Wednesday, 15th April, 2020

Hi all,

It’s a big day tomorrow. Thursday 16th of April. The day Jacinda tells us the government’s expectation of its citizenry at Level 3 and 2.

The day that many businesses decide whether it is worthwhile trying to re-start their business, and in what capacity, when the level 4 lockdown is lifted. It’s a big call for many in Queenstown.  Is it worth opening the doors? Would we be better to continue to keep a lid on operating expenses for a bit longer and stay closed?  How much extra is it going to cost us to open during Level 3?  So many questions, so little experience to guide us. 

For many, these decisions will be difficult and confusing. So many variables to consider, assumptions to make, scenarios to read (I would strongly suggest not adding Treasury scenario planning to your reading list if you have had a glass of wine).

Your decision-making may be compromised, you may have the new Covid-19 related co-morbidity, analysis paralysis. But when it comes to making decisions for the good of your business or yourself, ask that old question, how do you eat an elephant?

You know the answer to that at least - one bite at a time.  

Let’s start with what we do know – the fundamental rules in business still apply – unless you are Amazon – more money needs to come in - than goes out. Your assets need to be balanced against your liabilities.  

Join me, with some of the Chamber board and members from the banking and accounting community on Friday night for a yarn about making decisions that are good for you and good for your business and a quick review of the week that was. Bring along your beverage of your choice. 4pm. See you there. No elephants allowed - just small snacks.

Kind regards
Anna Mickell
Phone 021 488709

Southern Heroes

Do you know a Southern Hero who is a star in this battle we have with COVID-19?  Showing the spirit that defines a Chamber member, John Cushen from TourismIQ, has put his down time to great use and launched a great new initiative to seek out and reward those doing sterling work now. 

John would like the folks of Otago and Southland to post on Facebook stories about what essential workers, volunteer workers or other organisations are doing right now. People can read about them on the Facebook page and realise that while they are stuck inside their bubble, there are a lot of people out there doing a great job to help us get through this challenge we are facing. And there are prizes too! Gorgeous holidays, from wonderful member businesses,  across the region. Visit Southern Heroes on Facebook and read all about these great folk and place your nominations. Click here to view.

Bright ideas funding

The Project Phoenix competition entry date has been extended till Friday April 24. This project is focused on finding the best ideas to help our local economy and community re-grow after Covid-19 - linked to a $75,000 support package and introductions to potential funding from both Government and private investors. Click here for further details and entry.

Support our local essential businesses

Buy something locally? Click here for our list of essential business selling online or face to face in Queenstown and Arrowtown.

Free employer advice line (wage subsidies etc)

Otago Southland Employers Association (OSEA) are extending their employer advice line to all our members. Call 0508 656 757 to speak to an employment advisor.  I have accepted this kind offer on behalf of our members. 

Influenza vaccinations - order your staff vaccines now

The MOH has delayed the start date of non-subsidised vaccination by two weeks to ensure that those needing subsidised vaccinations are prioritised. If you have signed up to the Chamber programme you will be sent a new appointment time. Download the registration form here.

Five Mile Pharmacy is also offering vaccinations, but is not included in the Chamber offer. Please ring them directly for booking time, or visit the pharmacy.

Social assistance

There are now over 3700 plus people registered with the EOC Welfare team now. The unmet need is still increasing and this is expected to continue. If you, or someone you know, needs assistance with housing, food or healthcare needs, please encourage them to register with the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) -

Repeat supermarket food vouchers are now being allocated, lobbying for central government support is being undertaken by the Salvation Army, QLDC and the Chamber for our migrant workforce.