COVID-19 Support for business

This page will be updated regularly with information, advice and support resources to get your business through the evolving impact of COVID-19

Coronavirus Covid-19 is presenting a rapidly evolving pandemic on a global scale. The impacts of Covid-19 are, and will continue to be, felt throughout regional, national and global communities and economies.

Kāpiti Coast District Council

We understand there's a lot of concern in our community about COVID-19, and it's important to ensure you stay well informed and support those in our community who are unwell or are taking responsible steps to protect themselves and others.

Find information on:

  • Council services and facilities
  • Health Advice
  • Mental Health Foundation
  • Business support
  • Temporary accommodation for self isolation
  • Volunteering
  • Q&A for key services

Access information on key services

We understand there's a lot of concern in our community about COVID-19, and it's important to ensure you stay well informed and support those in our community who are unwell or are taking responsible steps to protect themselves and others. This page will be updated frequently.

Working together

Register your details for business updates

If you would like to receive regular updates on support for local business affected by COVID-19 and other business related information, please sign up using the linked form.

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Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce

Kāpiti, 24 March 2020 - The Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce supports the Government’s decision to move to Level 3 and 4 response against COVID-19, and is urging the business community to remain connected as the country enters the four-week lockdown beginning tomorrow.

Jacinda Thorn, Chair of the Kāpiti Chamber of Commerce says while the situation will get harder, it will also get better.

“Our focus is on equipping our members with practical support to help them manage through the next few weeks.  We are offering a Member to Member support service, where you can either offer or ask for, free advice in areas like strategy and cashflow management.

“We are also working closely with the Kāpiti Coast District Council, WellingtonNZ and our Chamber Network to access up-to-date information and business support.

“We understand many of our businesses will be uncertain about the future - particularly those who will need to close.  The Government has widened its business support package, and I urge all local businesses to access support on offer during the next three months. It is my hope that by being proactive, and supporting each other, we can all adapt to the ‘new normal’,” says Jacinda Thorn.

Access Chamber of Commerce Advice

The Wellington Chamber helpline is available to Kāpiti members also, 0800 800 362, use code WGTNNZ.
Find out more on the Kāpiti Coast Chamber of Commerce website.

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Wellington NZ support

Need advice and support? Contact our Business Response Team and we will get back to you within one to three working days.  

You can also call 04 555 0084 to leave a voicemail for our team. 

As the Regional Business Partner for the Wellington region, WellingtonNZ is working in tandem with the Government to ensure businesses receive practical advice and support as they tackle the impacts of COVID-19. WellingtonNZ will offer additional advisory support, as well as hosting a series of online workshops.  

WellingtonNZ will also collect regional information on issues and impacts of Covid-19 to share with the Government so appropriate responses can be developed.  

We will regularly contact businesses to survey their evolving needs during this unprecedented pandemic. This page will be updated with more information as it is confirmed.

Please also make use of the regional online workshops that we are running for businesses in the Wellington region.

Need advice and support?

Contact the WellingtonNZ Business Response Team and we will get back to you within one to three working days


Regional Online workshops

WellingtonNZ is hosting regional online workshops on managing the impact of COVID-19 for your business.
Each online workshop will run through advice from experts on how to manage the impact of COVID-19 on your business, including top tips, what to focus on and how best to proceed in the coming weeks and months. Each segment will then be followed by a Q&A session.

Register for upcoming workshops or watch past workshops here.

Register and watch here

Government support for impacted businesses

The Government has announced a comprehensive $12.1 billion package to help manage the economic impacts of Covid-19. Within this, $8.7 billion will be available to enterprises and staff to businesses who may face laying off or reducing staff hours because of COVID-19. If you are an employer, contractor, sole trader or self-employed you may qualify to get the COVID-19 wage subsidy. 

To qualify, your business must be registered and operating in New Zealand, your employees must be legally working in New Zealand, the business must have experienced a minimum 30% decline in actual or predicted revenue over the period of a month when compared with the same month last year, and that decline is related to COVID-19, your business must have taken active steps to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and you must make best efforts to retain employees and pay them a minimum of 80% of their normal income for the subsidised period. 

Get more information on the qualifying definitions

Apply online for COVID-19 Wage Subsidy or COVID-19 Leave Payment

When you apply you will need to provide your IRD number, business name and address, names of your employees and their IRD numbers, and contact details for your business and your employees. Processing and approving applications will happen as quickly as possible - the aim is to make payments five working days after required information has been received – but this will depend on the volume of applications received.

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