Financial support for COVID-19-affected businesses

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The government’s initial support package has help for businesses, employees, sole traders and contractors.

It covers businesses with reduced turnover, and business that have lost staff due to self-isolation.

As this is a rapidly-evolving situation, keep checking here for the latest business support news.

Do you qualify?

You can qualify for the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy if your business:

  • Has a 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over one month, compared to the same month in 2019, due to COVID-19
  • Has taken active steps to mitigate COVID-19
  • Makes best efforts to retain employees at a minimum of 80% for 12 weeks.

The Wage Subsidy is a one-off payment. It is for wages only, to keep your staff employed.

To apply, or find more information on the qualifying definitions and payment rates, go here.

You can qualify for COVID-19 Leave Payments if you or your staff are unable to work.

To qualify you or your staff must be self-isolating, sick with COVID-19, or caring for dependents who are self-isolating or sick.

Leave Payments are made to employers to pass on to employees in full. They cover full-timers, part-timers, casuals and contractors.

To apply, or for more information on availability, go here.

How can I apply?

You can apply for either subsidy online at Work and Income.

You will need:

  • Your IRD number
  • Your business name
  • Business address
  • Your employees' names and IRD numbers
  • Contact details for you and your employees.

Application process:

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Useful links

  • Business owners – apply here
  • For up to date info on business support go here
  • For other information on handling COVID-19 in your workplace go here

Any questions or problems?

Call us here at NZ Plant Producers – Matthew Dolan, 0276 229 255.

We are here to help you get through.