As at 30 November 2021 – New Zealand moves to the traffic light system on 3 December. Until then, make sure you follow the Alert Level restrictions. Auckland continues to have a hard boundary in place. Check the Unite Against COVID-19 site for up to date information.
As our website undergoes repair, please check our social media platforms regularly for the latest information on financial support options, updates for events, etc. We cannot guarantee the currency of the information found on this page; always check the government web links to be sure you have the most up to date information.
- NZ Government COVID-19 Website – Alert Level Restrictions, Vaccines, “Reconnecting New Zealanders to the World” and more.
- IRD COVID-19 Tax Relief
- ACC – COVID-19 Information for Businesses
- Work and Income (WINZ) – Wage Subsidies, Unemployment Subsidies, and more.
- MBIE/NZ Major Events – COVID Code, Funding, & Information for Gatherings at Alert Levels
- Ministry for Culture and Heritage – Arts & Music Support & Funding
- Regional Business Partner Network – Support & Funding
- Looking for Work – Keep New Zealand Working
- Creative New Zealand – Funding
- Live Nation – Crew Nation Fund
- The Beehive
- Ministry of Health
- Visas & Travel
- Ministry of Transport
- The Treasury & The Reserve Bank – Mortgage Holidays
- Workplace Support Services for ETNZ Members
- Music Helps
- Getting Through Together
- The Mental Health Foundation
- MBIE – Mental Health for Businesses
- Unite Against COVID-19 Website – Mental Wellbeing
- ETNZ Level 3 Entertainment & Event Scholarships & Workshops
- TEC – Funding for Apprenticeships (incl. Level 4 Entertainment & Event Technology) All NZ Apprenticeships are now Free.
- Apprenticeship Support Programme – Subsidies for Employers of Apprentices
- Connected.govt.nz – Employment, Education, and Training
- Skills Active – Financial Help for Trainees & Workplaces
- Free Online Resources
Government COVID-19 Website
The Government website dedicated entirely to COVID-19 can be found here:
This website unites all the others. Here you will find information and links to:
- the Ministry of Health,
- Financial Assistance,
- Advice on Alert Levels and Self-Isolation,
- Staying mentally healthy,
- and Latest Updates.
Read more on the latest definitions of Alert Levels here: COVID-19 Alert System
Alert Level 1 – The Prime Minister announced on 16 Sept 2021 that Cabinet has decided there will be no changes to the Alert Level 1 settings. Alert Level 2 settings were strengthened as a result of the Delta variant, due to the increased risk of transmission beyond the Alert Level 4 boundary.
Alert Level 2 Gatherings – Government have released a guidance document for Events/Hospitality. This document is current as of 15 Oct 2021. Check for latest updates under “Alert Level 2” in the Government COVID-19 Toolkit.
Historical answers to Frequently Asked Questions around Delta Alert Level 2 can be found in these PDFs:
- 8 Oct 2021- here – This makes even further clarification for events starting at page 9.
- 6 Oct 2021 – here – This makes some clarification on the lifting of the 100 person max limit.
- 4 Oct 2021 – Initial information pertaining to lifting the 100 person max at events here & here.
- 28 Sept 2021 – There is a news article here clarifying questions we were asked around large performer groups/schools.
- 21 Sept 2021 – here – This addresses further specifics around Level 2 gatherings, reinforcing prior information, & covers Alert Level 3 for Auckland & Upper Hauraki.
- 20 Sept 2021 – here – This addresses the change in gathering sizes on 21 Sept 2021 from 11:59pm.
- 14 Sept 2021 – here – This includes many replies to our queries; please read the full “Gatherings and Events” section of the PDF.
- 7 Sept 2021 – here
- 6 Sept 2021 – here
The Public Health Legislation No 12 can be found here (current at 18 Oct 2021).
Financial support tool now available here to help you find out what financial support you could get.
Government have also released a list of support and service contact phone numbers for a range of topics. You will find them here.
MANDATORY RECORD KEEPING: On the 22nd August, Minister Chris Hipkins announced this change. Key points from this announcement include:
- This means those responsible for businesses and events will need to ensure people keep a record when they visit, either by scanning QR codes with the COVID-19 Tracer App or making a manual record.
- It is for businesses and events that are permitted at any Alert Level.
More information can be found here on the COVID-19 website, and further details will be listed on the ETNZ site here as they are clarified. If you have any questions that are not yet answered, send them to us and we can bring them up with the relevant parties with whom we are in contact.
Historical answers to Frequently Asked Questions around Mandatory Record Keeping can be found:
- On page 5 here. These are current as of 5:30pm 22 August 2021.
- On pages 7-10 here. These are current as of 5:30pm 24 August 2021.
- In the ETNZ News Article here. New versions will be located in this article as they come available.
RECONNECTING NEW ZEALANDERS TO THE WORLD: On the 12th of August 2021, the NZ Government held a forum regarding their strategy for reconnecting with the world while maintaining an elimination strategy for COVID-19. You can watch the forum, read transcripts of the speeches, and access updates at the Unite Against COVID-19 website here. You will also find supporting documents current on 12th August 2021, in this ETNZ News article.
