COVID-19 support for businesses
General financial support available to businesses:
|What it does||Available for||How to apply|
COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme
Helps to pay employees if they can't work due to Ministry of Health advice. The Leave Support Scheme is a weekly payment. It is paid at the following rates:
|Businesses that have employees who are unable to work due to MOH advice.||Apply via WINZ. Call 0800 40 80 40 for questions.|
COVID-19 Small Business Cashflow Scheme (SBCS)
A 'top up loan' is also being introduced. The top up loan will allow those businesses that have already accessed a loan to draw down an additional $10,000 with a new repayment period of 5 years and the first 2 years being interest free.
|Businesses with 50 or fewer FTEs that have been adversely affected by COVID-19 (full details here).||Apply via IRD by 31 December 2023
IRD - support for businesses:
IRD can support businesses in the following ways:
- Write-off penalties, interest incurred due to hardship or reduced cashflow.
- Extend no interest timeframes for IRD Small Business loans. Write-off loans for hardship.
- Show more leniency for tax payment deferrals, tax payment write-offs for hardship and simplify the process.
How businesses should operate under COVID-19
Up-to-date information about how businesses should operate under COVID-19 is available in over 30 languages, including:
A full list is available here.
An up-to-date list of vaccination centres in and around the city centre is available here.
Information about testing centres in and around the city centre is available here.