Below you will find up-to-date links to information on taxes, wages and income support needs arising from COVID-19. To view our other links, go back to the main COVID-19 page.


August 2021 Update

The Government has announced business support funding including the Wage Subsidy Scheme, and the Resurgence Support Payment in addition to the existing Leave Support Scheme and the Short Term Absence Payment. 

Wage Subsidy Scheme (WSS)
The WSS is available nationally when there’s a regional or national move to Alert Levels 3 and 4 and helps eligible businesses keep paying staff and protect jobs. The rates have been raised to reflect increased wage costs. Eligible employers anywhere in the country can apply for the WSS if they expect a loss of 40 percent of revenue as a result of the Alert Level increase. The Covid-19 Wage Subsidy 2021 is now available to businesses impacted by New Zealand moving to Alert Level 4 on 17 August 2021.Find out more or apply here.

Resurgence Support Payment (RSP)
The RSP is a payment to help support businesses or organisations with one-off costs due to a COVID-19 alert level increase to level 2 or higher. This is available to eligible firms at the same time as the WSS. The RSP is available if firms incur a loss of 30 percent of revenue as a result of the Alert Level increase. The RSP is worth up to $1500 plus $400 per full-time equivalent employee, up to a maximum of 50 full-time employees (so up to a total of $21,500). 
Applications are now open >> 

Leave Support Scheme (LSS)
The LSS provides a two-week lump sum payment of either $585.80 per week for full-time workers, or $350 per week for part-time workers, who must self-isolate and cannot work from home.
Find out how to apply here.

Short-Term Absence Payment (STAP)
The STAP provides a one-off (once per 30 days) $350 payment for workers who must miss work due to a COVID-19 test and cannot work from home.
Find out how to apply here.


Small Business Cashflow Scheme (SBCS)
The SBCS was introduced in 2020 to support small to medium businesses and organisations struggling with a loss of actual revenue due to COVID-19. The SBCS is a loan and must be repaid. Applications are open until 31 December 2023.
Find out how to apply here


Business Advisory Support Grants and Advice Implementation Grants for Tourism
The Government's Tourism Communities: Support, Recovery and Re-set Plan provides Advisory Support and Advice Implementation grants for eligible tourism businesses in five South Island regions most affected by the loss of international tourism. This includes the Kaikoura District. 
Find the eligibility criteria and application process here or apply directly with ChristchurchNZ.


View a full and detailed list of Government business support here >>


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