VACCINES: The government have stated “COVID-19 vaccines will be free and voluntary for the general public” in New Zealand. Want to learn more and keep up to date on Vaccine plans? Visit this link for more information and to sign up for regular updates.
There are a number of resources around Vaccination Privacy to clarify what can and cannot be asked by employers. If you’re unsure about disclosing your vaccination status or have any other uncertainties, have a look at the following 3 pages:
- Vaccine Information for Workers
- Privacy Commissioner
- Employment New Zealand – Vaccines and the Workplace
Government have launched a new website where you will be able to create an account and log in to access your COVID-19 Vaccination Record. Soon, this will also be where you can download domestic and international digital vaccination certificates, find your COVID-19 test results, and access your NHI number as a QR code to make visiting places like COVID testing sites quick and easy. Visit this link to learn all about the new website and how it will work.
QUARANTINE-FREE TRAVEL: Visit this link for more information on the current travel bubbles, suspended travel bubbles, and more. You can also check out this ETNZ News article from 18 April 2021 for the FAQ pack on Quarantine-free Travel. All Quarantine-Free Travel with Australia is suspended; this will be reviewed in November 2021.
#UNSTOPPABLESUMMER (2020/2021): The government released their Make Summer Unstoppable campaign – including plans to deal with COVID this summer & NEW FINANCIAL SUPPORT – for summer 2020/2021. To order your free collateral (posters, table talkers, stickers & decals, etc.) visit this page.
All businesses must display the government QR code poster for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App, by 19 August 2020. PLEASE download and use theNZ COVID Tracer Appto assist in the fight to stop COVID. It is possible to log manual entries and backdate them to include your recent movements. Businesses, it is simple and quick to get your own QR code to display.
Wearing Masks is a form of PPE recommended to reduce the spread of COVID in certain situations depending on Alert Level. Read the details on when and how to wear a mask here.
On 15th July 2020, in response to increasing cases overseas, the Government shared the “Stamp it Out” plan for responding in the event new cases of COVID-19 present themselves past our borders. The PDF Plan shows 3 possible scenarios and how the Government will react in each case:
- A contained cluster within a community.
- A large cluster within a region.
- Multiple clusters, spread nationally (i.e. from a major event attended by a person with COVID).
IRD COVID-19 Tax Relief
The IRD page on COVID-19 can be found here:
As at 6th October 2021: Applications for a 3rd Resurgence Support Payment will open on 8 October; information is found here.
As at 10th September 2021: A 2nd round of the Resurgence Support Payment will be available for the lockdown which started 17th August 2021. The application should be available here by the 17th September 2021.
As at 19th August 2021: The Resurgence Support Payment will be available for the lockdown which started 17th August 2021. The application will be available here by 8am on 24th August 2021.
Topics on the IRD COVID page include:
- Latest Policy Initiatives; this includes the Small Business Cashflow Scheme. Small to medium business owners, including sole traders and the self-employed, may be eligible for a one-off loan if they have been adversely affected by COVID-19. The Small Business Cashflow (loan) Scheme has been extended until 31 Dec 2023.
- Information for Individuals and Families
- How to Manage your Tax; including changes to your responsibilities around filing and paying.
- Information for Businesses and Organisations; you will find many topics here, including the Small Business Cashflow Scheme (SBCS) again, other tax schemes available, the wage and leave subsidies, the new Resurgence Support Payment (RSP) available through 12 April 2021, GST issues and Income Tax issues, and information for the self-employed.
**We highly recommending exploring and reading all the options available to you under the Information for Businesses and Organisations. There are far too many to outline them all here. It may seem a daunting amount of information to read through, but a thorough search could help your business or family.**
The financial support for businesses page will bring you to pages on various options and “issues” for both employers and the self-employed. They give examples for a variety of self-employed and employer situations which are very helpful for clarifying eligibility and taxation in various situations.
Please read these implications thoroughly, and consult your accountant or call IRD directly if you have any questions on the taxation or implications.
In addition, IRD have released the following Advice :
“If your business is unable to pay its taxes on time due to the impact of COVID-19, we understand, you don’t need to contact us right now.
Get in touch with us when you can, and we’ll write-off any penalties and interest.
It would help if you continue to file however, as the information is used to make correct payments to people, and to help the Government continue to respond to what is happening in the economy.”
Discounted tax for your first year in business. If you’re new to business, you may be eligible for a discount for paying your income tax early. This applies to sole traders, contractors, and partnerships. You can read more here.
ACC – COVID-19 Information for Businesses
Because the financial impact of COVID-19 may be ongoing, and changes to your business can happen quickly. ACC are here to support you if you’re unsure you can meet your ACC obligations. The most important thing is to let them know before the due date to avoid any penalties. However, if you currently owe them for an outstanding levy, and you can’t make a payment due to the impact of COVID-19, call or email them. All the contact details and more are found on the ACC page link above.
Wage Subsidies & ACC Levies (direct from the ACC webpage):
As outlined on Inland Revenue’s website, wage subsidies should be passed onto the employee by the employer and processed as part of the employee’s normal wages.
All deductions, such as PAYE, KiwiSaver, and child support, should be made as normal. This includes ACC Earners’ levies. Through these deductions, employees pay their Earners’ levy as they normally would to cover the cost of non-work injuries.
