Business Support Resources: COVID-19


With the launch of the NZ COVID Tracer mobile app by the Ministry of Health, the New Zealand business community is being asked to support its uptake, by providing QR scan code posters at business and other organisational locations.

The NZ COVID Tracer allows New Zealanders to create a digital diary of the places they’ve been, by scanning QR codes displayed at these locations. This helps log and track where people have visited and who they have come in contact with.

Businesses can register and download unique QR code posters for each of their premises through MBIE’s Business Connect

Using the app and downloading the posters  is voluntary, but it helps contact tracing become faster and more effective, which is an essential part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 in New Zealand.


Managing COVID-19 in the Workplace

The Otago Chamber of Commerce has worked together with Southern Health to produce an information resource pack for businesses.  The pack includes:


Useful Websites 

Here are the links to the key official government sites for advice on managing the impacts of COVID-19:

Preparing for Level 3

Tax Update for Business

For information on the Time Bar for 2019 income tax returns from The Inland Revenue Department click here
For information on Tax Relief Click here

Mortgage Holiday Information

Information on payment holidays for businesses and home owners affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 Click here

Information on Business Loans

Recent news on Business Loans available can be found here

Property Settlements during COVID-19

General guidance for residential property settlements can be found here

Property settlement guidance for lawyers during COVID-19 can be found here


Links to Councils 

Dunedin City Council Click here 

Waitaki District Council Click here 

Central Otago District Council Click here

Clutha District Council Click here 

Otago Regional Council Click here 



Redundancy/Employment Support

Unfortunately there are a number of businesses that are needing to restructure at this time, some businesses are having to "mothball" their activities, and others are simply having to close shop.  The Ministry of Social Development is aware of the challenges facing people in this situation and have put together some resources & information for people facing redundancy or unemployment.



Other COVID-19 Resources

We are happy to share any relevant resources provided by our Business Partners or Chamber members on this website.  Please note this information was correct at the date of publication.  With the COVID-19 response rapidly evolving some details may be superseded by new developments: