Publish date: 07/04/2020

Enterprise North Canterbury (ENC) has contracted Mel Skinner for 12 weeks as an additional business support resource in the Kaikōura region. This has been made possible through the Regional Business Partner (RBP) COVID-19 Advisory Funding allocated from the Government’s business response package. Mel will be supporting Miles Dalton and Guy Graham of ENC.

Mel will be working with Kaikōura businesses to assist ENC in identifying their key area of support, to enable an enhanced recovery from the current COVID-19 circumstances.  

Following an assessment, if businesses meet the RBP criteria, eligible Kaikōura businesses will be able to access a range of approved support services in the following areas:

  • HR - challenges with COVID-19-related employment law obligations with respect to restructuring, redundancy and change of work hours. 
  • Business continuity planning - Support creating contingency plans to help your business get through the next few months and build team readiness and resilience. 
  • Finance and cashflow management – Advice and support in areas of such as cash flow, payroll and accounts receivable/payable. 
  • Health and wellness – understand how deliver positive messaging, stay connected through remote channels and how to access EAP assistance programmes

To be considered for funding, Kaikōura businesses will need to have met with Mel, registered on the RBP Platform and will need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have fewer than 50 full time equivalent employees
  • Be registered for GST in New Zealand
  • Be operating in a commercial environment
  • Be a privately owned businesses, or a Maori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership.

If you need support or know of a business that needs some advice, to arrange an assessment please email:

The fund will be administered by ENC as the local Regional Business Partner.