As this wage subsidy is part of an employer’s payroll, we’ll use it as part of their Work levy calculation for the 2019/20 financial year, and for 2020/21 for the continuation of the wage subsidy.
The wage subsidy received by a self-employed person is not subject to ACC Work levies. Under section 14 of the Accident Compensation Act 2001, the self-employed income must be derived from personal exertions before it will be liable for ACC Work levies for self-employed people.
The ACC Earners’ levy component for self-employed will also not be applied to the wage subsidy received by a self-employed person.
As set out on the Inland Revenue website, self-employed customers should return the wage subsidy as ‘Government subsidies’ box in the IR3 return. If it’s included as part of the ‘Self-Employed Income’ we’ll assume the total amount is liable for ACC levies and calculate your invoice based on the amount declared.
If you need to change an already filed 2020 IR3 return, please visit Inland Revenue’s website. Changes made at Inland Revenue will be automatically sent to us so your levy invoice can be invoiced correctly.
Invoicing Delayed Until October 2020: Invoices for the 2020/21 financial year would usually have been sent from 1 July but will now be issued in October 2020. Payment options will be available once invoices are sent in October, to further assist businesses in managing payment of their invoice.
If you aren’t significantly impacted by COVID-19 and would like to pay your invoice, you can request to receive your invoice as usual. Please consider this carefully, and only request this option if you’re able to pay any resulting invoices in full, or through an installment plan. Read all the details from ACC here.
Work and Income
Work and Income New Zealand have a page dedicated to COVID-19 here:
As at 6 October 2021 – Applications for the fourth COVID-19 Wage Subsidy August 2021, known as Wage Subsidy August 2021 #4, are open here for two weeks between 9am, 1 October and 11.59pm, 14 October 2021.
As at 13 September 2021 – Government has announced a 3rd round of the Wage Subsidy which will be available from Friday 17 September. Remember, to check the eligibility criteria before you apply.
As at 10 September 2021 – Government has announced a 2nd round of the Resurgence Support Payment will go live on 17th September 2021. There is a 2nd round of Wage Subsidy also currently active. If Auckland stays at Alert Level 3 or 4 past the 13th September, another round of the Wage Subsidy will come online.
As at 19 August 2021 – Government has announced a wage subsidy will be available for any business nationwide suffering a loss of 40% or more. Wage subsidies are now made available when there is an escalation to Alert Levels 3 or 4 anywhere in NZ for 7 days or more. To be clear: ANY COMPANY NATIONWIDE IS ELIGIBLE FOR A WAGE SUBSIDY IF THEY MEET THE LOSS CRITERIA, EVEN THOUGH THE ALERT LEVEL MAY NOT BE IN THEIR REGION. The amount has been increased to $600/week for a full-time employee & $359/week for a part-time employee. Applications will be available here by 9am 20th August 2021, & payments should be able to be processed in 3 days. A resurgence support payment will be available here by 8am 24th August 2021; this comes into play when there is a move to Alert Level 2 or above for 7 or more consecutive days.
WINZ offers Leave Support, which is still available. This is for employers, including self-employed people, to help pay their employees who need to self-isolate and can’t work from home.
WINZ offers Short-Term Absence Payments, which are still available. This is for businesses, including self-employed people, to help pay their workers who cannot work from home while they wait for a COVID-19 test result.
As at December 2020: COVID-19 financial support for businesses information is available. This includes: A Resurgence Support Payment, which will also be available from late-February 2021 for eligible businesses throughout New Zealand, if there’s a move to Alert Level 2. This one-off payment is to help businesses affected by the Alert Level upgrade with fixed costs.
The Wage Subsidy (March 2021) is now closed. This was available for employers and self-employed people throughout New Zealand.
The COVID-19 Resurgence Wage Subsidy is now closed. This applied nationally to any business with a 40% decline in revenue for any consecutive period of at least 14 days within 12 August and 14 September 2020.
The Income Relief Payment is now closed. This for those who have lost jobs (including self-employed persons) from 1 March 2020 to 30 October 2020 due to COVID-19. It was paid for up to 12 weeks while the person was unemployed. If you’re receiving the payment, you will continue to receive it until 4th Feb 2021.
The Wage Subsidy Extension is now closed. This was for those with a revenue loss of at least 40% for a continuous 30 day period. It covered 8 weeks per employee from the date the application was submitted: $585.80 for people working 20+ hrs per week & $350.00 for people working less than 20 hrs per week.
The original wage subsidy covered 12 weeks, but the maximum paid to any one business was lifted at 23rd March 2020. This was a subsidy for wages only and all applying had to meet certain criteria and adhere to certain obligations.
Please read all parts of the WINZ pages before applying for your chosen support to ensure you fully understand your responsibilities under each payment type.
Regarding casual employees – Information on the WINZ website states:
- If you’re working multiple jobs, each of your employers may be able to get the Wage Subsidy Extension to help pay you.
- If you’re a casual employee, your employer can apply for you if:
- you’re employed by them at the time they apply, and
- you would have expected to work during the time they will receive the subsidy.
- If you get ACC earnings related compensation, your employer can’t apply for you. But they can apply for you if you’ve returned to work and no longer get ACC.
