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Clutha Development is here to support you and your business through this extraordinary time

  • Alert Level 1 Information
  • Financial Support
  • Webinars available
  • Get in touch

Alert Level 1

At Alert Level 1, everyone can return without restriction to work, school, sports and domestic travel, and you can get together with as many people as you want.

Border restrictions

Controls at the borders remain for those entering New Zealand, including health screening and testing for all arrivals, and mandatory 14 day managed quarantine or isolation.

Information on international travel

Stay healthy

As we unite to recover from the effects of COVID-19, it's still important that we keep the basic hygiene measures, including washing your hands and coughing or sneezing into your elbow.

How to stay healthy

Keep track of where you've been

We should all continue to keep track of where we’ve been and who we’ve seen to assist with rapid contact tracing if it is required.

How to keep track of where you’ve been 

Businesses should help customers to keep track of where they’ve been by displaying the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster.

Get the NZ COVID Tracer QR code poster


The Golden Rules for everyone at Alert Level 1

  1. If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.
  2. If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline and make sure you get tested.
  3. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
  4. Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.
  5. If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.
  6. If you’re concerned about your wellbeing or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.
  7. Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.
  8. Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing.
  9. Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.
  10. People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.

Financial support

Small Business Cash Flow Loan scheme (SBCS)
One-off government loans are available for businesses and organisations impacted by COVID-19, including sole traders and the self-employed, to help with cash flow. Applications are open from 12 May to 12 June 2020 and can be made through myIR. Here’s an overview of the scheme. Detailed information can be found on the Inland Revenue website.

The SBCS is open to small to medium businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employee equivalents. This includes sole traders and self-employed businesses. To get an indication of your eligibility, use the SBCS eligibility tool. For a full
list of detailed criteria, visit Inland Revenue.

Details of the loan include:
  • $10,000 to be provided to eligible businesses
  • an additional $1800 per full-time employee equivalent
  • interest free if the loans are paid back within a year
  • an interest rate of 3% for a maximum term of five years
  • repayments not required for the first two years.
The maximum amount you can borrow depends on the number of full-time and part-time
employees you have. If you are a business without employees, ie sole trader or self employed,
you can receive a loan of up to $11,800. Inland Revenue has a calculator to help you work out how much you may be able to borrow.

You don’t have to accept the full loan amount you’re offered, and can decide to take a
smaller loan. If you received the wage subsidy, the number of employees you noted in that application will be applied to your SBCS application.

How to apply

Applications are open from 12 May to 12 June 2020 through myIR. Go to the I want
to section, and select Apply for the small business loan.
myIR — Inland Revenue

If your businesses doesn’t have a myIR account, you will need to create one to apply.
Most applicants will receive their loan payment in full from Inland Revenue within five
working days.

Keep in mind you can only apply once and can’t change your application once submitted. So
you may want to speak to your accountant or advisor before applying to make sure the loan
is the best option for you.
COVID-19 Business Support 0800 Helpline
The government has launched a helpline to support businesses with one-off questions in the areas of human resources, employment relations and health and safety. The South Island support line number is 0800 505 096.
Business Tax Support
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 to tax deadlines
  • changes to the tax loss continuity rules
  • a tax loss carry-back scheme
For more information see the article  "Tax changes throws cash lifeline to SMEs" and the IRD website
COVID-19 Income equalisation assistance for farmers, fishers and growers
IRD are taking measures to assist farmers, fishers and growers whose current or future income will be significantly affected by the impacts of Covid-19. They are exercising discretion to allow late deposits and early withdrawals from the Income Equalisation Scheme.
They also have wider assistance available to farmers, fishers and growers. For the full list, see their page about discretionary relief.
We advise discussing with your accountant for more information and details.

23 April 2020
Regional Business Partner Network - Advisory Funding

Every business in the Clutha District will now be feeling some effects of COVID-19 on their business operations. The Regional Business Partner Network is the government’s support for small and medium sized businesses in the regions. The RBP has received additional funding to help businesses access professional advice to help them respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your business has been impacted by the pandemic, you are GST registered and operating in a commercial environment you may be eligible for up funding for professional advice in the following areas:

  • Finance and Cashflow
  • Business Continuity
  • Human Resources
  • Health and Wellness
  • Marketing

Register Here and one of our team will be in contact. As there is significant demand for our services at present, there may be a wait of up to 10 working days but pleased be assured that we will get to you.

This professional advice is provided by business advisors who are registered under the RBP. In Clutha, Boss Up Business Coach are one of these providers, and you can find details of their service here. There are specific providers who specialise in the tourism sector as well as general business coaches who can work across all businesses. Sign up on the link above if you would like to find out more.

In the meantime, we encourage you to seek advice and support from you business advisors, mentors and accountants to help you navigate the new environment.

Click here for more information


15 April 2020 - Supporting small and medium sized enterprises during the COVID-19 crisis. 

The Government has announced a suite of new measures to provide relief for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. These include:

  • Greater flexibility for taxpayers in respect of statutory tax deadlines;
  • Changes to the tax loss continuity rules;
  • A tax loss carry-back scheme;
  • Measures to support commercial tenants and landlords; and
  • Further business consultancy support.

For the SME's Fact Sheet - Click here

17 March 2020 - In response to COVID-19 the Government is acting to support the economy. The $12.1 billion package includes:

  • a wage subsidy scheme 
  • leave and self-isolation support 
  • business cash flow and tax measures. 

Reminder: To check eligibility and/or to register for wage subsidies and other entitlements, please visit the Ministry of Social Development website - click here

Find information about financial assistance for workers and businesses.

Business Support Webinars

Otago Chamber of Commerce if offering a number of webinars include: wage subsidy package, business continuity, looking after mental health and well-being.

Sign up to these webinars here

Email Database – Updates

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, we are being continuously updated with information regarding all things COVID-19. Our aim is to pass on this information to our local businesses as soon as possible, through our email database.

Are you receiving our emails? If not, to sign up, please email your business contact details to:


Clutha Em​ergency Manageme​​nt

Welfare Factsheet (Published by NZ Govt)
Welfare Registration Form​ (Clutha District Council)