning and response and the New Zealand Influenza Pandemic Plan.

  • EMPLOYMENT & PEOPLE MANAGEMENT

Employment New Zealand provides detailed information about employment during and after disasters and workplace response to COVID-19 (novel coronavirus).

  • WORKPLACE WELLNESS

WorkSafe NZ have put together information regarding work-related health. This includes how to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases through good health and safety practices in the workplace.

Click here to visit their website. 

As well as your physical wellbeing, your mental health may be adversely affected by the impact of the COVID-19.

Click here for advice on how to manage your mental wellbeing.

  • TRAVEL & TOURISM

Since moving to Level 4, strict travel restrictions have been put in place to ensure total lockdown nationwide.

Click here for full details on travel restrictions.

MoH has released guidelines and regulations for hotels and hotel staff, and what this means at a Level 4 lockdown.

Click here for the full details. 

Regionally, Tourism Bay of Plenty have established a dedicated webpage for the operators to gain the industry-specific support they need.

Click here for full details. 

  • COMMUNITY GROUPS & NOT-FOR-PROFITS

Information for registered charities can be found HERE.

The Government has also established a grant for essential community groups, to support their efforts on the ground. You can find out more HERE.

  • SOCIAL AND HEALTH SERVICES

SocialLink has created a comprehensive directory of social and health services, to provide guidance and support through these difficult times.

You can access this directory HERE.

  • COMMUNICATIONS

Chamber member The Shine Collective has put together a top five list of communication tips (both internal and external) to help businesses provide clear, concise information to their stakeholders. You can access this here.

They have also created a basic Communications Plan template for Pandemic Planning. This can be accessed here.

  • INSOLVENCY

If you are struggling to manage debts, you can find information on insolvency here.

  • ADVICE & SUPPORT

We’re connecting with our providers to share with us their expertise on how to deal with a variety of difficult situations – from employment and HR, to communication and strategic development.

Click here to read our latest news. 

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