- If you’re self-employed and an employee, and your employer has already applied for a Wage Subsidy Extension for you, you can still apply as a self-employed person.
There is also a questionnaire you can complete to check what assistance or payments you could get from WINZ.
WINZ is also administering an Apprenticeship Support Program that will be implemented from August 2020. This is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19. Read more below under Professional Development Opportunities.
Further support is available in the form of the Flexi-Wage Subsidy. This is for helping businesses hire staff and getting them the skills needed to do the job. There’s a wage contribution, as well as training and ongoing support if it’s needed.
More clarity on taxation can be found on the IRD website; see the section on Taxes above.
MBIE & NZ Major Events – Information for Businesses
Visit the NZ Major Events page on Advice for Event Organisers here– as at 6 Sept 2021 this has not been updated to reflect DELTA Level 2. It covers restrictions on events at different alert levels, the Voluntary COVID Code, downloadable collateral on the COVID Code, and more.
A New Zealand Events Sector Voluntary COVID Code was published and signed off by the Director General of Public Health in 2020. This is specifically for our industry and was worked on by ETNZ along with other NZ events associations. We urge you to adopt this short (only 5 pages) Voluntary Code. Read more & download a copy here. As at 6 Sept 2021, this has not been updated to reflect the DELTA variant of COVID-19.
In brief (this is just an overview, and in no way is a substitute for reading the official code) the Code states event professionals will:
- Stay up to date and adhere to Ministry of Health guidance.
- Enable and promote Contact Tracing
- Maintain records for minimum 4 weeks to aid Contact Tracing
- Ensure individuals have resources/facilities to maintain good hygiene, and stay home if unwell
- Create a culture of COVID risk management incl. following Ministry of Health recommendations (i.e. hygiene, contact tracing)
All businesses must display the government QR code poster for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App, by 19 August 2020. PLEASE download and use the NZ COVID Tracer App to assist in the fight to stop COVID. It is possible to log manual entries and backdate them to include your recent movements. Businesses, it is simple and quick toget your own QR code to display.
The Domestic Events Fund is a $10 million fund established to support the events sector which has been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is a contestable fund that will provide funding to events that can deliver the greatest flow-on benefits to regional economies. This fund is designed to inject immediate cash-flow to the sector and the broader supply chain. The Domestic Events Fund was open from 3-17 July for one round. If the fund is not fully allocated during this round, New Zealand Major Events will announce another round.
The Creative and Cultural Events Incubator aims to provide seed funding for new and creative cultural events. The next round will open in November 2020. Application documents will be distributed from Friday 30 October 2020, and the deadline for completed applications will be 4.30pm on Monday 30 November 2020.
The Major Events Fund is an investment fund to support major events to achieve specific outcomes that align with government priorities. It is open year round. Applications for the Major Events Fund need to be submitted at least two years in advance of the event commencement date to allow sufficient time to assess the event and develop leverage and legacy programmes to secure benefits off the event/event platform. The Major Events Fund will no longer be accepting applications for events in 2020 and 2021, but are prioritising events that take place from 1 January 2023.
This $50 million Regional Events Fund aims to stimulate the domestic tourism market by supporting existing events to continue to operate, or supporting new events to form. Have you been keeping up with developments in the Regional Event Fund in your region? Many regions have now listed their funding plans and/or how to apply. Get in touch with your regional representatives via the link above to learn more about how to apply for funding for your events.
News from 11:59am Friday, 29th May, 2020: Changes to Event Restrictions at Alert Level 2.
News from 14th May, 2020: Events at Alert Level 2.
MBIE & business.govt.nz :
Visit the business.govt.nz page on COVID-19 for guidance for businesses. Here you will find guidance on workplace operations at different Alert Levels. You will also find advice on Business Travel across Alert Level boundaries.
Do you still have financial questions or need support? You can call the free COVID-19 Business Helpline! North Island 0800 500 362 | South Island 0800 505 096 All New Zealand businesses, including sole traders, can get support and advice on: government financial support (e.g. low-interest loans & tax relief), what different alert levels mean for your business, business continuity, finding free or subsidised expert help (e.g. a business mentor or advisor). Employers can also get specific advice on people challenges, including staffing changes, employee wellness, and meeting your health and safety obligations.
Business Debt Hibernation: This is a government initiative created in response to COVID-19. It helps companies, trusts, and other business entities affected by COVID-19 to manage their debts. Unfortunately, sole traders aren’t eligible for business debt hibernation. Read more and check your eligibility here.
Ministry for Culture and Heritage – Arts & Music Support
2021 Delta Relief Funding – $37.5m in funding will be brought forward from the Arts and Culture COVID Recovery Programme to support the cultural sector through the COVID-19 Delta response. This COVID-19 Delta Relief Funding comprises a number of measures, including the Cultural Sector Emergency Relief Fund; applications will be available Friday 1 October 2021 for this relief fund. Key in formation for applicants can be found here. A full ETNZ article with further details can be found here.
COVID-19 Resources and Links for our Sector from MCH can be found here.
MCH COVID Recovery support is being developed in the following areas:
- Creative Arts Recovery and Employment (CARE) Fund – various opportunities open, keep checking back.
- Cultural Innovation Fund – 1st round open April 2021 to register for events around Aotearoa. Dates/locations listed here.
