COVID-19 Business Support & Recovery
Business Resources and Information
A complete list of resources to assist businesses to understand what assistance is available to them as a result of COVID-19 is available at COVID-19 Business Resources and Information.
Council Support for Businesses
Council Business Development and Relationship Manager, Peggy Veen, is available to provide support to businesses including assistance to get questions answered for businesses regarding government assistance available to them.
Businesses and community groups can contact Peggy by phone on 0278075305 or by email
Links to local and Government departments and services with information who may be able to assist businesses are provided at the bottom of this page:
- Whanganui and Partners are an Economic Development agency and have dedicated Business Growth advisors for the Ruapehu District.
- Waituhi are a Ruapehu based organisation servicing small to medium sized businesses in our district.
- Central Economic Development Agency (CEDA) are the Manawatu based Economic Development Agency who are hosting online webinars, business support and advisory service.
Working at Alert Level 4
MBIE has established a call centre to specifically support queries related to Alert Level 4 businesses and services.This can be contacted at 0800 424 946 or alternatively emailed at: [email protected]
People should keep 2 metres apart at all times outside home, including at workplaces. This requirement does not apply to emergency and frontline public services (e.g. healthcare).
For more information on operating safely in workplaces, further guidance is available at: https://www.business.govt.nz/covid-19
Wage subsidy and other financial support
The Wage Subsidy Scheme through WINZ has been triggered, which supports eligible employers who experience a revenue loss of more than 40 per cent, and this has been increased since last time to $600 for a full-time employee and $359 for a part time employee. This would be paid in a two-week lump sum.
The Resurgence Support Payment through the IRD is also in play, which applies to a 30 per cent loss of revenue, and is up to $1500, plus $400 per employee up to a maximum of 50 employees. It is important to know that if you are eligible you can use both of these
For more info see Financial Support for Businesses on the COVID19.govt.nz website