As the economic landscape changes around COVID-19, we're open and here to help Kiwi businesses navigate the way ahead.
Providing you with practical business advice and access to expert resources
We are facing unprecedented circumstances; COVID-19 is challenging all of us and changing our way of living and working. At this time, it is important we prioritise the care we show for each other and we come together as a community.
The Ministry of Social Development, Ministry for Pacific Peoples, the Pacific Business Trust and Pacific Business Trust’s partners, including our team here at Deloitte, have come together to support Pasifika organisations and leaders through these difficult times.
The information shared below, regarding the Wage Subsidy Scheme and the COVID-19 Essential Worker Leave Scheme, is designed to support you as we navigate through this period of uncertainty.
We also outline the expert resources and support made available by MSD, PBT and Deloitte to all Pasifika organisations including commercial, for-profit businesses (sole traders, companies, contractors, self-employed), social enterprises, non-profit organisations and community groups. The business (advisory) support services delivered to you will be funded by PBT through its contract with MPP and the support of advisory staff from MSD.
Wage Subsidy & Essential Worker Leave Payment Scheme
On 17 March the Government announced a NZ$12.1 billion Economic Response Package. This stimulus include subsidies for employers, contractors, sole traders or the self-employed – the Wage Subsidy and the Essential Worker Leave Scheme (effective 6 April 2020). The Wage Subsidy is a one-off lump sum payment to support businesses in keeping people employed for the next 12 weeks. The Essential Worker Leave Scheme provides support for employees that are required to self-isolate in accordance with Ministry of Health guidance.
We have people available to support you through the process.
Essential Worker Leave Scheme
You can find more information about eligibility and information required to apply here.
If you are eligible for either of the schemes, we strongly encourage you to consider applying today.
Support Services Available for Pasifika Organisations
COVID-19 is expected to have serious and prolonged impacts on all communities and businesses. We encourage all to take reasonable precautions and follow the advice of the Ministry of Health. COVID-19 is also causing a great deal of uncertainty that requires both business and people resilience including the need to address psychological stress alongside the business resilience and recovery needs.
We are ready to help now if you need support to apply for a subsidy, collect information for an application or confirm your eligibility. Our team can help you with -
For Pasifika organisations requiring additional business advisory support, we have business advisors ready to help you work out a response plan for your organisation, for both your immediate needs and medium-long term plans. All of these services are free and available for any Pasifika organisation based in New Zealand. Depending on your organisational needs, you may be able to access the following -
These workshops will be facilitated by experienced professionals and the output will be a practical action plan. Where appropriate and agreed, your business advisor will also be available to support you in the medium term (this may include helping you to implement specific, agreed actions). Please note - all advisors supporting this initiative have an appreciation and respect for Pasifika culture and values.
Please note, in accordance with Ministry of Health precautions and advice, all services will be provided virtually – either over the telephone or via video conference. Please be reassured that our people have received training on how to facilitate effective conversations and workshops virtually and whilst this does not replace in-person contact, we are confident that we will be able to provide you high quality support and advice.
Click here to register and access any of the above services (free of charge).
PBT Strategic Relationship Manager
firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 192 2551
PBT Programme Manager
email@example.com / 021 543 069
Deloitte Pasifika Lead & Risk Associate Director
firstname.lastname@example.org / 021 152 5174
MSD Labour Market Advisor
MPP Chief Advisor
email@example.com / 021 636 619
The content of this article is accurate as at 6 April 2020, the time it was last updated. This article does not constitute advice; if you wish to understand the potential implications of current events for your business or organisation, please get in touch. Alternatively, our COVID-19 webpages provide information about our services and provide contacts for relevant experts who can help you navigate this quickly evolving situation.
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