- Cultural Capability Fund – Open 12 Dec 2020; 1st round closing 9th Feb 2021; 2nd round opening Nov 2021.
- Careers Support for Creative Jobseekers
- Support for arts infrastructure & community projects (additional funding to CNZ for their Emergency Response Package)
- Further support for Heritage organisations/buildings, including a Museum Hardship Fund administered by Te Papa
- Mātauranga Māori (including support for regional Kapa Haka competitions & 2021 festival)
- Pasifika (including support for Pasifika festivals throughout NZ)
- Screen (including a Screen Production Recovery Fund & Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund)
To read the full designation of funds and detail on each part of the above, visit the MCH.govt.nz website. Keep checking their page for further initiatives.
10th September 2020: The Ministry for Culture and Heritage was asking for feedback on the approach for:
- the Cultural Sector Capability Fund,
- the Creative Arts Recovery and Employment Fund (CARE),
- & the Cultural Sector Innovation Fund
Thanks to all who helped by sharing ways to help this funding reach our industry. The more of us who add our voice, the more likely we are to be heard! Deadline was the 22nd September, and the results are now out. The information can be found here, or on our news page here.
Regional Business Partner Network – NZTE
The RBP Network is part of NZ Trade & Enterprise and can help support small and medium businesses in recovery and growth. There are resources and support available including:
- RBP Growth Advisors to help connect you to the right support to recover and grow.
- COVID-19 Business Advisory Funding including:
- Management Capability Development Funding
That and much more can be found on their website.
Looking for Work – Keep New Zealand Working and More
Government announced new employment service initiatives, including a Keep New Zealand Working online recruitment tool that connects job seekers directly to the employer, and 35 new employment centres around the country. You can register online here.
Connected.govt.nz brings together information from across government to support Employment, Education, and Training.
Creative New Zealand
3rd August 2020: CNZ opened the 1st opportunities of its 12-month plan for funding.
10th July 2020: Details on the 12-month investment plan were released for the August application openings. This includes:
- Arts Grants
- Annual Arts Grants
- Ngā Toi ā Rohe – Arts in the Regions Fund 2020
- Adaptation Fund
- Capability Fund
9th June 2020: A further $13 million in funding will be applied to phase 1 of the package, enabling more applications to be accepted. Read more in the media releases in the link above.
The first phase of Creative New Zealand’s Emergency Response Package had two components: Resilience Grants & Short-term Relief of Investment Clients. All the key information can be found here: Creative New Zealand opens first phase funding for COVID-19-impacted arts sector, along with further information and FAQs.
There were two opportunities under Resilience Grants: an Arts Continuity Grant, and an Emergency Relief Grant.
The Arts Continuity Grant supports short-term arts projects by artists and arts organisations (including groups and collectives) that can be delivered within a changed and evolving environment as a result of COVID-19.
The Emergency Relief Grant provides temporary relief for independent artists and arts practitioners, who may be part of arts organisations (including groups and collectives), have received Government support (COVID-19 WINZ) and who meet eligibility criteria.
Creative New Zealand define Practitioners in their Glossary as:
“The term encompasses a wider group than the term ‘artists’. It includes people involved in organising the project and can include producers, stage managers, technicians, publishers, editors, translators, curators, agents and dealers, as well as community-based practitioners. The term includes those people who may not necessarily classify themselves as artists, but who may be necessary to creating, presenting or distributing an artwork.”
Please read through the pages linked in above for all the details on eligibility for each type of funding, as well as the FAQs which speak more to eligibility.
For funding enquiries re: COVID-19 and CNZ’s Emergency Response Package, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Live Nation – Crew Nation Fund
The Crew Nation fund is there to help support live music crews who have been directly impacted as shows are put on pause due to COVID-19. You can read about eligibility, find FAQs, and apply for financial assistance from the Crew Nation fund here.
A new application window will open the week of July 20th for anyone who was financially impacted by shows scheduled to take place in June 2020.
Applications are now closed for those who were impacted by shows originally scheduled to take place in March, April, or May 2020.
On 15th April 2020 the Beehive released details on the Wage Subsidy, Tax Measures, and Leave Support that can be found here:
They initially released a number of PDF Factsheets outlining the original details of the following:
- Health package factsheet
- Business cashflow and tax measures factsheet
- Wage subsidy scheme factsheet
- Income support factsheet
- COVID leave support factsheet
The Beehive also post their press releases for you to read here: Releases
- A release on 23rd March has announced a freeze in rent increases and no-cause terminations.
- A release on 24th March has announced mortgage holidays and business finance support schemes. The Business Finance Scheme, for solvent small and medium-sized firms affected by the COVID-19 crisis, will include a limit of $500,000 per loan and will apply to firms with a turnover of between $250,000 and $80 million per annum. The loans will be for a maximum of three years and expected to be provided by the banks at competitive, transparent rates. Check with your bank on what they are providing.
- A release on March 27th one on March 28th clarify various aspects of the wage subsidy, including business responsibilities to employees, and the folding in of the Leave Subsidy with the Wage Subsidy as it was no longer fit for purpose.
- A release on 3rd April announced further measures to support businesses. This includes new legislation to address companies facing insolvency (read more here).
