Available now with Inland Revenue.

It's to help businesses whose revenue has reduced because of a COVID-19 Alert Level 2 or higher.

  • $1,500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent (FTE) employee, up to a maximum of 50 FTEs

  • four times (4x) the actual revenue drop experienced by the applicant.

  • Applications can be made at MyIR.



Available now to help pay workers who can’t work from home and meet certain health criteria,

  • e.g they have COVID-19 or are a defined by Ministry of Health as a ‘close contact’ who has been told to self-isolate for 14 days (Check out Contact Tracing locations here).

  • The Leave Support Scheme is paid for two weeks for each eligible employee at a flat rate of:

  • $585.80 a week for full-time workers (20 hours or more a week)

  • $350 a week for part-time workers (less than 20 hours a week).



Available 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 (in line with public health guidance). 

  • It is a one-off payment of $350 for each eligible worker



Is now available and payments will begin on 8th March, 2021. To qualify, your business needs to experience a 40% decline in revenue over a consecutive 14-day period between 28 February and 21 March compared to a typical 14-day period between 4 January and 14 February 2021 (6 weeks before the change in Alert Levels).

This is available to businesses throughout New Zealand. Wage Subsidy March 2021 will be paid for 2 weeks at the rate of:

    • $585.80 a week for each full-time employee retained (20 hours a week or more)

    • $350 a week for each part-time employee retained (less than 20 hours a week).

    • You can’t get a Wage Subsidy for an employee for the period they're covered by a Leave Support Scheme or Short-Term Absence Payment



As an employer, what can you and cannot say or enforce on your employees regarding the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine. We've produced a live document outlining draft guidelines and common questions for employers. For more information, please click here.

5 March 2021

Alert level changes: A Message from Michael Barnett

Understanding and Dealing with Stress: Michael Barnett and Drew Knowles

 2 March 2021

What you need to know: Financial Support

Dealing with Stress as a Business Leader: Video Series with Dr Hinemoa Elder from August 2020 Lockdown

1 March 2021

Applying for resurgence support: A Message from Michael Barnett

 28 February 2021

Support for business: A Message from Michael Barnett

27 February 2021

Alert Level Changes: A Message from Michael Barnett

Business Travel Register (for those needing to move across the Auckland border)

Media Release: A blow to recovery but businesses will have a lifeline at the ready

Media Release: Follow the rules so we can get back our livelihoods

17 February 2021

Moving back down: An Update from Michael Barnett

Fast in, Fast Out

Business Response Planning Q&A

Business Response Planning Template Download

Resurgence Support Package

16 February 2021

There is legislation before Parliament which is a resurgence package to enable Government to pay out a wag subsidy package after a period of 7 days to affected business. 

Have a Plan in Place

15 February 2021

An Update for Business: Navigating the changing alert levels

Level Three Implications: Michael Barnett on RNZ

How much the lockdown could cost New Zealand

14 February 2021

Alert Level Change: A message from Michael Barnett

Media Release: For Business It's About Being Safe

28 August 2020

Episode Two: Dealing with Stress as a Business Leader

Wellbeing Helpline

26 August 2020

Dealing with stress as a business leader: Q&A with Michael Barnett and Dr Hinemoa Elder

Wellbeing Helpline

25 August 2020

Helplines and Mental Health Services

18 August 2020

The wage subsidy bar is too high - AM Show

17 August 2020

The wage subsidy bar is too high

Unnecessary delays at port and border checkpoints are causing disruption

Looser arrangements for subsidy access

Auckland Police Checkpoints

Level 3 Boundary

16 August 2020

Stop picking winners and losers

14 August 2020

Michael Barnett on Wage Subsidy Extension

Employment Information

Business Resilience - Government Support

Government's open and shut rules for business unfair

Business should be allowed to stay open

Businesses closed unnecessarily

13 August 2020

Businesses and Lockdown: Media Release

12 August 2020

Media release - Change the things we can

Tell us the plan, NZ Herald 

Michael Barnett discusses Alert Level 3 on RNZ

16 June 2020

Wage Subsidy Extension

15 May 2020

Auckland Business Chamber and 3PM Free Contact Tracing Register

1 May 2020

Keep it coming so small and medium businesses can rebuild

28 April 2020

Epidemic Response Committee, NZ Parliament: Auckland Business Chamber Response

17 April 2020

Business Activity at Level Three

Cashflow Support for Business

Auckland Council Review Rates Rise

8 April 2020

Survey shows 30% of businesses won’t survive. Chamber calls for more help.

1 April 2020

Cyber Security Advice During COVID-19

31 March 2020

Impact of business rental costs needs fine-tuning in the Government’s support package

Inland Revenue guidance for businesses and tax agents

26 March 2020

COVID-19 Coronavirus and the power of 'we'

24 March 2020 

Further Government Support Announced

Coronavirus: Auckland's Chamber scrambles to support business owners in turmoil

List of Essential Services

23 March 2020

PM Jacinda Ardern and Finance Minister Grant Robertson COVID-19 Update 

21 March 2020

PM Jacinda Arden COVID-19 Update

17 March 2020

This afternoon, the Government has stepped up and indicated their willingness to work with those businesses who are affected by COVID-19.

You can now seek assistance in way of a wage subsidy or leave payment. Find out more HERE

9 March 2020 

The recent outbreak of COVID-19, or more commonly referred to as coronavirus, has hit some businesses hard and could have a long-term negative impact on their wellbeing.

The Government has a number of their agencies who may be able to assist business and we appreciate that if you are having difficulty you may not know which Government department you should contact for support.

Talk to us and we will offer advice as to who may be best to support you. The support you need may include:

  • Cash flow support (perhaps bank assistance)
  • Tax relief
  • Managing employee numbers (full time to part)
  • Employee assistance
  • Exporter support
  • Tourism operator assistance
  • Other

We have relationships with Government and can assist you to get the help that you may require for your business. So please don’t hesitate to register your interest with us, by completing the form above or by contacting us below.