COVID-19 Business Update – 3 July 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. New Zealand Tightens Border Controls At the time of writing this, there are 18 active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, which is up from 11 from last week. Last week, stricter border controls were introduced, including a mandatory 14-day quarantine and COVID-19 tests for those entering the country.  As more Kiwis return home, NZ’s managed isolation and quarantine…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 26 June 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. New Zealand Tightens Border Controls As of 24 June, there were 11 active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand as more people are arriving from overseas. Strict border controls are being implemented and people entering New Zealand are required to stay in managed isolation or quarantine for at least 14 days and test negative for the coronavirus before they…  Read more

Covid-19 Business Update – 19 June 2020

  Welcome back to our Weekly Digest. Read on for this week’s update. Level 1 As you know, New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 last week, which means restrictions to work, school, sports, and domestic travel are lifted.  Our border remains closed to most travellers and strict controls are in place.  All arrivals are tested for COVID-19 and a 14-day managed quarantine or isolation is mandatory. After 24 days…  Read more

Covid-19 Business Update – 12 June 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. No COVID-19 cases in New Zealand! Here’s the news you’ve definitely already heard: New Zealand moved to Alert Level 1 from midnight on June 8– 101 days since the first virus diagnosis in the country.  This comes after the news that the last remaining case has recovered, making us one of only nine countries in the world with…  Read more

Farming News June 2020

Disruption is nothing new for farmers.  For years, they’ve been battling drought, market volatility, Mycoplasma bovis, and now COVID-19. But, like the rest of New Zealand, staying positive and reviving the economy are their priority. Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening on local farms, on the environmental front, and what guidance, support and tax relief is available to help farmers wade through the uncertainty. Looking on the bright side “We’re…  Read more

Covid-19 Business Update – 5 June 2020

Early Move to Alert Level 1 We are winning our fight against COVID-19! With only one active case of COVID-19 remaining in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the possibility of an earlier-than-expected move to Alert Level 1 next week.  Essentially, this means that the virus is contained in the country without the risk of community transmission.  However, border restrictions will remain in place as the virus is…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 27 May 2020

Welcome back to our Weekly Digest.  Read on for this week’s update. Cashflow If you’re not having cashflow problems right now, that’s great, you’re one of the lucky ones.  Plenty of businesses across the country are struggling with cashflow right now.  There are a few ways to relieve the cashflow pressure from finance through to restructuring options. Don’t stick your head in the sand – we can help. Here are…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 22 May 2020

Welcome back to our weekly update, we hope you’ve enjoyed the relaxed Level 2 restrictions.  Read on for this week’s news. Budget Last week the budget was announced.  Like any budget, there are winners and losers and it will affect businesses, individuals and industries in different ways.  You can find more info on the Budget website, but please chat with us to find out how it will affect you. Small…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 15 May 2020

Hello again for another week! We hope you’re healthy and well. You will have heard by now that we moved to Level 2 on Thursday 14th May – great news for all of us! Level 2 for businesses The government’s COVID-19 response website says most businesses can open at Level 2 if they can do so safely.  This is to be self-assessed by the business as to whether it is…  Read more

COVID-19 Business Update – 8 May 2020

With no new cases reported on Monday and Tuesday this week, it seems like New Zealand has Coronavirus under control making a move to Level 2 likely in the next week or so. Clearly that’s great news for all business owners and in this week’s digest, we’ve included a number of resources to help with navigating your business out of the dire situation we’ve all been in.  No doubt there…  Read more

COVID-19 updates this week

With the country now at Level 3, many more businesses can now operate which is great news. Worksafe has published guidelines for operating safely at Level 3 and there’s a good page about workplace operations at all levels on the website. Business tax support The government announced a further set of tax proposals to help businesses manage the impacts of COVID-19.  These include: Greater flexibility for taxpayers in respect…  Read more

Ways to run your business if you can’t open your premises

The COVID-19 pandemic has proven challenging for many small business owners. It’s difficult to run your business remotely, especially if you’re not set up to do so. If you run a business that requires customers or clients to come to you, you might be very concerned about how you can continue to operate without opening your premises. If you have access to technology, are adaptable, and are willing to look…  Read more

NZ Government Coronavirus Support Package

What’s in the $3.2 billion support package? The government’s latest coronavirus support package includes further measures to try and ease the pain of the lockdown.  It includes tax breaks, business advice and help for tenants and landlords. There are no in depth details available yet, so we will have to hold on, likely until 27th April. Tax loss carry-back scheme A large portion of the package is the tax loss…  Read more

Paying Correctly During Covid-19 Isolation and Getting Permission From Staff

We strongly recommend that all employers consider their legal obligations and risk regarding any pay changes made during the isolation period. We would all like to think that commonsense and integrity would be exercised by both employers and employees at this time – unfortunately in hindsight this may not always be the case. Liz Mackay, Managing Director at HRtoolkit Limited has provided us with a newsletter which contains some really…  Read more

Covid-19: Continuity Plan for Your Business

The impacts of Covid-19 on health and business are evolving fast.  Currently, we are prioritising helping our clients who have the greatest need.  So, if you need urgent help, please get in touch. It is essential that every business has a plan for dealing with the fallout from this pandemic.  A plan will give you peace of mind and clarity for decision-making for the future of your business, and ensure you…  Read more

Useful information and resources on COVID-19

  Over the course of a few weeks nearly everyone’s business and life has been turned upside down. It’s been a crazy time with toilet paper shortages, businesses forced to close, an overload of information (and mis-information on social media). With the recent disruption in mind, we wanted to help support you however we can. We’ve seen a number of our clients already impacted by the virus and decided to…  Read more

Covid-19: Tax Payments due April / May 2020

Tax time has come around again.  In particular, Terminal and Provisional taxes are due in April and May: 2019 Terminal Tax  –  due 7 April 2020 2020 Provisional Tax, 3rd instalment  –  due 7 May 2020 Our recommendation is to pay the tax in full if you can, especially the 2019 Terminal Tax. If you cannot pay in full, pay what you can afford.  Then consider options for the balance as…  Read more

Covid-19: How to apply for Wage Subsidies and Leave Payments

  Following on from our Covid-19 Update, we have created a short video to walk you through the process of applying for wage subsidies and leave payments. Please pay particular attention to the criteria for the wage subsidies and leave payments. Application for Wage Subsidies and Leave Payments Tutorial  NB: This link is best opened using Google Chrome. If you require any assistance with your application, please do not hesitate to contact…  Read more

Covid-19 Update

We know you are being inundated with correspondence regarding the Covid-19 virus, so we hope we are able to support you with constructive support and suggestions at this time. Things to consider doing at this point The key to going forward is to have a plan. And know that this plan needs to be fluid. Make a list of your concerns – write these down.  Then put some priority around…  Read more

How to use video for communications

Since the first internal corporate note was sent—probably reminding employees about casual Friday—companies and organizations have relied on written communications to keep employees up-to-date on company policies, procedures and changes happening within.  These days, though, more companies are switching to videos to relay information to their staff. In a lot of ways, video is more effective than written communications.  It grabs peoples’ attention, conveys important information quickly and is usually…  Read more

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