- On 15th April, further relief for medium and small businesses was announced, including measures to support commercial tenants and landlords.
- On 14th May, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said making targeted vocational training courses free – for all ages, not just school leavers – over the next two years will help people who have lost their jobs retrain and also allow new employees in some essential services to train on the job.
- Also on 14th May, Minister Grant Robertson said “From June 10, businesses that have suffered, or expect to suffer, revenue loss of at least 50 per cent for the 30-day period prior to the application date versus the nearest comparable period last year will be eligible for the extension of the scheme.”
- On 25th May, an Income Relief Payment was announced for those who have lost jobs due to COVID-19.
- Specific additional COVID support for the arts was announced by NZ Government on 28th May.
- On 29th May, further detail has been disclosed on Arts & Music support, and this will be followed by more in the coming days.
- On 2nd June, the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF) was announced to pay costs for all NZ Apprenticeships from 1 July 2020 until 31 Dec 2022 – Including our Entertainment and Event Qualifications! Read more in the section of this page on TEC under Professional Development.
- On 4th June, Government released the results of their Wage Subsidy Survey. See the PDFs of the questions and results here.
- Also on 4th June, legislation was introduced to parliament proposing changes to tax deductions for “feasibility expenditure”, aiming to give businesses confidence to invest in growth exploration.
- On 5th June, Government loosened the eligibility requirements for the Wage Subsidy Extension (50% loss changed to 40% loss), and extended the Application period for SBCS Loans to 24th July.
- On 12th June, Government announced changing rules for taxpayers to ease financial stress. This includes: “For the 2019/20 income tax year, tax payable up to $200 will be written off. The usual threshold for writing off tax is $50.”
- On 17th June, further support for Apprenticeships was announced. The Government is providing businesses with up to $16,000 to help pay the cost of each apprentice for the first two years. There’s also support for Mana in Mahi, which you will remember Prime Minister Ardern discussing during her address at our last ETNZ Conference.
- On 18th June, rent arrears support was announced to help support those who risk being evicted due to COVID-19.
- On 1st July, Hon Phil Twyford announced the Domestic Events fund which opened 3rd July.
- Also on 1st July, Screen Sector and broadcasting funding was announced. Read more under the section on the Ministry of Culture and Heritage above.
- On 5th July the Small Business Cashflow Loan Scheme was extended to December 31st, 2020.
- On 14th July more support for small and medium businesses was announced via the Regional Business Partners Network.
Keep watching the releases page for additional changes to support people during this time.
Ministry of Health
The Ministry of Health are tracking all current cases, as well as updating advice and recommendations here:
You can read more about locations of interest in current COVID clusters here & Contact Tracing Definitions here.
You can read more about the advice for gatherings here. You can also read previous advice for our industry from MBIE at other Alert Levels in our news articles:
- From 11:59am Friday, 29th May, 2020: Changes to Event Restrictions at Alert Level 2.
- From 14th May, 2020: Events at Alert Level 2.
The NZ Events Sector Voluntary COVID Code has been published and signed off by the Director General of Public Health. This is specifically for our industry and was worked on by ETNZ along with other NZ events associations. We urge you to adopt this voluntary code. Read our news article here. Visit the NZ Major Events page on it here.
PLEASE download and use the NZ COVID Tracer App to assist in the fight to stop COVID. It is possible to log manual entries and backdate them to include your recent movements. Businesses, it is simple and quick to get your own QR code to display.
All businesses must display the government QR code poster for use with the NZ COVID Tracer App, by 19 August 2020.
You might be surprised to find you are in a high priority group for the Flu vaccine. It is important to get the shot if you are eligible as this will take pressure off the health care system by avoiding you falling ill. The Ministry of Health is prioritising vaccinations of high-priority groups, and asking all others to wait until mid-April for their vaccines. For more information on the 2020 flu campaign, and to see if you’re eligible for a free vaccination, visit flightflu.co.nz.
A further health concern has arisen regarding the use of hand sanitizer. Alarmingly, there has been an incident where hand sanitizer ignited on someone’s hands here in NZ due to static electricity. Please be careful as we move down alert levels that you are being safe while being safe. Please read this Advisory from the Road Transport Forum.
Visas and Travel
If you’re concerned about a visa status or travel to get home, visit:
- https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/covid-19 – For the most up to date information on border restrictions, how to bring workers to New Zealand, and more.
Allocation of Spaces in Managed Isolation for Events:
ETNZ received correspondence on 15th February 2021 from the Deputy Secretary of Managed Isolation and Quarantine regarding persons associated with events entering New Zealand. You can read the full correspondence in the PDF here.
Ministry of Transport
Read about the restrictions on travel under the different Alert Levels here.
The Treasury & The Reserve Bank of New Zealand
The Treasury has released its new weekly COVID-19 economic dashboard. It includes real-time data on the economy. It is designed to aid independent analysis and give businesses a sense of the activity across different parts of the economy.
The Reserve Bank is announcing an extension of the regulatory guidance for the mortgage deferrals programme to help customers in need. The extension takes effect from when the existing guidance expires on 27 September and will apply until 31 March 2021, at which point the usual treatment will resume. Banks will still be able to offer deferrals to borrowers after this date, but they will not have the same concessionary regulatory treatment.
