This page will be updated regularly with information, advice and support resources to get your business through COVID-19. 


The social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been unprecedented, hitting regional, national and global communities and economies in ways that we have never seen before. 

As New Zealand moves back through the Alert Levels, we position ourselves in a way that will allow us to regenerate strongly in the medium to long term. We have faith that the agility, resilience and clever thinking of the Nelson Tasman business community, combined with the range of government and business support available, will enable us to pave the way for a proactive and successful recovery.

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Business Support

How we can help

You’re not in this alone.

If you need business advice, guidance or support as you navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, our Regional Business Partner Team are here to help. Use the button below to contact us and we will respond to your enquiry within 48 hours.

Our Regional Business Partner team has supported over 1000 businesses since the beginning of Level 4 lockdown, so we understand the challenges businesses are facing and have a great range of knowledge, experience and expertise to help guide you through this period of uncertainty.

The services we can offer include:

  • One-on-one advisory support to help businesses identify and prioritise key needs and their plan ahead. This includes support and guidance to understand the government business support package and alert level guidelines.
  • Access to fully funded 1-on-1 professional advisory support in the areas of Business Strategy & Continuity Planning, Finance & Cashflow Management, Health and Wellness, HR & Employment Relations, Marketing Strategy and Digital Ennoblement Strategy (on Tuesday 14 July, a further $40 million was allocated to the RBP network nationwide to help more businesses access this support)
  • Access to free 1-on-1 business mentoring support

This service is being delivered as part of the Regional Business Partner Programme which the government has increased its support of to assist businesses at this time. We are the 'Regional Business Partner' for the Top of the South and deliver this service by partnering with the Nelson Tasman Chamber of Commerce, Marlborough Chamber of Commerce, Nelson Tasman Business Trust and Business Trust Marlborough.



Latest Updates

New COVID-19 Business Support Funding 

On Tuesday 14 July, a further $40 million was allocated to the Regional Business Partner (RBP) Network nationwide to directly help SMEs access professional advisory services in the following areas:

  • Business Strategy & Continuity Planning
  • Finance and Cashflow Management
  • Health & Wellness
  • HR & Employment Relations
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Digital Enablement Strategy

To learn more and access this support, please contact our RBP team here.

New R&D Loan Scheme

Businesses with R&D funding impacted by COVID-19 may be able to apply for an R&D loan of up to $400,000 under Callaghan Innovation’s new R&D Loan Scheme. Click here for more info and if you have any specific questions please email

Alert Level 1 for businesses

Following the Prime Minister's announcement, New Zealand is now at Alert Level 1. Find out what this means for you and your business here.

NZ COVID Tracer app

The Ministry of Health has developed the NZ COVID Tracer app to help the public log and track which businesses and organisations they have visited, and who they have come in contact with. Find out more and how to get QR code posters for your business to use with the NZ COVID Tracer app here.

Extension of Wage Subsidy

The government has announced a Wage Subsidy Extension, which will be available from 10 June. Eligible businesses will need to reapply through Work and Income once their current 12-week subsidy has come to an end. Employers must have had, or expect to have, a revenue loss of at least 40% for the 30 days before they apply for the extension, compared to the closest period last year. For more information see here.

COVID-19 Income Relief Payment

As part of the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment announced by the Government, from 8 June people can apply online for the payment which offers up to 12 weeks of financial support to minimise disruption from sudden unemployment. Businesses can inform their staff of this relief payment in the unfortunate situation they're having to be made redundant. People can apply online through MyMSD or go to the Work and Income website for more information.

New Loans for Small Businesses

The Government will provide one-off loans to small businesses, including sole traders and the self-employed, impacted by COVID-19 to support their cash flow needs. The small business cash flow loan scheme will provide assistance of up to $100,000 to businesses employing 50 or fewer full-time employees. Applications are open until 24th July. To check your eligibility and how to apply, visit the COVID-19: Cash flow loans and support page here.

Help finding new employees

As we support each other in the current environment to ensure the work needed through COVID-19 is delivered it is important that future employees can be connected with employers easily. To find help that is currently available to connect employers to those looking for work, including free recruitment services, initiatives and programmes see more details here. 

Work and Income New Zealand are also doing this through 'Keep New Zealand Working' by helping those find the right job, list vacancies and connect people with work opportunities. To register a job find out more here

Business Finance Guarantee Scheme

Small and medium-sized businesses may be eligible for the Business Finance Guarantee Scheme to protect jobs and support the economy to recover. Participating approved banks will provide targeted new loans or increase limits to existing loans for eligible businesses, to help them recover. For more information see here.

Financial support tool

You can use a financial support tool to find out what financial help may be available to you. The tool will take you, step by step, through a series of questions to find out your personal circumstances:

  • your work status, for example, employer
  • your situation, for example, business is unable to operate
  • whether your workplace has reduced business.

The tool will then tell you what financial help and support you could access, and where you can apply or find more information. Find the financial support tool here.


Other Government Financial Support

In addition to these services, there are a range of other measures which the government has announced and continues to refine. You can read about these all here or talk with our Business Support Team to understand how these apply to your business.

These measures include:

  • Business Finance Guarantee Scheme
  • Business Cashflow and Tax Measures
  • Support for Māori communities and businesses
  • Mortgage freezes
  • Protection for renters and tenants
  • Further income support for workers

Tourism Sector

New Tourism Transition Funding Pool

Tourism businesses can now access the new ‘Tourism Transition Funding’ (of up to $5k) to help them connect with external professional advice. You can apply for the Tourism Transition Funding via this link. The NRDA, as the local Regional Business Partner (RBP), will then be in touch and can start processing this immediately.

Tourism Business Advisory Service

The Government has established a business advisory service to provide a range of advice as communities get back up and running. The service will provide information as to how businesses transition toward the domestic market, preparing for trans-Tasman tourism and moving in and out of hibernation. For more information about Tourism New Zealand's funding and relief plan see here. 

Commercial Lease Assistance

Tourism operators unable to pay rent on commercial leases as a result of the Covid-19 response will be able to access Government assistance to resolve disputes with landlords. The Government has made a temporary amendment to the Property Law Act, inserting a clause in commercial leases requiring a fair reduction in rent where a business suffered a loss of revenue because of Covid-19. To be eligible for the implied clause a business needed to have 20 or fewer full-time staff at each leased site and be New Zealand based. The Cabinet Paper and Minutes released by the minister of justice can be downloaded here.

Discussing Tourism Webinar

Make sure you have accessed all the support available to you: this TIA webinar will give you an overview, including the wage subsidy extension, the Tourism Advisory Support Services and the Strategic Tourism Assets Protection Programme.

Redeployment of Tourism workers

Go With Tourism have launched a free service designed to support tourism industry workers and businesses who are unable to operate as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to redeployment advice and guidance, they are also offering educational pathways to keep people in work. If you know of any employment opportunities, please get in contact with the Go With Tourism team so that staff can be matched with appropriate roles.

Domestic Flights

Air New Zealand has released its flight schedule for July and August, which includes a significant increase in the number of flights coming in and out of Nelson. During those two months, there will be a total of just over 10,000 seats available for flights. At a national level, this means Air New Zealand's flight numbers will be boosted to about 55 per cent of its normal pre-COVID capacity with an expected increase in leisurely travellers to the region. 

Stay connected

Get the latest information on the governments' tourism recovery programme here.

Stay connected by signing up for the latest news, events and webinars. Sign up for Tourism New Zealand's newsletter here.


Other Useful Links

We will continue to keep you updated as best we can but for further information, please refer to the official government websites. These will provide you with the most up to date information as the situation evolves:




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