Workplace Support Wellbeing Services for ETNZ Members
Our assistance support program is now active, providing support in ensuring our mental wellbeing as we face these challenging times in the industry. ETNZ members now have access to professional counselling services that will help deal with any emotional, financial, family-related, or work-related challenges. Think of it as roadside assistance for your wellbeing. This service is currently free to all members* for up to three sessions per year, and like roadside assistance is available 24/7.
Access is simple: just call 0800 443 445, let them know that you are an ETNZ Member, and tell them your membership tier. We recommend you program this number into your phone, so it’s immediately ready should you need it, or if you need to pass it on to one of your colleagues who is also a member.
Reaching out and using the service is a strictly confidential and independent process. To help us monitor the effectiveness of the program, ETNZ will merely receive a number of the times the service is used.
As a society, we are notoriously poor at asking for help, and we have the dubious distinction of being the worst of all in this regard – highlighted by our historically higher rates of self-harm compared to other professions. We believe this initiative can provide some positive change.
The counselling support is very broad and comprehensive and provides the following 5 services :
1. Therapeutic Counselling
- Work Issues – i.e. pressure or stress, resilience, workplace change/challenges, communication, & career development
- Personal issues – i.e. family, relationship, health, goals, self-care, grief or loss
2. Financial mentoring
- i.e. tackling debt, understanding Kiwisaver, setting financial goals, making a budget, saving and investing, plans for retirement
3. Career direction
- i.e. work/life balance, career coaching and advice, options on moving upwards/sideways/externally or reducing hours, career training and advancement
4. Leadership coaching
- i.e. considering options arising from workplace matters, work on individual and organisation goals, learning self-assessing/self-coaching methods, providing stretch and growth mindset development
5. Professional Supervision
- an opportunity to improve work relationships, explore challenges and options, sharpen professional skills, plan self-care and wellness, etc.
All you need to do is call 0800 443 445, let them know that you are an ETNZ Member, and tell them your membership tier. You can then discuss what your needs are and what type of service is best for you.
*In the future this will only be available to ETNZ financial members: tiers Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum.
This information can also be found on our Supplier Discounts page.
Music Helps has a page on support options here:
It shares more links to Government information as well as their services:
- The MusicHelps COVID-19 Emergency Grant
- 24hr Wellbeing Service for free professional counselling services,
- Benevolent Fund for emergency financial assistance to kiwi music people experiencing crisis,
and other links such as:
Getting Through Together
A new Government campaign has been launched to share ways to help us cope with the stress of COVID-19 and isolation.
Visit the page to find out more.
MBIE – Mental Health & Wellbeing Support for Businesses
There is a page of resources for businesses, including minimising stress, spotting burnout warning signs, building a policy for your business on Health & Wellbeing, and resources for free advice & support.
There is also a page dedicated to “Talking with your team about uncertain times”. Here you’ll find tips and support around how to have difficult conversations with your staff & colleagues.
There is a page on Resilience Tips for Small Business Owners, this contains mental wellbeing tips tailored for small business owners and sole traders.
ETNZ has Awarded 100x COVID-19 Scholarships for the NZ Certificate in Entertainment and Event Operations (Level 3)
To learn more about the Skills Active Qualifications, visit our Training Page.
Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) – Targeted Training Apprenticeships Fund
The TEC has announced that the TTAF will cover fees from 1 July 2020 until 31 December 2022 and will be paid directly to Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) by TEC. This will enable TEOs to provide education and training without fees to learners.
Read more on the initial release here.
Study in the following areas is covered by the Fund:
- All apprenticeships (This includes the Entertainment & Event Technology Level 4 Qualification offered by Skills Active.)
- Level 3-7 sub-degree programmes in targeted areas delivered by tertiary providers
- Industry training, outside of apprenticeships, in targeted areas.
To learn more about the Skills Active Entertainment & Event Qualifications, visit our ETNZ Training Page.
Visit the TEC Website to learn more about the targeted areas & FAQs.
Apprenticeship Support Programme – Subsidies to Employers for Apprentices
The Apprenticeship Support Programme is a cross-agency government response to help employers retain and bring on new apprentices, including Mana in Mahi participants, while dealing with the effects of COVID-19.
Many of you will remember Prime Minister Ardern discussing Mana in Mahi in relation to our industry during her address at our last ETNZ Conference.
The Apprenticeship Support Programme includes various programmes/schemes offering subsidies to employers for their apprentices. One of these is called Apprenticeship Boost; not only can it be paid to employers, but the funds can support the self-employed/contractors.
Apprenticeship Boost can pay for an apprentice who is self-employed if they’re employed or contracted by you. You need to apply for your apprentice, and you need to have a training agreement between yourself, your apprentice and your TEC approved transitional ITO or provider.
You can’t get Apprenticeship Boost for your apprentice if you’re:
- a State Sector employer
- already getting another wage subsidy from us for this apprentice (eg, Flexi-wage, the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy or Mana in Mahi)
- already getting a payment from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment for this apprentice (eg, a wage subsidy from the Māori Trades and Training Fund or a Regional Apprenticeships Initiative).
Read the Tertiary Education Commission page on the Apprenticeship Support Programme here. It states:
“All employers who have an eligible apprentice will be able to receive a base subsidy rate up to $12,000 per annum ($1,000 per month) for first year apprentices and up to $6,000 per annum ($500 per month) for second year apprentices through the Apprentice Boost. Mana in Mahi and some Regional Apprenticeships participants will get a higher subsidy to reflect the different level of need of the individual apprentices (or pre-apprentice trainees) involved.”
The Apprenticeship Support Programme will be implemented from August 2020. More details on how to apply are now available on the WINZ website (link above).
Further support is available in the form of the Flexi-Wage Subsidy. This is for helping businesses hire staff and getting them the skills needed to do the job. There’s a wage contribution, as well as training and ongoing support if it’s needed.
Connected.govt.nz – Employment, Education, & Training
Connected.govt.nz brings together information from across government to support Employment, Education, and Training.
Skills Active Aotearoa – Financial Help for Trainees & Workplaces
To support our workplaces, many of whom are facing significant hardship amidst the pandemic, Skills Active offered some scholarships for apprentices and trainees.
Although this funding has ended, there are still funding opportunities to support qualifications. Read more here.
wysiwyg – Free for Students & Teachers
CAST Group has a free version of wysiwyg Design now available to all students and teachers enrolled on a full or part-time lighting design course at a university, college, post-secondary vocational, or poly-technical school.
Sapsis Rigging Inc. – Free Weekly Remote Training Sessions
Sapsis Rigging Inc. are now offering Free Weekly Remote Training Sessions. The topics vary, and you can sign up for yours here.
ABTT Online – Association of British Theatre Technicians
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the ABTT felt that it was necessary to provide both members and the public with a series on online discussions covering various topics. ABTT Trustee Mig Burgess and ABTT Administrator Elysia Moore initially curated a series of online seminars/webinars running over Wednesday 10th – Thursday 11th June 2020. Due to the popularity of these conversations, a second series of online events was organised for July 2020. You can now watch all the recordings here. You can also check out their Online Activities, & FREE training and educational resources during lockdown.
LXBeams free License for May 2020
Due to the COVID-19 emergency, Claude Heintz Design made a temporary LXSeries Pro license available here for free to anyone. The license could be installed in LXBeams or LXFree for Java (v2.3.5) and provides access to the full functions of LXSeries Pro during the current emergency. The emergency license was enabled through at least May of 2020. ETNZ financial members have access to a discount on the license. Visit the Discounts page of our website for more information.
TAIT – iQ Training Video Series for Automation
TAIT is now offering free online training courses for iQ Powered by NAVIGATOR to the live event community. Whether a first-time learner or highly experienced show operator, the iQ Training Video Series is tailored to all levels of entertainment automation.
The Mix Wizard – Audio Mixing Training
Visit this youtube channel for audio mixing training videos that are non-specific to a particular console.
Clear-Com – Cleaning Com Sets
Safety ‘n Action – Online Training Opportunities
Safety ‘n Action have increased their online training opportunities. These are not free, and some will require you to complete a practical element. Still worth having a look!
Interested in some FREE courses on COVID safe work practices from Safety ‘n Action? Read more here.
USITT – News@Noon
USITT have announced their Free Webinar series. Visit their page to find out more.
The Chicago Flyhouse – Free Online Classes
“Train with Rigging Specialists.” Keep checking back for classes here.
Rose Brand – Learning Series
Event Safety Alliance – Guide, Safety Training, & Annual Membership Dues
-The Event Safety Guide is now free to download. Though its audience is the United Stages, there is valuable information in there for all.
-Registration for online Event Safety Access core safety training is only $9.95(USD) through Dec 31st 2020; this is usually $69.95(USD). Apply here and use the promo code: SUPPORT20 at checkout.
-The annual dues for both new and renewing members is now $25(USD) through December 31st 2020.
You can read more here.
ETC – Free Online Courses
MILKE – Free Online Classes on Producing, Marketing, and Pitching Shows
Vectorworks – Spotlight Essentials Seminars
Free for a limited time, you can select a session date here.
Strand Lighting – Online Console Training Costs Waived
If you’re interested in getting to know a Neo console, visit their website and scroll to the bottom for the “Personalized Webinar Training”, then send a request for a booking. If you’re using a web browser based email, the link might not pop up, but you can email email@example.com to request it. We are unsure how long this will continue to be offered.
Video Lectures – Professor John Huntington
The Virtual Theatre – 3D Set Design Program
Until May 15th, you can visit their website and select the “free online” version to purchase. You can make a donation to help with development, but it’s only optional. If anyone tries it out, let us know how it went!
In addition to the Industry Resources link above, the Lighting Commission has an extensive list of resources, videos, and tools. We have not checked each of these out, nor has USITT, but have a look. Not everything is to keep your mind working either! There are links to streaming events as well.
The ETNZ Selecon Scholarship – For ETNZ Financial Members who are NZ Citizens or Residents
The Selecon Scholarship can be used to help fund professional develop opportunities. You can find the criteria, time frames, and application on our website under the resources tab at the top of the page.
Show Makers Symposium – Free Webinars and Podcasts
Follow their Facebook page for upcoming online events to provide resources during this time.
High End Systems – Learn Hog 4